Don't let paver brick options weigh you down

Vicki Martinka

After living in our townhouse for almost two years, my husband and I are ready to take the plunge into our first major household project beyond painting: digging up our 18-foot-by-18-foot back yard and putting in a patio.

Although my folks and in-laws have offered to lend a hand — and a shovel —  it’s up to us to lead the project. Not knowing the first thing about paver bricks, I received some helpful information from David Martinet, vice president and general manager of Tameling in Willowbrook.

“When installed correctly, it’s a very strong product,” Martinet said, adding the shipping yard of its vendor, Unilock, is made with their own paver bricks. “Depending on your budget, the options are endless.”

Martinet attributes the increase in business Tameling has seen in the past 10 years to the different options of paver bricks available now, including new patterns, colors and types of stone.

“Most of these bricks are a blend. It’s not a solid color. There’s multiple colors within the palate,” Martinet said.

Pricewise, paver bricks are comparable to pouring a concrete slab.

And they offer versatility.

“You can easily add, subtract or repair items if need be,” he said.

If concrete or blacktop needs repair, on the other hand, homeowners have to repair the whole slab, Martinet said.

Martinet discusses six types of paver bricks, most of which can be used for driveways, pathways, patios or any other projects to add aesthetics to the yard.

- Yorkstone

A natural stone, Yorkstone has a timeworn, weathered surface with snapped stone edges.

- Rivenstone

This type of paver brick is ideal for most projects, except driveways because it is designed for pedestrian use. Rivenstone combines the durability of concrete with the character and flexibility of natural stone.

- Olde Greenwich Cobble

Rounded corners and subtly indented chamfers give this flexible paver system an old and new look at the same time.

- Stonehenge

Coming in three unit sizes, Stonehenge allows homeowners the flexibility to create a random pattern or a fixed pattern.

- Brussels

Each piece of a Brussels paver brick has irregular edges, complementing the timeworn character of the paver surface. It has a quarried look that reflects the design cues of age-worn cobblestone.

- Hollandstone

“(This is) the original of that shape and size when pavers first started,” Martinet said. Its wide range of color choices makes this paver brick ideal for a variety of settings.

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