Paver Types With Decks

by Sheila

I have a question about different paver types with decks.

I'm in the process of meeting with landscapers for a hardscape/landscape job I want in my back yard. I live on the Chesapeake Bay.

I currently, have several decks that don't connect to each other. So my goal is to have walkways and landing areas in front of the steps. The job is approximately 450sq ft.

My decking material is grey timbertech with white trim. I like the EP Henry pewter blend color, but really think all the gray pavers are close enough in color (i.e., Belgard, etc.). My dilemma is which type of paver to choose.. the tumbled or the cobble?

The landscaper has chosen the Old Towne cobble. His opinion is it's a no brainer. I wasn't sure how bumpy it would be. Frankly, I don't know what I'm doing.....cobble or tumbled? I keep flip flopping back and forth. Help? Also, do you have any comments/advice on Belgian block as a garden edge?

Thanks, Sheila

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Mar 04, 2009
Paver Borders and Granite Curbing
by: Susan

Personally, I don't care for the pavers that have all those bumps on them. They don't have to be completely smooth, but I prefer them without
all the "dimples". Other than that, I would just try to select one witha color that looks good with the decking and you like the look. It
doesn't matter if your deck is more contemporary and you use a paver with a cobble look....actually that can look interesting.

Granite cobble is typically a gray color, although they are available in other tones also. Unless you go with a complete contrast,
you will most likely have a problem with it just automatically looking good. I would use the matching paver, stand it on edge, and perhaps add
a paver border design in the patio field. There is a lot you can do with one paver choice. Also, I don't know your space, but have you looked at
the circle kits? They can be fun.


Mar 04, 2009
Granite Cobble Edging
by: Sheila

I will get more samples of the pavers. It's interesting that EP Henry has a paver that they call Old Town Cobble which seems to have a smoother, rounder top versus their Coventry I paver that's a little beat up around the edges with a flat top.

It is so hard to tell which one will look the best since they are so close in appearance. My existing deck has clean straight lines with a
traditional look, but modern flair. I will have to bring more block home and wait for the snow to clear.

In regards to the Belgian Block, I was wondering if you personally like the look of it with concrete pavers? Or do you prefer the edge/curb stone that matches the pavers? I'm really looking for that WOW factor. But I'm leaning
towards the latter....just because I really have trouble seeing the big picture. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciate.

By the way, I love your website. It is very informative.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.


Mar 04, 2009
Tumbled Pavers and Decks
by: Susan

Hi Sheila,
I understand. Pavers can be confusing due to the huge selection. By the way, cobble and tumbled are the's just a term.

What I would suggest is to get about 5 to 6 of each kind that you are considering and bring them home. Look at everything together.That is the only way you will know for sure. I might tell you one thing, and the color might be off.

Belgian Block is expensive. I might suggest using the same paver you select, using it on edge, as a garden edging.

If I can be of any further help, let me know.


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