Different types of paving materials for walkways

residential walkways

A footpath would be delightful if not a necessary addition to your property. You don’t want anyone to just tread on your well-maintained grass right? Choosing the best one that will compliment your current landscaping design is definitely a must have. Also, it is important to note that paving is an expensive part of your landscaping plan and the most permanent. Therefore understanding and learning a few things about paving walkways is a good start.

The options of paving walkways are limitless. Due to high demand, manufacturers have continuously provided new designs and styles to meet the need of the public. This would mean that you would have a lot of options and find the one that fits your needs and most importantly, your budget. But with unlimited materials available on the market today it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing which one fits you. Therefore, learning the pros and cons of each paving material is a start.
There are a lot of paving materials that a homeowner can choose from, this includes:


Stone is the most common paving material because of it is durability and availability. It is an ideal paving material because it is natural. Making it withstand the harshest weathers, seasonal flooding, and heavy traffic. Stone is quarried or dug up and cut as pavers so it will be easy for installation. There are several stone types such as limestone, bluestone, granite, sandstone, marble and flagstone and travertine.

When choosing stone as your paving material you will have the versatility as well as the durability that will not only enhance the beauty of your property but will increase its value.


Concrete is a composite material. It is a popular choice among homeowners because of its versatility. It is manufactured and can be designed to resemble other expensive paving materials. It can withstand any weather conditions and high feet traffic. Most property owners choose concrete because of its availability. It can be designed to look like natural stone or wood, at a fraction of a cost.
Unlike stone pavers, concrete pavers come in several colors. Dyes can be added to the concrete during the manufacturing process. To preserve the color, though, sealants are recommended.


Bricks have been around for over a thousand years. Now, it is a popular choice for homeowners because of its durability, flexibility, and availability. It comes with a variety of shapes and colors making it easy to incorporate to any landscaping design. However, it is not very popular in areas with winter, because it can become uneven making plowing difficult. Additionally, paver bricks are now manufactured to be slip-resistant making it a safe material for residential as well as commercial walkways.


The slate can be an expensive choice for walkway construction. However, the aesthetic value, as well as its durability, is definitely worth it. Slate offers a wide array of colors, designs and is made from natural stone. It is slip-resistant making it a popular choice not only for pathways but also for swimming pools as well as patios. It can also be designed to give natural elegance to your home.
Though slate is very beautiful to look at, it is not recommended in locations where it has rain and snow. Slate pavers react to these conditions and will eventually crack over time.


Limestone is durable making it a perfect choice for your residential property. It can be cut and shaped according to your choice. It can be used as an indoor flooring material, it is also perfect for pathways. Limestone doesn’t have a lot of colors except for earthly hues and tan. But these colors are enough to complement your current landscaping design. With proper installation, limestone paving can withstand long periods of time.


Rubber is a popular choice because of its safety feature. It has high slip resistance and an excellent shock absorber. It can withstand heavy traffic and is not affected by extreme weather changes. Additionally, it is easy to install and a perfect choice for homeowners who like DIY projects. Rubber is long lasting and is not prone to crack and chip. It has also low impact surface and sound proof. It is not even affected by extreme weather conditions.

Before choosing the right materials for a paver pathway project, consider the following factors carefully so you will be able to achieve the right look and you can choose smoothly.

• Appearance. It is important that you can visualize the design of your pathway. After considering the different paving materials, you will be able to picture how this certain paving material would look on my property.

• Durability. Of course, as a consumer we want things to last longer. It is true with our walkways. We want it to last long, can withstand traffic or weather changes in our area.

• Availability. If the material is not very common as to where you are located, there is a high possibility that that specific material is expensive. And of course, if you want to start the paving project, you need to have all the materials needed to finish it successfully.

• Maintenance. This aspect is important as this will determine the longevity of your pathways. Some materials require high maintenance while some don’t. But no matter what type of paving material you will be using, as long as there is maintenance then you are good to go.

• Cost. This is very important since you will need to work within your budget. You can contact a contractor so you will get the pricing you need.



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