By Patti Plummer

In addition to traditional house and pool decks, many properties are suited for the beauty that only hardscaping can provide. Pavers come in a variety of materials, such as concrete, brick, and natural stone, and in a number of colors, shapes, and patterns. Here are a few hardscape paver ideas that may be just the answer to your surfacing needs.


Envirotile Multy Home LP recycled brick deck backyard hardscape
Hardscaping concrete pavers
are crafted from cement and an aggregate and are often used for walkways, patios, and pool decks. This material is available in a variety of colors and textures and can be made to look like natural stone. These pavers can be installed with or without mortar.

Hardscaping brick pavers
impart an Old World charm. Ideal for heavy-trafficked areas like driveways, patios, and pathways, this porous material is non-slip and can withstand environmental blitzes from the sun, water, and chlorine. 

Hardscaping natural stone pavers
are cut from hard-wearing materials like sandstone, limestone, bluestone, marble, slate, and travertine. Long-lasting and weather resistant, these pavers are ideal for many types of outdoor projects. Travertine and bluestone are perfect for pool decks while granite and slate are great for building driveways and other areas that experience a lot of traffic.

For a list of hardscaping companies, visit our Hardscaping & Stonework Buyers' Guide. To find resources for deck products and materials, visit our Decks Buyers' Guide.




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