What To Choose After You Choose To Install Pavers

If you're having your patio redone, and you've decided the surface will use pavers instead of an expanse of concrete, you aren't done deciding yet. Once you choose pavers, you have to decide on the details so that the patio you end up with is something you'll like to look at for years. Many people concentrate on the pattern of the pavers, but there's more, including size, color, and drainage capability.

Paver Size

Pavers are available in several sizes, and you can have custom pavers made, too. Larger pavers offer more coverage over the ground, reducing the number of spots where weeds can try to poke out of the soil and base-layer sand (you can use additional polymeric sand between pavers to prevent this, but the larger the paver, the less sand you'll need). Using larger pavers also means that there will be fewer corners that can poke upward should part of the ground under the patio become unstable (say, from an underground pipe leak or a moderate quake -- the pavers themselves should stay level as long as the ground is stable).

Choosing larger pavers also means that the installation of the patio will go a lot faster. Once pavers are installed and a sealant coat added, it takes only a couple of days for everything to dry, making the patio ready for use.

Permeable Patches

You should also decide on whether you want any part of the patio to use permeable pavers. These are the open-design pavers that let the ground show through and that let rain drain right into the ground. They provide excellent drainage assistance; instead of having lots of rain funneled into a specific drainage channel, some of that rain can drain into the permeable spots, reducing the chances of the drainage channel becoming overwhelmed if there's a lot of rain.

Keep in mind, though, that permeable pavers mixed with grass means you'll have to care for the grass. You'll have to be careful cutting it as mowers can damage the pavers.


An outdoor patio is going to get dirty no matter what you do -- cleaning it merely gets rid of what's already landed on the patio, and it doesn't prevent the patio from getting dirty again. So the color of the pavers is important because what you choose makes the patio better at hiding or showing dirt. If you want to hide dirt so that the patio doesn't look uncared for in between cleaning sessions, a darker color works better. If you want to be able to spot dirt immediately and get rid of it immediately, a lighter color is better.

Patio builders can show you the styles of pavers they have available. If there are custom designs you want, you can work those out with the builders. Pavers are an excellent tool for creating beautiful patios, and builders want to help you get the best experience possible. To learn more, contact a company like Hufnagel Landscaping Inc