A brick paver driveway radiates a unique, warm and welcoming feeling to visitors as they make their way to your house. It also creates a safer and smoother surface for driving and walking. Before deciding on creating one yourself, it is best to understand the basics of brick pavers, styles and types first.
Brick Pavers are thicker than regular construction bricks. These bricks are made of clay combined with water and fire to form pavers. It is pressed and molded into its desired shape either by machine or hand. Then, it is then fired and dried at 2,000 degrees, until its particles fuse together. Its bonds are very strong that it can even withstand 12,000 pounds of load per square inch.
There are hundreds of design options are available when you decide to use brick pavers for your driveway. These bricks also retain their colors through time and are less prone to cracks as compared to concrete. It’s also easy to install, replace, maintain and repair.
You may be overwhelmed with hundreds of colors and patterns to choose. The most popular brick paver colors are browns, reds, pinks and other earth-tone shades. There are 3 standard patterns for brick paver driveways and it is best have a closer look on them before deciding on complicated designs.
The Herringbone pattern comes in 2 types; 45-degrees and 90-degrees. If you want your driveway to give off an illusion of smaller space, you can opt for the 45-degree pattern. The pattern is recommended for parking areas and driveways with heavy traffic.
On the other hand, 90-degree Herringbone patterns give off an illusion of larger space. It is excellent for walkways, garden areas and patios.
These patterns can be utilized if you want your driveway area to look wider and longer; this is done by laying the bricks pointing sideways or along the length of the path, respectively.
Basketweave Patterns are useful in the restoration of old homes and buildings. It makes your driveway look old, historical and antique. It is created by forming a square of 8 bricks with pairs parallel to each other; this means you have 2 bricks vertical next to 2 bricks horizontal, next to 2 bricks vertical next to 2 bricks horizontal. The end look is having 4 distinct boxes of 2 bricks each within the 8 brick square.
There are also several designs that you can choose from; basic, circular, courtyard and crossover.
Basic Driveway Design
Driveways following the basic design lead straight to the house from the road or highway. You can add an extra backup area to allow vehicles to drive forward and back. It can also be used for extra parking aside from your garage.
Circular Driveway Design
The circular design is also a popular choice among homeowners. It starts off in the street, follows a loop across the area close to your front door and then goes back to the street again. Most garages with circular driveway designs are located in the front or side of the house.