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Ultimate Guide to Choosing New Paving Stones

By Whirl Construction (508 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on August 17, 2016

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Choosing new pavers is a long term decision – which is why it needs to be thought through properly. The right pavers should last you over ten years and will be something that you may have to look at every single day! Consider these points before running off and purchasing your new pavers.

So, what do you need to think about?


Pavers can be made from terracotta, clay, stone, brick, slate, and any number of other different materials! Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the full range available to you before making a decision. Gather inspiration from online sites and even spots around the neighborhood.

Be practical

Some pavers may look very pretty but require a lot of cleaning, or won’t last as long as some others. While you might get a lovely look while they are new are you really going to be bothered with the upkeep? Be conscious of this when you are making your decision.

What sort of area is it?

Choosing your pavers depends a lot on the area that you’re looking at paving. Is it a walkway? A patio area? Around a pool? For a patio area, for example, it’s best to go with larger, sealed paving stones. For around a poolside area you will need to consider a non-slip paving so that swimmers and those around the pool do not slip. A high traffic area requires pavers that can sustain a lot of wear. If it’s an area that needs to have vehicle access, you should use small, tight, thick pavers for heavy duty performance.


Coloring is one of those things that can be quite personal. However, there are some rules that you can apply to ensure your area looks the best that it can do. For shaded areas, lighter pavers can be a good choice to brighten the area, or for full sun you can go darker. For a patio area, many people choose a light color or a terracotta. For larger areas, very light pavers can look quite clinical – you may choose to go a couple of shades darker. Have a look at your surrounds and the colors throughout. You can often pick out complementary colors from your surroundings, whether it’s blue-grey, red, or green.


The pattern that you pave in may have just as big of an impact as the color or size of each paver. Interlocking pavers can have a really interesting effect – you don’t always just have to think about square pavers, spice it up!

What’s your budget?

This is an obvious one! You budget really dictates what kind of pavers are available to you. But never fear, even if you had your heart set on a certain type that is just a little bit out of your price range, there’s likely to be a cheaper alternative. Cheaper alternatives will usually look quite similar, but may not be as hard wearing as you would like, or unsealed. You may need to factor into the budget sealing them or reinforcing.

Comments (2)

Max posted on: February 13, 2017

What a detailed Explanation Nice post…Extremely helpful; exactly the info I was looking for.Thank you for sharing this.

Tiffany Locke posted on: November 21, 2017

Your advice to consider what the paving stones are for, such as around a pool or for a walkway, would be a great way to choose ones that will last and have colors that work with the surroundings. Taking pictures of the area and comparing them to the options you find online would probably let you see which one you like best. Once you've found the type and design of paving stone that you like, you'd probably want to look online at the contractors in your area in order to find a professional that can install the kind you want.

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