Brick or concrete pavers can add classic elegance or a contemporary flair to walkways, patios, and driveways. Pavers increase value and curb appeal of your home. The term, “pavers,” refers to thin, flat blocks designed to use in paving projects such as walkways, patios, or driveways. Both brick and concrete pavers offer years of durability.
Brick pavers are made from a mixture of clay that is shaped and baked in a kiln. Clay bricks are naturally-colored, so they retain their color, whereas concrete pavers can fade over time. Clay bricks also need less maintenance and cleaning than concrete, but can be 15-20% more expensive and more labor-intensive to install than concrete.
Concrete pavers have more design, shape, and color options than clay. Pavers come in many shapes and styles, making them suitable for any landscape plan. There are concrete pavers that have the appearance of natural stone, available in a range of earthen color blends, textures, patterns, and shapes.
When designing a walkway, patio, or driveway, first decide what kind of pavers are right for the space. Pavers come in tumbled (weathered), non-tumbled (smooth), embossed, dimpled, or an approximation of flagstone. Aged-looking pavers are particularly suited for historic houses, while large square pavers are more contemporary. Once pavers are selected, there are many options for the pattern in which they are laid. Popular styles include: herringbone, basket weave, running board, circular and random. Properly installed pavers will last for many years.
Concrete pavers are installed on a compacted sub-base of gravel. Interlocking styles offer heightened stability and uniform gaps. When pavers are laid, polymeric joint stabilizing sand is swept into the joints. Once dampened, it creates a concrete-like bond, preventing most weeds from growing in the cracks.
While pavers are low-maintenance, they may need to be power-washed and sealed every 2-3 years. A sealer helps to prevent staining while maintaining color. Once the walkway, patio, or driveway is complete, consider adding planting beds or flowering containers to add a touch of softness to the hardscape.