Creating a custom patio can be a rewarding experience that leaves you with a beautiful space you’ll want to share with others.

Custom pavers are stone or concrete pieces that are used to create a unique and beautiful surface for a patio. They are an alternative to a simple, poured concrete patio or standard wooden deck when it comes to an outdoor entertainment area.

There are many different types of pavers that will let you create exactly the look and feel you want from your custom patio.

Clay Brick Pavers

Brick pavers provide a uniform, rectangular shape with which to pave your patio. They come in a wide variety of colors and designs, and the rectangular shape allows a huge number of different patterns and shapes. These range from simple alternating patterns to complex zigzag or multi colored patterns.

Brick pavers are durable; they can be stacked high and can bear heavy loads. They can also be used in areas because their rectangular shape makes them versatile.

They adjust to movement in the earth under them, making them less susceptible to cracking than concrete, and they are easily repaired and replaced. It’s only necessary to replace the bricks that are broken rather than replacing the entire surface.

Concrete Pavers

There are a wide variety of advantages to concrete pavers over other types of paving solutions.

Concrete pavers are made in dozens of different styles and colors, providing nearly unlimited options for your custom patio solutions.  They allow for creativity in designing the patio, and an easy way to demark areas of the outdoor space by simply changing paver color or style.

The installation is simple, and with good instructions, can be completed by the average do-it-yourself homeowner, saving money over professionally poured concrete patios. The look is more unique.

Concrete pavers are in general less expensive than other options like limestone, clay or sandstone, and they are easy to replace.

Stone Pavers

Stone pavers are a group of paving materials made from natural stone – stone varieties found in the earth naturally.  It is often cut, shaped and finished for use as a paver.

The most popular types of stone pavers are granite, travertine, porphyry and bluestone. They are extremely popular for custom patio applications, and create a beautiful variety of attractive finishes.

Granite pavers are particularly popular for their strength and durability, and are known for being “virtually indestructible.”

Travertine is a natural sedimentary stone, therefore not as strong as granite. It is a beautiful stone formed in hot mineral springs with calcium carbonate. It has been used for building since Roman times, and comes in a spectrum of colors ranging from beige, ivory, peach, and red.

Porphyry stone is a European stone that is inherently strong and withstands a great deal of climatic change. These small pavers keep their color for decades without fading, and have bee n proven as a strong pavement material since Roman times.

Bluestone is a natural quarried product. The variation in color comes from the variation in depths of quarrying, and provides a beautiful look to a finished product. They are cost effective and attractive. They should be sealed.