One of the benefit of concrete pavers is that they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. This allows you to come up with many different paver designs for your next driveway, walkway, patio, pool deck, or garden/landscape project. This is opposed to slab options like concrete and asphalt, which are relatively limited in the designs you can choose for the material.
This variety is definitely a positive – the only problem is that you may also be overwhelmed by all this choice. Of course, you could rely on the suggestions and advice of your contractor, but you may also want to be educated on the options available to you – and this is what this article is for. This will also be very useful for you if you are embarking on a DIY concrete pavers project.
Picking the Right Paver Shapes and Sizes
The most common shape of paver is the Holland stone. It is 6 inches by 9 inches and can be used to create many paver patterns. Another common size of paver is the 6″ x 6″ square. These can be used by themselves or in conjunction with another brick size, such as the 6 x 9, to make a even wider variety of patterns.
For most, if not all, projects, you can’t go wrong with the standard 6 x 9 and 6 x 6 pavers. However, there are also other shapes out there that may useful for you to look into using.
For instance, one popular paver shape is the ‘stop sign’ or octagon. One example of these are Unilock’s stop sign pavers. These don’t offer you many different pattern options, as they must be laid just so, but many enjoy the ease of installation and classic look of the material.
Choosing the right paver shape and size for your depends on a few factors. The most important one is your own tastes and style. In addition, the shape you select will have an impact on the patterns you can do, so if you’re looking for a particular pattern, you will be more limited in the shapes you select.
On a related note, certain project types, like walkways and stoops, and certain dimensions of projects require certain shapes and patterns. Thus, you’ll want to check with a professional to make sure that you’re picking a shape, size, and pattern appropriate for the job.
Of course, if you want to go larger, then you are ranging into the 24 x 24 concrete pavers end, or even the paving slabs end. There are a lot of articles on paving slabs on this site, so check them out here:
Concrete Paving Slabs: What You Need to Know
How to Find Cheap Paving Slabs
A Paving Slabs Prices Guide
Don’t forget that you can also mix shapes and sizes together to form an almost limitless amount of patterns and designs.
Finally, some brands have ‘irregular’ shaped pavers and slabs – this can be a quite interesting and unique pattern to lay in your yard, but know that laying this irregular pattern properly may take some skill and shouldn’t be attempted by DIYers.
Specific Brand Shapes and Sizes of Pavers
There are many different pavers shapes and paver sizes available from different manufacturers. Some examples are listed below. Check with the manufacturer for more information and for local availability. Keep in mind that the paver shape and paver size you select have a profound impact on your intended design, and vice versa. Note that at this point we are just evaluating the pavers available from one company, Nicolock, but in the future we will discuss more. Note, however, that Nicolock’s selection is a good sub for the selections of most paver companies, so at least you’ll get a solid idea of the types available.
Holland Stone: 200mm x 100mm (7 13/16” x 3-7/8”). 1 Bundle is 120 sq. ft (540 brick). These are basically rectangular brick, and one of the most popular sizes of concrete paving stones. There are many different patterns that can be created by using Holland Stone, with or without borders.
Cobblestone: Fullstone, 222mm x 157mm, 8-13/16” x 6-3/16”. 1 Bundle is 111 sq. ft (400 brick); Edgestone, same as above except 500 brick.
Multiweave: Full stone 222mm x 112 mm, 9” x 4-1/2”; 1 bundle is 109 sq. ft. (400 brick)
Circles and Fans: Large circle stone, 80mm x 120 mm, 3-1/8” x 4-3/4”, 360/bundle; center stone, 118 mm, 4-5/8”, 9/bundle; ¾ normal stone 90mm x 120mm, 3-9/16”x4-3/4”, 288/bundle; small circle stone 50mm x 120mm 2” x 4-3/4”, 27/bundle. Amount of stones needed for circles depends on the layout of the job, size of circle (in layers), etc.
Roma Series Pavers: Roma 1 1-1/2 Normal Stone, 120mm x 180mm, 4-3/4” x 7-3/16”, 560/bundle (131 sq. ft.); Roma 2 – Normal stone 120mm x 120mm, 4-3/4” x 4-3/4”, ½ stone 60mm x 120mm, 2-3/8” x 4-3/4”; 1 bundle = 126 sq. ft, each bundle has 760 pieces
Rustico: Full Stone 150mm x 150mm, 5-7/8” x 5-7/8”; half stone 150mm x 150mm, 5-7/8” x 2-15/16”; 1 bundle – 120 sq. ft. and 490 pieces
Simmetria: Diamond, 366mm x 150mm, 13-1/8 x 5-7/16”; 1 bundle = 105 sq. ft (260 pcs); Bishop Hat: 11-1/16” x 3-7/8” x 7-13/16”. 1 Bundle = 84 sq ft (160 pieces); 4×4 100mm x 100mm 3-7/8” x 3-7/8”, 1 bundle – 80 sq. ft (720 pieces); 8×8 200mm x 200mm, 7-13/16” x 7-13/16”, 1 bundle – 120 sq. ft., 270 pieces [many different patterns available, but needs to be manufactured as it isn’t stocked]
Utility Edge Stones: Bullnose, Fullnose, Pool Coping, 8×12 Fullnose, 4×12 Fullnose
SF-Verona: 140mm x 202mm, 5-1/2” x 8” – 1 bundle – 120 sq. ft (490 pieces) [many patterns available]
Heritage Pavers: 8”x16”, 12”x12”, 18”x18”, 18” round, 24”x24”, 24”x36”, straight scallop and scallop curve
Colonial Cobble: ½ Normal stone, 3-1/8” x 6-5/16”, 106 sq. ft (770); Normal stone 6-5/16” x 6-5/16”, 116 sq ft (420); ¾ normal stone 4-3/4”x6-5/16”, 115.7 sq. ft (560); 1-1/2 normal stone 6-5/16”x9-7/16”, 124 sq. ft (300) [many many patterns available given the variety of sizes)
Colonial Cobble Circle: Large wedge, center stone, small wedge, small rectangle, medium rectangle.
Tumbled: Certain varieties come in tumbled variety, including Holland stone, rustico 6×6 and 6×9, tumbled 8×8, Tuscany pavers