Pavers & Paving Stones

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What Are Concrete Pavers?

Concrete pavers are durable and beautiful paving stones made of sand, gravel, pigments, water and other performance additives. During manufacturing, wet concrete mix gets vibrated and compressed into the desired shape and size of the paver, then cured. The final product is a solid concrete paver that can withstand 8,000 psi of pressure, which is more than double the maximum pressure for poured concrete.

Concrete pavers are available in thousands of color, size, texture and style combinations to suit any home or architectural project. The unique design potential of concrete paving stones increases the aesthetic appeal of landscape designs and outshines traditional poured concrete.

Set easy-to-install paving stones over a foundation of compact soil or sand, and they do not require a sealant or grout. One of the most significant benefits of choosing concrete pavers as an alternative to poured or stamped concrete is that concrete paving stones are easy to repair, remove and re-install. They also boast a long lifetime and are less likely to get damaged by heavy foot or vehicle traffic, freezing temperatures or other harsh weather conditions. Concrete pavers create low maintenance and attractive hardscapes in any setting and are more affordable to install than poured concrete.

In recent years, concrete pavers have gained popularity in landscape design as consumers and businesses become concerned with the environmental impacts of impervious surfaces. Because concrete pavers have spaces between each stone, they allow rainwater to filter through. They reduce stormwater runoff which can cause flooding or carry pollutants into waterways. Concrete pavers are a beautiful, affordable, durable and environmentally friendly option for both commercial and residential landscaping.

Types of Pavers

Concrete paving stones are available in many types and styles for best performance in specific applications. Thinner smooth pavers can create beautiful patios and poolsides, while thick, textured pavers build durable and practical driveways. Concrete paver stones can blend into the surrounding environment or become a standout feature in landscape design.

The two primary types of concrete pavers are interlocking pavers and architectural pavers. Interlocking pavers are most common in residential landscape design for walkways, patios, driveways and more. Strong and long-lasting, interlocking concrete pavers are made of thick and stiff concrete that can withstand heavy vehicle or foot traffic. Interlocking pavers typically have edge spacers that create uniform spacing and joints. You can arrange interlocking pavers in a variety of patterns, including basketweave and herringbone, to create unique designs. With dozens of single-color and blended color options, durable interlocking pavers can fit seamlessly in any residential or commercial design.

Architectural pavers are often thinner than interlocking pavers and not well-suited for vehicle traffic. However, architectural pavers shine in patio design, courtyards, parks and pathways. These aesthetically appealing concrete pavers come in a wide variety of shapes, including irregular patterns that resemble natural stone and large, smooth slabs for a sleek and modern appeal. Architectural concrete pavers offer more design possibilities and are perfect for large-scale applications such as sidewalks and plazas at shopping centers, businesses and schools.

A third popular type of concrete pavers is permeable pavers. While all unsealed landscape paving stones allow water to pass through the spaces between them, permeable pavers are specifically for stormwater management. Permeable concrete pavers can remove hydrocarbons, heavy metals and other pollutants from rainwater before releasing it safely into the groundwater or collecting it for other uses such as irrigation. These pavers are especially useful in parks, sidewalks and other urban applications where groundwater runoff can be a serious concern. By facilitating rainwater absorption, permeable pavers can prevent urban runoff that can cause flooding and pollute waterways near cities.

Styles of Concrete Pavers

When choosing concrete pavers, homeowners and landscape architects have a variety of colors, textures and styles to choose from. By combining colors and textures of concrete pavers, striking contrasts can become the focal point of a cohesive hardscape design. Here are a few different style elements of concrete pavers and the varieties available.

  • Color: Concrete pavers range from traditional colors like charcoal gray or rustic red to creative blends like Appalachian gray or sierra tan. Choose a single color for a uniform appeal or combine colors to create designs on sidewalks or a border around a patio.
  • Texture: Concrete pavers are available with three different surface types — smooth, tumbled or textured. Smooth concrete pavers can have matte or glossy surfaces to resemble porcelain or slate. Tumbled concrete pavers feature distressed and weathered edges that offer a beautiful and affordable alternative to cobblestone. Textured concrete pavers feature imprinted patterns that create a more visually exciting surface.
  • Stone appearance: Some concrete pavers’ design resembles other materials, such as cobblestoneslate and porcelain. These concrete pavers offer the look of natural stones without the hefty price. Because of their affordability and easy maintenance, concrete pavers offer an excellent alternative to stone pavers.

Shapes and Sizes of Concrete Pavers Available

Whether you want to build a backyard patio or resurface an entire plaza, concrete pavers are available to fill spaces of any size and shape. Standard rectangular paving stones create an even and uniform look, while large square pavers can efficiently fill an expansive area. For more creative patterns, irregular, hexagonal and elongated rectangular paving stones are also available. Nitterhouse Masonry Products carries a variety of shapes and sizes of concrete pavers in both our product line and concrete pavers by Belgard. Below are some of the size and shape options we offer.

  • Rectangular: Rectangular paving stones are available in standard sizes ranging from small 4″ x 8″ pavers to large 24″ x 36″ architectural slabs. These paving stones come with varying thicknesses from 3/4″ to 3 1/8″. Our long and sleek Urban Stone concrete pavers range from 4″ x 12″ to 4″ x 24″, while our new Camina Paving Stones offer customizable rectangular grooves for a creative and modern look.
  • Square: Square concrete paving stones are an excellent option for expansive spaces like parks, with pavers as large as 24″ x 24″ available. Small square pavers are also available in various sizes, including 6″ x 6″, 8″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″. Our affordable square Superior Pavers offer three sizes that are perfect for commercial applications, while our Chateau Pavers, available in 6″ x 12″, 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 18″, make it easy to create a more complex design by combining square and rectangular pavers.
  • Irregular: Belgard Mega Arbel concrete pavers resemble natural stone, with a textured surface and irregular shape. The varying sizes of these unique paving stones fit together to create an organic design that flows with the surrounding landscape. Our Architectural Pavers are also available in hexagonal tiles to create a unique beehive pattern.

When choosing the ideal shape and size of concrete pavers for your hardscape project, consider the area and shape of land you plan to cover. Smaller rectangular pavers are well-suited for pathways, while large square and rectangular pavers create beautiful and sleek patios and sidewalks. In the end, your design preference and vision for the result will guide you to the best shape, size, style and type of paver for your project.

Best Uses for Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers have a variety of applications from small residential walkways to massive commercial plazas. Concrete pavers can also be a substitute for poured concrete or asphalt in driveways, roads and parks. While the uses of concrete pavers are nearly limitless, here are a few great applications of pavers and paving stones in residential and commercial settings.

  • Patios: When constructing a patio at your home or business, concrete pavers are an affordable and aesthetically pleasing option. Because concrete pavers are permeable, they also prevent rainwater runoff and will never create puddles like poured concrete can. With a variety of styles and colors available, your patio pavers can perfectly complement the existing design of your home, from simple Interlocking or Village Pavers to stylish Belgard Urbana.
  • Driveways: Concrete pavers are slip-resistant and provide more traction than poured concrete or asphalt. For colder climates, concrete pavers are resilient during freeze-thaw cycles and will not crack. Able to withstand more pressure than poured concrete, concrete pavers are durable for heavy vehicle traffic. Driveway pavers also offer the bonus of enhanced curb appeal and style.
  • Public parks and courtyards: Urban runoff can cause erosion and flooding that stresses municipal sewer systems and contributes to water pollution in cities and towns. By using concrete pavers in parks and courtyards, cities can effectively manage rainwater and eliminate runoff. In green spaces, Turfstone Pavers preserve the natural environment while providing a firm foundation for biking, walking or driving. Concrete pavers are affordable to maintain, as it is easy to replace damaged pavers to keep public parks beautiful.
  • Sidewalks and walkways: Concrete pavers offer versatility to create straight city sidewalks or winding garden walkways. Concrete pavers provide excellent durability during freezing weather and offer more traction during slippery and wet conditions. To create safer sidewalks, VIP pavers for visually impaired pedestrians can be used to mark changes in the terrain, such as curbs or steps. VIP pavers have raised bumps that also offer superior traction for all pedestrians.
  • Other residential hardscape features: The applications for residential concrete paver stone do not end at patios and driveways. Concrete pavers can enhance the look of poolside patios, fire pit surrounds, gardens and more.
  • Other commercial hardscape features: Landscape architects and city planners can incorporate environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing concrete pavers in a wide variety of designs. Concrete pavers are an affordable and beautiful construction option for shopping mall plazas, trails in urban greenbelts and courtyards for schools and universities.

The potential uses of pavers and paving stones in your residential or commercial hardscape project are as limitless as your imagination. Create your dream backyard patio or design permeable pathways that help reduce stormwater runoff in urban spaces.

Benefits of Using Concrete Pavers and Paving Stones

Concrete pavers and paving stones have many benefits for hardscape projects of any size. Here are some advantages concrete pavers offer for homeowners, architects and city planners.

  • Many design options: Concrete pavers are available in many colors, sizes and textures that allow you to make your design dreams a reality. Use square and rectangular pavers to create symmetrical designs or incorporate a variety of colors for a creative pattern.
  • Easy installation: With a few simple tools, you can install concrete pavers for your patio or walkway easily without any heavy machinery or professional training. If you prefer to hire a professional, your installation will still be faster and more affordable than laying poured cement.
  • Affordability: Generally speaking, pavers are less expensive than poured cement and asphalt in both raw material and installation costs. Concrete pavers also offer the long-term benefit of 20 to 30 years of durability.
  • Durability in cold climates: Freeze-thaw cycles can cause traditional concrete and asphalt to crack or create potholes. Concrete pavers, on the other hand, are made of more compressed concrete that is resistant to cracking, splitting or crumbling. Durable concrete pavers also offer traction in slippery snowy or icy conditions.
  • Low maintenance: Concrete pavers require very minimal maintenance. To keep your concrete pavers looking beautiful and clean, sweep and weed them as necessary. You can also rinse concrete pavers with a garden hose or scrub them with a concrete cleaner should any stains occur. If sand between the pavers rinses away, refill the spaces with new sand.
  • Easy repairs: Over time or after severe weather events, pavers may shift or become uneven. If you must replace or reset pavers, remove the damaged or uneven paver, level the sand or dirt beneath and insert a new paver. The ease of repair also keeps maintenance costs of concrete pavers extremely low.
  • Immediate use: As soon as you get your concrete pavers installed, you can begin parking in your new driveway or hosting backyard barbecues on your new patio. Unlike poured and stamped concrete that requires a curing period, you never have to wait to start enjoying your new backyard hardscape features built with concrete pavers.

Where to Buy Concrete Pavers

Whether you are seeking elegant concrete pavers for your dream patio or durable paver stone for a driveway or sidewalk, you can find just what you need at Nitterhouse Masonry Products. As a leading producer of high-end concrete paving stones and patio pavers, we take great pride in ensuring each of our landscaping pavers gets manufactured to the loftiest standards and exact specifications. With more than 95 years of experience in the concrete industry, we set ourselves apart from the competition by creating pavers that are:

  • Carefully crafted by highly trained experts
  • Built to withstand time and the elements
  • Rigorously tested for quality control
  • Easy to transport, handle and install

Nitterhouse makes it easier than ever to lend a unique look to your outdoor spaces with attractive concrete pavers. Whether you desire a natural feel or a classic architectural effect, you’ll find everything you are searching for within our exclusive product line.

Browse our online product categories for additional information, specifications and options. If you want to experience the quality and durability of Nitterhouse Masonry concrete pavers firsthand, visit one of our dealer locations situated throughout the Northeast and parts of the Midwest. Our staff will be happy to help you find the perfect product for your hardscape product. No matter the size or scope of your project, you’re sure to find everything you require.