Paver shapes can create engaging patterns and designs that no other paving material can match. The color, shape, pattern, and visual texture of pavers add charm, vitality, and ambiance to any landscape setting. With all the shapes available in the marketplace today you are sure to find the perfect paver for your project. Manufacturers offer a multitude of shapes that can be combined, from simple patterns to intricate patterns. clip_image002_0039You can create your own unique design by mixing and matching different shapes and colors.
Some shapes and their patterns are of larger dimensions and they need a larger area to show their beauty. If you have a combination of larger and smaller areas, combining different shapes will be easy. Keep in mind that you should use color combinations for a pleasing effect. The same applies for areas to be installed with 2 3/8″ pavers in ground and 1″ pavers on existing surfaces. Most shapes come in the two sizes to provide a match, but again you can easily mix shapes as long as you keep within the same color scheme.
Numerous research and observations demonstrate that paver shapes do contribute largely to the structural performance of a concrete block pavement. Dentated shapes key optimally into each other and, by their plan geometry, interlock and resist the relative movement of joints parallel to both the longitudinal and transverse axes of the unit.
Researchers have therefore divided paver shapes into three types:
A – Fully interlocking on both axes
B – Interlocking on one axes
C – Non dentated – basic square and rectangular shapes It is strongly advised to use a Category A shape for frequently trafficked areas, while Category B and C shapes may be used for less trafficked areas or for pedestrian use.
Additionally, various shapes were developed for certain specialized applications, such as water permeability, grass growth, noise reduction, mechanized installation, and so forth. clip_image002_0040Most people consider rectangular shaped pavers to be the standard or normal looking shape. After all, rectangles have been around since Roman times, or even longer. Some home owners want something different, something a bit out of the ordinary, something you don’t see on every street, something visually interesting. Many geometric shapes lend themselves to modular paving, but rectangles are the simplest to manufacture, to package and ship to sites and Builders’ supply throughout the land, and so the paving market has been dominated by rectangles literally since the beginning. clip_image002_0041The market for block paving has become more sophisticated, so the demand for new, exciting, innovative products has grown, and the leading manufacturers spend a lot of time, effort and money trying to develop innovative paving shapes and patterns to meet the growing demand.
There are a large variety of shapes, such as hexagons, pentagons, octagons, parallelograms, fans, keyhole-shapes, X-shapes, W-shapes and more. As mould technology and production techniques continue to evolve, you can be sure that interesting and more wonderful shapes will make their presence upon the paver marketing pathway.