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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.

Bricks

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

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

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.

Limestone

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

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.

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