Boral pavers range from contemporary residential designs to pavers suited for commercial uses. With such variety it can be confusing to know which type of boral pavers you should use.
This guide can help you decide which boral pavers will best suit your project.
How to Decide what Type of Boral Paver You Should Use:
What Type of Area are you Paving?
Are you paving for commercial use, around a pool, walkway or driveway? Use the chart above to indicate which type of boral paver should be used for your project.
What style/colours best complement the existing landscape?
Once you know which type of Boral paver you need, choose a style which best suits the existing landscape, architecture or your taste. A simple process of elimination will quickly narrow your choices.
Ensure you have selected the correct thickness of Boral paver:
- For pedestrian walkways use you will need pavers which are at least 40mm thick
- For pool areas you will need pavers which are at least 40mm thick
- For vehicle traffic areas (excluding trucks), i.e. driveways, pavers should be at least 50mm thick
- For commercial use where trucks are likely to drive over, i.e. roads, we recommend pavers be at least 60mm thick
Choosing a Colour:
Neutral colours such as whites, creams, grey and beiges are currently very popular. Remember that darker pavers will retain more heat so if you are paving a walkway which will be in constant sunlight then you may want to opt for a lighter colour as these will stay cooler and be more comfortable to walk on.
Is your backyard a really small space? Use a lighter shade as this will give the illusion that the space is much larger than it actually is. However, if you’re after a more intimate vibe then go with a darker shade as this conveys a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Choosing a paving pattern:
Different patterns can have surprising benefits.
A herringbone pattern is ideal for driveways because the interlocking patterns limits movement of the pavers. This means your pavers are less likely to wear due to movement.
For slightly rounded areas, the stretcher pattern can easily be adjusted for curved pathways or patio areas.
A diamond pattern is great for small to medium sized areas as it creates interest in the design.
For a space with more character, you could use a basket weave pattern which is perfect for small areas since it adds dimension to make it appear larger.
When deciding on a pattern, ask yourself these questions:
- What is your personal outdoor style preference?
- What is the current decorating style of the house? (Country/modern/cottage etc.)
- What is the colour scheme of the existing house
- How big is the space I want to pave?
- What am I using this space for? (BBQ area, general walkway etc.)
- Will I expand this area in the future? (if so, make the pattern transitional if you’re planning on expanding in the future because this will make it look like one whole area, not a half finished one)
Calculating how many Square Metres of Pavers you need:
Keep it simple, break up your area into rectangles and multiply the length by the width (length (m) x width (m) = area (m2)).
For triangular areas, multiply 0.5 by the base then the height (0.5 x base (m) x height (m) = area (m2)).
For odd shaped areas, break it up into manageable rectangular and triangular shapes and then add it all together.
TIP: Remember to allow for cutting and wastage; the measured square metres will vary depending on what paving pattern you decide on.
Area 1: 3m x 7m = 21m2
Area 2: 0.5 x 3m x 5m = 7.5m2
Area 3: 10m x 3m = 30m2
Total area to be paved: 21m + 30m + 7.5m = 58.5m2
Sealing your Boral Pavers:
Over time pavers can become stained and worn. A simple way to keep your pavers looking fresh for longer is to apply sealer. Sweep away any dust and residue, high-pressure wash, scrub any persistent stains then once the pavers are dry apply the sealer. Depending on the brand, you may need two coats and always wait a few hours before you walk on them. The last thing you want is to have footprints all over your perfectly sealed pavers! A full range of paver sealers are available at Newtons Building & Landscape Supplies.
To get the perfect pavers for your job, check out the range of pavers on display in our paving selection yard. Speak to our paving experts in store or over the phone on 08 8415 7777.
Author: Jessica Coe