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What are the Different Types of Paving Stone?

By Whirl Construction (470 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on January 14, 2016

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The right kind of pavers can make or break your outdoor space. If your paving stones don’t quite suit the style of your area, it may come across as either tacky or ugly. You’ll need to check out which sort of paving suits your area and is within your budget to ensure you get the most out of your new pavers for many years to come.

Check out all the different types of paving stones below.


Regular house bricks are the small rectangular ones you see everywhere. They come in a wide variety of colors – from traditional red to cream, brown, tan and black. They’re made up usually of clay, along with some sand and lime. They’re also a relatively inexpensive option to choose.


Granite is perhaps one of the toughest paving stones that you can come across. It will last you for many, many years to come, but it also has the price tag to reflect this. Its speckled appearance is available in many different colors, and it is popular around pools.


Sandstone is a soft, sedimentary rock that comes in yellows, beiges and golds. It is often used for undercover areas. Bluestone is also a type of sandstone which is more of a blue-grey color. Sandstone is a mid-range paver.


A very popular paving choice, limestone is a sedimentary rock cut from the seabed and is a tough stone that can also be custom shaped. It usually comes in popular creams and sand colors but can come in greens too. It’s fairly expensive, but it will last you a long time.

Compressed Concrete Pavers

These pavers are up to four times stronger than regular poured concrete, making them a great replacement for a poured concrete surface. They come in a large variety of styles and colors and don’t cost the the earth either!


Slate pavers are a great all weather choice due to the inherent slip resistance and durability in the rock. Slate pavers usually come in darker colors and are a little on the pricier side also.

Porous Pavement

Porous, or open grid pavers are pavers laid with either ground cover, soil, or small rocks between the pavers. You can do this with pretty much any paving type you like. The benefits of using porous pavement include easy drainage (and no runoff) in wet weather and spending less on the cost of your pavers, due to not needing so many.

With so many different paving stones to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming at times! Hopefully we’ve given you some insight today into which pavers might be a good choice for your outdoor area. Always remember to consider the whole of the area's aesthetic before making your paver choice.

Comments (7)

Lyla Peterson posted on: September 24, 2019

It's good to know that compressed concrete pavers are up to four times stronger than regular concrete. I recently finished my downstairs apartment and I want to put in a path leading to the basement door. Compressed concrete may be a good option for this project.

Jesse Ford posted on: February 25, 2020

I like how you mentioned bricks come in a wide variety of colors from red, cream, brown, tan, and black. My brother is considering looking for soakwells because it rains a lot where he lives and he's thinking about laying brick down in a way where the water doesn't stay on the driveway. I think it's a good investment to consider hiring a reputable professional that can lay the bricks in the pattern that my brother wants.

Wendall Hipp posted on: April 9, 2020

Thanks for in detail article. It helped.

Concrete Pavers NZ posted on: April 15, 2020

you will need to check out which sort of paving suits your area and is within your budget to ensure you get the most out of your new pavers for many years to come. So I I found there are 7 types of paving stones in this blog. You can use whatever you want. Thank you so much.

Liza posted on: June 1, 2020

Awesome blog!! Happy to know about the different types of Paving stones. Thank you for sharing it. Please keep posting such valuable and informative blog!

Zachary Tomlinson posted on: July 7, 2020

Thanks for helping me learn more about paving stones! I find it interesting to learn that there are various colors of granite as a paving stone and it could even last for a lifetime if taken care of properly. My uncle is thinking of doing a driveway makeover but he's not sure where to begin. I'll share this with him and suggest that he consider having granite.

Ray posted on: August 30, 2020

Thanks for the information! We will share this link on our website.

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