The term “hardscape” covers a wide variety of material and installation types. Paver Patios, walkways, driveways, pool patio, bar/kitchen area, and outdoor fireplaces are all considered hardscapes. These different areas can make your landscape a real success as an outdoor living space. Hardscapes need to flow and fit the property which is why the right hardscape elements can improve the appearance and value of your property. Below we’ll discuss the benefits of brick pavers.
A typical patio space is broken into a few different areas. A dining area, lounge, and cooking area are most common. If you have the space and budget a cozy fireplace or fire pit area is a nice touch. Incorporating the right planting material to soften the hardscapes up against the home will result in a beautiful one of a kind outdoor living space.
Gambrick recommends using Brick Pavers (Interlocking Paver systems) for many hardscape and outdoor living spaces. We feel it’s one of the best materials to install for a multitude of reasons. Some of the benefits of brick pavers include:
Benefits of Brick Pavers
Brick paving, also commonly known as block paving, is used for making different types of decorative pavements. Some of the many benefits of brick pavers have been discussed in this article.
There are different types of paving materials available in the market. Each type has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. Brick pavers are one of the most popular options for many reasons. Brick pavers are generally used as an ideal material for commercial as well as residential paving in NJ. Stated below are five common advantages of using this material. Have a look:
1. Slip-Resistance Surface:
The most important benefit of using brick pavers is that it naturally has a slip resistance surface which helps to decrease the likelihood of accidents near wet areas. It has a textured surface with abrasive characteristics. Swimming pool, outdoor areas, pathways and other wet places must use brick pavement in order to ensure a high level of safety and security.
Another benefit of using brick paver is that it has an ability to retain its color consistently throughout a long period of time. The material doesn’t get adversely affected by ultraviolet rays from the sun. This is because no artificial colors are added or pigmented during its processing. The appearance of brick pavers comes naturally from the rich color and beauty of clay material. Because of this it doesn’t really fade over time. Even buildings that are over 100 years old still retain they’re beautiful color.
3. Strength & Durability:
Brick pavers are used for different landscaping projects such as vehicle driveways, municipal construction projects and pedestrian walkways. Because of it’s durable and hard nature. They have the ability to withstand very high loading levels.
4. Environmental Friendly:
As stated earlier, brick paver are made natural clay material. This is a very eco-friendly option because they’re all natural. The advantages of using an eco-friendly product as paving material is that it can retain all its natural properties including finishes and colors for a long period of time. An investment that can add value to your home. Brick pavers have been used for centuries, it’s one of the oldest building materials used by man.
5. Flexible Integrity:
Brick pavers are able to maintain their inter-locking form far better than concrete. When the underlying earth along with the material moves the pavers automatically adjusts themselves with the underlying soil, thereby helping to prevent cracking of the entire pavement system. A concrete patio would simply crack. Brick pavers can be fixed later to account for the shifting earth. An asphalt or concrete patio would have to be redone wherever it cracked. This is much more expensive and doesn’t look great because the seams will never match.
6. Quick Installation:
Brick pavers don’t require much time to be installed. And they can be laid easily in any season. This benefit can be very effective in keeping budget and time management issues in check.
Before choosing the type of material for your pavement option, consider the above mentioned advantages of brick pavers.
BENEFITS OF BRICK PAVERS
There are many benefits inherent for each different type of paver material. This page addresses the benefits of only brick pavers.
Durability and Strength
One of the many benefits of brick pavers is their ability to withstand an extremely high level of loading. Making them suited to many different types of landscaping applications, such as, pedestrian walkways, vehicle driveway accesses within residential, commercial and municipal construction projects. In other words they can safely handle a lot of weight.
They maintain their interlocking form better than poured-in-place-concrete because when the underlying earth and materials move, brick pavers adjust themselves to accommodate the movement of the underlying soil. This prevents cracking of the pavement system. Concrete is rigid so if the earth moves it can crack. Pavers will just shift and can be fixed later if this happens.
Long Term Cost Benefits
Another one of the benefits of brick pavers is an easy repair and recycle solution. If they ever become damaged or stained, it is simply a matter of lifting off the damaged paver and replacing it with a new one. Just like replacing a small piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Therefore, the overall maintenance and replacement cost is significantly lower than other forms of paving materials such as asphalt.
They are slip resistant and skid resistant due to their natural textured surface and highly abrasive characteristics. They provide an excellent solution for heavily trafficked wet areas, such as swimming pool pathways and outdoor areas. Municipal bodies use them for highways and pedestrian footpaths.
Clay paving materials can be laid in any type of moderate weather condition. This helps to keep the cost of installation, time management and budgeting issues in check. The installation process is relatively simple, quick and easy. They’re ready to be trafficked upon immediately after install.
They’re made of a natural clay material from the earth’s soil. It won’t lose any of its color or finish over time. This means that it’s a solid investment that appreciates the value of your home.
They also maintain their color consistently throughout the product and won’t be affected by any form of ultraviolet light. There are no problems associated with dark colors, shininess or reflective light. The beauty and rich color of brick pavers is an inherent property of clay material. Color is NOT added as an artificial dye or pigment during the manufacturing process. Therefore the integrity of the brick is maintained and is the main reason why they don’t fade over time.
Cleaning clay pavers is done with some detergent, water and a scrubbing brush. Most of the time they require little maintenance and can be expected to last for generations to come. There are streets in the City of Boston, United States that have been in use for 200 years.