Introduction to Concrete Pavers

About Concrete Pavers

Overview

Concrete PaversConcrete pavers are an exceptional paving product for many external flooring applications in commercial, residential, community applications as well as school amenities, public crossings, shopping centers and recreational footpaths. For residential purposes they can be featured on driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool areas, barbecue areas, courtyards and any external location you desire.

The benefit of concrete pavers is they are durable, versatile, all weather tolerant and a multitude of design options available. They are a man made product which enables the manufacturing flexibility process to produce an extensive range of over 200 paver colors, a wide variety of different shapes and sizes then any other type of pavers. There are also concrete paver designs that interlock with another as there are straight edge designs.

Ultimate Choice Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are the ultimate paving option for their strength ability and durability aspects and that’s because of the special cement mixture and specific aggregates they are made from. Each paver unit contains density which enables exceptional stability for foot traffic as well as heavy vehicular traffic load bearing pavement component.

The other strength attribute which makes them durable are they will not be affected from weather or climatic changes regarding heat, water and snow conditions. For better paver surface protection from wear and tear, weather protection, color protection, oil stains and slip resistant issues, it’s vital that a suitable sealer protection product is applied after paver application is complete; it’s also advisable to reapply sealant annually.

Concrete Paver Colors

One of the biggest advantages to concrete pavers over other paving products are the limitless colors and textures. During the production process, colored pigment and oxides are added into the mixture that provides each paver color permanency.

The latest trend in landscaping decor regarding paving applications is color, color and more color. Coordinating color schemes has never been so easy and literally more daring, especially during the last few years. This allows the home owner, consumer and landscape designer a much wider choice to bring the entire landscaped setting decor presentation to be more vibrant and exiting.

Here are some of the basic color choices that most landscape centers have readily available in concrete pavers; you can choose one subtle color for uniformity or you can select several colors for an uplifting paving presentation; they include:

  • White Concrete Paving
  • Beige
  • Black
  • Charcoal
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple

For those home owners and landscape designers who prefer a paver color or a paver shape that is not available at your local landscape center there are manufacturers that can custom make the desired color and specific paver shape to suit your individual requirements.

Concrete Paver Shapes

Paver ShapesThe integral part of achieving laying pattern design is the concrete paver shape you choose. This is an important aspect, as some paver shapes and sizes are more suitable for the area size and area shape. For example, select a large paver design for small areas as the visual affects tends to make the paved area look bigger then it actually is. For large areas, select a small paver as the affects of the paved area makes the area look smaller.

The following are concrete paver shapes that you can consider for your pavement application; taking into consideration the area size and shape; they are:

  • Square
  • Rectangular Paver Shapes
  • Oblong
  • Oval
  • Circular
  • Semi Circular
  • Diamond
  • Octagon
  • Hexagon
  • Fan Shapes
  • Keyhole Shapes
  • W Shapes
  • X Shapes

There has been growing demand for manufacturers to come up with new paver shapes; this has resulted in many new shapes that have entered the market in recent times thanks to unique concrete paver molds. When it comes time to select the concrete paver shape, don’t forget you can also choose several shapes to bring an interesting and new dimension to break down the large paved areas. For example; large areas where you have selected a square or rectangular paver shape, they require an added paver shape to break up the continuous alignment design. One good option is to feature a circular shape in the middle of the design as this creates a focal visual interest.