You might have already heard about outdoor pavers made of wood. Wait did you say wood? Isn’t wood an odd choice for outdoor paving? Not at all. Well, you have to work with the right kind of wood to achieve durability and longevity. Picking the wrong one may cause early decay. Choosing the right type of wood will result in a beautiful and natural outdoor pavers landscape design.
What is the best type of wood for outdoor pavers?
Wood outdoor pavers were used in the 1900s because horses made less noise when passing over them. However, due to using the wrong type of wood (oak) they decayed over time and were replaced by concrete and asphalt.
The world we live in today requires us to start using cool paving solutions that will reduce the heat island effect. Wood is a naturally, heat-reducing material which will lower the temperature in urban areas.
But what type of wood is the best for outdoor pavers projects? Black Locust Lumber is a hardwood with a durability of 50+ years, and a Janka hardness scale of 1,700 lbf (7,560 N). Poured asphalt has a compressive strength of 3,000 PSI and Black Locust outdoor pavers exceed 10.180 PSI. This video shows a 60-ton crane driving over ProFlow Permeable Pavers™ made of Black Locust wood. Black Locust is the perfect natural, green paving solution for all your architectural, and hardscape requirements for both residential and commercial projects.
What is the best way to install outdoor wood pavers?
Installing outdoor wood pavers has never been easier. We recommend going for a modular design that will save you installation costs. ProFlow Permeable Pavers™ is the perfect modular outdoor paving solution, which are modular layout panels, also known as setts. They are each made up of
9-24 wooden blocks, attached to a recycled wire mesh. This allows for a modular design that lays flat on the ground for easy installation. You simply lay the panels next to each other.
For the best quality finish, we recommend fastening the surface of the outdoor pavers with a filler. ROMEX®’s unique Flex Joint grout will do the most durable job of filling the joints between the wood pavers and allow maximum permeability and other benefits.
What maintenance do outdoor pavers require?
Black Locust outdoor pavers have natural rot-resistance and anti-fungal properties without the help of toxic chemicals. No oils, stains, or sealants are necessary to maintain the wood’s beauty. This means you will have reduced maintenance costs for your outdoor pavement area. In return, Black Locust pavers will have a natural life span greater than 50+ years. A simple sweeping is all that is required.