Are you interested in adding some flare to your home’s backyard patio? Well, the most important aspect of any patio is the material that lies right beneath your feet. When choosing which pavers to use, consider concrete or brick — but which one is the better choice?
Advantages of Concrete Pavers
- Cost – The cost of raw materials for concrete pavers are less expensive than that of brick. Cost-effective materials like concrete are needed for those with large outdoor spaces.
- Choices – Concrete pavers can be colored and designed in any shape or color. Advancements are always being made to this material, which is why it’s constantly moving up as one of the most used paving materials available.
- Installation – Since concrete is relatively easy to cut, this is the material of choice for DIYers. Concrete pavers can be cut and laid out in a precise format for a smooth and seamless look.
Disadvantages of Concrete Pavers
- Color – The reason there are so many choices of concrete is because it can be dyed with color pigments. Unfortunately, these colors do not last as long as other materials like natural clay brick.
- Quality – The surface of concrete will erode gradually over time, leaving behind its smooth and glamorous finish. Concrete won’t look as good over time compared to brick (if it’s not maintained).
- Life Span – Concrete does hold up under heavy foot traffic, however, it does have a lesser life span than that of clay brick.
Advantages of Brick Pavers
- Color – While there might not be as many color choices for clay brick pavers, the color is natural and can be altered by mixing in different colors of clay. Since the color is natural, it will last longer than concrete.
- Quality – Yes, it is true that brick pavers can chip as time goes on, but this material will hold up more so than concrete. Concrete will erode over time, while brick will only become damaged by stress (due to ice and moisture).
- Life Span – Brick pavers will stand the test of time. Compared to concrete, clay brick can last decades on end as long as they are properly taken care of.
Disadvantages of Brick Pavers
- Cost – Brick pavers can be up to 20 percent more expensive than concrete pavers.
- Choices – Since the color of bricks is natural, there are only so many you can choose from. And not only are colors limited, but they also come in only a few sizes (which are oftentimes altered during the kiln firing process).
- Installation – Brick pavers are difficult to cut, therefore, a DIY project might not be feasible. Since a skilled installation crew will be needed to complete this job, labor can cost more.
If you’re deciding on a material for your backyard patio, concrete and brick pavers are solid choices — but make sure you choose wisely! We are here to help you with all of your landscaping and masonry needs. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, contact us today at 203-866-4421!