9 Types of Pavers for Every Project
Updated: Jun 9
What type of pavers should I choose for my project?
There are many types of pavers, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. What kind of pavers should I consider before choosing?
Below we have laid out 9 types of pavers that you can choose from depending on your budget and requirements. Each has its own pros and cons from being on a budget with stone cement to luxurious porcelain tiles. Let us take a look at them below.
1. Brick Pavers
Made of clay or concrete and aggregate and dyed to look like brick.
Many different options of brick colours and textures.
Very strong and stain resistant paving material.
Sealants can help prevent fading.
For a permeable paver system, bricks can be laid with small gaps between them so water can drain through to the sub-base.
2. Bluestone Pavers
Bluestone is a variety of sandstone that is often used to create elegant and sustainable driveways.
Bluestone comes in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They offer a variety of looks as they can be crushed into gravel, left in more massive slabs, or cut into distinct patterns of tiles.
Beautiful colour. The colour generally starts as a royal blue but, from constant exposure to sunlight, the colour will fade until we are left with a light grey.
3. Concrete Pavers
Concrete pavers come in many shapes and sizes made with concrete. Above is an example of thick rectangle pavers for a driveway.
Concrete pavers are one of the most popular options for driveways.
Uses low cost raw materials making it cheaper than bricks.
More durable than poured concrete.
Flagstone is a generic flat stone that is often used as a building material. It is also used for paving slabs, walkways, patios, and floors.
Flagstone is extremely durable and can last for centuries
Slate is a popular type of flagstone used in various outdoor applications because it can be easily cut into thin layers, is readily available, and is affordable.
5. Cobblestone Pavers
Cobblestone pavers have been used for several centuries, giving justice to how tough and durable they are.
Cobblestone pavers indeed have the best of both worlds: long lasting durability and an attractive aesthetic. Need little maintenance, just give them a good wash once or twice a year.
Durable and long-lasting, can remain stable for many decades when installed properly.
Have a wide array of styles and colours to choose from.
Travertine is a natural stone that has been used for centuries. It is a very popular material for building and decorating because of its durability. It comes in a wide range of colors, making it an excellent choice for any kind of project.
Very natural and environmentally friendly.
Much cheaper than marble.
Available in different colours and tones.
No fading of colours or discoloration.
7. Marble Pavers
Are easy to clean and maintain. They are available in various colours and designs. Some people use them for outdoor landscaping.
Marble pavers are not cheap. Also, they require maintenance and care.
.Pavers are beautiful and durable. They are easy to install but they do conduct heat. They also might stain if exposed to acids.
8. Bluestone Pavers
They come in many different colours. They are very hard and durable.
They can be crushed into gravel or left as large slabs. Bluestone also comes in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They can be shaped into any type of pattern.
The colour fades over time but it can be restored by exposing it to sunlight.
Maintenance includes sealing the surface every couple of years.
9. Porcelain Tiles or Pavers
Porcelain pavers are a type of paving material that looks similar to natural stone.
Porcelain is a clay-based material, treated at extremely high temperatures. This method fabricates a hard and durable output with a non-porous finish.
Porcelain pavers can be used both indoors and outdoors but since it has a less absorbent surface compared to other permeable materials, it is more practical to use them for wet areas such as a pool or hot tub deck.
Whether you are interested in brick pavers, porcelain pavers, or need some advice on which would best suit your needs, Viking Hardscape & Landscape is here to help. Each has its own benefits, so it pays to take some time to research the options before deciding which ones to use. ViKing Hardscape & Landscape are experts in pavers. On Vancouver Island, pavers are an excellent choice for your landscape design.