Clay Pavers Top the List of Paving Options for Your Yard.
The grass is green and the flowers are blooming, but your yard still lacks something. Hardscaping – paved areas designed for outdoor living, recreation or mobility – can make your whole yard more usable and enjoyable. Meandering garden paths, sidewalks, a circular driveway, a back patio or a front porch complete with rocking chairs – any of these can be part of your landscape design. But the paving materials you choose will determine the personality of the hardscape you select.
Your choices range from:
- genuine clay pavers (also known as brick pavers)
- concrete products (poured, stamped, or brick-shaped)
- natural stone products (such as flagstone) and tile products (like slate).
Some are more appropriate for certain areas than others, and, of course, they all have their own character. Here we will look at clay pavers.
Genuine Clay Pavers
New brick paver products provide countless aesthetic choices, while still offering the durability of a product that’s been around for thousands of years. Genuine brick pavers, made from a blend of clay and shale, are dried and fired, making them strong enough to withstand loads exceeding 12,000 pounds per inch.
The rich, lasting color of clay pavers is one of the biggest aesthetic benefits of the product. Because the color is inherent to the clay – not added as an artificial dye or pigment – it will never fade.
Pavers range from the lightest buff to the darkest charcoal and deepest chocolate. A variety of traditional reds and more subtle pinks are also available. Clay paver colors can even reflect minerals – like iron – found in clay and shale deposits, giving them strong, metallic undertones.
Brick pavers come in several shapes and sizes, including rectangular (the most common), boardwalk (long and narrow, like a boardwalk plank), interlocking octagonal and odd-shapes, and even a bull nose with a curved edge perfect for overhangs on steps and other niche areas.
Clay pavers, like face brick used on a home, require little maintenance and can last a lifetime. Brick streets in Boston still in use after more than 200 years are a testament to their longevity. Cleaning, when necessary, is easily accomplished with a little detergent and a water hose.