Concrete pavers, also known as paving stones are becoming increasingly popular in the United States for residential and commercial construction projects. Interlocking pavers which was a European development has been in use for the last two decades There has since been considerable development in the field and now pavers are available in a wide variety of patterns, colors and designs. Pavers are the preferred choice because they are durable and easy to install. But their largest advantage is that they can quite easily be dismantled and re-installed in another location. Pavers can be used in a variety of locations like patios, pool decks, walkways, driveways and courtyards. Part of the attraction lies not merely in the variety of colors in which they come but also in the innumerable Paver Patterns in which they can be installed. Different Patterns in Pavers are also referred to as bonds.
Before installing pavers it pays to consider some of the advantages in different pattern designs. For instance an installation at 45 degrees to a building makes the paved area look smaller than it actually is. If you want to create an impression of space then choose a design running at right angles to the building.
If you choose rectangular shaped clay bricks or paving blocks, here are some of the brick paver pattern options available to you, each of which have their own distinctive appearance and lend themselves to theme changes.
Herringbone patterns are ideal of driveways and areas used by cars and trucks because they allow for even load bearing and minimize chances of relative movement between individual pavers, and the design as a whole. Herringbone patterns can be installed in either a 45 degree or 90 degree configuration. The 45 degree pattern makes more of a statement which is why it is popularly used below covered awnings and for patios. The 90 degree pattern is more conservative and is the preferred choice for walkways, pool decking and pathways. Both patterns are recommended where there is significant vehicle movement.
The Basket Weaver pattern has an old world charm about it if you are looking for an antiquated look.
The Stretcher Bond pattern is pavers laid parallel to each other. It is the easiest to install. If the pavers are installed longitudinally they give the expanse an appearance of length. If they are laid across they give an appearance of breath. So if pavers are laid across the length of a path the pathway looks wider than what it actually is.
Ashlar paver is another material of which pavers are made. Ashlar is prepared stonework suitably dressed and cut. An Ashlar pattern is an apparently random paving pattern of a number of pavers cut in different sizes of squares and rectangles.
A Flagstone paver is a generic term used for a shallow flat slab cut from any natural stone. Typical examples are slate, sandstone and limestone which are natural stones that can be easily cut and split. Flagstone pavers are a popular choice with homeowners because they are an ideal paving material perfect for residential use like for driveways, pool decks, patios, walkways and gardens. Since they are more difficult and costly to install, flagstone is not a common choice of commercial complexes. Typical flagstone paver patterns are basket weave, herring bone, interpace Venetial parquet, cobble-lock, Jericho stone and diamond run.
Bluestone pavers are cut out of natural bluestone which is blue-gray sandstone – a mixture of quartz particles with a sand compound. Because of its fabulous color, bluestone pavers are used indoors as well as outdoors. Bluestone pavers are thin in width and square in shape. The shape of the paver is what determines the bluestone paver pattern. Commonly used patterns are herring bone, basket weave and running bond.
Tile Paver are another hard-wearing material which can be stone, metal, glass or ceramic which are used for a number of applications like floors, walls and on the roof. Floor tiles are generally made of stone or ceramic thought of late glass and rubber tiles are becoming increasingly popular. Tiles are a product that is limited only by the user’s imagination. Tile patterns are used for applications as diverse as decorative floor work to geometrically symmetrical designs.