Brick has been around for more than 5,000 years. It began as a building product in the Near East and India, and it is now a staple material in American buildings, streets, walkways, patios, driveways, courtyards, and gardens. If you have visited downtown Savannah, GA, you have witnessed the beauty of clay brick pavers, for many of its sidewalks and squares are paved with them. You can enjoy the classic charm of clay brick pavers for your home, for they are available for residential use. They are a popular choice for driveways, walkways, and patios. Here are some benefits of using clay brick pavers for your outdoor paving project:
Made to Last
Brick is one of the longest lasting and strongest building materials available. Clay paving brick is even more durable than face brick, the type of brick used on the walls of buildings. Paving bricks are solid and without holes. Also, they are fired to a higher standard than face brick to increase their durability. Many clay brick paver streets that were installed hundreds of years ago are still being used today. For example, the brick streets of Boston, MA, were installed over 200 years ago.
Good for the Environment
Brick is made entirely from natural materials – water and dirt. These are abundant resources, and they won’t harm the environment. So, you can feel good about choosing clay brick pavers for your outdoor project.
Consistent, Enduring Color
The color of brick pavers comes from the clay that makes them; they are not artificially colored. Therefore, their color is consistent throughout, and you don’t have to worry about the color fading over time.
With proper installation, clay brick pavers require very little maintenance. We use polymeric sand when we install pavers, and the particles of this special sand bind together, virtually eliminating sand loss as well as weed growth. Moss growth can occur on brick pavers that get a lot of moisture and little sunlight, but you can easily remove the moss with a mild bleaching solution. If you use brick pavers on your driveway, you can get oil stains, which you can clean with a mild detergent. For a particularly difficult stain, you can always remove the stained pavers and replace them, something you can’t do with poured concrete or asphalt.
Clay brick pavers are naturally textured and abrasive, so they are excellent for heavily trafficked wet areas, such as pool decks, walkways, and driveways. For this reason, municipal bodies choose them for highways and public walkways.
The installation process for clay brick pavers is relatively simple and quick. Plus, once they are installed, they are ready to use. You don’t have to wait for anything to set or dry.
If you have a stained or broken clay brick paver, you can simply remove it and replace it with a new one. No one will be able to tell the difference. Poured concrete or asphalt, on the other hand, has to be saw cut and repoured, and the new place where you perform the repair will stand out and look unsightly.
If you want to know more about clay brick pavers for your home, ask a question, and we’d be happy to respond to you. If you live in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Savannah, or the surrounding areas, you can invite us to your home for a free estimate, which will include a 3-D drawing of how clay brick pavers will look with your home. American Paving Design has installed over 3,000 paving projects, and we look forward to helping you with yours!