The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Pavers for Your Outdoor Space

Selecting the right pavers for your outdoor space can be quite tricky. Initially, it seems only the design and the durability of the pavers should be taken into account. But you actually need to consider other factors as well, such as maintenance requirements, eco-friendliness, and even safety features.

Without careful consideration, you may end up with a solution that falls short of expectations. 

Not to worry.

Here’s a guide on choosing the right type of pavers for your outdoor space so you never make a mistake again.


1. Assess Durability Needs

Photo of black marble pavers on green lawn

Durability is crucial when choosing pavers. Looking for materials that can withstand your environment’s specific wear and tear, whether that be heavy foot traffic or vehicular use.

For example, concrete, brick, and natural stone are popular for their resilience. The key to determining durability lies in the material’s density and quality in the manufacturing process.

Here, a reputable supplier is crucial as they should be able to offer comprehensive data on the compressive strength, absorption rate, and the pavers’ abrasion resistance. All this information is your best indicator or how well pavers will hold up over time.


2. Consider The Maintenance

Maintenance on your pavers varies across materials. Concrete pavers may need regular sealing to prevent staining.

Meanwhile, natural stone could need specific cleaning agents like pH-neutral stone cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, or ammonia solutions to maintain its appearance.

Far too often people make the mistake of not studying the maintenance requirements of their outdoor pavers and suffer from algae growth and fading colours due to insufficient sealing.


3. Match The Style To Your Home’s Architecture

Photo of outdoor patio with sofa, surrounded by trees

It goes without saying—aligning the style of your outdoor pavers with your home’s overall architecture is great for aesthetics.

For instance,  travertine or limestone pavers complement Mediterranean or classical architectures, while sleek, geometric concrete pavers enhance modern designs.

A key tip is to understand your home’s characteristics. Is it modern? Traditional? Mediterranean? Or perhaps cottage style?

Choosing pavers will be a whole lot easier once you recognise these elements. And it also helps to consult your own supplier for some nifty design ideas.


4. Ensure Safety Features Are Present

Most people overlook safety when choosing outdoor pavers, but this shouldn’t be the case, especially if you live with elderly or other vulnerable individuals.

Consider choosing outdoor pavers with textured surfaces that offer grip in wet conditions, as these reduce the risk of slips and falls. 

Additionally, consider the pavers’ colour; lighter shades can reflect sunlight and minimise heat absorption. The lighter shades can make the pavers safer to walk on in hot weather.


5. Assess Colour And Texture Options

Earthy tones blend well with natural landscapes while bold colours can make a statement or define areas within your garden.

In terms of texture, smoother pavers suit modern aesthetics, whereas rough, natural stone textures can evoke a more rustic feel. Balancing these elements is key to achieving the desired outcome for your space.


6. Plan For Climate Compatibility

In Canberra or Queanbeyan where the climate ranges from dry, hot summers to cold, frosty winters, climate-compatible pavers are a need.

For instance, temperatures around June August drop below freezing, which can lead to potential freeze-thaw cycles that damage porous materials like sandstone.

Conversely, the heat intensifies in December to February. The temperature in these months may be challenging for materials that don’t really have good thermal expansion, such as slate and limestone. These materials are prone to cracks or splits when subjected to significant temperature fluctuations.

Similarly, low-density concrete pavers may also be prone to cracking because they are unable to handle the expansion and contraction due to extreme heat.

The sweet spot for Canberra and Queanbeyan’s climate is in high-density concrete, granite, or porcelain pavers. These offer resilience and are durable enough to maintain integrity and appearance over time.


7. Consider The Environmental Impact

Eco-friendly pavers are definitely a priority for the eco-conscious individual. 

Permeable pavers, which allow water to pass through and recharge groundwater are an excellent option in this case. They reduce runoff and can help in managing stormwater.

Additionally, materials sourced from sustainable quarries or those made from recycled components offer a lower environmental footprint without compromising on style or durability.


8. Budget Accordingly

The cost of outdoor pavers in Australia can start from AUD $40 per square metre for basic materials, soaring over to AUD $100 per square metre for premium options.

Installation costs and the need to sub-base materials or special treatments like sealing can also affect the overall budget. Plan with these factors in mind to avoid cost surprises down the line.


9. Make Sure The Supplier Is Reputable

Look for suppliers with positive reviews, a good track record, and transparent about where they source and manufacture their products.

A reputable supplier should be able to answer all your questions, basic or complex, helping you feel confident in your choice. Look for ones who can guide you through the best paver materials for specific climates and usage, for example.

The supplier should also be able to offer warranties and be willing to provide technical specifications and support. These factors all indicate their reliability and commitment to customer satisfaction. 


Types Of Pavers For Outdoor Spaces

Considerations are what area you are looking at paving eg: Driveway, Pool, path or patio area

There are a few choices with the types of pavers based on your preference and the suitability for the job.

Natural Stone Pavers

Natural Stone pavers typically have a lot more features on the surface which creates a stunning look. No 2 pavers are the same and include stones such as granite, sedimentary stones such as Limestone and Travertine, and metamorphic stones such as marble. Natural Stone pavers have a high slip resistance when using them around a pool. Sealing the pavers with a salt inhibitor is a must prior to and after laying the pavers. Features of Natural Stone are they are durable and hardwearing, cooler under the foot and create an elegant and natural look.

Clay pavers

Clay pavers have stood the test of time with colours that last, excellent slip resistance and salt safe, there is no doubt that natural clay pavers are designed for Australian conditions. They are come in the typical brick size paver, and are great for driveways using a 50mm thick paver, and also for creating curved paths using the brick format paver. There is also the flexibility in laying patterns to suit your area.

Masonry Pavers

Masonry pavers from Adbri provide the largest range of sizes. From edging pavers to large contemporary pavers, they give you the best range at affordable prices. Considerations when choosing a size and colour is by matching roof tiles, guttering or house bricks. The size and shape of the area to be paved is also an important consideration. The size of the paver can reduce the number of cuts you might need to make. Or using a larger paver in a small area gives you the feeling of a larger space. If the pavers will be used around a pool, it’s vital to choice the Euro range pavers as they are the only Adbri pavers suitable for use in saline environments. Using Rectangular pavers as steppers through a garden or creating a stunning walk way to the front door using contrasting pebbles is an easy DIY project.


In Summary

Choosing the right pavers for your outdoor space is no walk in the park, but if you have these tips in mind, the job will be much easier.

When in doubt, always consult an experienced landscape paving supplier like Wholesale Sleeper Co. We’re a landscaping supplies company in Canberra and Queanbeyan, making sure you save money on only quality landscaping materials like outdoor pavers.

Interested in more landscaping guides? Check out guides on Autumn Mulching, Creative Layouts for Natural Stone Pavers, and the Top Landscaping Trends in 2024.

By | April 10th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments