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5 Types of Pavement for Outdoor Use

By Whirl Construction (545 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on January 30, 2015

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Whether you're looking to re-pave your driveway or find the perfect surface for outdoor activities, you have many different paving choices. Take a look at the options for your next project:

Natural stone

Stone is the most durable selection, which is perfect if you live in a harsh climate. There are many types of stone you can choose from. The best ones are limestone, granite, and flagstone. From there, they're cut into various shapes that fit together. The best part about natural stone is it requires little maintenance and doesn't stain. It's a classic look for most settings, including poolsides, walkways, outdoor steps, garden borders, and driveways.

Paving brick

Similar to stone, brick is another natural selection. It’s made of clay, which is burned in a kiln to ensure proper bondage. It's the strongest material on the market. Because it's molded, you can design it any way you like, whether you want traditional rectangular bricks or a more intricate pattern. If you’re going for an old fashioned look, brick is the way to go. Your color choices are limited, and consist mostly of browns and reds, but the good news is its vibrant color resists stains and the test of time. Brick is more affordable than stone but just as durable, making it a popular alternative.


Concrete pavers are 100% manufactured, made of up cement and aggregate. It's a favored choice for roads, parking lots, and driveways because it can withstand harsh conditions and high vehicle traffic areas at a fraction of the cost of brick or stone. Similar to brick, it's easy to style since it's manmade. You can even make it look like brick or stone at a cheaper price. Unlike the natural options, you can dye concrete any color you like. However, maintenance is a bit trickier with concrete, as it's more prone to staining from dirt, grease, and the elements. Putting a sealant on the slabs will prevent most mishaps.


If you want an environmentally friendly paver, rubber is the best choice. It's made up of recycled tires that would have otherwise been thrown into a landfill. Because of its non-slip surface, it's an ideal material for areas with lots of foot traffic, such as sports arenas, playgrounds, and running tracks. Rubber takes less time to install than the above options and it’s simple to maintain. It can also be designed and colored to look like brick or stone.


Grass is a less popular, but eco-friendly substitute for rubber that gives a new meaning to "going green." This type of paver is made up of hollow honeycomb-shaped slots with grass inside. It's a rustic look best for driveways or large outdoor parking lots. Unlike the other solid pavers that allow water from a heavy rain or flood to sit with no place to go, grass paving offers a natural drainage system through the soil. Nearby vegetation also benefits from the extra collected water. If you treat your new paving like part of your lawn, maintenance is easy to remember. Just cut it regularly and occasionally weed and fertilize.

Whichever paving you decide is right for your next landscape plan, we’re here to help you through the process

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