Ever wondered which pavers would suit your drive better? Honestly, it all boils down to personal preference. However, here are some tips to help you choose between modern concrete pavers and brick pavers!
Brick pavers – pros and cons
These are made from clay, formed into shape and cured by baking in a kiln, but be careful when shopping for these, because the word “brick” is sometimes used to describe the shape of the stone, not the material. So you might end up with bricks that technically aren’t bricks at all.
This material has its advantages but comes with it drawbacks as well. Brick pavers retain their color, they last much longer than concrete (although they do chip or crack over time). Eco-friendly clay bricks also need less maintenance and offer a timeless style (just think about a lovely paver brick patio).
On the other side, this option might be a bit more expensive than a concrete pad or a driveway and you might find yourself with limited color choices since these bricks are colored with natural clays. They also tend to be a little trickier to install, because they are baked so they might vary slightly in their dimensions. Bricks are also more likely to crack under heavy vehicle traffic. The might also chip, but the little cracks and blemishes are less noticeable than on concrete pavers.
Concrete pavers – pros and cons
As the name suggests, concrete pavers are made cement and aggregate. They are poured into forms, compressed and air cured. This material can be formed into a wide range of shapes and also comes in many color options.
Going with concrete is less expensive than brick pavers, mainly because of the lower cost of raw materials. This option also offers far more design choices and has more color options. New and better concrete pavers are being designed all the time, so they are continuously being improved, not to mention, they are easier to install because these pavers are precisely uniform.
On the backside, their color might fade over time, because these concrete pavers are dyed with color pigments rather than natural clay. They may also need sealing, that can help prolong the color. The other problem with concrete is surface erosion. While brick chips and cracks, concrete wears more gradually eroding the smooth finish and shoving the aggregate. These materials also vary in quality and also have a shorter lifespan than classic brick. They might hold up better to traffic, but they will probably only last for a couple of decades, not generations.
So, as you can see both of these materials have their pros and cons. While bricks are more durable, your color options with them are limited. They last much longer than concrete, but their installation costs more and can be a little trickier, due to the varying brick sizes. With concrete, you basically have endless color and style options, but it erodes faster than bricks. Concrete is also less durable, but these pavers are continuously being improved, so you might be able to get the latest products that don’t have the classic drawbacks of concrete. Generally both of these options offer quality and style, and in the end, it’s all about personal taste and preferences. Whichever option you go with, just make sure to stick to the best materials available. After all, it’s your home design we are talking about!