Whether you have a deck or patio or just want a pathway from one side of your home to the next, a walkway made of stone or brick pavers can be the perfect fit. They provide a flat, sturdy surface to walk on as well as a way to stay out of the mud. An important step to installing a paving walkway is picking the pattern for the pavers. Some are intricate and some are simple, but each pattern gives your walkway a unique look.
The herringbone pattern is the tightest interlocking pattern that can be used with pavers. As a result, it's is great for high traffic areas like walkways because the pavers don't shift or come loose, creating a safe and durable surface. The pattern is made by placing the pavers at 90-degree angles that alternate direction. The pattern can also be created using 45-degree angles. The distinguishable feature of the herringbone pattern is the fact that none of the pavers are placed horizontally or vertically.
Stack and Running Bond Patterns
Both patterns involve laying the pavers horizontally with the long side of each paver touching the pavers in the next row. The pattern is simple and quick to construct. The downside is that the pavers tend to shift slightly because of small variations in their size and shape. Without any true interlocking between pavers, these small differences result in movement.
The difference between the stack and running bond patterns is the alignment between rows. Pavers are placed directly in line in the stack bond pattern with one on top of the next. In the running bond pattern, rows are staggered that no pavers rest in line with pavers from the row in front or behind them.
Basket Weave Pattern
This pattern is also known as the parquet pattern, and it looks like a checkerboard. This pattern involves more interlocking than the bond patterns, but it still allows for some minor shifting of pavers. The pattern involves alternating the direction the pavers face in sets of two. If the first two pavers are placed horizontally with their long sides touching, the next two are placed with their narrow sides touching the long face of the previous paver. In order for this pattern to work, the width of two pavers must equal the length.