Brick Pavers

Paved PathwayThe laying of Brick Pavers is really no different to laying any other pavers, however, it is good to remember that the majority of brick pavers are made from baked clay and therefore the colour is natural. This can work against you sometimes in that if you plan on paving around your home, spread over a long time span, or you are trying to match someone else’s paver laying then you may find that the exact colour will be unavailable, they have simply run out of that clay and moved on.

Another point to remember is that because they are in contact with the ground, they may appear to get a bit darker from the moisture unlike Concrete Pavers, which are coloured from colouring agents mixed in the mix but fade from the Suns UV rays.

The moisture from the ground for all pavers will also cause fungal growth, especially if your paved area doesn’t get much sun. This can make your pavers a little slippery and become dangerous to walk on, Bleach, chlorine even a scrub with soap regularly and a good hose off will keep on top of this problem.

 

 

 

Brick Pavers.
Being a Brick Paver unlike a Building Brick, are usually exactly half as wide as the length. This is so that you are able to put two side by side and match one along the length as so many different patterns require that.

 

The preparation and the laying procedure is the same no matter what type of pavers you choose and these are covered in the Paver Laying section.

 

 

 

Here are some Brick Pavers laid in a Pattern Brick Pavers in a Basket weave Pattern

that is quite common called Basket weave.

Notice how there has been a gap left between the  pavers, this is then filled with a dry cement mix after laying by sweeping it in, Hard to do as you cannot leave any residue on top of the Paver overnight as the moisture will set the cement and stain the Brick Pavers.

To remove this residue before it’s left too long, the pavers can be sponged clean like laying tiles, with any thin film being removed after a couple of days with a acid/water wash and then rinsed off with water.

 

 
 

 
 

 

Old Brick Pavers These are very old House bricks laid in a Herringbone Pattern. Some people like the old look and can pay a bit for it now, recycled house bricks are cleaned off removing most of the cement and then they are laid in the same fashion as any other paver. see Paver Laying.

The advantage of using these bricks as pavers is the usually they are 75mm (3/4″) thick, much thicker than the common clay Brick Pavers.
 
 
 
 
 
The look of these Bricks is very rustic and will really only suite an older house or a certain landscape, so be careful when choosing your Brick Pavers and your Pattern.

 

 

 

These Brick Pavers are laid in what is called Brick Pavers laid in Stretcher bond

Stretcher-Bond or Running Bond.

This is a very common Pattern as it is probably the easiest to lay. These are laid across the pathway but in some cases you can lay them down the length, this will eliminate a lot of cutting, the only thing to be careful of is if the path is sloping down along the length. this may cause the joints to wash out a bit and therefor in that case it’s better to lay across like this one.

 

 

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