What are the Popular Block Paving Patterns?

What are the Popular Block Paving Patterns?

28 Feb 2023

When someone is looking for an aesthetically versatile landscaping option, the only option that comes to mind is block paving. Also, it offers a raft of structural and economical benefits, such as easy to maintain, a sustainable solution to urban drainage and less lifecycle costs. The best thing (people often forget this) about block paving is that it has multiple laying pattern options. It means you can have different block paving patterns for different locations of your house. 


In this post, we will discuss the 5 popular block paving patterns and places where you can use them. 



Just like food, there is a staple design in block paving and it’s known as Herringbone. It’s a longstanding staple. Many people find it outdated, while others love it because of sound structural reasons. 


Herringbone is an interlocking pattern that reduces stress on individual paving units by turning forces evenly. This feature minimizes the risk of spalling or cracked pavers. 


Herringbone is one of the strongest configurations of block for slow-moving, multidirectional vehicle traffic, such as car parks and driveways. Some people even use it for industrial applications. 


Stretcher bond 

With a cleaner aesthetic than the herringbone pattern, the stretcher bond pattern lends a subtle gradation of colors and shades. As there is an option to reduce waste by minimizing cuts, the stretcher bond is an economical choice for everyone. 


Unlike herringbone, the stretcher bond is strongest with the traffic flowing in a single direction if the paved area accommodates vehicles. The only thing is that traffic should run over the long side of the paving units to maximize the dissipation of forces between blocks. 


Plank paving 

In recent years, the plank paving pattern has exploded in popularity. The design is so-called because of its long aspect ratio. Compared to herringbone and stretcher bonds, the plank paving is weaker where heavy traffic is involved. But, still, people love this modern aesthetic of planks for landscaping. 


As plank paving is stretched or broken with the longer aspect ratio, it gives more scope to experiment with the degree of offset. 



Constructed from rumbled or aged pavers for a rough-hewn vintage appearance, the component blocks of the courtyard patterns come in a special configuration of varied sizes. These sizes fit together to form the desired effect. 


The major difference between the courtyard pattern and others patterns is that the former often comes pre-configured on the bale. The contractors can simply copy the pattern like the installation of the individual pavers. 


The courtyard pattern is suitable for low-traffic scenarios that possess random orientation and inconsistent edge restraint. 


Are these block paving patterns easy to install?

No. The patterns look easy, but they are difficult to install, especially if you know nothing about the installation process. One mistake during installation can damage everything as well as reduce the lifespan of block paving. So, we recommend hiring professional pavers for block paving in Dagenham. Professional pavers better know where and which design will look good.