Last Updated Mar 7, 2017 · Written by Rob Schneider
You need pavers for your patio, garden path, pool or other outdoor area. The question is: what kinds of pavers are out there? Which kind of paver would work best for you? We take a look at some of the most popular types of pavers and the places they might work best.
Terracotta pavers are one of the oldest types of pavers available. They have been used for centuries in Europe and can give your patio or pool area a Mediterranean look. Terracotta pavers come in a variety of colours besides the traditional burnt-orange. They can be used on driveways, around pools or on garden paths. If you use them around the pool or any other wet area, they should have a slip-resistant sealant.
Brick is another traditional fired paver. Brick pavers have a classic appearance and can be used on porches, patios or pathways. They can be laid in a variety of patterns to create a stylish and unique appearance.
Concrete pavers today are made in moulds and come in a variety of colours. They can have the look and texture of natural stone or you can choose brighter colours. Concrete pavers can give your patio, path or pool area the look you want for a lower price than many natural stone pavers. Concrete pavers are sometimes called "besser block" pavers. Whatever they're called, they come in a huge range of designs, sizes and colours.
Granite is one of the toughest natural stones available. Quarried in different parts of the world, different types of granite can have different appearances. Granite pavers should be "flamed." The flaming process exfoliates the surface and gives granite a slip-resistant surface. Granite pavers come in sizes ranging from small cobblestones to large square or rectangular pavers and colours from white to black. Some granite can have a speckled or banded appearance. Granite pavers can be smooth or textured. If a sealer is applied, the granite will have a glossier surface.
Slate pavers come in a range of colours from shades of grey to shades of green, blue or golden to auburn. Slate can have a uniform appearance or it can have a number of colours blended together. You can combine square and rectangular slate pavers to create a unique design or choose pavers of the same size for a more uniform appearance. You can also choose "rustic" slate for a classic look.
So far we've looked at fired and natural stone pavers. Why would you choose rubber pavers? For one thing, rubber is soft underfoot, making it a good choice for a family with active children. Rubber is also highly slip resistant. Many rubber pavers are made from recycled rubber, making them an environmentally friendly choice. Rubber pavers can be glued over concrete, which makes giving a concrete surface a new lease on life an easy DIY project. Rubber pavers come in a variety of shapes and colours, so you can probably find a stylish rubber paver for your patio or other outdoor surface.
We've just scratched the surface of the number of types of pavers that are available. Limestone, bluestone and sandstone are just a few natural stone paving materials that are available. To get the best service, choose a paving supplier/installer who specialises in the paving you need. Some specialise in pool paving, patio paving or driveway paving. They will know the best techniques to use for laying pavers and can give you invaluable advice about the right type of paving material to use for your project. For inspiration, visit our Paving Design Ideas photo pages.