Using brick for your patio
One of the most timeless and classy natural building materials is brick paving. Brick paving is truly a classic, as it has been used for millennia. It’s extremely durable and easy to clean and doesn’t require much maintenance. It doesn’t lose its color and can be used in a variety of different ways and patterns to create a truly unique look in your yard and patio.
The Pros of Using Brick for Your Patio and Yard
- Durability and Strength
- No fading
- Easy to match with other materials
The Cons of Using Brick for Your Patio and Yard
- Limited color options
- Higher initial costs for installation
- Chipping over time (can be avoided with beveled edges)
Brick owes its durability to the firing process in a kiln is used to heat the clay and bind the materials. This process means that brick has extraordinary strength and doesn’t require the use of a sealer. All of this leads to the creation of a durable material that can last for decades with minimal maintenance.
Brick paving is one of the best landscape investments available on the market. It has a lifespan of over 40 years and the installation cost is between $10 and $20 per square foot. The overall cost of the paving will depend on the setting bed as a mortar setting costs more than a sand-swept one since it require more labor and materials to install.
However, installing brick on sand does require more maintenance as the sand will need to be periodically replenished. Additionally, you will need to remove any weeds or moss that may grow in the joints. You may also opt to use polymeric sand instead of traditional as it binds together and doesn’t need to be replaced like its traditional alternative.
When installing brick, you need to make sure the appropriate prep work has been done before the installation. In order for water to drain away from the surface the ground must be graded and a drainage layer added to the subgrade. This will ensure an even brick surface that won’t retain water. If the pavers are unevenly settled they can be removed and reset, however this will result in additional costs. Having a good foundation is the best way to avoid this.
We’ve already mentioned that brick paving is a very low maintenance choice. Soapy water and a wire brush is all that’s needed to remove even the most stubborn stains. Sealant is not a requirement for brick surfaces, however if you’d still like to add it make sure to consult your supplier as most generic paver sealants aren’t good for clay and brick surfaces.
The reusability of bricks is another advantage of using them for your patio. Bricks can be removed and reset in new patters, reused for other projects or sold to salvage shops if you don’t need them anymore.
There are many popular brick patterns to choose from. When they’re set in tight patterns bricks make extremely strong and stable paving that can be used for decades. These are three of the most popular brick patterns:
1. Running Bond Pattern
This pattern is the simplest and most ubiquitous of all brick patterns. It’s also very easy to lay in place. It consists of straight lines of bricks with offset joints. This pattern is great for a clean and classic look in rectangular and elongated spaces.
2. The Basketweave Pattern
This is one of the most popular patterns for patios. In a basketweave patterns pairs of bricks are positioned at 90o angles to each other.
3. Herringbone Pattern
This is a very popular pattern for driveways as it offers a lot of stability under heavy loads. The herringbone pattern consists of rows of bricks that are set at 45o or 90o to each other. It’s a simple, yet elegant pattern that is used by many homeowners.