Pathway Pavers

Patios, pathways and walkways in a residential or commercial area encourage a healthy lifestyle by enticing people outside to enjoy the sunshine or evening. Their purposes are varied from directing and guiding pedestrian traffic to a destination to simply enjoying and afternoon tea on.

Choosing the right pavers for your patio or path is important for aesthetic reasons but also for safety and functionality. If your paving an area strictly for the use of pedestrian traffic there is an endless amount of choice in the paving range. From natural stone to concrete, clay and permeable pavers, you will be spoilt for choice.

It is important to keep in mind the thickness of your paver when you are purchasing. If you are laying your pavers onto a compacted road base or sand bedding you will need to purchase pavers that are 30mm or thicker. Any thinner than this and your pavers will be at risk of cracking with the movement of the earth.

If you like the idea of a thinner, tile style paver, often found in natural stone ranges such as travertine and limestone, you must lay them on a concrete base. The stability of the concrete will keep your pavers from cracking over time.

Where the pavement is to be completely free of vehicular traffic there really is no restriction on the type and thickness of base course to be used, depending on your paver thickness. However, it is strongly recommended that a base course of at least 75-mm compacted thickness be used and that the bedding sand meets the requirements of 25mm thick.

Patio and walkway pavers are a practical way to obtain a desired look for your outdoor areas. Natural stone pavers help to keep a natural setting in context to the surrounding environment or design. However concrete pavers usually provide a greater array of colours, shapes and textures which may help achieve a more personalised look.