Paving blocks are nothing new and have been used for driveways since the time of the Romans. The very first highways, built on the isle of Crete, were constructed using paving blocks. Rome is lined with smooth roads built using trimmed stones. But as old as it is, the Roman method is still commonly used today for paving anything – from roads to sidewalks.
Working with paving blocks is done by interlocking stones. This concept started in the Netherlands, and is still being used for laying bricks today. The blocks are made of clay or concrete and set in sand. They are generally stronger than paving or asphalt and are simple to repair and maintain. They may even withstand earthquakes.
Benefits of using paving blocks instead of asphalt are numerous. They are available in many colors and patterns which can be easily mixed and matched, making it is easy to create a unique, beautiful design. Your driveway is the first thing people see when they come to your home. When laid with paving stones, it definitely will stand out. If done properly, they will hold much longer and will require less maintenance.
Other paving materials include clay-based bricks, stamped cement and cobblestone. You can also do it yourself, although the best way is to leave the laying and installation to professionals. Paving prevents the asphalt from splitting and prevents unwanted changes in the road surface that occur because of being exposed to the elements.