With the diverse paving materials available, asphalt, concrete, brick, flagstone to name a few one seems to stand out in the crowd, Interlocking Paving Stones Paving stones come in a variety of materials like concrete, clay, marble and granite. They all are a beautiful alternative to concrete or asphalt.
A client when weighing the options for a new driveway and walkway asked me if he ended up choosing pavers he was concerned they may “go out of style” in years to come. The only thing I could think of were my trips to Europe and Israel and the cobble paving stone streets in Belgium and Germany and the Marble and Granite walkways and streets throughout Israel, especially in Jerusalem.
So my response was: I don’t think paving stones will be going out of style anytime soon.
Practical aspects of paving stones:
Notice the slideshow pictures included in this blog. This paving stone driveway was being lifted by the roots of these giant Redwood Trees in the middle of the driveway. The practical aspect of paving stones is the ability to repair a portion of a driveway or walkway due to lifting or sinking. With conventional paving like concrete; repairs include cutting the cracked or damaged area, removal of the concrete and then re-pouring new concrete. The aesthetical downfall is the new repair will never match the color or texture of the existing driveway or walkway and will stick out like a sore thumb. On the other hand the pavers can be lifted up then the issue can be repaired and the same pavers can be re-installed and one will never be able to tell there was a problem.
Please notice how the driveway was lifted approximately 8” making it difficult to use that portion of the driveway with a low setting car. After we root pruned the Redwood Tree we were able to re-install the pavers and the final outcome is beautiful. Now the entire driveway can be used with whatever vehicle arrives.
So if your house and/or garden have need of new paving seriously consider using Paving Stones instead of the other materials available.