A Lesson in the History of Paving Stones
Over 2,000 years ago the Romans used tightly fitted cut stone to create superior roads. The stones were set on a compacted aggregate base made up of mostly crushed stone and gravel.
Roman engineers designed their roads to provide a solid surface on which to drive chariots and freight wagons or to move thousands of soldiers quickly. They had to be well drained so that rainwater did not build up and weaken them and they often had to cross wide stretches of wet or marshy ground without collapsing under the weight of an army legion and its heavy supply wagons. Roman roads were constructed with a foundation of rock so that they would not sink out of sight when the ground was waterlogged and would not wash away with the runoff from the spring thaw and rains.
The Romans completed 53,000 miles of main roads from New Castle, England to Damascus, Syria using segmental stone pavement
In 1750 an Englander, John Metcalf constructed 180 miles of highway with pavers.
It was in the late 1800’s that the first concrete pavers appeared in Germany.
In the 1900’s concrete pavers were used throughout Europe. And in the l970’s pavers were introduced into the United States when concrete masonry block producers begin making pavers on block-making machines.
1983 marked the pavers first use for airfield paving for commercial aircraft in Luton, England.
1992 was the year that the first North American airport used pavers. That airport was none other than the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
In 1998 the single largest installation of airfield payment, 4 million square feet in concrete pavers was completed in Hong Kong.
Paving Stones Here and Now.
Today tourists walk those same roads that were first built over 2,000 years ago in Ancient Rome. Simple, economical, durable and virtually maintenance-free, the Roman system became the concept for a most versatile paving solution.
The ingenious pavement of the ancient world has been translated into the ultimate paving solution for the present.
The value of concrete pavements has been proven worldwide and is rapidly expanding it recognition as an ideal pavement here in So. California as well as elsewhere.
Homeowners are discovering interlocking paving stones to be the most unique, durable and affordable home improvement solution. They offer a colorful and exciting alternative to plain concrete or asphalt for walkways, patios, pool decks and driveways.
The many features to paving stones include:
Increased value of your home.
Resistance to root growth and erosion.
Wide selections of stones, colors and styles provide an infinite variety of designs.