Brick patios add a sense of class and style to residential properties, especially when combined with elegantly styled landscaped gardens. The new motar-less technology of brick paving has allowed patio bricks to be more flexible, versatile and easily installed. This helps to make the construction process of a brick patio fast and efficient.
There are 3 main types of patio bricks and they include:
Clay bricks are commonly used as patio bricks. The manufacturing process consists of the clay being fired in a kiln, heat is used to bind together the clay particles to ensure that the bricks are tough and durable. Clay patio bricks are commonly seen in their predominant reddish tones of color. They can be cut to a wide variety of shapes and sizes, therefore customized to suit the requirements of your patio application. Clay can be installed on a bed of concrete, sand or mortar the choice is yours.
Concrete is a mixture of sand, cement and water. This mixture is put into moulds of brick and paver shapes which will determine the final look, size and shape of the patio bricks. Concrete is one of the most popular choices for patio bricks because they are an inexpensive material and very easy to work with. The flexibility in design, size and shape offers homeowners the endless choice of patterning styles for their patios. Concrete patio bricks can be cut to size during installation and the choice of mortar-less paving, sand bed base material or crushed stone are all options when concrete patio bricks are used. There is a wide choice of color tones for concrete patio bricks.
Stone is generally referred to as natural stone which is a quarried material from deep beneath the earth’s surface. Natural stone is found in many different types ranging from sandstone to limestone and also flagstone. These patio bricks are a more expensive alternative but their finished look could never be matched by man made materials. They are stunning and their colors are very unique. A lot of care and maintenance is recommended with stone patio bricks to ensure they keep their natural textures and colors. They can be sealed using a high gloss or natural stone sealer for further protection.
This is a simple process and homeowners can easily hire a jackhammer for around $70 per day. Remove all large foundation materials and level off the site.
Outline the patio area using landscapers spray paint to give you a guideline using curves and straight lines if necessary.
Leveling the site should be done using a gardeners level, ensure that every inch of the site is level or this could lead to poor installation and shifting of the patio bricks.
Place the paver edging around the outline of the patio and if required irrigation, drains or piping should be installed now.
Firstly create a stable foundation for the bricks to be laid upon by using base material, then compact the material. Apply sand base also. Level off the sand using a gardener’s level or thick piece of PVC piping.
Choose a suitable pattern and begin to lay the bricks starting closest to the home and work you’re way out. Cut bricks when required by using a wet saw which also can be hired for a day.
Once all the bricks have been laid then it is time to fill in the gaps with sand. Spread the sand out evenly over the patio bricks are use a broom to ensure the joints are filled in properly. This helps to create a stable and strong foundation for your patio.