Building a paver patio is an ideal way to add interest and utility to your outdoor living space. With varying materials such as brick and concrete, it is sometimes hard to decide which is the best fit for you. The choice largely depends on your personal taste. However, here are some tips to help you make your decision:
Brick pavers are classic. They’ve got lots of character, and you can explore your creative chops by setting them in intricate patterns. Thinner than typical “builder bricks” used on home siding, they’re made to hold up under heavy foot traffic.
Concrete pavers are made from cement and aggregate poured into forms, compressed, and air cured. Concrete can be formed into all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors specifically tinted to meet your space.
- Easier to Install: Concrete pavers are precisely uniform and easier to cut, so they’re a popular choice for DIY projects.
- Fading Color: Concrete pavers can fade over time since they’re dyed with color pigments rather than natural clay. Not ideal for very sunny locations.
- Additional Maintenance: Sealants can help prolong the color in concrete pavers but add to maintenance.
- Shorter Life Span: While initially holding up better to traffic than brick, concrete pavers have a shorter lifespan, a few decades.
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