Thursday, June 24, 2010

Concrete Brick Pavers Shapes For Florida Homes - Part II

How To Choose The Right Shape Of Brick Pavers
 - For heavy traffic areas such as driveway and busy pedestrian paths the fully interlocked on two axes is recommended.
 - For light traffics areas such as walkways and footpaths rectangular and square shaped pavers are suggested, interlocked on one axes or non-dented shapes.
Why Rectangular Shaped Concrete Brick Pavers Are the Most Popular Choice
Rectangular shaped concrete brick pavers are considered to be the most practical and common of all the pavers that are available, because they are easy to manufacture, easy to package, easy to store and ship. They have been the preferred shape since the start of the paving concept.

There are other types of concrete brick pavers shapes that suit special installations, such as noise reduction, water permeability, grass growth and mechanized installation.

Which Shape Do You Prefer. Sometimes It's A Matter Of Taste
While the unique looking shapes will create a more visually appealing look, and some people do look for the unique looking area, others prefer the regular rectangular shape, for an easier maintenance in case of repair.

Concrete Brick Pavers Shapes For Florida Homes - Part I

Concrete Brick pavers have a large collection of shapes and colors and can be laid in a variety of pattern to create a visually pleased environment. The shape will allow for some interesting and decorative design.

Rectangular Shapes, Square Shapes, Guitar Shapes, Triangle Shapes, The Possibilities Are Never Ending

Among all the different shapes you will definitely find the look you want. Concrete Brick pavers begin from the simplest rectangular shape to the more complexes such as wedged shapes.
Larger pavers are recommended for larger areas because it will look proportional. To form a unique setting, you can lay small pavers mixed with larger ones, as well as different colors combination and different shapes.

Paver Shape Classification 
Dented shapes are conductive to fully interlock being less likely to movement because they set together more uniformly.
Pavers have been classified in three different categories: Fully interlocked on two axes, Interlocked on one axes, Non-dented or square and rectangular shapes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Choosing a Pattern For Your Concrete Brick Paver Patio - Part II

The Stretcher Band pattern
It is the simplest to install with a side-by-side appearance. It can look longer or broader depending on the direction it is installed. To give the appearance of a larger area, it should be installed in a length size direction. For an appearance of a larger area, the pavers should be installed in a length wise direction. For the impression, of a wide pathway, then lay the pavers in a wide direction across the area. The Stretcher Band pattern should be used in an area where vehicles will constantly brake or accelerate or make repeated turns.

Basket Wave Pattern
If you are searching for a more historical look, then this is a good option of pattern. The pavers are laid in squares, making it a very unique pattern. It is best suited for antique style pavers. Although this pattern has become less popular nowadays, this is still a great choice for a distinctive area.

Herringbone Pattern
There are two basic types of Herringbone patterns; the 45 degree and the 90 degree. The 45 degree is appropriated for an entertaining area; for it appears more noticeable and busy, as the 90 degree is more of a clean-look pattern. The Herringbone pattern is ideal for driveways or other areas used by vehicles because it well accommodates heavy loads such as cars and trucks. This pattern also reduces the chances for movement of the units as well as for the entire area.

Choosing a Pattern For Your Concrete Brick Paver Patio - Part I

Most of the times the homeowner will make a decision on the brick paver pattern based on the appearance, and even though most pavers can be laid in a variety of patterns, you should really take your time on that decision in order to get the best out of your budget. The pattern you choose for your area should be able to go with your landscaping and give your home the impression you are searching for.

When To Choose A 45° Pattern and When To Choose A 90° One?
For instance, because the 45 degree is a busy looking pattern, it will bring the attention upon the paved area, giving also the impression that the area is smaller that its actual size. On the other hand, to give the feeling of a larger area, you should consider the 90 degree pattern.

Stretcher, Basket Wave And The Herringbone
The standard concrete brick, as the 4x8 brick is most known for, has three basic patterns for installation; they are the Stretcher, the Basket Wave, and the Herringbone. Each of these patterns can be varied in order to create different patterns with unique looks.