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A comprehensive guide to block paving patterns

Block paving is ubiquitous across the UK in various locations, such as public buildings, retail spaces and the domestic driveways and patios of people’s homes. However, not all block paving creations will have been laid using the same pattern. This article will explore the numerous block paving designs that can help transform your property.

Stretcher bond

One of the most widely used designs is the stretcher bond. The pattern imitates the standard configuration of brick walls and uses complete paving blocks and a simple repeating pattern that allows for efficient use of materials and time. A stretcher bond pattern is formed by laying a row of the pavers lengthwise and then applying a row below that is offset by half a paving block length. The method continues by alternating the offset block every other row until the block paving is complete. If you like the aesthetic of the stretcher bond design but want to break up the uniformity, you can incorporate different-sized blocks for a random pattern.

Stack bond

Stack bond block paving is almost identical to stretcher bond, with the only difference being none of the pavers are offset in the design. Stack bond produces a consistent, clean look that works well in many modern settings. It’s also worth noting that neither stretcher nor stack bond are interlocking paving designs and can therefore be subject to slippage if sufficient edging blocks are not used.

Herringbone patterns

One block paving pattern type that does provide an interlocking design is herringbone. In this design, the blocks will stay in situ, even under the strain of weighty loads such as cars, ensuring it’s an excellent design for driveways. The look of herringbone designs is more elaborate and supplies serious curb appeal in both forty-five and ninety-degree patterns.

Ninety-degree herringbone designs

A ninety-degree design lays the blocks perpendicular to the base line so they intersect at a ninety-degree angle. The starting point for this pattern is usually another right angle, typically found at the edge of the driveway or patio, from which you work inwards. This approach lessens the amount of cutting required, and you can use different coloured pavers to emphasise the pattern.

Forty-five-degree herringbone designs

The forty-five-degree pattern is the more complex of the two designs and demands concentration, time and precise measurements. This pattern lays the pavers at a forty-five-degree angle to the base line to provide a great design, highly durable and resistant to shifting.

Basketweave block paving

Although stretcher, stack and herringbone block paving designs may monopolise the driveways and patios in the UK, basketweave is a highly recommended option. The effect is produced by laying blocks vertically and then horizontally. It’s a straightforward pattern that is quick and easy to apply and allows for the effortless combination of colours to create a unique look for your property. If you are interested in learning more about the block paving designs featured in this blog, contact our friendly team today for a free site assessment and quote.