Brick pavers are a popular choice for paving projects like driveways and patios. They are manufactured products that can come in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes, and the material they are made from can also vary. However, when we think of brick pavers, what comes to mind are the rectangular paver bricks that are heavier and bigger than the bricks traditionally used in construction. These pavers are cast in clay and cured in heat to shape and strengthen them. They lack the gaps and holes found in regular bricks and have a smooth solid surface.
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Property owners are often confused when it comes to selecting pavers for their commercial property. Concrete pavers are more widely seen, which is why most people know about them or have dealt with them. However, installation, repair, and maintenance of other kinds of pavers, including brick pavers, is not common knowledge. If you are unsure about whether you want to get brick pavers installed, you need more information about them to make an informed decision.
Below are some pros and cons of brick pavers that will help you decide if they are the perfect material for your project.
- Classic appearance
- Easy repairs
- Adds property value
- Limited design options
- Laborious installation
- Requires periodic sealing
- Susceptible to frost heaving
For a deeper understanding, keep reading.
Durability – Pro
Brick pavers boast strength and durability, which is why they can withstand extensive use and rough weather without displaying any scuff marks, warping, or scratches. Since pavers use an interlocking system, your finished pavement is stronger than the individual bricks. Sealing the pavers will protect them from stains. A brick paver surface can last for decades, making it a good return on the high initial cost of this investment.
Maintenance – Pro
Brick pavers are a low maintenance option. Cleaning them consists of sweeping, or if there are stains, then washing with soapy water. They require resealing every three years or so. If occasionally, a paver or two settles disproportionately, they need to be reset. And if a brick is damaged, it can easily be replaced. Taking all this into account, it is safe to say that a brick paver surface requires little care than other materials.
Price – Con
Although not as expensive as natural stones, brick pavers are also a costly option as compared to stamped or poured concrete, asphalt, or outdoor tiles. Apart from the pavers’ price, the installation cost of laying pavers also includes sand, framing, equipment costs, and contractor payment.
Design – Con
Brick pavers do not offer much versatility in design. There are some color and texture variations, and variations of design can be achieved through different layouts. Brick pavers boast a classic and elegant look that better matches with older properties with other brick elements but are not so great a fit with contemporary structures.
Flexibility – Con
Brick pavers are heavy and costly. Also, finding a matching replacement in the exact same style and size as your existing outdoor pavers may become an issue, so you might be forced to replace them all. Considering how inflexible and unforgiving they can be, you need to keep in mind that if you want to change your brick patio surface’s style, color, or size, it will be an expensive and difficult venture.
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