Concrete pavers are available in so many varieties today! They come in a multitude of colors, patterns and finishes. But this makes the selection process confusing!
I am going to help you with these decisions...so read on!
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Pavers are made from a concrete blend with coloring and are compacted in a special machine at very high pressures. An outdoor paver is different from brick in that brick is actually made from clay and baked at very high temperatures.
Concrete pavers can be used for almost any hardscape project.
They can have a more finished look, or they can look like stone to give a more natural look.
The nicest looking pavers are those that are tumbled, providing a stone-like appearance.
There are various ways to create tumbled pavers, but often they are
actually tumbled in a large drum to create a rough, stone-like
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Tumbled pavers are also know as cobblestone pavers. They can be uneven on the surface or smooth. Although they often are called cobblestone pavers, they are not true granite cobblestone pavers.
These are sometimes used on a cobblestone driveway or driveway apron.
However, concrete pavers can be used to to mimic the real deal.
Beveled pavers have what looks like a chiseled, smooth edge. They are a clean cut look and are not tumbled.
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When selecting a color, one of the first things I do is look at both the paver color and the color of your house. You want the color of both to blend or contrast exceptionally well together.
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***The concrete pavers you choose can be one, uniform color. They can also be a blend, where each paver is a mixture of two or more colors. You might use the blend, and then add in a certain percentage of another complimentary color for interest, say 20%.
You can include a border along the edge of the hardscape, called a soldier course, and this may be a complimentary color.
If you would like to read about some of my recommendations, please visit my page on paver suppliers. Some of the well known companies are Cambridge, Techo-Bloc, Belgard, and Eagle Bay. Also, read my valuable advice on hiring paver contractors.
One of the advantages of pavers is that they are dry-laid so there is no concrete involved. Here is a very brief explanation of how pavers are installed.
Because of this installation method, pavers are very forgiving. If by any chance over time there is movement, pavers can be easily picked up and laid again. Pavers are also not as hot on the feet as bluestone, particularly the lighter color pavers. Therefore, they can be a good choice for swimming pool decking.
However, some of the darker colors can still be very hot and uncomfortable. Bluestone looks very nice with concrete pavers. You might incorporate it as the treads for steps or as the coping on a patio seatwall. Natural stone also works well with concrete pavers. Stone can be used as the risers for steps and for patio walls.Patio Plans For Inspiration
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