A wide array of paving patterns are available today to satiate your ever increasing urge to be unique. Paving patterns vary greatly as they are of different shapes, colors, sizes and are made from different materials. Pavers are of various shapes including square, circular, rectangular, oblong, octagonal, diamond shape, or even star shape.
Paving patterns are chosen according to the actual shape of the area to be paved, the size of the area to be paved or as per the real layout of the pavers. Various paving patterns are in vogue to cater to various residential and commercial purposes. Pavers are widely used as exterior flooring to enhance the beauty of the place.
Most people choose the pavers solely according to their external beauty, but it is wiser to keep in mind the laying pattern of the pavers. If you choose the correct laying pattern it will help in cutting down your costs and will make your contractorís job easier.
You should equip yourself with minimum knowledge of paving patterns and their basics before you start working on paving installations. Keep in mind that if clay pavers are laid at an angle of 45 degree to the exterior of the building the paved area would look smaller and more compact than in reality. However if you wish to show that the paved area is bigger than it actually is, then the pavers should be laid according to the 90 degree laying format.
Some Popular Paving Patterns
Generally three basic paving patterns are used assuming that the clay pavers or bricks are rectangular in shape. However there are some irregular shaped clay pavers like the wedge shaped ones that are used to create curved or circular paving patterns.
The three most commonly used paving pattern for driveways, walkways or patios are the Herringbone, Basket Weave and the Stretcher Bond patterns.
There are two basic types of Herringbone patterns. They are 45 degree and 90 degree patterns, which are widely used for paving medium or large areas and they create a highly intense visual impact. The 45 degree Herringbone pattern is suitable for driveways, patios and walkways and when they are laid down with a striking clay paver edging they present an eye-catching sight. The 90 degree Herringbone patterns are sober and have a somewhat subdued look about them. They are ideal for path ways, driveways or even for paving pools. Both the 45 degree as well as 90 degree Herringbone patterns are ideal for heavy vehicles usage. These patterns are widely recommended for driveways as they can withstand the load of heavy vehicles. Vehicles can brake, speed up, turn or screech effortlessly and with ease if driveways are paved with Herringbone paving patterns.
This is an eye catching pattern and may be used in matching and contrasting colors to create a delightful visual impact. When contrasting colors are used they create an impressive checkered look. However this pattern is slowly going out of fashion. This is highly recommended for creating a historical look. If you are interested in creating a dated English landscaping pattern and design then, Basket Weaves is the ideal choice for you.
Stretcher Bond Pattern
Stretcher Bond Pattern is the most used, easy to lay, neat and simple type for residential purposes including pathways, driveways, sidewalks, patios and courtyards. The side by side lay out gives this pattern a neat and organized look. It is the easiest pattern to lay down and it is also the most cost effective, as it affords minimum wastage. This pattern may help your pathway to look longer or wider as desired by you.
Any paving pattern would continue to look superb and attractive provided you devote some time and energy to cleaning pavers periodically and sealing them.