Brick Paved Driveways


They are too expensive to install……are they?  Those little bricks do not hold up to heavy vehicles……they can’t?  They are too rough to clear snow from…..they are?  These are the things that most people think when a brick paved driveway is mentioned.  In 2016, Unilock did a research on driveways with 3282 homeowners in Ontario, Canada and the Midwest and East, United States.  While most driveways (86%) are made up of the tradition material (asphalt, concrete and gravel), the 5% brick paver driveway owners chose interlocking concrete pavement mostly because of their looks and the good investment. In this survey, when the asked the homeowner if they had to re-do the driveway again what would they do differently.  Most homeowners with paver driveways loved it and really wouldn’t change anything.  But on the other hand the decorative concrete owner was very dissatisfied with their driveway. 


Now brick pavers are initially more expensive to install but installed right can last two or three times longer than concrete and ten to twenty times longer than an asphalt driveway.  Plus, most people do not take into effect the extra benefit of curb appeal.  Not only will your home be satisfying to look at from the street and frankly from inside your house, but when you sell your home you will sell it faster and for more money.   To help bare this cost, Unilock is offering a rebate for residential driveways.  Option 1 is a driveway sized between 600 and 999 square feet.  Unilock will write you a check for $300 for any Unilock driveway-approved paving stone.  Option 2 is for a 1000 square foot plus using any of Unilock’s driveway-approved paving stones.  Unilock will write you a check for $600.


Many people have the concern of brick pavers stability.  Installed right, brick pavers can handle the toughest situation.  The Port of Oakland, CA with 5 million sf of interlocking concrete pavement receive wheel loads as much as ten times higher than over-the-road trucks.  Unilock Michigan’s own yard is entirely made out of brick pavers.  If semi trucks and forklifts moving thousands of pallets of bricks a year can hold up, then your driveway made out of brick pavers can handle your car.  If you have seen a neighbor or family member’s brick paved sidewalk and/or patio fall apart, this is because it was installed improperly.  Common installation failures include: not enough and/or the right base material, failed edge restraints, and improper subsoil preparation.   To give you a proper product, you site would be evaluated for its soil, moisture, and use.  This information would be used to design the driveway with the proper amount of base, DriveGrid System, geotextile, and edge restraint.  Than your driveway would be installed by our Certified Concrete Paver Installers (CCPI).  To show you our confidence in our product, Thoms Bros. offers a lifetime guaranty on our brick paver installation work.


The last concern of snow clearing of snow removal is easily handled by using the right equipment.  If you have your driveway cleared by a snow contractor with a truck or other heavy equipment plow, having him use a rubber edge will prevent any damage.  Snow blowers and plastic shovels are usually not an issue unless a heavily textured product, such as Unilock’s Courtstone is used.  In this case, it is suggested that a heating system, such as Warmzone be installed.



To learn more about brick pavers please visit our page, Unilock, and ICPI.