Paver Attributes and Uses

Pavers are brick-like pieces of high-density concrete molded at a factory and shipped to the job site. Once at the job site, they are installed individually as the top surface of a patio, walkway, or driveway. Unlike standard masonry, pavers are not mortared in place.

Types. Pavers are available in a wide range of colors, shapes, styles, and looks to match almost any taste. Often, pavers are made to resemble brick or natural stones, such as cobblestones.

Uses. Pavers are frequently used to create walkways, patios, and driveways. They are also used for stone walls, outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens. In addition, most paver manufacturers sell matching architectural blocks that can be used to build retaining walls adjacent to the patio or walkway.

Paver installations offer many advantages over standard concrete. Paver patios, walkways, and driveways are structurally sound as well as aesthetically pleasing. Because each paver’s dimensions are tightly controlled at the factory, a paver installation is usually more uniform and has straighter lines than a similar installation of naturally occurring stone. Additionally, paver installations do not crack as concrete driveways may. If a single paver breaks, it can be replaced with relative ease.

Nevertheless, pavers are a premium product. Paver installations are more expensive than other standard surfaces, such as plain concrete. They are usually at least twice as expensive as a standard concrete installation of similar dimensions.