everything you need to know about the different types of pavers

Paving your garden can start to look quite complicated when you realise how many garden paver options you have available to you. To help you decide on the pavers best suited to you and your home, this article lays out the pros, cons, and maintenance rules for the most common paver types. 

Porcelain Pavers

Porcelain is a manmade option for your garden. Not only does this mean it has been designed to solve other paver problems, like how much water and dirt they absorb, but it also means it can be created in 1000s of different designs. A porcelain paver can even be designed to look like wooden deck boards!

They are impervious to colour fading so, when properly maintained, they will still look like new years later. As they are scratch resistant and easy to clean porcelain makes a great option for families with kids.

They do require a bit more work during installation. For one thing, you will need to use primer when laying porcelain pavers. They also require a specialist blade to cut. 

Maintaining Porcelain Pavers

This type of paving requires very little maintenance.

Simply sweep your porcelain paving twice a week to remove excess dirt or debris. Rinse the surface with hot water and a PH neutral cleaning solution. Wipe away excess water and allow it to dry. 

Natural Granite

This material is incredibly strong which makes it a great option for heavy traffic areas. Because it is so strong and hard it creates very clean cuts. It will not be damaged by water or scratching. 

Granite is an investment that will last for years. It has a large variety of colours and finishes available. On the other hand, they are really heavy making landscaping with these pavers a labour-intensive work. 

Maintaining Granite Pavers

Granite is really easy to clean and, when regularly maintained, it will come up like new.

Start by removing any weeds or excess dirt. Clean with a brush and hot water, or pressure wash. Granite is hard enough to not take any damage during a pressure washing session. (Pressure washing is not advised for sandstone or limestone). Allow to air dry. 

Natural Stone 

natural stone

The beauty of natural stone comes through in the amazing display of natural colours and patterns that vary from piece to piece. This type of paver is hard wearing and very durable so it will last for many years. 

The best natural stone is frost tested to ensure it does not crack in the cold winter months, so your garden will stay perfect all year round. 

Maintaining Natural Stone Pavers

Maintenance is simple if carried out regularly. 

Start by sweeping away any debris or dirt, then pull up any weeds that may have started to take root between the pavers. Next wash with a brush and soapy water. Remove excess water then allow to dry.

Natural Limestone

Limestone gives a garden a consistent look that is sleek. It is a great option if you want your garden to have a softer colour palette. However, if you like limestone and wish for a more striking colour, the colours can be enhanced to create that bold look for your garden. 

Limestone boasts a naturally smooth surface and deals fairly well with the elements. It will fade over time when exposed to sunlight, but some people like this weathering look as it makes a garden look more traditional. 

An extra bonus for limestone is that it is easy to cut and work with.  

Maintaining Natural Limestone Pavers

You will need to maintain limestone more regularly than other pavers. 

Be sure to use non-acidic soap when maintaining your limestone pavers. Any acid will damage this type of stone. Wash and rinse the surface as you go and remove extra water. It is recommended to steam clean your limestone pavers when dealing with excess dirt.  

Natural Slate

Slate can give both a modern and a traditional look to the garden depending on the colours and design used. It is loved because of the subtle and beautiful effects of the slate colour range (blues to blacks). 

Natural slate is very durable with a low absorption rate. It doesn’t fade as quick as limestone but like limestone, it is susceptible to moisture damage if not maintained. Slate can be difficult to work with depending on the type you use, calibrated slate being the best type for gardens. 

Maintaining Natural Slate Pavers

Because natural slate works so well against rain and moisture, cleaning it is simple. 

When maintaining your slate, just brush away debris and wash with soapy water. You can brush away excess water for a quicker drying time then allow the slate to air dry. By doing this every 2 to 3 months you can keep that slate looking shiny and new.

Natural Sandstone

natural sandstone

Natural sandstone is used for a rustic look. It is both beautiful and durable with tonal variations that add to its natural look. Sandstone is relatively easy to get hold of so broken tiles are easy to replace.

It is important to note that sandstone can be quite slippery, so care needs to be taken if you are choosing this type of paver when you have young or elderly ones to consider. It is also easy to stain, so be sure to clean up messes quickly. 

Maintaining Natural Sandstone Pavers

Natural sandstone absorbs water, this needs to be taken into account when maintaining, you don’t want to leave water standing on the sandstone for too long. Depending on the type of sandstone and the finish it may require regular sealing every 3-5 years.  

Like all pavers, maintaining starts by brushing away excess dirt and removing any little weeds. You then want to clean with acid-free soapy water. Rinse with a light hose, pressure washing will cause damage. Fill in any gaps in the joints with joint sand. 

Concrete Pavers

While concrete is man-made it can replicate the look of natural stone with a budget friendly approach. You can also create a great collection of shapes and designs. It is easy to replace individual pavers.

Concrete pavers have great traction when wet making it an excellent choice for gardens that hold social functions on a regular basis. Pavers are also more durable than poured concrete, and they look nicer too. 

On the downside, roots, frost heaving, and settling can move concrete pavers from their original position. The base needs to be properly prepared to lay concrete pavers. 

Maintaining Concrete Pavers

If the concrete pavers are laid efficiently, they need very little maintenance care. 

Simply ensure that you regularly remove any weeds growing in the cracks and scrub with a brush and water. Power washers work brilliantly on concrete pavers. You may also wish to seal the pavers to increase longevity. 

Design Your Perfect Garden

Are you looking to landscape your garden? Do you want to prepare a lovely paver design or garden patio so you can get the most out of your garden this summer?

If the answer is yes, contact our friendly team at Last Lawn Projects to hear how we can help you both with landscaping and design, and regular maintenance of your garden. We work in the Glasgow area and regularly travel as far out as Cumnock and Irvine, so we can help as many gardens as possible. Click Here to contact us and get a quote for your perfect garden today!

 

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