Creating a patio paver to match your overall décor as well as provide proper function and that suits your desires for an aesthetic design can be tough. Don’t settle for a simple patio paving design that goes for the herringbone approach. A patio paver can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, though all of them may not be exactly suitable to your climate and property.
A patio paver using mortared brick can result in either a formal or a rustic look depending on the style you choose and the color of the bricks. The nice thing about a mortared brick garden paver is that you can experiment with aesthetics by leaving an open space in the middle that can serve as planter or even a water garden.
Concrete patio pavers come in a variety of shapes that includes circular, rectangular and square. The colors available for concrete pavers today can pretty much be anything you can imagine. If your favorite color combination is the punky black and hot pink or if you just prefer the yellows and greens that reflect the outdoorsy quality of the patio, you can be in luck.
Flagstone is not the only stone material that can be kept together through the miracle of mortar when you design your patio paver. The great thing about choosing stone for a patio paver is that you get a wealth of decorative effect combined with some of the most durability available. The problem is that unless you are Mr. Moneybags from the Monopoly game or you are an executive with Halliburton or a bank that lost money last year, you can’t afford to go too crazy with mortarted stone. An alternative, of course, is to locate a supply of natural stone and, well, steal it. Take it back home and use the stolen booty to create a truly spectacular patio paver.
Wood pavers are cheap, but that doesn’t mean they they lack substantial grace under the pressure of aesthetic quality. Just make sure that your patio paver is made with decay-resistant wood like cedar or cypress or redwood. Redwood patio paving can provide a truly enjoyable rustic look and feel that neither cedar nor cypress can quite match. Add in some railroad ties to provide an even more rustic look.
A patio paver made of loose gravel carries the advantage of affordability and ease of installation. That is pretty much the end of the advantages of loose gravel for a patio paver. Only if you know for sure that the paver path isn’t going to be heavily trod should you settle for loose filling. It get into the house and while it can be made to retain its shape with a quick raking, loose gravel simply does not carry the cache that wood or mortared flagstone does.