Is it time to replace your driveway? Spring and Summer are the perfect time to take out the old to bring in the new. Add curb appeal with the addition of a brick paver driveway.
Types of Pavers
There are three general types of pavers available – brick, cobblestone, and concrete. Concrete pavers are made from cement and cobblestone from hard stone cut into the shape of a paver. Brick pavers are made from a clay mixture. On average, they are heavier and larger than other pavers. The mixture is poured into a cast, typically in a rectangle shape, but you may find different variations. The clay mold is cured with heat to form a strong and solid brick paver suitable for hardscapes like driveways.
Brick pavers can vary in color as the clay is poured from different batches. Color variations do not fade or change color over time. Brick paver driveways are known for their hardiness, and any variation in color does not affect the strength and durability of the bricks.
Choosing a Brick Paver Driveway
Unlike poured concrete or asphalt, brick pavers are a renewable resource. They can be repurposed and reused for other hardscape projects. Clay is the most affordable option compared to the other pavers. They are relatively low maintenance and easily cleaned. You can sweep or use a leaf blower to gently move loose debris from the driveway. For stuck-on debris, brick pavers can be sprayed down or washed with a mild soak and bristled brush.
To extend the life of brick pavers, experts recommend sealing them once every few years. One of the most attractive attributes of brick pavers is the ability to replace one if damage occurs.
Brick Paver Installation
The first step in installing a brick paver driveway is to establish the dimensions. Use stakes and string to mark your outline. Next, excavate the area to a depth of 8 inches. Fill in the newly excavated area with a layer of gravel. Spread it evenly using a rake and then using a hand tamper or power tamper, smooth the surface.
Once you tamp the surface, install edging with 12-inch stakes. Next, pour sand to a depth of one inch thick, use a rake to distribute it evenly, and a standard 2x4 to level the sand's surface. Now the surface is ready for pavers.
Start with the edging. Lay the pavers in the desired pattern. They are tapped into place using a rubber-ended hammer or mallet. If the area you are covering has an irregular shape and bricks need to be shortened, a cold chisel can shape the paver.
After the surface is completed using bricks, it's time to fill in the driveway joints or gaps. Using sand and a push broom, move sand across the entire surface until all the spaces are filled. Spray the area with water to settle the sand in the joints.
The last step is to tamp the final surface, and your brick paver driveway is complete!
Professional Brick Paver Installation
Brick pavers take time precision to complete correctly. The task can get more complicated with a graded driveway or unusual shape. Hiring professional brick paver installers ensures that your driveway is completed accurately and will last you for years to come. A team of professionals can finish your new driveway more efficiently than if you were to tackle the task alone.
For your next brick paver driveway in Peoria, Illinois - contact Asphalt, Concrete, and Brick Paver Peoria. Our dedicated team of professionals will provide you with a high-quality driveway to last for years to come. Call us today! 309-324-3800