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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.

 


4. Flagstone

  • 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.

 


6. Travertine

  • 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.




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