A new line of composite pavers from Azek includes not only a standard landscape paver, but also a slightly thinner version for resurfacing existing patios and walkways, and a version that's permeable. Azek says all are more durable and scratch-resistant than concrete pavers.

Designed for ground-level patios, flat roofs, and driveways, the 4-inch-by-8-inch Vast pavers are installed on 16-inch-square grids that align them in a variety of patterns. The pavers can be cut with a miter saw before they're placed on the grid, or afterward with a jigsaw. Overlapping them from grid to grid ties the system together and makes it more uniform.

The pavers are substantially lighter than their concrete counterparts. While 11 standard concrete pavers weigh 64 pounds and cover about 2 1/2 square feet, Azek says, the same weight in Vast materials (32 pavers and four grids) covers more than 7 square feet.

They're manufactured from up to 95 percent recycled material (scrap tires and plastics) and are available in three standard colors - deep clay red, light tan, and olive - and two special-order colors. They also meet slip-resistance requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prices for standard and permeable pavers range from $8.50 to $9 per square foot. Resurface pavers are $8 to $8.50 per square foot. Note that the installation instructions warn not to use any of these pavers near or under firepits.

Scott Gibson is a writer in East Waterboro, Maine.

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