How to Buy Patio Pavers

Laying patio pavers in your yard, driveway or pool area can provide an instant update to your landscaping. Pavers are made from a lot of materials, including stone, concrete and brick, and they are available in many different colors, textures, patterns and styles. The maintenance required is minimal, and many homeowners enjoy using them to build walkways and extend patios. Buy patio pavers by choosing specific patterns and materials that will complement the look of your house and yard.


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    Think about the project you will be using the pavers for. Whether you want to use the pavers for pathways, stepping stones, walkways or edges, visualize how they will look on your property to get an idea of what you will be shopping for.
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    Choose materials you prefer. Most pavers are made from natural stone, brick or concrete. Manufactured pavers are also available, and each piece can interlock with the others.
    • Choose stone pavers for a more decorative look. These decorative pavers are often more expensive. They are typically used in gardens, and as stepping stones on pathways.
    • Choose brick pavers for driveways, pathways or edging along a patio. They are versatile and uniform in size and shape.
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    Consider the color scheme you want. Pavers are colored during the manufacturing process.
    • Keep a natural look with earth tones such as terracotta or chocolate brown shades. Pavers also come in rust colors, sandy gold shades and different tones of white.
    • Consider the colors that will surround the pavers. Blend different colors if you want, such as reds and greens.
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    Look for designs that appeal to you.
    • Choose something versatile, such as herringbone, which is a zigzag pattern, or a basket-weave pattern, which pairs the pavers in horizontal and vertical directions.
    • Consider more complex patterns, such as circular designs or a fan pattern, which includes arches and looks good on a walkway or driveway.
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    Assess your ability to install pavers yourself. Talk to sales associates and customer service representatives about instructions on laying your pavers.
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    Plan how you will maintain your pavers. Most pavers can be easily maintained. Ask a sales professional or garden design expert what you need to do to keep your pavers looking good for a long period of time.
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    Measure your yard to determine how many you will need. Measure the space that you will install the pavers so you are sure to buy enough.
    • Buy an extra supply of patio pavers in case you need to replace 1 or 2 that may become damaged or worn.
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    Visit home improvement centers or garden design centers. Take a look at the supply of patio pavers available, and compare the different materials and colors.
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    Shop online for a larger selection and lower prices. Searching the Internet might provide you with additional options.
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    Ask about return and warranty policies before you buy. Your patio pavers will need to withstand traffic from people and animals, as well as your patio furniture. Make sure you can return them if you change your mind.


  • Work with a landscape designer or gardener if you need advice on which pavers will work best for your project and yard.
  • Check out home and garden websites, books and magazines for ideas. Better Homes and Gardens always has ideas, or you can perform an Internet search to find helpful websites.

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