Are you thinking about upgrading your landscape design? Interlocking stone, pavers, and paving slabs are your best options for a strong, long-lasting material that can fit beautifully in any space, including driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, patios, pool decks, and more.

Although they may seem similar, each of these materials offers unique benefits and challenges. The landscaping experts at ISR Gardening have created this ultimate guide to explore the ins and outs of these popular landscaping materials so you can confidently choose which one is right for you!

What is Interlocking Stone?

Interlocking stone is just one of three different types of interlocking. Interlock stones can be made from natural or precast bricks that are then used to create beautiful outdoor features such as walls, patios, garden paths, or waterfalls.

Modern interlock designs can also be made of concrete or cement and are typically used in the construction of decks, driveways, walkways, and patios. Interlocking stone is extremely durable and is a popular landscaping choice to be installed in high-traffic areas.

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What are Pavers?

Pavers are made of natural stone, concrete, brick, or other materials, used for exterior flooring. Generally, they are placed on top of a foundation which is made of layers of compacted stone and sand. When installing brick pavers, landscapers rely only on the weight of the paver itself and no actual adhesive or retaining method is used.

Similar to interlocking stone, pavers can be used to make driveways, roads, driveways, walkways, patios, and other outdoor platforms. Where pavers differ from interlocking stone is in their size and thickness.

What are Paving Slabs?

Paving slabs are flat pieces of precast concrete, stone, or brick used in landscaping projects for creating outdoor walkways, patios, pool decks, driveways, and other paved surfaces. These slabs are typically rectangular or square in shape and come in a variety of sizes, patterns, and colours.

They also tend to be either perfectly square or perfectly rectangular and are usually at least 12 inches in length and two inches thick. Paving slabs are versatile, low-maintenance paving materials that can enhance the appearance and functionality of outdoor spaces in residential, commercial, and public settings. They provide a durable and stable surface for walking.

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Interlocking Stone vs. Pavers vs. Paving Slabs

ProsCons
Interlocking StoneVersatility: Interlocking stone can be used for a variety of features, including patios, walkways, and driveways.
– Durability: Interlocking stone is capable of handling more demanding surfaces because of their thick, compact design.
Repair and Maintenance: Individual interlocking stones can be replaced if damaged, reducing long-term maintenance costs. 
Weed Growth: Weeds may grow between the interlocking stone if not properly maintained. 
Complex Installation: The installation process can be time consuming and require the expertise of a trained professional. 
PaversVersatility: Pavers are an ideal choice for both residential and commercial applications, including surface coverings for driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, pool decks, patios, and streets. 
Maintenance: Pavers can easily be maintained by regular sweeping and occasional rinsing. Pavers can also be easily removed and replaced for utility repairs.
Weather Resistance: Pavers are resistant to all of the different climate conditions in Ontario. They resist deterioration of freezing and thawing cycles and de-icing products such as salt or calcium chloride, which will not deteriorate the structure of the pavers. 
Difficult DIY project. Installing pavers can be a challenging landscaping task to take on. Without specialized equipment or professional training, brick paver installation can be a time-consuming, stressful DIY project.
Initial Cost. Pavers can be a more expensive option compared to some other landscaping materials. In the long run you most likely will save because of the durability of pavers but expect to pay more upfront. 
Paving SlabsLong-lasting: When installed correctly, paving slabs can withstand harsh weather conditions due to its durable and resilient nature. 
Variety of Materials: Paving slabs are available in a wide range of materials, including concrete, flagstone, porcelain, and more. This extensive selection allows you to go as rustic or upscale as you want.  
Uniformity: Because paving slabs are larger in size, they tend to offer a sleeker, more minimalist aesthetic. 
Can Crack: Certain types of paving slabs are more prone to cracking because they are thinner and wider in size.
Cost: Larger, high-quality paving slabs can be more expensive than other options.
Heavy: Due to their weight and size, transporting individual paving slabs can be much more difficult to do.

Which Landscaping Material is Right for You?

Choosing between interlocking stone, pavers, and paving slabs ultimately depends on your specific project, preferences, and budget. Whether you prioritize ease of installation, longevity, customization, or aesthetics, all three of these materials are versatile options that offer unique benefits. 

Consider the following aspects before installing for your next landscaping project:

  • Purpose: The location of where you want to install can impact the type of material you choose as well as the design of the stone or paver.
  • Colour: Interlocking stone, pavers, and paving slabs are available in various colours and blends. You’ll want to select one that compliments your outdoor space.
  • Size: These landscape design options are available in various sizes too. From smaller brick pavers to paving stones, understanding your sizing options can help you narrow down the type of material you want.
  • Texture: You’ll need to decide if you want a smooth look or more of a textured stone. In some cases, there are designs that allow you to use both textures for a unique look suited to elevate your property.

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Final Thoughts

At ISR Gardening, we are committed to providing you with the best quality landscaping materials for your outdoor project. All our interlocking stone, pavers, or paving slabs are available in a wide range of colours, sizes, and textures. No matter which landscaping material you choose, you are getting an easy-to-maintain, durable, resilient material that is sure to improve the look and feel of your residence. Contact us today so our landscaping experts can help transform your outdoor space.