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Smooth Pavers Vs. Tumbled Pavers: Which One Is Right for Your Next Project?

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Pavers are attractive and functional additions to any landscape. They not only guide guests to the entrance of your home or show the easiest path through your garden, but they help to keep shoes free from mud and debris. Additionally, they’re a lovely finishing touch that shows you care about how your lawn looks to the rest of the neighborhood. Whether you choose tumbled pavers or smooth pavers, you’ll appreciate the advantages of each. 

Benefits of Tumbled Pavers

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Tumbled pavers have been through an extra manufacturing step that gives them a time-worn and aged appearance. Just as the name describes, these pavers have been slow-tumbled in a drum, alongside other pavers and an assortment of grit. The abrasion of all these surfaces rubbing together creates one-of-a-king pavers that add architectural interest to your outdoor project. Tumbled pavers feature several benefits:

  • They’re porous to absorb moisture, making them less slippery to walk on.
  • They give your pathway a more natural, organic appearance. 
  • Because they’re naturally non-slip, they have many applications, including pool surrounds, stairways, walkways, garden paths, and walk-in showers. 
  • Tumbled pavers are exceptionally hard and durable. 

Anywhere you’d like to create a time-worn walkway that looks as though it’s been in place for a hundred years or more, tumbled pavers are excellent solutions.

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Advantages of Smooth Pavers

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Smooth pavers, alternately, have their best applications, as well. They work well in outdoor areas such as covered patios, conversation areas, and anywhere you expect guests to sit or recline on outdoor furniture. Use smooth pavers around your fire pit or outdoor water feature. You can also use them as walkways with sand or gravel in between to add traction when wet.

The advantages of using smooth pavers in your hardscapes include:

  • They provide a flat, level surface for lawn furniture.
  • They can double as extra seating when used atop a planter wall. 
  • They’re often a less-expensive option than tumbled pavers.
  • Smooth pavers create a more sleek and modern overall effect. 
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Which Pavers Are Right for You? 

What should you look for when choosing an outdoor paver for your next project? Initially, you should consider your climate. Areas that receive a lot of precipitation call for textured pavers. Homeowners who live in hot, desert climates should opt for stones that can withstand extremes of temperature. You’ll also want to take into account your home’s design era and style. Choose a paver that complements your home’s exterior instead of competing with it. Of course, budget is always a consideration, so you’ll want to shop around to find a paver that won’t break the bank. Trends may also be important to you. If so, you’ll want to speak with a specialist in outdoor landscaping to see what’s hot in the neighborhood. 

Regardless what type of outdoor project you envision, hardscape experts at Titan Pavers can help you choose the perfect paver. Come see us for all your smooth or tumbled paver needs.