21 Jul Interlocking or Architectural Slab Concrete Pavers for the Home
When homeowners feel it is time for a new driveway or patio surrounding the pool, concrete pavers provide an easy-to-install option that is sturdy, cost-effective, and very attractive. Pavers come in many shapes, detailed to suit almost any architecture, and can completely transform a very bland outdoor area into an attractive and durable expression of the homeowner’s personal taste.
Concrete pavers can be used for driveways, patios, walkways and more, and learning about all the different styles to choose from is step one. There are pavers that have irregular shapes and textures, which mimic the look of authentic stone and are much less slippery than the real thing when they get wet. This is an ideal option for any area surrounding a swimming pool. There are deep-red colored pavers that can warm up the driveway of a home. There are also tumbled pavers, which offer a cool matte palette and a well-worn artisanal look and are an especially good option for adobe or stucco homes. For those with a preference for modern design, there are modern pavers with clean lines and smooth faces, offering a complement to a contemporary style home exterior.
Concrete pavers fall into two categories: interlocking or architectural slab. Interlocking pavers were first created after World War II, when brick was in short supply. Billions of these types of pavers found their way onto roads across Europe and are still in good condition today. Architectural slab pavers provide a more aesthetic option. Although the thinner architectural slab pavers are not as durable as the interlocking pavers, they beautifully simulate the look of brick or natural stone.
Interlocking pavers have edge spacers, are thick and durable (great for driveways), and are made with very strong concrete. Architectural slab pavers do not have edge spacers, are molded from wetter concrete to resemble brick or stone and are thinner than the interlocking pavers, making them unsuitable for driveways.