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What Is the Difference Between a Brick & a Paver?

By Lexa W. Lee ; Updated September 21, 2017

Brick pavers and concrete pavers are products you can use for a landscaping project. According to Masonry Magazine, brick has a long history as a natural construction material. Concrete pavers are a much more recent product.

Brick

The natural color in brick does not fade. A wide selection of colors is available, ranging from gray to red. Molding and tumbling bricks during manufacture can add textural interest. Brick requires little maintenance other than occasional washing, but it may be more vulnerable to damage by vehicles, according to Stonehenge Brick Paving & Landscaping.

Concrete

Concrete pavers can be dyed, but the color will fade or even change dramatically over time if the concrete is not sealed from time to time, according to Masonry Magazine. Otherwise, removal or replacement of the pavers may be necessary.

Cost Considerations

In general, brick pavers cost about 15 percent more than concrete pavers, according to Stonehenge Brick Paving & Landscaping. But over time, the maintenance costs of concrete can be significant.

 

About the Author

 

Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.