Types of Block Paving Patterns

We have put together a post covering all of the different types of block paving patterns.

Types of Block Paving Patterns

Block paving, also known as brick paving, is one of the most famous ways of paving streets and driveways. It is also one of the oldest methods and has been used all over the world for quite some time. Nowadays, pavement is done by concrete or clay, but back then wood was used for pavement. The reason behind its popularity is its durability and its long life-span. It is also very good looking and makes your driveway look very appealing. There are many different designs for block paving. There are different colors and different sizes that block pavements can be done in, it all comes down to the taste of the person who wants them.

Clay Pros-Cons

So, there are mainly two types of blocks you can use for paving your driveway. The first one is Clay. It is made of the material same as many plant-pot and household plates are made.  The color of the clay block does not fade because they are fired in a kiln. The most important thing is that clay paving is exceptionally strong and very long-lasting. Patterned pavers are also available to use.

When it comes to cons the clay blocks are a little expensive than the concrete blocks. Also they don’t come in a variety of designs, only in rectangular or square. Lastly, due to the clay blocks’ hardness, it is very difficult to cut them.

Concrete Pros-Cons

The very first, pro of concrete block is that they are cheaper in comparison to clay blocks. They are available in many different shapes and sizes. The concrete block is very popular and is available around the world.  There are textured blocks available that you can use in the pavements. In comparison to clay blocks, concrete blocks are not very strong, so that makes them very easy to cut.

Moving to cons, concrete block pavements are not as strong and durable as the clay block pavements. Their color will fade away with time. The concrete blocks also absorb dirt and will not look very fresh and attractive after a period of time.


There are mainly 3 types of patterns that are used to lay block paving. The first one is the herringbone-90 degrees angle. This is the easiest and the simplest method. You have to lay blocks at a 90 degree angle to each other. You can use a straight-edged timber rail to lay the blocks easily.

The second method is the herringbone-45 degrees. This is the hardest method of the three. In the 90-degrees angle method, you only use half of the block and the other half can be reused, However, in this method more than a half block is used, making it hard to use the other block.

The last method is the basket weave. This method is simple, as it requires no cutting of the block. Also this method is mainly used for long driveways etc. This methods looks more extravagant.

Once you learn how to lay block paving there’s nothing at all stopping you from having a go, in my honest experience if you read a well written article and watch an explainer video you will so pick it up.

There are many colors you can choose the blocks from, but keep in mind that the color of your driveway should not clash with your house’s brick colors. Please let us know what type of block, color and design you chose for your driveway, or are planning to choose. For more information visit our website.

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