A manufactured product, brick pavers are made with cement, sand, fine aggregates and water, which is mixed together and fired in a kiln at high temperatures to produce the finished product. Known to last a lifetime, brick pavers are highly versatile, durable and strong.
The main applications for brick pavers include driveways, pool surrounds, patios, sidewalks, and walkways.
The numerous benefits of brick pavers include durability and strength, flexible integrity, long term cost benefits, ease of repair and recycling, non-slip surface, fast installation, environmental responsibility, color integrity, and low maintenance.
In addition to their many practical benefits, brick pavers are extremely versatile and may be used in many different design variations and different settings to achieve a refined architectural appearance.
While it is not entirely necessary, you may wish to have your contractor seal brick pavers to protect them from dirt and discoloration. As time passes, if they become discolored or dull, simply wash them with soap and water and a high pressure hose and reseal once again.
Brick Paver Colors
The colors of brick pavers are determined by the raw clay material, the quarry, the firing process, and manufacturers’ additives. Brick surfaces may be varied with sand coats, additives and slurry, or by changing the firing temperature. The “flashing technique” used during high temperature firing will make brick darker.
Special Designs and Shapes
Instead of utilizing standard sized bricks for larger areas, consider utilizing a larger size brick paver because their proportion may be best suited to a larger scale area. Also, they are faster to install.
Other types of clay paver shapes suit special requirements for such issues as noise reduction, water permeability, and grass growth.
Nowadays, brick pavers are being molded into special shapes such as keyholes, fans, x’s and w’s.
Brick Paver Patterns
For information about typical patterns for brick pavers, please see the CalFinder article entitled “Paving Stone Patterns.”
Brick Paver Contractors
Most landscaping or concrete contractors will be able to install pavers for you, but we have specialists who specialize in them. Get an estimate at no cost from several of our paving stone contractors.
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