Paving bricks can easily be misunderstood by the novice. The information that follows serves as a brief introduction, explaining what they are, how to buy them and why they make such a good building material.
What Are Paving Bricks?
Paving bricks are the type that is manufactured to be laid flat on the ground. They are different from the type made to be used vertically for walls and chimneys and other construction projects. Paving bricks are designed to last when installed in the ground. They can withstand both hot and cold temperatures, snow and rain, and foot traffic.
Where Can I Buy Paving Bricks?
Paving bricks can be found at most home improvement stores. You can also find them at many local building supply stores and some stone yards. People often sell paving bricks that are left over from a project online or in the classifieds of their local paper.
Why Use Paving Bricks?
Here are a few reasons why they are a popular building material:
- Design possibilities. For a product that comes in relatively standard sizes and colors, they offer an enormous amount of design options. This is because there are so many brick patterns to choose when laying them. You can build a walkway or patio that is either classic looking and formal, or one that is more laid-back and informal depending on the pattern you choose for your paving bricks. Read this article for more tips on designing with paving bricks, where the basket weave pattern is used as an example.
- Ease of installation. For the do-it-yourselfer, paving bricks are a good choice. It is relatively easy to install these pavers.
- Durability. Before starting your project, make sure you choose a paving brick and not one that is meant to be used in a wall. If you use paving bricks, your project will be around for years and years after you’re finished.
Paving bricks have been used since biblical times. Today, they are used for sidewalks in cities and small towns, and for walkways and patios in humble country homes and grand country estates. Paving bricks have a timeless quality. They can be used in almost any setting.