- Retaining Walls
- Decks and Patios
- Water Retention
There are three basic types of materials when it comes to pavers:
For colored applications, concrete pavers are the best choice. Since they are technically a manufactured product, hundreds of colors can be added to achieve the perfect color for you. The colors are also fade-resistant because the colors are introduced during the fabrication process. Manufactured pavers are interlocking, making them simple to install. Creating neat borders for gardens or walkways becomes easy when using fabricated pavers.
Mostly used on pathways, walkways, and patios, natural stone pavers are usually the most attractive type of paver on the market. Flagstone (or fieldstone) is the top-of-the-line natural stone paver. Limestone is also a common type often used as edging pavers. Natural stone is the perfect choice for Wisconsin’s harsh winters. The durability of natural stone holds up by resisting the elements – giving you a beautiful look year after year. Due to their strength you may never have to replace your natural stone pavers. Another benefit is they are available in different forms.
Brick is a versatile paver material and can be used on pathways, driveways, patios, and as edging. Genuine brick is made from clay and shale, featuring rich, lasting color that will not fade. True brick is dried and fired at very high temperatures (like a kiln with pottery) making it extremely strong.
Sometimes, fake brick is made to resemble the appearance and strength of real brick. This is made from a concrete/aggregate mixture and dyed to look like a natural, clay-made brick. Similar to concrete pavers, concrete-made brick pavers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are strong, but the color can fade in sunlight. There are sealants available to help prevent color-fading on concrete-based brick.
Overall, brick pavers, whether genuine or concrete-fabricated, are more versatile than concrete pavers because they can be laid side-by-side, end-to-end, a mixture of both, or even diagonally. They give you more of an opportunity to create intricate geometric designs where natural stone lacks the ability.
At Loomis Landscaping we will suggest the best paver for your application, but ultimately, we’ll use the paver of your choice. In some designs, we’ll suggest use of multiple types of pavers for different purposes. Whether you're installing a retaining wall or scheduling any other hardscape design, Loomis Landscaping will make sure your paver-made structure creates a stunning look for your outdoor area.
A paver is a paving: stone, tile, brick, or brick-like piece of concrete usually used for outdoor flooring. They are made by pouring concrete and color into a mold and allowing it to set. They have a long history of use, starting back in the times of the Roman Empire.
The Romans built roads with interlocking pavers, a form of paving becoming more popular in America today. These roads are still intact and still usable. This is due to the flexibility of the construction. When the ground shifts, whether expanding when hot and contracting when cold, small tremors beneath the surface, or moving and sinking ground located below sea level, the pavers move with it – where solid slabs of concrete would crack.
The first time paver methods were used post-Roman times was around 1820, which at the time was considered state-of-the-art. A single-size layer of construction aggregate –coarse particulate small stones– were spread across a roadway, and bound together with a cementing agent.
Laying pavers is a specific process by which one must follow, or the structure will easily be compromised. First, a stone layer is installed and leveled. A layer of chips are spread on top and the pavers are then placed in the desired pattern.
With innovation always at the forefront of most things, it’s not surprising that pavers are still being improved to this day. Within the past decade, concrete interlocking pavers have become incredibly popular, making the process of installing pavers simpler.