Tips for Planning Walkways and Pathways

March 23, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Your home likely has concrete walkways and pathways, and you might not have considered the differences between the two, but they are significant. Walkways handle heavy foot traffic while pathways are more recreational. When planned and constructed properly, both can provide you with many years of good service.

Different Uses for Walkways and Pathways

Walkways generally are wide, flat, and made of poured concrete that is very durable. Walkways typically connect your high-use outdoor areas with your home. That includes a walkway from the driveway to the front door.

You might have other walkways that lead to the back door, the mailbox, and outdoor structures. All walkways are utilitarian structures that you would use to move heavy or bulky items in and out of your home.

Concrete pathways are more aesthetic and less direct in their layout. They do not necessarily lead to particular structures. Instead, they provide a more decorative and aesthetic appeal that helps you enjoy your outdoor spaces and landscaping.

A traditional English garden is a good example of the kind of outdoor area in which a pathway provides you with a more aesthetic appeal and function than a walkway.

What Type of Concrete Is Used for Walkways?

Walkways generally handle more foot traffic and weight than a pathway. If you are moving furniture or appliances into or out of your home, the walkway is what you use. Because the walkways see the most use and handle the most weight, you want to use the strongest possible concrete. Concrete that handles 5,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI) is the ideal type of concrete for your walkways. A fast-drying and quick-curing concrete will help your new walkway support general use within a day and fully cure in about three days.

What Are Concrete Pathways?

A concrete pathway is more ornamental and mainly used to prevent barren paths from emerging in your lush lawn or flower garden. A concrete pathway is usually narrower than a walkway and uses less durable concrete. It also is less direct and more meandering in its layout to add an aesthetic appeal to your outdoor living spaces.

A quickly curing concrete that can handle about 3,500 PSI is generally considered a good type for a concrete pathway. You can add ornamental elements, like colorful stones or tile, that help to enhance the concrete pathway’s aesthetic appeal. The ornamental elements also can help to ensure better footing in wet weather.

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