Interlocking concrete paving – aka, pavers – revolutionized the landscape industry. Natural stone is beautiful but it can have variations in color and quality. Pavers are a manufactured product, and as such the quality is very strictly controlled throughout the manufacturing process. Recent advances in how molds are made and how color is applied to pavers have taken a utilitarian product and turned it into a thing of beauty.
How can pavers be used in the landscape?
Patio and walks — the most common application for paver is residential patios and walks. Because they’re designed as a flexible but interlocking system, pavers can survive the harshest winters without heaving or cracking with frost. One of our design team’s favorite attributes of pavers is the range of styles they come in. There are pavers that have the same size and shape as bricks. There are pavers that look like cobblestones and pavers that look like slabs of stone. There are even pavers now that look like wood planks, travertine, and irregular flagstone! This is a fantastic time to do a paver patio or walk because it can look like almost anything you want.
Driveways and parking lots — Concrete is known for what we call compressive strength, which is its ability to carry heavy loads. When concrete is mixed, poured into a mold, and cured under the controlled conditions of a manufacturing facility, it has amazing compressive strength. Ask your landscape designer what paver is best for your driveway project.
Permeable pavers — As we’ve learned more about how to protect the environment, permeable pavement has grown in popularity. With permeable pavers, water that would have run off a standard patio or driveway is allowed to percolate between the pavers and return to the groundwater. As it goes, the water is cleaned of impurities by the soil. Permeable pavers can be a responsible way to manage stormwater in your landscape.
To see some of our completed walkway projects, please visit our Walkways Gallery.
If you’re ready for a new paver patio, walk, or driveway, contact us today to schedule a consultation.