The Benefits of Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

When planning a paver project, it’s important to know that not all pavers are equal. When comparing concrete pavers versus brick pavers, it’s particularly essential to understand the differences between the two, and the multiple benefits of choosing concrete pavers over traditional clay brick.

Paver Sizes & Shapes

Size and Shape Benefits Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

Concrete pavers come in a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes –- from small 4″x8″ and 6″x6″ all that way up to 24” slabs, as well as irregular and plank shapes.  Clay brick pavers typically only come in 4″x8″ sizes.

Paver Finishes & Styles

Finishing Benefits Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

While brick pavers all have a similar face, concrete pavers are available in an endless array of finishes — including smooth finishes, natural stone textures, cobbled looks, antique tumbled looks and more.  Most concrete paver finishes incorporate blends of colors, and many have unique faces created with specialized aggregates.

Paver Colors

Color Benefits Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

Clay brick pavers are typically only available in a limited number of shades or color blends. However, concrete pavers are available in a wide array of hues and color blends — including warm color tones, cool color tones, deep shades, and variegated color blends. This allows for greater design flexibility and the ability to create more coordinated outdoor designs. Unlike most brick pavers, some concrete pavers also have built-in protectants to help prevent the color from fading over time.

Consistent Paver Sizes

Sizing Benefits of Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

Concrete pavers are made in a highly controlled environment, allowing for more uniformed and consistent shapes and sizes within a particular style. This allows for more efficient installation. Brick pavers can often be warped as part of the firing process, which can make installation more challenging.

Coordinating Design Elements

Coordinating Elements of Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

Concrete pavers are often designed to specifically coordinate with adjacent vertical products — such as retaining walls, outdoor kitchen and fireplace kits and fire pit kits — in terms of style, texture and color.  This makes it easier to plan coordinated outdoor living spaces. Although clay bricks can be used to construct vertical design elements, doing so is a longer, more complex masonry process.

Paver Design Flexibility

Design Benefits of Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

With brick pavers, designs are limited to running bond, herringbone and basket-weave paver laying patterns. However, with concrete pavers, the design options are endless. You can mix and match various shapes, sizes, finishes and colors to create unique outdoor living designs.

Paver Durability

Durability Benefits of Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers

Clay is fairly unpredictable, and some clay bricks are prone to cracking in freeze/thaw environments. Belgard concrete pavers are manufactured to handle extreme weather conditions and come with a lifetime transferable warranty against cracking or breaking.

5 Replies to “The Benefits of Concrete Pavers vs Brick Pavers”

  1. Why is it that some pavers wear away to reveal small stones and if I choose concrete pavers, how can I avoid this from happening, especially where rainwater beats down on my pool lanai?

    1. Over time the finer sands that make up the surface of the paver will gradually wear and erode. This is a natural process that should take decades, but can be more of an issue wherever water is running across consistently (from a downspout for example). The best way to prevent this (or stop it) is to apply a paver sealant. Techniseal provides a variety of options. Some will provide more gloss than others, and some with enhance the color if it’s slightly faded (Colorboost).

  2. The comment about concrete paver’s durability v clay is simply incorrect. For concrete pavers’ finish and color to not erode and deteriorate, the company itself tells you to apply sealant. Clay pavers don’t. Moreover, some clay pavers have been in service for well over a century; just check out Boston’s Beacon Hill. Unless there is a concrete segmental paving system anywhere near 100 years old that is in service today, the claim about superior durability simply does not hold water.

    1. Thank you for your response. You are absolutely correct in that some clay pavers do stand the test of time under certain conditions. However, clay is a natural product and by default subject to variability. Durability can be particularly unpredictable in certain climates. Belgard concrete pavers, however, undergo thousands of hours of rigorous R&D testing to ensure durability and are even backed by a warranty.

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