If you’re a little extra and you’d like your backyard to be too, you can’t go past glow pavers. The aesthetic enhancements that they can add to your backyard after dark are simply unparalleled. If you’ve never heard of them, keep reading because, in this post, we’ll share everything you need to know about glow pavers.
What are glow pavers?
Glow pavers are a paving material commonly used for hardscaping projects; they differ from regular pavers as they glow once the sun goes down. During the day, they look like a normal paver, it’s only at night that their appearance alters.
How do they work?
Innovative paver technology is used to create glow pavers. In the manufacturing process, a photo-luminescent compound is added into a traditional paver. This specialised material glows and provides an appealing subtle light to outdoor spaces. They work best when there is ample sun about during the day as they essentially charge when exposed to sunlight. They absorb the light from the sun and emit it after dark. On average, you can expect your glow pavers to provide light for around 6 to 8 hours. The light is usually at its brightest early in the night and, progressively fades as the hour’s pass. You’ll get the greatest glowing effect when the area surrounding your glow pavers is dark. If you have outdoor lights of any kind, including pool lights, garden lights, entertainment area lights etc, they won’t look as bright.
How long do glow pavers last?
Glow pavers are just as strong and durable as regular pavers, and their lifespan is equal. The luminescent compound that gives glow pavers their light will last for more than 20 years before you may start to notice a slight reduction in their brightness. The paver itself will remain structurally sound for more than 20 years also with proper care. They are engineered to be resistant to contaminants such as solvents, oils, and spills.
Do I have to seal glow pavers?
While it isn’t mandatory, it’s in your best interest to seal your glow pavers if you want the most out of them. Sealing protects your pavers from external pollutants and the elements and can extend their lifespan considerably.
Where can you use glow pavers?
You can use glow pavers anywhere you’d use regular pavers however, as they depend on sunlight to emit a glow, it’s best if you install them in locations that are under full sun for most of the day. This will ensure you get the best result. If you install them in shade, you are unlikely to achieve the glow you are perhaps hoping for. Some popular applications include pool surrounds, walkways, entertainment areas and steps.
Benefits to choosing glow pavers over traditional pavers
Extra wow factor
After dark, glow pavers look magical, like something out of a movie. A lot of people don’t even know they exist so, at first sight, they send jaws dropping. They look captivating and create a point of interest in the backyard.
Free source of light
Unlike most other ways to light up your backyard, glow pavers cost nothing to run. They illuminate your backyard autonomously and don’t require setting up or maintenance. You can potentially cut down on your outdoor lighting costs with the use of glow pavers. This is not only better for your back pocket, but the environment too.
Makes your backyard safer
If you’re like most and enjoy a BBQ and entertaining into the evening, your outdoor areas must be well lit so you, your family and your guests can move around safely. Adding glow pavers is a great way to highlight walking spaces, making it easy to transition from one area to the next.
Can add value to your home
Us Aussies place great importance on our backyards, and incorporating beautiful hardscaping materials can not only improve function but the appeal as well. A lot of people have pavers but, not everyone has glow pavers. This can make your home more appealing to potential buyers if you ever decide to sell.
They are multi-purpose
Glow pavers are multi-purpose, during the day they serve as normal looking pavers with all the same functions, and at night they turn into a glowing spectacle. Rather than having lighting surrounding your paved areas, you can have it all in one.
Several colour options to choose from
When you choose glow pavers, it doesn’t mean your colour options are limited. Most companies offer a variety of glow paving choices. This allows you to choose the perfect one for your home.
Choose a reputable paving company
Pavers are a great way to enhance any outdoor area, and glow pavers can take it to the next level. They are durable and look amazing. If you’re considering new pavers for your place, glow pavers are worth a look.
Our team here at Bonita Stone handcraft a collection of exquisite pavers, glow pavers included, and we can walk you through some options and answer any additional questions you may have. Our pavers are proudly Australian made by us right here in Perth, Western Australia. If you’d like more information, reach out, and we’ll be happy to help if we can. You can call us on 0434 086 084 or send us an email at email@example.com