Interlocking Stone pavers such as granite, marble, sandstone, porphyry and bluestone have become one of the most popular choices of interior and exterior design in commercial and residential applications such as driveways, pool decks, patios, gardens, walkways, fireplaces and bathrooms. Stone pavers are available in a range of shapes and patterns. This has aided the design flexibility by creating attractive finishes.
Stone Paver finishes, such as polished, thermal, honed, or flamed have helped create different themes for certain household areas, and elaborated the use of stone pavers in interior and exterior design. For example a thermal finish, applicable to porphyry or bluestone, creates a slip resistant surface whilst maintaining a beautiful glaze look to the stone. It is for this reason that these stone pavers are suitable for foot-traffic areas such as walkways and pool decks.
Furthermore, the installation of stone pavers into several patterns such as herringbone, basket weave, running bond, fan, or circle have contributed to the popularity of stone paving in both interior and exterior applications. The ability to incorporate these strong and durable stone pavers into various fancy patterns explains why the use of interlocking pavers in driveway and walkway design is rapidly increasing.
Common Stone Paver Patterns:
Although the most common stone paver shapes are either rectangular or square, many other stone shapes such as keystone, diamond and multi-lock can also be arranged into the traditional common patterns. These patterns include:
HERRINGBONE: This pattern arranges various shaped stone pavers into an array or sequence of pavers laid either at a 45 or 90-degree angle. The most positive feature of this pattern is the degree of interlocking between the pavers, thus creating a solid and well-structured pavement.
BASKET WEAVE (parquet): Basket Weave is a pattern primarily used in the construction of paved driveways. Stone fits well into this checkerboard pattern of pavers that is laid on angled or level ground.
RUNNING BOND: Famous in the creation of paved driveways, the running bond pattern is made of sequences of pavers which alternate and vary when placed on top of each other. Squares and rectangles are the most common shapes used, however symmetry pavers (along with half course) can also be arrayed into such a pattern.
ASHLAR PATTERN: An Ashlar stone pattern comprises of square-cut stone with different width and height. A coursed ashlar pattern is a combination of sequences of stone pavers that have equal height, but unequal length. This pattern creates a most unique and decorative effect whether to walkways, patios
The Relationship between Stone paver Shapes and Stone paver patterns
Normally square and rectangular shapes are most common in stone paving, however some pavers such as Symmetry and Uni-Anchorlock have shapes that are applicable to patterns formulated because of the geometrical aspects of the different pavers shapes. Hence, different stone paver shapes tend to create different stone paver patterns.
Other patterns such as ‘circle in square’, ‘fan’, or ‘squares’ can create or add effective and unique decorative value to interior and exterior applications. Such interlocking paver patterns are an example of the design flexibility of stone pavers when improving or proposing new designs for paving applications such as driveways, fireplaces, walkways and patios.
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