Proper Landscape Drainage with Pavers
Guide to Proper Landscape Drainage in the San Francisco Bay Area
Homeowners in the San Francisco take special pride in their landscaping. This region, which is home 7.68 million people includes twelve countries composed of a number of towns, cities, airports, and regional, state, and national parks, is connected by a state-of-the-art multimodal transportation system conveniently networked.
However, due to topographical diversity, this region has a complex land form dating back 3,000 years. The soil in the San Francisco Bay Area has been preeminently shaped by tectonic plates with diverse types of soil containing shale, limestone and metamorphic rock resulting from ancient shifting of these plates. A topographical map view shows a prominent vertical map relief.
It’s important for homeowners to understand the effect on residential landscapes that intersect with rivers, creeks, marshes, reservoirs and bays that drain into San Francicso Bay and onward to the Pacific Ocean.
Whenever any topography is affected by such diversity and complexity, homeowners need to protect their residential properties from erosion. Proper landscape drainage is crucial to avoid loss of soil and damage to all residences in a neighborhood from soil erosion or water runoff.
In order to achieve optimal results in a 100 percent effective way, homeowners should consider preventive measures.
For many homeowners concerned with preventing these problems, it is important to choose an experienced landscaping consultant who is highly trained in regional topography and preventative measures to help homeowners retain their property values.
How to Maintain Proper Landscape Drainage
Today’s highly sophisticated landscape experts know preventing loss of soil takes choosing the right landscaping materials. One of the most popular specific to the San Francisco Bay Area is the use of pavers.
Pavers were once thought of as a decorative landscape feature. However, over time pavers have served additional purposes. Since pavers are manufactured to be heavier than soil or water, they are used to prevent soil erosion.
While pavers can be used for patios, around swimming pool areas or fire pits, they create a decorative look and also prevent soil erosion.
In residences were there is a high water table in the area, permeable pavers absorb water and prevent run off. This is especially important for driveways and walkways as well as other outdoor residential features.
Pavers and permeable pavers are economical and environmentally sound ways to help retain soil structure and reduce water damage.
Beauty and Convenience
Pavers and permeable pavers offer beauty and a convenient way to manager proper landscape drainage. In order to ensure optimal protection of property, pavers and permeable pavers should be installed by professional contractor.
A professional contractor will take full charge of proposed landscape drainage projects no matter how big or small or how complex. A knowledgeable professional contractor will inspect a homeowner’s property, assess the areas needing attention and discuss the details of installing pavers or permeable pavers with the homeowner.
Proposed Paver Projects and Homeowner Input
Every project is different due to specifics of the location of the residential property. Also, every homeowner has special preferences for their project design. It is reassuring to know that your contractor will offer design suggestions based on your personal preferences.
Once the design, initial installation plans and paver choices are finalized, a 3-D representation help homeowners see the results before the actual installation begins. Check with your contractor to see if these project details can be viewed online.
At this point in the project, your professional contractor can make any changes requested by the homeowner and discuss the project and the proposal scope. Homeowners are now one step closer to their goal of proper landscape drainage, added curb appeal and increased property value.
Tips for Homeowners Before Your Contractor Arrives
There are several things that make a paver or permeable paver project go forward more smoothly. Homeowners may need to check with their municipality regarding any construction or zoning permits.
In certain municipalities, neighboring homeowners may need to be alerted before project work begins. Also, make other arrangements for areas where pets and children most frequently play.
Don’t forget to check your homeowner’s association guide book for details on additional traffic and parking for construction vehicles. Also, it is a good idea to alert fire and emergency services of potential construction traffic and project work. It is always helpful for these services to aware of changes in areas where an emergency may arise.
Enjoying the Benefits of Pavers and Permeable Pavers
It may also be a good idea to keep a “before and after” photo. This way, areas that formerly were affected by soil erosion or improper water runoff will show the improvements to your property and can be retained as a record of homeowner improvements should you decide to relocate in the future.
Don’t take chances with your property. Make proper landscape drainage a priority.