Paving the Way: A Comprehensive Guide to Paver Styles
If you’re considering a landscape or hardscape project, understanding your options for paver styles is key to achieving your desired look. In this article we explore the world of pavers in more depth to guide you in how to choose the perfect pavers for your landscaping project. Keep this guide handy as you explore and discuss options, and you’re on your way to a successful and visually stunning landscaping project.
What is a Paver?
A paver, sometimes referred to as paving stone, is a piece of hard material—like stone, brick, or concrete—that’s used in exterior flooring applications. Pavers are most commonly used for constructing patios, driveways, and walkways. Their versatility and aesthetic appeal make them a popular choice in landscaping design.
What Are Pavers Made Out of?
Pavers come in a variety of materials, each with their unique aesthetic and functional benefits. Concrete pavers are economical and can be molded to imitate the look of natural stone or brick. Brick pavers have a classic and timeless appeal, known for their durability. Natural stone pavers, such as granite, sandstone, or limestone, provide a high-end look and have a unique natural beauty.
Paver Styles 101
The paver style you choose significantly contributes to the overall look of your project. Some popular styles include:
- Interlocking pavers, which fit together like puzzle pieces for added stability.
- Tumbled pavers, which have a worn, aged look that adds charm and character.
- Textured pavers, which have a rough surface to add grip and decrease slipperiness.
Edge finishes give your project a polished and professional look. They can be rounded for a soft, gentle finish or sharp and square for a more modern, clean-lined appearance.
Paver patterns play a significant role in defining the visual interest of your space. Some common patterns include:
- Herringbone, which is composed of alternating, parallel lines of pavers.
- Basketweave, where pairs of pavers are alternated in vertical and horizontal placements.
- Running bond, where pavers are placed in a simple, offset pattern for a classic look.
How to Talk about Styles When Working with a Designer
Pervious vs Impervious Pavers
One critical aspect to consider when choosing pavers is their permeability. Pervious (or permeable) pavers allow water to pass through them or between them, facilitating the process of groundwater recharge and reducing runoff. These are an eco-friendly choice, often used in sustainable building and landscaping projects.
Impervious pavers, on the other hand, do not allow water to penetrate through them. This feature can be beneficial in certain designs where water needs to be directed or drained in a specific way.
It is important to work with a contractor fully educated on the regulations in your area especially if you reside in a coastal municipality that requires you to have a certain percentage of permeable surface on your property. Neptune beach for example requires homeowners maintain 50% permeable surface area.
When discussing styles with a designer, it’s helpful to use specific terms and share images of styles you like. Discuss your practical needs—like durability, slip-resistance, or low-maintenance—as well as your aesthetic preferences. Your designer will guide you towards options that match your vision and needs.
Remember, the choice of paver style significantly influences the final look and functionality of your outdoor space. With a world of options available, you’re sure to find a style that matches your vision, whether you’re going for a rustic, traditional, or modern look.
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