Deciding on a flooring option for your outdoor space can be a difficult decision. There is an array of options and possibilities. Two of the most popular options for homeowners are concrete pavers and brick. Let’s take a closer look at what the difference is between these two options, and which one could be right for you.
The term “paver” refers to thin, flat stones that are designed for paving projects. Both brick and concrete can be pavers since they can be installed the same way. The only difference is the finished look and feel of the outdoor space.
Both materials are durable. They can last for years and have a resistant force of 10,000 psi. However, clay bricks will maintain its original color without fading longer than concrete pavers. In order for concrete pavers to maintain its color, a sealant would need to be applied every 3-4 years.
With that being said, although bricks will maintain their color longer, they’re more likely to break down faster than concrete pavers. Bricks are also more likely to crack and chip as well. This is because concrete pavers are covered with a sealant that prevents moisture from seeping into the material and bricks don’t.
Brick and concrete pavers both come in a wide range of quality. The quality of the material will determine the cost. However, be aware that bricks are usually more expensive than concrete pavers. Expect to pay anywhere from $10-$50 per square foot for brick and anywhere from $6-$15 per square foot for concrete pavers.
Comparing Color Options
For some, the colors that are available will determine the best flooring option. Brick can only reflect traditional colors such as orange, red, and brown. Pavers, on the other hand, can be stained and painted to virtually any color. If you’re someone who likes natural rustic colors, bricks are your best bet. If you want more color variety, concrete pavers are for you.
Let’s Get to Work on Your New Outdoor Space
Regardless of which material you decide is best for you, North American Deck & Patio is here to make your new outdoor space the envy of the neighborhood. We’ll sit down with you and discuss all your paving options and help you determine which one will benefit you most. We’re proud to be a Columbia, MD patio builder and we can’t wait to build you a beautiful patio. Contact us now to learn more.