The term "brick paver" generally describes any segmental paving unit which relies upon interlock as its principle mean of load distribution and is primarily used to pave driveways, patios, pool decks, sidewalks, and streets. In order to differentiate the type of segmental paving unit being used to pave these areas, we determine whether the product is made with clay or with sand.
1. a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln
1. a brick, tile, stone, or block used for paving
Unfortunately, most people refer to pavers as brick pavers, when in reality, the only occurrence when that is an accurate description of the product is when it is made of clay. The vast majority of pavers, however, are produced with sand, not clay.
Brick pavers typically look like bricks in both color and shape. They are more frequently produced in regions where clay is an accessible and affordable natural resource. The south eastern United States produces a lot of clay brick and pavers.
Pavers on the other hand are produced with a mixture of aggregates, small stones and pebbles, sand, color dyes, and grey or white cement. Since this type of paver production is more popular, there is a larger supply of products that cater to the demand. Comparatively, concrete pavers are much cheaper than their clay counterparts. Pavers made with grey cement produce darker colors and because grey cement is a cheaper raw material, these darker color pavers are cheaper than white cement, lighter color pavers.
The difference between a white cement and grey cement paver is roughly $0.25 per square foot where as the difference between a clay paver and the most expensive, white cement paver is about $1.00 per square foot. To view color samples of our concrete pavers, in both grey and white cement, click here!