What's the Difference between Brick Pavers and Concrete Pavers?

What’s the Difference between Brick Pavers and Concrete Pavers?

Pavers are thin stones used to create driveways, walkways, patios, outdoor seating areas, and more. There are many styles of pavers on the market, but some of the most popular options are brick pavers and concrete pavers. Both have the potential to make a beautiful outdoor oasis for your home or business, but one may be better suited for your needs than the other. Read on to learn the difference between brick pavers and concrete pavers.

Pros and Cons of Brick Pavers

Brick pavers are made from natural clay that is baked in a kiln. The kiln creates a durable, hard surface much like bricks on the outside of a home. In some cases, the term “brick” may be used to describe the shape of the paver, rather than the material it is made from. For these pros and cons, we’ll refer to brick pavers that are constructed from brick materials.

  • Pro – Color Retention. Brick pavers are the same color throughout, so they look uniform even if they are cut in half. The color can also withstand UV rays better than concrete.
  • Con – Higher upfront Cost. Brick pavers tend to cost more upfront than concrete pavers, but their durability makes them more affordable over time.
  • Pro – Durable Beauty. Brick pavers have a timeless appearance that can last for generations.
  • Con – A More Limited Color Selection. Because brick pavers are made from natural clay, they are only available in a select amount of colors. Nevertheless, there are enough colors to choose from that you can surely find a great option for your home.
  • Pro – Easy Repairs. If brick pavers shift, crack, or break, they are easy to repair or relevel. This makes brick paving a wise long-term investment.

Pros and Cons of Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are made from traditional concrete ingredients: cement, water and aggregate. These materials are mixed together in a precise ratio and then poured into paver molds. Concrete pavers can be poured into almost any shape, and color additives can create a custom appearance for the pavers.

  • Pro – Expansive Selection. Because the concrete can be shaped and colored in a variety of ways, the design selection is endless. If you have a specific aesthetic in mind that brick paving doesn’t support, concrete pavers may be a better fit for you.
  • Con – Surface Erosion. While bricks chip away with wear, concrete gradually erodes at the surface. This removes the top layer of cream to expose the aggregate below, thus taking away from the beauty of the upper surface.
  • Pro – Uniform Shapes. Some homeowners love the fact that brick pavers are all just a little bit different, but that isn’t ideal for every installation. With concrete pavers, you get a uniform shape every time.
  • Con – Shorter Lifespan. Concrete pavers can last for decades, but brick pavers can last a lifetime. Some concrete pavers are made to be more durable than others, so the longevity depends on both the quality of material and quality of installation.
  • Pro – Constant Innovation. New concrete solutions are coming out all the time, so there is always a new design or material perk to look forward to.
  • Con – Color Fading. The color of concrete pavers tends to fade much faster than the color of brick pavers. You can slow this process with concrete sealing, but you’ll need to factor that into your maintenance budget.

Should I Get Concrete Pavers or Brick Pavers?

Brick and concrete pavers are both excellent options for outdoor surfaces. They both come with advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll simply need to decide which material aligns with your goals, lifestyle and budget. We’d be happy to discuss your options during your in-person consultation. You can compare costs of materials and future maintenance requirements. Then choose the best paver material for your residential or commercial property.

Contact N&M Restoration at (586) 350-5824 to schedule a quote for brick paving or concrete paving.