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Sep122008

Choosing Your Brick Paver Color Size and Shape

Trying to choose the right color and style for your new brick paver project? Many questions may arise- what colors are available? What shape should I choose? Should I use a multiple colors or a color blend? Many considerations should be given when selecting a paver. Here we will share the many colors, sizes, shapes, on the market in Jacksonville today. This article is a general, overall foundation in helping you make your decision. Always look at several options at your home or business, and choose directly from a sample of the actual paver, not photos or catalogs- although they may get you close and rule most out.

Color is one largest obstacle to overcome when finalizing your plans for your new pavers. Unlike paint or landscaping, you will more than likely live with the color of your pavers for many years. This is a big decision, but with the right planning and a little research you can make the best decision. On our color chart page you can start with narrowing down that overall range of colors you want to be within. Generally, I like to pick out one of the colors of the roofing, and maybe one of the trim colors for some harmony with blended pavers. Pavers a couple of shades lighter than the color of the house or building do not compete for attention. You may decide to avoid monotony by combining two colors of paver or choosing a color blend. Overall, a darker color will help your home blend in with the landscape making your landscaped garden look larger, whereas a light color will accentuate and bring the house forward.

Although brick pavers are much less porous than standard flat concrete and tend to absorb stains less, I also warn that from a cleanliness standpoint- a darker color or a color with a darker blend will require much less cleaning from overhead foliage and tire turn marks. You should also take your irrigation water quality into consideration. If you tend to have more iron and rust staining, an earth toned paver may be best to resist the look of staining.

Also keep in mind, seemingly small details can greatly influence your home's exterior. For larger driveways a subtle color contrasting border or edge course of pavers may be an interesting detail. Sometimes changing the pattern can accentuate certain areas, or indicate a change in the flow, drawing you from one area to another. Circles are nice as a focal point in the center of a driveway or patio.

A general rule of thumb for patterns and sizes of pavers is to use smaller pavers for smaller areas and for larger driveways and courtyards there are opportunities for the larger shape formats. Ribbons or bands running through a large paver pattern often add a nice touch.

Visit the resource centers page for information and directions to Jacksonville’s paver display areas.

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