Weight of Pavers • 11 Paver Materials • Paver Weight Chart
By Jack Gray, Roof Online Editor • Last updated August 29, 2022
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Table of Contents
- How Much Do Different Types of Pavers Weigh?
- Why is the Weight of Pavers Important?
- About This Paver Weight Chart
- Square Footage of Individual Pavers
- Table: Paver Weights by Material
- Paver Weight Sources
- ASTM Standards
How Much Do Different Types of Pavers Weigh?
The weight of pavers depends on the dimensions of the paver, the type of material used to make the paver, and the manufacturer’s formulation of that material. Stone pavers made from the same type of stone can also vary in weight significantly depending on which quarry the stone came from.
For instance, concrete pavers with the same dimensions can vary in weight by up to 25% depending on the concrete mix used to make them. But in general:
Concrete pavers that are 1 inch thick weigh about 12 pounds per square foot.
Brick pavers that are 1 inch thick weigh about 10 pounds per square foot.
Rubber pavers that are 1 inch thick weigh about 3 pounds per square foot.
Stone pavers that are 1 inch thick weigh about 12 -14 pounds per inch per square foot.
Why is the Weight of Pavers Important?
Pavers are a common source of added weight on roofs. Whether used for walkways, patios, plaza decks, or ballast weight on loose-laid roof membranes, the weight of pavers can add up. It’s important to know how much it’s adding up to.
Different roofs are designed to support different amounts of weight per square foot, and you need to know how much of that structural support capacity is being used up by the weight of pavers.
About This Paver Weight Chart
We decided to put together a quick reference chart so we could look up the weight of pavers used in plaza deck roofing systems or as ballast on loose-laid single-ply membrane roof systems.
The resulting chart was pretty short, so we decided to expand it by adding paver weights for every type of paver we could think of.
Since the table gives weights by the square foot, it basically tells you how much a 12″ x 12″ paver weighs for each type of material and typical thicknesses. It should be pretty easy to calculate paver weight for different square footages this way.
Many of these weights were taken directly from manufacturer technical data sheets and are the actual weights of specific, representative products. In some cases, the weights we give were calculated using more general manufacturer data, or taken from a non-manufacturer source that we consider reasonably authoritative.
In all cases, these values are meant to provide a general idea of what pavers weigh, and should not be used if precise values are needed for critical engineering calculations.
When precision is necessary, always refer to the data sheets of the actual, specific product you intend to use, or contact the technical department of the paver manufacturer.
Square Footage of Individual Pavers
Pavers come in many sizes other than a simple 12 inches by 12 inches (one square foot).
To calculate the square foot area of an individual paver, multiply its length in inches by its width in inches. Divide the result by 144 (the number of square inches in a square foot). The result is the area of the paver in square feet.
To make it easier to use this chart, here are the surface areas of some common paver dimensions in square feet:
- 3.625 inches x 8 inches = 0.20 square feet (standard brick)
- 4 inches x 7.75 inches = 0.215 square feet
- 7 inches x 7 inches = 0.34 square feet
- 10.5 inches x 7 inches = 0.51 square feet
- 12 inches x 12 inches = 1 square foot
- 12 inches x 24 inches = 2 square feet
- 18 inches x 18 inches = 2.25 square feet
- 16 inches x 24 inches = 2.66 square feet
- 18 inches x 24 inches = 3 square feet
- 24 inches x 24 inches = 4 square feet
Table: Paver Weights by Material
|This paver weight table gives paver material weights per inch and for various standard paver thicknesses.|
|Paver Material||Paver Thickness||Weight per Square Foot||Typical Use||Source|
|Brick||Per Inch||9.75 lbs.||American Society of Civil Engineers|
|Brick||1-1/4″||12.19 lbs.||Surfacing for Concrete Slab|
|Brick||2-3/16″||21.33 lbs.||Foot Traffic|
|Brick||2-1/4″||21.94 lbs.||Foot Traffic|
|Concrete||Per Inch||12 lbs.||Hanover Architectural Products|
|Concrete||1-1/4″||15 lbs.||Lightweight Roof Ballast|
|Concrete||1-1/2″||18 lbs.||Foot Traffic|
|Concrete||1-3/4″||21 lbs.||Plaza Deck|
|Concrete||1-13/16||21.75 lbs.||Roof Ballast|
|Concrete||2-3/4″||33 lbs.||Vehicular Traffic|
|Per Inch||14 lbs.||Tompkins Bluestone|
|Per Inch||14 lbs.||Northeast Stone Works|
|Per Inch||14.5 lbs.||Blackhill Granites|
|1-1/4″||18 lbs.||Foot Traffic|
|4″||58 lbs.||Vehicular Traffic|
|Per Inch||12.5 lbs.||Stoneyard, Inc.|
|Per Inch||12.5 lbs.||Stoneyard, Inc.|
|Per Inch||12.5 lbs.||MS International|
|Rubber||Per Inch||3 lbs.||Versico Roofing Systems|
|Rubber||3/4″||2.25 lbs.||Deck/Patio Surfacing|
|Rubber||2″||6 lbs.||Roof Wearing Surface|
|Porcelain||Per Inch||12 lbs.||Hanover Architectural Products|
|Porcelain||3/4″||9 lbs.||Deck/Patio Surfacing|
|Per Inch||4 lbs.||Black Locust Lumber Global|
About the Author
Jack Gray is a principal roof consultant and vice president at the Moriarty Corporation, an award-winning building enclosure consultant firm founded in 1967. He is also the editor of the Roof Online website.
Mr. Gray has been involved in the roofing industry for over 25 years, with training and practical experience in roof safety, roof inspection, roof installation, roof condition assessment, estimating, roof design & specification, quality assurance, roof maintenance & repair, and roof asset management.
He was awarded the Registered Roof Observer (RRO) professional credential in 2009.
He also served as an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and attended Cornell University. Read full bio.
Paver Weight Sources
- Black Locust Wood Pavers: Black Locust Lumber Global
- Bluestone Pavers: Tompkins Bluestone Company
- Brick Pavers: American Society of Civil Engineers
- Concrete Pavers: Hanover Architectural Products
- Flagstone Pavers: Northeast Stone Works
- Granite Pavers: Blackhill Granites
- Limestone Pavers: Stoneyard, Inc.
- Porcelain Pavers: Hanover Architectural Products
- Rubber Pavers: Versico Roofing Systems
- Sandstone Pavers: Stoneyard, Inc.
- Travertine Pavers: MS International
- ASTM C568 / C568M – 15 Standard Specification for Limestone Dimension Stone
- ASTM C615 / C615M – 18e1 Standard Specification for Granite Dimension Stone
- ASTM C902 – 20 Standard Specification for Pedestrian and Light Traffic Paving Brick
- ASTM C936 / C936M – 20 Standard Specification for Solid Concrete Interlocking Paving Units
- ASTM C1527 / C1527M – 11(2018) Standard Specification for Travertine Dimension Stone
- ASTM C1782 / C1782M – 20a Standard Specification for Segmental Concrete Paving Slabs