Patio pavers are an excellent choice for virtually any outdoor space thanks to their versatility and durability, even in harsh weather conditions. Once you’ve made the decision to use patio pavers, you may be overwhelmed by the number of choices available. We’re here to set a few things straight and help you choose the best pavers for your space.
Concrete pavers are one of the most popular options since they are easy for DIY-ers and durable in all climates. Plus, thanks to color-bonding products, you can easily give the poured concrete pavers a new look for a lot less money.
Brick pavers are another popular choice, and they have a sophisticated image that blends well with most settings. Since brick looks good in a number of arrangements, you also have more options as to how you lay the pavers, such as in a herringbone or running bond pattern.
Concrete pavers bridge the gap between poured concrete and brick pavers since they are available in numerous styles and sizes (like brick), but they are strong and durable like concrete. And, you don’t have to choose a standard cement look; concrete pavers can be made to look like natural stone.
Of course, if you like the look of stone, you could opt for natural stone pavers that are rugged yet beautiful. Stone pavers come in a wide range of colors and designs, and they give a truly unique appearance since no two pavers are the same. Stone is more expensive, unless you opt for stone veneer, which is easier on the budget.
Gravel is a budget-friendly option, and it compacts well, making it suitable for large spaces. Gravel can also be an eco-friendly selection since it’s made from recycled materials. That said, gravel requires a lot of upkeep because it needs regular smoothing, and it can be uncomfortable and uneven on the feet.
Timber pavers are becoming more common, especially as homeowners prefer the seamless look of wood. There are many types available, and the interlocking timbers are easy to work with.
A final option is outdoor tiles. These tiles come in dozens of colors, shapes and styles, and they are smooth and easy to clean. Because they are smooth, however, they are not recommended in some areas (i.e., around pools) because they can be slippery.