Laid driveway patterns are the first thing visitors will see when entering your Lebanon, PA home - even before they’ve reached the front door. The laying patterns of your driveway and front walkway hence present an opportunity to create an eye-catching display and play an important role in maximizing your home’s landscape and curb appeal.
Cobblestones, concrete pavers and brick-style pavers can be used to great effect to achieve this. These are all highly durable options and repairs are fairly easy; individual stones can be replaced as needed. A strong laying pattern further contributes to the strength and flexibility of the surface, ensuring a tight lock between the pavers and evenly distributing the weight of vehicles. Here are some eye-catching laying patterns that can be incorporated into a driveway paved with these materials to achieve maximum effect.
A randomized laying pattern uses pavers of different dimensions laid seemingly at random. The pattern is normally unique to the sizes and shapes available for the pavers being used. Although not entirely random, the repeating pattern covers a large surface area and the complexity of the pattern fools the eye, creating the illusion of a haphazard arrangement. To maintain this illusion, caution is taken to avoid cross joints which can attract the eye to a specific point in the layout. A randomized laying pattern is lively and full of visual movement, and is ideal for homes with natural or rustic outdoor themes.
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Also referred to as a running bond or half bond, the stretcher bond is the simplest offset block paving pattern. The joints are counterbalanced by exactly the width of the block. An offset pattern is where a degree of interlock is created by breaking the continuous joints in one direction. Stretcher laying patterns can make your driveway appear longer or wider, depending on the direction the pavers are laid. The versatility it offers and easy installation makes it one of the most commonly used patterns. Stretcher bonds can also be laid to incorporate and follow the curves of a driveway.
An interlocking laying pattern popular for driveways, herringbone is renowned for its durability and increased interlock strength. This laying pattern firmly fixes the pavers, ensuring they are not moved out of place despite the regular movement of vehicles on the surface. The pavers are laid to produce a V-like shape—laid in alternate directions, at 45 or 90 degrees.
When different shades are incorporated, it can create intricate details, accents and borders. The double herringbone is a variation of this including two pavers laid side by side to create the same effect.
Circles and Fan Patterns
Circular patterns are created by laying rows of pavers in a circular formation, creating a focal point to interrupt a large, flat driveway. Circles and fan pattern can be inlaid with a variety of other laying patterns, including running bond and herringbone, which contributes to variation of the surface. Small spaces can remain in the wedges between the pavers, but can be filled with jointing sand in an assortment of possible colors. Jointing material can echo shades within the architecture of your home or blend with surrounding pavers.