Concrete pavers offer deck alternative

Need-to-knows for best layout, drainage

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If you’d like to improve your outdoor living space but desire an alternative to a wood deck or a boring concrete-slab patio, look no further than concrete pavers. Beautiful, durable, and available in a wide range of colors and patterns, pavers can give you whatever look you’re after.

You can create a simple square patio or an intricate showpiece in complex curves. Walkways, eating areas, play areas, a spot for that shiny new gas grill — they’re all possible with these versatile paving stones. And with a little work, they’re also a great do-it-yourself project that will add not only bring satisfaction and outdoor enjoyment, but also add resale value to your home.

Pick a pattern and a color

At your local home center, lumberyard or other retailer of paving stone products, you’ll be able to get a look at the many different stones available. They range from uniform squares and rectangles to ones that appear to have a more random, flagstone appearance.

Look at the different displays and brochures available, and you’ll also see how the stones can be mixed and matched in different configurations to create patterns. Even those seemingly random flagstones actually fit together in a pattern.