The modern day landscape has become a showcase of manmade paving stones or pavers.  They are valued for their affordability as well as their durability.  The wonder of precast pavers is that they can stand alone on a sand or gravel base without the use of mortar.  They are also small enough to be moved and hand set to create beautiful, one of a kind landscaping design.

The Categories of Pavers

Paving stones, or pavers, caught on in the landscaping world because they are affordable as well as versatile.  There are several different categories that they can fall into.  Some of the categories are as follows:

  • Interlocking – These come in a wide variety of shapes and colors that produce wonderful patterns that are visually appealing.
  • Precast Unit – More uniformly shaped stones in such shapes as squares or brick-like rectangles that come in a variety of sizes.
  • Open Cell – These are specially designed to allow water to drain through the openings of the paver itself or through the openings that are set into the edges.
  • Stone – Fragments from pre-war pavements are the focus of a stone paver.  These are rough-hewn stone squares that replaced cobblestones.  They are the approximate size of a precast concrete paver, but are more expensive due to the labor that is required to create stones that are identical.