What Is Belgian Block, and What Should Homeowners Know About It?
Homeowners in New Jersey considering hardscapes using Belgian block might envision the huge squares of stone used to build the Egyptian pyramids. You might also visualize huge blocks of stone being shipped from Belgium. Actually, the stones have no relationship to Belgium, but they did once act as ballast in ships leaving the country with goods to sell. Read on to learn more about this type of stone.
About the Stone
Homeowners thinking about paving their driveways and walkways with pavers should consider cobblestones, which is another word for Belgian block. Picture it: walking the cobbled streets of Old Savannah or Charleston. You feel some of the history of the city beneath your feet.
The old-world charm of cobbled streets can be reproduced in your own home. Your drives and walkways will be made of pavers composed of granite. Sometimes, basalt and other stones are added. Granite cobblestone pavers have been used as road-building materials since before the time of the ancient Romans.
Cars are heavier than Roman chariots, but cobblestone pavers can handle it. European cobblestone roads have lasted hundreds of years through all kinds of weather and vehicle types. They don’t crack or break.
It is also easy to maintain cobblestone drives and walkways. Concrete and asphalt drives must be completely redone if they become damaged or stained. Should cobblestone pavers become stained or broken, only the damaged or dirty stones need to be replaced.
If you can’t afford a complete driveway or walkway made of cobblestone pavers, then you can construct a border or edge made out of this material. Decorative inlays may also be constructed to look much like a Roman mosaic.
These stones can also be used as borders around a garden. Most homeowners lay the stones flat and lengthwise to facilitate easier grass mowing. This keeps grass and weeds from sneaking into your flower beds.
Contact NJ Gravel & Sand Company for more information on cobblestone pavers.