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J_B

05:15PM | 11/08/99
Member Since: 11/07/99
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I'm putting in a new driveway and have decided on cement or brick---i prefer the way brick looks. My questions are about durability---brick vs. cement---and also WHAT is the difference between a "paver" and a "brick"? I've been given conflicting opinions---brick is stronger.....pavers are stronger....brick and pavers are the same....brick and pavers are different...cement is better for a driveway....brick is better for a driveway because it won't crack like cement....brick isn't better because it will buckle because of freezing/thawing no matter what the base is...

I am aware of the difference in cost, i want my money's worth as far as durability....and it'd be kinda' nice NOT to lose my mind trying to figure all this out Thanks for any help/info!

jorgeb

11:01AM | 11/20/99
Member Since: 03/06/99
5 lifetime posts
Brick pavers are made of clay and are in fact of a higher psi than concrete pavers. Both are designed for paving use and for a typical driveway (i.e.-no heavy trucks) are more than sufficient for their purpose. Both concrete and brick application require a proper base for sucessful results base should be 8" of a free draining material (processes aggregrate) well compacted and with brick 1" of crusher dust screening setting bed. It boils down to asthetics not functionality when the base is installed correctly.
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