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What Are Patio Pavers?

an example of patio pavers in a backyard

Patio pavers are paving stones made from a variety of materials. These are normally used to create exterior flooring or stepping stones. They’re made by pouring concrete into a mold or through other methods, depending on the type of paver you’re interested in.

Patio pavers can be used in gardens, pavers best for walkways, and others that look beautiful as patio flooring. When you’re looking into a patio design, it’s normal to see patio pavers be suggested time and time again for their versatility and attractive appearance. If you are looking for a Catonsville patio designer, contact Valley Landscaping at 410.983.6261 for guidance. Read on to learn more about patio pavers.

Why Use Patio Pavers?

Other than as a design element, there is one great reason to use patio pavers for outside flooring. Some kinds of patio pavers are textured, which means that they can improve friction and prevent falls, even when it has rained, or the pavers have gotten wet.

Some kinds of pavers are smooth, like marble, granite, and concrete, so those might become slick and need to have slip-resistant coatings applied if they’re going to be used outside. There are also options like aggregate and cobblestone that might be too rough and bumpy, so they could impede the movements of things like wheelchairs or walkers. Whenever you work on a patio design project, it’s important to look into those potential concerns and select a patio paver right for the job.

What Kinds of Patio Pavers Are There?

There are several kinds of patio pavers available. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Cobblestones
  • Cut stone
  • Veneer stone
  • Flagstone
  • Brick

How Are Patio Pavers Installed?

Patio pavers are installed by cutting away space in the ground, normally, then laying the stones down with a half-inch to an inch between them. That space is later filled with loose materials, like gravel or sand. Some people choose to fill the area with ground cover, like moss.

It’s also possible to lay the pavers and fill the gaps with concrete or other fillers to don’t move and don’t have space for greenery to grow between the cracks.

What Should You Know About Having Pavers Installed?

When pavers are installed, it’s normal to excavate an area for the pavers instead of placing them on the ground with no preparation. Once the area has been excavated, sand or gravel may be placed down. The pavers are laid on top, and a tool, like one with a long string across two poles, is used to make sure they are even.

How Can You Choose the Right Pavers for Your Project?

Choosing the right pavers isn’t always simple, but there are a few ways to narrow down your selection. Consider the colors you want as well as the size of the area you’re working with. Smaller pavers take up less space and can often be placed more accurately into designs, whereas larger pavers look more natural and take up larger amounts of space.

You should also consider your budget since certain kinds of stone or materials may cost more than you intend to spend, limiting your options further.

Contact Valley Landscaping, Stone, & Patio for Help with Your Patio Design

At Valley Landscaping, Stone, & Patio, we can help you select from a number of different paver options. With our experience, we will be able to look at your project’s size and recommend patio design elements that will look great in your space and improve your landscaping. We’re here to help. Call us today to learn more about our services and the pavers we currently have in stock at 410.983.6261.