Home Depot has an article on their website about what to consider when buying pavers for the patio, porch, driveway, etc. Pavers are made of different materials such as natural stone, brick, and concrete. They can be bought in different finishes and textures.
First identify the location of the pavers since this will determine what type of material you need and can afford. They are often used in pathways, as stepping stones, on walkways, on patios, and driveways. Decorative stones are more expensive and are usually used as stepping stones. Brick pavers are usually used on driveways, paths, and edging. Limestone pavers are the strongest.
A color has to be chosen usually with the color of the house in mind. Colors range from earth tones, terracotta, browns, rusts, golds, whites, etc. Often a blend of colors is chosen or a pattern is planned out before the purchase. Patterns such as herringbone, basket-weave, circular, or fan designs are popular.
Additional tips: Buy extra pavers for pattern matching or replacement of broken pieces. Paths are generally at least 3 feet wide. Clean the pavers with a mix of 10 parts water with one part vinegar.
After installation, it is advised that the project be sealed to add to their longevity and to cut down on staining.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.