Paving stones for the terrace

Ultimately, it is a matter of personal taste or the product name of the dealer or manufacturer. While concrete pavers are less commonly used on terraces, natural stones or pavers are a popular choice.

The stone strength determines the name

The majority of manufacturers follow in their naming of the simple rule that patio tiles have a thickness of at most five centimeters, all thicker they call paving stones. Since on terraces usually no heavier loads on the pavement or plates arise, for example by vehicles, the selection follows optical criteria. An exception are the paving bricks, which are attributed to the paving stones despite a thickness of usually two to three centimeters.

One of the main reasons to fix the terrace with paving stones is the desire to create an antique flair with used paving stones. However, unlike patio tiles, keep in mind that paving stones generally require a deeper foundation. Many terraces already have a concrete slab as the floor and do not allow any excavation and gravel layer of twenty centimeters or more. So, if you are planning to lay paving stones, you must consider the excavation capability of the substructure in the early planning phase. Paving clinker and terrace slabs can usually be laid on a ten-centimeter thick layer of gravel or fixed in the cement bed. Paving stones need significantly more substructure, which must be compacted and shaken on terraces.

Price range

Since basically every type of paving stone can be laid on the terrace, the prices are in the usual price ranges for all types of paving stone. Simple gray concrete pavement starts at six euros for the square meter, for natural stone you have to calculate from around 25 euros, where the stone sizes play an important role. The larger the individual paving stones, the less area you cover. Since the natural stones are usually calculated in tons, smaller stone dimensions are cheaper.

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