We get asked all the time how our product compares to brick pavers. Obviously, we love our concrete pavers, so we dug in to understand the differences and help our customers make an informed choice that is right for their project and their budget.
We compared the kind of paver we produce (concrete paver) with the clay brick pavers currently sold on the market. Curious to know the differences?
Why Concrete Pavers Are the Best Option
How beautiful are traditional clay brick houses? Many homeowners gravitate towards a driveway that matches their stately brick homes.
However, this can be a challenge to pull off because red is no easy color to match. And although a brick driveway won’t fade with time and won’t stain easily, there are many situations when brick pavers may not be strong enough to survive harsh climates.
Concrete pavers present far more design and color options than brick pavers. Concrete pavers are colored with iron-oxide pigment and aggregates, while clay brick pavers are formed by natural clays, offering limited color variation.
While you may love the look of brick pavers, contractors will charge you a lot more for labor because they are much more difficult to install, thanks to their inconsistent sizing and the difficulty level in cutting them to size. And that inconsistent sizing doesn’t just make installation more difficult, it can cause unsightly gaps between the bricks.
Plus, you may have to pay for the contractor to do that all over again if the pavement fails, which is very possible since brick pavers can crack under heavy vehicular traffic.
While all of our concrete pavers offer a better lifetime value than clay brick pavers, we’ve highlighted two below that we think you’ll love the most.
Game-Changing Concrete Paver: Mika
At Techo-Bloc, we wanted to replicate the beauty of a clay brick paver, while retaining all the benefits of concrete. That is why we decided to expand our paver line.
In 2018, we introduced our new Mika pavers. An improved version of a classic!
Mika comes in Rock Garden Brown, Carbon and a striking Burgundy color. It measures 2 3/4" x 4 7/16" x 11" and features a pronounced joint adding character and permitting use in permeable applications.
This paving stone features high-definition texture and is made from our highest density concrete thanks to our HD2 technology. It is also covered by our Stonedge warranty and will resist de-icing salts and vehicular traffic.
Mika and Villagio by Natural Design Landscapes
Travertina Raw Paver
Why stop with one texture when you can have two? We’ve also extended our Travertina Raw family. This new paver joins the Travertina Raw slab, wall, pool coping and cap collection.
Just like the Mika, Travertina Raw Pavers resist vehicular traffic. It's travertine you can drive on!
Available in the same colors as the rest of the Travertina collection, it becomes easy to match your backyard with your driveway.
Plus, if you are feeling the eco-friendly vibe, or you’re searching for drainage solutions, the Travertina Raw paver is a dual-purpose product! Conventional interlocking concrete pavements or permeable pavements are both possible with this concrete paver.
It doesn’t get any stronger, brighter and more detailed than this!