Are Paving Stones Durable?

Nov 4, 2020

Paving stones for the patio, walkway, driveway, or pool deck are becoming increasingly popular in Massachusetts landscape design.

Homeowners are looking for new ways to enhance curb appeal, increase the value of their home, and create an outdoor living space that their family and friends can enjoy.

Paving stones add a sense of elegance and luxury, but are paving stones durable? Are paving stones worth the investment?

What Are Paving Stones?

Pavers, or paving stones, are a population inclusion of landscape design and are made of natural stone, concrete, brick, and other common materials. Diverse in texture, color, and size, paving stones are commonly used to build walkways, driveways, patios, pool decks, and more.

Homeowners in Massachusetts and around the world have used pavers for centuries as a way to update landscape design and create durable pathways that stand the test of time. Cobblestone is one of the oldest types of pavers and is found in local neighborhoods from Beacon Hill to the North End of Boston, though originating in England and other parts of Europe.

What Are the Different Types of Paving Stones?

Homeowners in Massachusetts have a variety of different paving stone options at their disposal.

Paving stones are a staple in landscape design and used for many projects, including:

  • Driveway pavers
  • Pool deck pavers
  • Patio pavers
  • Walkway pavers
  • …and more!

Additionally, paving stones are available in different materials. Depending on your vision, some options include:

Belgard Pavers:

1. Classic pavers

Great for all types of landscape design surfaces. Available in a variety of colors and perfect for homeowners looking to update their landscaping with a modern design.
Classic Pavers by Belgard

2. Dublin Cobble Paver

Embrace elegance with the classic cobblestone aesthetic. Perfect for residential and commercial properties who want to bring this timeless European design to their landscaping.
Dublin Cobble Paver by Belgard

3. Slate Pavers

Slate pavers will add a fresh new look to any driveway, patio, pool deck, or walkway. Available in a variety of colors, these pavers offer a textured finish and contemporary design aesthetic.
Catalina Slate Pavers by Belgard

4. Holland Stone

If your vision for your remodel is one of tradition, Holland Stone may be the paver for you. Also available in a variety of colors, these pavers work well for all outdoor surfaces and homeowners that want an elegant update to their landscaping but prefer to maintain a traditional aesthetic.
Holland Stone Pavers by Belgard

5. Plank pavers

Great for patios, walkways, and pool decks, the Plank Paver is perfect for homeowners in search of a classic stone aesthetic.
Agilina Plank Paver by Belgard

Unilock Pavers:

1. Beacon Hill Flagstone

Flagstone is comfortable to walk on barefoot due to less surface texture. For homeowners renovating a pool deck to keep the surface comfortable while jumping in and out of your pool, look no further.
Beacon Hill Flagstone Pavers by Unilock

2. Bristol Valley

The Bristol Valley is known for its elegance and natural stone aesthetic available in two colors and is a popular option for walkways and patios.
Bristol Valley Pavers by Unilock

3. Courtstone

If your goal as a homeowner or commercial developer is to invite the old-European or Italian aesthetic into your landscape design, the courtstone is for you.

Polished and luxurious, courtstone is available in a variety of colors and made with Ultima™, providing up to four times the strength of conventional poured concrete. This paving stone is popular for borders and accents applications.
Courtstone Driveway Pavers by Unilock

4. Hex Paver

The Hex Paver is contemporary, arranged in a variety of unique ways, and available in four unique colors.
Hex Pool Deck Pavers by Unilock

5. Europaver

Europaver offers a smooth surface perfect for driveway and walkway pavers.

Are Paving Stones Durable and Long-Lasting?

The longevity and durability of pavers is dependent on a couple different factors:

  1. What type of paver you choose
  2. Are the pavers sealed?

Paving stones must be sealed to prevent staining and other damage. In fact, this is one of the most important steps during the paver installation process and is extremely beneficial for the longevity of each paving stone. Failing to seal your pavers may result in erosion, weed growth, mildew and mold build-up, and discoloration. Sealing pavers will help to ensure your patio, driveway, pool deck, or walkway pavers look fresh and new for years to come.

As for durability, some paver materials are more durable than others.

Popular paver materials like limestone, flagstone, and fieldstone aren’t recommended for high-traffic areas, while brick and concrete are considered the most durable.

There are many types of pavers available to homeowners in Massachusetts investing in a landscape design remodel.

Paving stones for your pool deck, walkway, driveway, or patio remodel are a surefire way to update your landscape design and enhance curb-appeal. For homeowners planning to sell, paving stones also increase the value of your home and can even help to reduce your carbon footprint!

To learn more, visit the JM Mento Landscape Design Services page and schedule a free consultation today!

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