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All About Brick Pavers
One of the most effective ways to create a sophisticated, attractive outdoor living space, driveway, or walkway is by using brick pavers. This hardscaping element is versatile in size, shape, color, and design, and incredibly long-lasting, so your investment is well worth it. Discover what’s possible when you learn all about brick pavers from Visionary Landscaping in Shelby Township, MI.
Where to Put Brick Pavers
Brick pavers are blocks that are connected or interlocked to craft a flat, even surface in a designated area outside. This type of material is often used with great success for the following areas where the surface that’s underfoot is even and walkable :
The Composition of Brick Pavers
Brick pavers are made from molded and baked clay or shale and can withstand an incredible amount of weight, which makes them a great driveway option. This material, with intentional upkeep, can last for decades because they are fired at higher temperatures than typical chimney bricks or wall bricks, a characteristic that makes them incredibly strong.
The heat from the firing also impacts paver texture, making them nonporous, which means they do not retain water. There are no holes in the bodies of the pavers and they are designed to age gracefully, but permeable pavers are available, a wise choice for pool decks especially where drainage is critical.
Colors and Patterns of Brick Pavers
Of course, homeowners want pavers that blend with the aesthetic and landscaping of their home. Thankfully, brick pavers come in a variety of colors and can be laid down in various patterns.
The naturally derived colors depend on the mineral content of the clay used to make the bricks and the type of surface treatment applied to them. Expect to see colors in shades of:
- Orangey red
- Rich brown
- Dark red
- Deep purple
- Earthy tan
Most installations of brick pavers make use of the typical 4×8-inch brick. This feature allows the bricks to be laid in a variety of decorative patterns, some of which are simple and others complex, including:
- Running bond
All About Brick Pavers’ Benefits
It’s not difficult to find plenty of reasons why brick pavers are one of the smartest choices for outdoor upgrades. Here are just some of the many pros of this hardscape material:
- Durable: Long-lasting and resistant to the unforgiving nature of weathering, the strength of pavers makes them unlikely to break but, if they do, they’re easy to repair or replace.
- Curb appeal: Elevate the appearance of a home with brick pavers, especially when designs, materials, and colors are carefully considered and selected.
- Increased home value: Installed properly and meticulously, pavers can make a home’s value skyrocket.
- Environmentally sound: Rainwater and other runoff naturally soak into the ground around the bricks, which can also be recycled and reused.
- Low-maintenance: Brick pavers do not require curing, like asphalt or concrete driveways. After a one-time protective sealer is applied it’s ready to be used.
Work with Visionary Landscaping to Learn All About Brick Pavers
At Visionary Landscaping, we offer the finest selection of brick pavers along with a talented and knowledgeable staff of experts and installers. You can see up-close-and-personal what your upgraded outdoor space will look like with pavers, the patterns and edge treatment available, whether pavers will be set in sand or mortar, and how every other cosmetic and functional element will affect the success of this enhancement.
Contact us to discuss your project and allow us to help you determine which hardscaping materials are best for your home.