If you are considering putting in paver patios, there are a number of things that you definitely have to be aware of. First, pavers are made of different ingredients, concrete is common, as are brick pavers and natural stone pavers may be made of sandstone or granite as an example, thus sometimes they are simply called pavestone.
Following the type of paver you are seeking, you will need to give serious thought to the particular design you favor. This is where you might wish to consult with a paver installer such as Open Earth Landscaping who can not only give you direction in what would suit your paver patio best, but also give you pointers as to why. In addition, they can give you CAD site drawings for each type of paver so that you can decide which looks best for your needs.
Laying a herringbone pattern makes paver patios look more formal, and it is also the most popular pattern. You will find that the zigzag design is tremendously useful in covering up any irregular areas. Next the designer may show you a running bond pattern. This is also extremely popular as the pavers are actually laid in an angular fashion, which creates a lovely curve pattern. Following this, you might consider a basket weave pattern. Sometimes this pattern is utilized with yet another pattern. In this pattern the pavers will be laid in pairs, going vertically as well as horizontally.
You may have seen pavers that are laid in a circular design, these definitely will require the know-how of a professional, as it is a difficult design to construct, and will challenge the weekend stone layer in unimaginable ways. Fan designs are also difficult for the same reasons.
Some paver patios call for a random design. In this kind of design the paver installer will utilize 4 different sizes all for the one application. This becomes tricky, but the effect is rather eye appealing and quite bold. Finally you may decide instead on mixed designs, utilizing 3-4 different size pavers but with a repeating design.
One of the biggest reasons for using pavers is that they do not require tedious maintenance. In other words, you do not need to stain or reseal paver patios, which can run into a costly event year after year.
In Vermont, part of the joy of calling Open Earth Landscaping is that they are thoroughly experienced in laying paver patios. Great care is taken to be sure to prepare the surface that will be under your pavers. This is where experience counts heavily, because you do not wish for the pavers to shift due to all of our changes in climate and over time in general as unfortunately the lower cost paver installers have to be called back frequently due to paver shifts.
The expertise of a good paver layer pays off handsomely when one considers proper handling of the soil additives as well as the proper barrier being utilized to discourage weed growth between your pavers. Do check out Open Earth Landscaping for your paver patio design.