Pavers Versus Slabs: What’s the Difference?
August 01, 2016
When it comes to choosing a hardscape surface for your home, you’ll find that products are generally split into two categories; pavers and slabs. Both are highly durable, easy to maintain, and come in a variety of shapes and colours. For your convenience, Barkman has a colour and application guide in the back of our catalogue.
In the past, the product category you chose was determined by the application. Pavers could be used for any setting, including spaces that needed to withstand vehicular traffic, whereas slabs were reserved for locations that would only see foot traffic. But now, the distinction between the two has blurred.
Increasingly, hardscape manufacturers (including Barkman Concrete) are creating products classified as pavers that fit the specifications of a slab. Heartland, for example, could be considered a slab, but contains false joints on its surface that give it the appearance of a much smaller collection of pavers when it is installed. For this reason, Heartland is listed as a paver even though it is not recommended for driveways or commercial spaces.
The breakdown between the two categories means that it may be easier to understand each category by discussing its intended function. In general, slabs like Terra Nova and Brookside are created for spaces that will not see any vehicular traffic, whereas most pavers are meant to withstand heavy loads. Boardwalk, Broadway, Holland, Cobble and Navarro pavers are all strong enough to be used in commercial applications, for instance. Even still, not all pavers are designed for driveways and should only be used for in light traffic areas like patios and walkways.
If all of this is beginning to sound unnecessarily complicated, remember that our guide gives you the control to select the paver or slab that will best fit your vision of the space.