Types of Brick Pavers
Decide which brick paver designs enhance your home exterior
By Cathy McClellan
Many homeowners use brick pavers in their landscape projects, creating garden borders, walkways, patios and driveways. There are many benefits to using brick pavers; they withstand a lot of weight and are durable to both the elements and wear and tear of years of use. Pavers are more flexible than poured concrete as the pavers will move with the earth during the shifting of the ground. It is much more economical to maintain pavers as well, as you replace only the damaged pavers instead of an entire surface.
A rectangle brick paver is a simple brick without any designs stamped in the brick. This type of brick is installed in a running bond, herringbone or basket weave design to create different looks. Herringbone is installed either at a 45-degree or 90-degree angle. The 45-degree angle is a zigzag pattern and looks busier than the 90-degree angle. In other words, the 45-degree pattern is a closer design and will make for a tighter design, which is well-suited for larger areas that you want to appear smaller. The 90-degree angle will create a larger look for a small area with a zigzag pattern that looks looser.
Brick pavers are available cut into shapes as well. Brick pavers cut into diamond or oblong shapes interlock to create a continuous diamond pattern or a uniform look with the oblong shape. X-shaped brick pavers are ideal for areas where you want to plant small patches of groundcover in the holes between each x. Installation techniques include laying the x's side by side, above and below each other. This creates several small open areas where ground cover or grass is planted.
Stamped pavers are any of the above pavers with a design stamped in while the paver is still wet. Designs include fans, circles and curlicues. Stamped pavers are available in large squares as well with a traditional herringbone or basket weave design. This enables the homeowner to use larger pavers to achieve the same design as the smaller pavers but with fewer objects.
Natural tones are the best choice for brick pavers. This enables the homeowner to match or mix and match several colors that most compliment the home. For a more dramatic look, minerals such as iron will give a metallic glitter to the paver, if that is desirable. Additionally, colors are mixed into the brick as the pavers are being fired. Depending on the colors desired, a wide range of colors from light cream to very dark shades are available by using a combination of basic colors.
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Cathy McClellan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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