Any homeowner with a yard has at least one walkway or path of some sort. From your driveway, to your front door, and even simple garden paths, these walkways can be upgraded with ideas that are both beautiful and practical.
Prior to picking out a design, it’s important to consider how you plan to use the walkway. Is this an aesthetic landscaping piece, will it be used frequently, or both? Homeowners install outdoor walkways for a variety of purposes:
- To direct foot traffic and preserve yards and gardens
- To define a boarder around a structure or section of the yard
- To direct attention to important features such as a fountain or garden
- To add texture and color to large yards or homes
- To accent vegetation with hardscaping
After the purpose of the walkways is defined, it will be easier to decide on what design is right for the project. The options for concrete walkways are varied and can provide a great deal of curb appeal contrary to the plain grey smooth surfaces that come to mind when you hear, “concrete.”
Concrete is preferable to other walkway materials since it’s proven to be durable, resilient, and cost-effective in all four seasons. It can also be shaped, stamped, and colored to create a million different looks for your home. The decorative concrete options include pre-mixed colors, colored stain, and stamped surfaces. There are over 30 different colors concrete can come in so you can be sure to match the color scheme of your property. When paired with stamped concrete, it’s easy to mimic a variety of different materials including expensive natural stone.
Check out our gallery for some ideas about how concrete can be shaped and textured for the perfect concrete walkway. It’s important not to underestimate the impact of a well-made walkway. Too many homeowners don’t spend enough time and consideration into the planning of their walkways. They end up missing out on an enormous opportunity to increase their home value and enhance their homeownership satisfaction.