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One of the largest investments in any Arizona landscaping project is the outdoor patio. Actually, there are many different options for the patio in today’s landscapes design world and living in Phoenix probably gives us one of the largest options (most of the materials are made locally, for shipment nationwide). From Arizona’s newest patio trend – the travertine paver patio – to the traditional world of concrete, Unique Landscapes provides expert design advice and ideas, and meticulous installation for all of your patio and paver needs. While the paver patio in Phoenix is probably the most popular (CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR PAVER SELECTIONS), there are many other options that are probably more elegant, and cooler! Pavers tend to get hot! For those who love pavers, you’ll absolutely love the travertine paver patio. Everyone loves travertine and pavers are the newest fad! So, blended together, the travertine paver creates one of the most up-and-coming popular patio options in the landscape industry today.
There is no right or wrong patio, but there is a “right” patio for you! Unique Landscapes offers a knowledgeable staff of landscape and patio designers to help you decide on the best patio for you. We also believe that having just one patio choice for the backyard can be very plain and dull – which is why we love to mix two to three different (but complementary) patios in our unique landscape designs – creating a space for entertaining and all occasions! Imagine a cool, non-slip patio by the pool. Then, a Tuscan-style paver patio in the courtyard and walkways. And then maybe a raised view patio, constructed of a colored concrete with an old-world salt rock finish. If everything complements, then you’ve got a great landscape and patio design!
The basics: Concrete & standard paver patios have become the basics to every patio project. With the cost of pavers at an all-time low, pavers tend to be the most cost effective choice, plus if installed correctly, they don’t shift, settle, or crack! Make sure you contractor understands the correct methods of paver installation! Check out one of the largest paver suppliers / dealers on their installation methods.
The upgrades: Since patios are the most noticeable investment in your Arizona landscape, most of our clients make sure this choice is spectacular! Flagstone and Travertine patios are a great stone patio choice. The incredible colors in each make a huge impact in any patio and landscape design. Colored or stained concrete is also a great choice for a more formal or contemporary look – it can also save you some money on installation costs.
The “enthusiast”: Our paver patio enthusiast will always take the patio to the extreme. Adding decorative curves, custom mosaics, or decorative patterns is a way to set your patio from the rest. Precision cut Arizona flagstone is a great choice for a premium patio project. Our large Versailles pattern Travertine pavers are also one of the most elegant patios one can have installed. Cantera Stone patios create an old world charm, but at a premium price point. All patios should be maintained to last a lifetime, and a professional grade sealant is recommended for most of Unique’s patio projects.
TRAVERTINE PAVER PATIO “DESIGN TIP”: In Phoenix, Travertine can be as cool as “cool deck” if light enough, but it can be slippery around a swimming pool. Larger patterns look better in larger areas – smaller patterns offer a solution for smaller courtyards and smaller spaces. Click here to find out why Travertine isn’t always the best choice around salt-water swimming pools.
PAVER PATIO “DESIGN TIP”: Research all aspects and all colors of pavers prior to making a selection. Dare to be different and choose a color that your neighbors haven’t seen. Unique’s favorites are paver patio colors are TOSCANA BLEND – Belgard Pavers and CANYON BLEND – Pavestone Pavers. Don’t let your landscaper talk you into “his” standard color!
FLAGSTONE PATIO “DESIGN TIP”: Flagstone precision cut patios are some of the most gorgeous patios projects around. Arizona flagstone contains some of the lighter colors, make sure you select a color that is not prone to “flaking”. Darker colors are harder to cut, cost more, and will require a premium to install – make sure it’s worth the extra financial investment on your next flagstone patio project.
QUALITY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Unique takes pride in it’s installation of all of our Arizona patio projects. We realize that this is one of the single largest investments on any Phoenix landscape project, and we have spent years developing our installation techniques in order to out-perform our competitors. All of our patios begin with a solid sub-base. This sub-base is the “footer” of the patio, and creates the base for which the entire patio exists. Some of the cheaper installation techniques involve installing patios without this “sub-base”, and many companies can beat our prices by doing so. Please make sure you fully understand the differences in patio installation techniques prior to using a cheaper alternative. ALL PATIOS ARE NOT THE SAME!
Our Travertine paver & Belgard / Pavestone paver patios are installed over a 4 – 6” compacted ABC sub-base. This sub-base is made of inorganic engineered soil, and compacted to 95% compaction (using a plate compactor & proper water/soil mixture). For driveways, Unique uses the addition of Portland cement, which allows for extra stabilization where tires cause extra weight & traffic. After the paver sub-base is compacted, our skilled masons install only ½” of sand to ensure the Travertine pavers or concrete pavers are perfectly level, and maintain proper drainage away from pools & houses. After laying the pavers, most of our patios are then sanded with polymeric “stabilized” joint sand, to ensure proper stabilization and longevity of the sanded grout.
Unique’s Flagstone patios are always installed over existing concrete, or over a 3” concrete sub-base (not compacted ABC). This ensures that our highest priced patio is installed to last a lifetime! After we install our flagstone patio sub-base, our flagstone setters are trained to meticulously diamond cut all the edges of the flagstone, and piece it together so that there is no more than ½” of a grout joint between each piece. This creates one of the most spectacular Phoenix flagstone patios that our clients have ever seen – we guarantee it!
The “UNIQUE” difference – After many years of perfecting our products, we have come up with the best possible way to construct many of our popular items. Here is how we differ from our competition:
• Proper sub-base – Not all patios are equal! All of our patios are installed over the required and recommended sub-base. Make sure you are fully educated on the manufacturer’s recommended installation methods, and that your installer follows these (there are many places to take shortcuts in Phoenix patio installations!)
• Flagstone – Unique guarantees that our flagstone patios are one of the best in the valley. Our full-time flagstone crew is so experienced! It’s all they do! Unique installs our Phoenix flagstone patios over 3” of concrete minimum, and uses bonding adhesives to make sure all of our patios are less prone to cracking, than any other company in the valley.
• The Belgard Paver Guarantee – We’ve mentioned that not all patios are created equal, well….all pavers are not created equal either! Unique has used some of the cheaper alternatives in the past, and had many problems with warranty & customer service from those manufacturers. Belgard pavers (one of the nation’s largest paver manufacturers) have a 5-year guarantee on labor AND material for all of Unique’s paver installations! The other companies don’t, so don’t save the pennies on those cheaper brands.
• DRAINAGE – Our patios are guaranteed to drain properly – in fact, it’s one of the most important aspects on our projects (proper drainage). Proper drainage starts with fully understanding the drainage issues in the entire project, setting proper grades, and our engineering background.