Clay pavers and bricks have commonly been used as pavers for many years due to their durability, strength and cost effectiveness. Clay pavers are made from natural clay meaning they will not lose their colour or finish over time making it a really good investment that increases the value of your property. Clay pavers range in colour from light sandy tones to red tones to dark browns tones and tend to have a deepness and warmness about them. Komplete Bricks and Pavers stock a large range of clay pavers including Austral, Boral, Selkirk, Daniel Robertson and PGH. Clay pavers remain a popular choice of paving due to:
- Paver strength and durability
- Functional product
- Colour integrity – product made from blends of natural clays and shales with inherent beauty.
- Installation choices – flexible method or bonded method
- No cracking
- DIY Friendly
- Cost Effective
Clay brick pavers have an ability to withstand an extremely high levels of loading and are suited to both residential and commercial applications including driveways, swimming pools, alfresco areas, patios, pathways , roof top gardens or a total landscape solution as well as footpaths, streetscapes and promenades . Clay pavers are extremely hardwearing, resilient and durable and will sustain their integrity over the years.
Clay pavers are a kiln-fired product which means they will maintain their colour and will not be unduly affected by exposure to ultraviolet light. Clay pavers are made from blends of natural clays and shales – colour is not added as an artificial dye or pigment during the manufacturing process. Natural variations will occur in all clay (natural) products and it is important manufacturers guidelines are followed in relation to blending and installation techniques.
Architects and designers often use clay pavers when they require a traditional look or where a high level of slip resistance is required e.g. wet areas or steep sloping pathways. Different coloured pavers can be used to delineate areas using accent colours to create borders and design features. Clay pavers have traditionally been the pavers of choice for roadways and pedestrian footpaths.
Clay pavers can be laid in a range of patterns including 90? Herringbone, 45? Herringbone, Basket Weave, Stretcher Bond and Stack Bond.
For small simple projects, home owners can use clay pavers in DIY projects. Clay pavers make paving under a shed, cloth lines or paving a path relatively easy and cost effective. Komplete Bricks and Pavers periodically run DIY Demonstration days to answer any questions you may have about how to lay pavers.
Clay pavers require less maintenance than lawn and in most applications do not need to be sealed making clay pavers a cost effective option for backyard and BBQ areas.
Clay pavers have traditionally been laid using the flexible method which helps to keep the costs, and time associated with finishing the project at a reasonable level. Clay pavers can be laid in moderate weather and can be trafficked immediately after the paving is finished – this makes clay pavers a time efficient paving option.
Clay paving provides an easy repair and recycle solution. If the pavers are ever damaged or stained, an individual paver can be easily replaced and an ‘invisible mend’ is created rather than a patchwork look. The overall maintenance costs associated with clay pavers is significantly lower than other paving materials such as asphalt or exposed aggregate concrete.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Cleaning clay pavers is done with some detergent, water and a scrubbing brush. Most of the time they require little maintenance and can be expected to last for generations. Pavers laid adjacent to a pool may require special attention to achieve full performance. Komplete Bricks and Pavers have a large range of sealers that can be used to help protect your pavers and give you a return on your investment.
If you are concerned about weeds or ants disturbing the sand between the joints, Pavelok can be used as the jointing material.