The 4 Best Types of Outdoor Paving

The 4 Best Types of Outdoor Paving

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Outdoor paving is not usually a cheap purchase, which is why you undoubtedly should take your time to find the best type for your needs. You may already be rather familiar with the different kinds of outdoor paving, or perhaps you have no idea where to start. Here is a quick list of the top five best types of outdoor paving and how to choose the right one for you.


Concrete is an extremely versatile material used to create structures of all shapes and sizes. Part of its lasting appeal is the simple yet reliable properties it boasts, such as the ability to withstand regular footfall as well as staying sturdy no matter what the weather might be. In recent years, concrete has become even more popular as a design statement. Poured concrete can create beautiful and unique effects once dry.

Just like with most of the other types of paving slabs listed in this article you will likely want to use a jointing compound to seal the slabs together in a pattern and keep them secure. Compounds that are easy to use and fill in and that can withstand heavy outdoor weather are best, and a good product for this task is linked here.


Many people choose to install porcelain paving in their outdoor spaces. Two of the main and most important reasons for this are the high level of durability it possesses as a material and its comparative affordability. When you look for porcelain paving at, you will notice the multiple and varied styles that porcelain can adopt. Aside from being evidently practical as an outdoor paving material, it is also easy to incorporate into your design tastes. This is because it comes in a range of styles to suit different preferences.


If you are able and willing to stretch your budget further, you could opt for natural stone paving. Different kinds of stone can be used, such as sandstone or slate. The size and shape of each segment will depend on how the retailer curates the stone. Some people use a mix of different colours and varieties to achieve an eclectic look, while others prefer more organised patterns of stone for their paving. Although highly durable, this type of paving can be hazardous for potential tripping if unevenly installed.


Traditional brick paving can create a classic and elegant effect for any outdoor space. There will be a choice of angles, proportions and patterns, so it’s worth discussing your preferences with the retailer and the contractor. You would be surprised at the number of variations in style a simple brick layout can produce.

Bonus Type of Outdoor Paving: Composite

Unless adequately treated on a frequent basis, natural wood is not always the best idea for outdoor use. However, composite materials that incorporate wood can be both reliable and attractive. They are specially designed to hold up in all weather conditions and last much longer as a result.

The type of outdoor paving you choose should be a decision you come to after plenty of research. Since your paving is supposed to last for a long time, don’t rush into picking it and instead look at a variety of types so you know what your options are. Remember to think about your budget, the purpose of the paving, the location, and the visual style you want to create. These factors will all help you decide which type of paving is best for your outdoor space.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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