Choosing the Right Paving Stones for Your New Driveway Installation

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Driveway pavers are a great hardscaping element that can be used not only for your driveway but to add a durable surface to your backyard, patio, walkways or front yard. Choosing the stonework can be difficult, because there are so many colors, designs and shapes available. Before you ever start your project, you should think about your space, the style options available and how you plan to use the space.

Paving contractors in the Bay Area can help you measure the space and provide a cost estimate, which can really help you as launch into the design process.

What types of stones are available for driveway pavers?

Pavers come in different materials:

  • Natural stone 
    You’ll get a nice earthy aesthetic choosing natural stone, but for high traffic areas, you want a more durable material.
  • Brick
    Brick can be expensive, but it is a strong and durable material.
  • Concrete paving stones
    Concrete is an affordable option, plus it’s strong and durable. It comes in many different colors, shapes and patterns.

Choosing Driveway Pavers

Paver Colors

There are a lot of ways to choose colors for your stonework. Some recommend that you should choose paving stones that are the same hue as your home’s roof. But you should think deeper than that. Your walkway might be better suited to a lighter color that doesn’t absorb heat. Your driveway might look better in a darker color or multi-colored tile, which would hide stains from oil or tire marks. Think about the amount of sunlight that hits the area where you’re installing the paving stones.  A completely shaded area would probably do better with light-colored stones.

Choosing the size of the pavers

Do you want large or small pavers? The rule of thumb is that the larger the paver is, the smaller the area looks. Large pavers are great for large, open spaces like the backyard. Small pavers work better in smaller spaces. Smaller pavers also give you more design flexibility. Larger pavers will break under the weight of vehicles. Smaller pavers work better in the driveway. Your driveway paving company can help you find the right pavers for your needs.

Find Design Inspiration

Take a stroll through your neighborhood and see how others are using pavers. A company that does landscape design in the Bay Area will be able to show you samples of their work as well as physical samples of products so you can form ideas on how to incorporate pavers into your home’s landscape design.

Viking Pavers – The Bay Area’s Best Paver Driveways, Patios, and More

At Viking Pavers we are certified interlocking paver installers and we have performed hundreds of jobs in the Bay Area. To view a few of our recent projects check out our design gallery on our website and read some of our outstanding reviews from satisfied customers on Yelp. We’re here to help you plan and install the driveway, back yard, and landscaping of your dreams. Let’s get started today! Fill out our contact form or call (800) 941-1014 to start the conversation.