Q. What are pavers?
A. Pavers are landscape elements laid on flat surfaces, most often made of stone or stone-derived materials. Pavers are installed over a sand and/or crushed limestone base. They are often laid out in interlocking patterns, sometimes randomly to create an artistic effect. They are known to have a functional values as well as an aesthetic appeal, so you can add them as a finishing touch to complete your overall landscape projects.
Q. What are the most common shapes of pavers for me to consider?
A. Some of the most common ones are standard square and rectangular pavers. There are paver kits that can create patterns such as circles, octagons, and diamonds.
Q. What are some typical dimensions for pavers?
A. Of square and rectangular pavers, typical sizes include 8”x8”, 12”x12”, and 24”x24”. These are nominal thickness due to the random surface textures of each paver. Talk to us about the range of thickness which applies to the pavers that you’re most interested in.
Q. Why should I consider natural stone pavers?
A. Natural stone adds a beauty that brick pavers can’t. Also, natural stone pavers are the standard you can look to for durability. Some of these materials are among the hardest in the world for any application. For a permanent fixture to your landscape project, consider natural stone first.,
Q. What are some advantages of slate, granite and travertine as pavers?
A. They all have something unique to offer, although all are known to be extremely durable materials for use as pavers.
- Granite pavers are the choice to make if hardness is your priority, with a crystalline appearance that equals its hard-wearing surface.
- Travertine pavers add an earthy beauty, and if you’re looking to add something of a Greco-Roman atmosphere to a landscape project, travertine is your clear choice.
- Slate pavers are the choice to make for extra slip-resistance, but they also add a range of color that makes for the visually striking landscape effect you’re after.
Basically, you’re gaining a range of benefits with all of these choices that will easily fit a number of tastes and applications no matter which one you decide to go with.
Q. Can I get uniform colors with natural stone pavers?
A. All natural stone pavers are the products of millions of years of development. Random mineral elements in each slab of stone, from which the pavers are cut, mean that there are naturally occurring differences in color and pattern from paver to paver.
Generally though, there is a subtle tonal range in travertine and granite that you can use to your advantage when laying out each paver. Slate pavers tend to have more radical differences, but the principle is the same: you can use the variations to your advantage when laying pavers, and the result is a visual effect that reflects your creative expression.
Q. What does the term “French Pattern” mean?
A. French pattern is a term to describe a certain layout of stone pavers. Basically, it is a layout which interlocks various pavers of different sizes flush against each other in a random pattern. There are some examples in our Gallery. Here is an illustrated pattern:
Q. What does the term “flamed” mean for stone pavers?
A. The term “flamed” refers to a subtly textured surface as opposed to smooth. This comes in particularly handy when you’re thinking about slip resistance in granite pavers.