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Materials. The most common paver materials are asphalt, pressed concrete (available in standard or custom colors), brick, and natural stone (such as marble, granite, or flagstone).
"A cast concrete paver is usually going to be the biggest bang for your buck," says Sivgalls. "It's strong, easily customizable, and comes in great colors and textures."
Whether you opt for a cast concrete paver, or a more natural stone, you'll want to make sure that the paver you choose is thick enough and heavy enough that it can be walked on without getting damaged. But, you also want to make sure it's not too heavy, so you can lift it up and place it where it needs to go.
Installation. "When using pavers, you want to make sure you set them up for long term use," Sivgals says. "We try and use a full concrete sub-base, and then apply the pavers to that. But if you're not ready for that amount of work or financial investment, then there are other ways to install pavers too."
If your pavers are going in a high-traffic area, place them in a way that's comfortable to walk on. It's important that people don't have to watch their feet too much when on a walkway. "You want to take the natural stride of an average person into account," says Sivgals.
Cost. The price of pavers depends on what kind of material you're using, how that material has been treated, if it's colored, and how thick it is. Below is a very general price range of pavers, divided by the more common material choices:
Concrete pavers: $5 to $10 per square feet
Brick pavers: $5 to $15 per square feet
Natural stone: $10 to $30 per square feet
Huettl uses bluestone, which comes in a variety of colors, textures, and shapes, for most of his pavers. The price for this natural stone tends to range between $5 and $25 per square foot. The exact price is going to vary depending on size, thickness, and treatments for color and texture.
When shopping for pavers, keep in mind that the color of concrete pavers can change over time. Pavers dyed at the surface will wear, while those with color all the way through will last longer. Also, pay attention to the finish of the pavers. How rough is it? Is there friction? How much texture is visible? Brick pavers, for example, have a smooth surface, but can be slippery in wet and shady areas.
Both Huettl and Bradley recommend avoiding stamped concrete in lieu of pavers. Stamped concrete can chip, and it's hard to hide the chips or replace the concrete. "Pavers usually cost 1/2 to 1/3 times more, but typically last longer," says Bradley. "If a repair is necessary, you can just replace a few of the pavers as needed."
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