Using Outdoor Patio Pavers
One of the most popular materials for outdoor patios are concrete paving blocks, available in a myriad of colors
and styles, which can be installed by do it yourself homeowners with a little bit of knowledge.
However, when choosing outdoor patio pavers there are a few things to consider about the quality of the material
being used. By default, outdoor patio pavers will take the brunt of not only family use but also
everything Mother Nature has to throw at it, and as a result there are specifications that need to be adhered to
during their manufacture.
Not too long ago, just about anyone could make a few forms and pour in some concrete and sell that as outdoor patio pavers. Today’s contractors
and even homeowners understand that these pavers are made of porous materials, soaking up water from the
ground underneath as well as the rain dumped on it from above. As a result, specifications offer some comfort
to the homeowner installing outdoor patio pavers that they will not crumble and fall apart in a couple of
The average absorption rate should be no more than five percent and it should be resistant to at least 50
freeze-thaw cycles to be considered for use as outdoor patio pavers. A minimum pressure tolerance of 8,000 pounds
per square inch is also used as a standard for these manufactured stones.
Contractors Rarely Use Faulty Bricks
Professional installation of outdoor patio pavers usually comes with the knowledge that reputable companies will
not install the ones that do not adhere to industry standards. The American Society for Testing and Materials have
established these standards of outdoor patio pavers for obvious reasons. The homeowner does not want their new
patio to turn into a sea of crumbled concrete before the loan is paid off and contractors should be willing to back
up the quality of their work.
Outdoor patio pavers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes allowing virtually any type of pattern to be
created on the patio. The available colors are almost endless and with sculpting and forming, outdoor patio pavers
make an excellent addition to any outdoor landscaping job. Additionally, they can be mixed and match to form more
unique designs than a traditional poured concrete patio.
When using outdoor patio pavers the base must be properly tamped down to insure a hard enough surface on which
the paving stones will rest. If the gravel and sand is not level and solid, the outdoor patio pavers will work
loose and create an unsightly hazard.