Brick Vs. Concrete

October 14, 2018

 

It’s time to build your patio and you’re not sure if you should use concrete or brick pavers. You take a walk through your neighborhood to see if you can gain insight from what your neighbors have used and you see more concrete patios than brick pavers. But did you also take notice of the sidewalk you’re strolling down? Chances are it’s cracked in some areas and heaving in others. And chances are that over time, your neighbors’ concrete patios will also experience the same type of problems.

 

So why are there so many concrete patios? The reason is because of the low initial cost. When homeowners are deciding what material to use for their patio, concrete is always considered due to the cost. Unfortunately, the long-term durability is not usually considered. When shifting, heaving and cracking happen the whole concrete slab will need to be replaced, thus incurring additional cost and construction time. Furthermore, when concrete is dyed, that color will fade over time and need to be redone.

 

Brick pavers on the other hand cost more upfront but over time they are more durable and require far less repairs and maintenance. If a single paver should crack or otherwise become damaged, it only takes minutes to replace it — saving you time and money. Additionally, brick pavers are fired at a high temperature, which permanently sets the dye so it never fades.

 

If you’re still leaning towards concrete, don’t be alarmed, there are steps that can be taken to help protect and prolong its life. See our article on sealers for more details. For additional guidance choosing between concrete and brick, talk to a Kinwood professional. We can help you choose the best option for your patio, walkway or driveway.

 

CONCRETE

Advantages:

  • Concrete is more economical

  • Installation process is faster

  • Existing concrete can be stained a different color for future updating

Challenges:

  • Vulnerable to cracks and heaves

  • More expensive to repair than brick

  • Can be a less esthetically-pleasing option

  • Stain will fade over time and need to be reapplied

 

BRICK PAVERS

Advantages:

  • Available in a variety of shapes, colors and textures

  • Add a more traditional look to landscapes

  • Easily replaceable should a paver become damaged

  • Offers a more unique look over concrete

  • Brick color will stand the test of time

 

Challenges:

  • Paver bricks can occasionally shift and erosion of sand can occur over time

  • Weeds could potentially grow in the sand between the pavers (this can easily be stopped by applying a clear sealer to the paver surface)

  • More costly then concrete slabs, aggregate or stamped concrete

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