Knowledgebase

When you look at our products, you think “bricks”.  Although our products, look like bricks, and feel like bricks, and are referred to as bricks, they are actually Pavers.  There is a big difference between Bricks and Pavers.

 

Not Apples versus Apples ...

A brick normally weighs 3-5 lbs.  --->  A Paver weighs twice that, at 10 lbs. on average.

Brick is porous--it can absorb water like a sponge.  --->  Pavers are not porous-they do not absorb water and do not need to be weather sealed.

Bricks, when improperly installed as pavers, will absorb water causing spalling, (the absorption of water which freezes and causes the brick to expand and crumble)  --->  Pavers are NOT porous, and do NOT absorb water.

 

The Experiended Bricks Spin

Our reclaimed quality Pavers were manufactured with a large percentage of shale mixed with clay. This makes the Pavers denser, harder, and waterproof.

Historic quality Pavers were fired twice.  The first firing removed moisture, and then they were “burnt” to create the durable properties required for use as street pavers.

Our Pavers were originally made for use in roads, and have already proven their durability and suitability for installation as driveways, patios, walkways and many other projects you may envision.  The fact that the pavers have already survived decades of traffic, from horses to automobiles, to being covered with asphalt and finally being torn out to make way for new construction shows they’re nearly indestructible.  The perfect choice for your project!

 

Definitions

Paver:  Historically pavers where often made of natural stone or clay, and used to build roads. This is the origin of our pavers. More recently, the concrete interlocking pavers used for patios and walkways today are what most of us think as pavers.

Brick:  A block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln, and used for building. Traditionally, in the U.S., a rectangle 21/4 × 33/4 × 8 inches (5.7 × 9.5 × 20.3 cm), red, brown, or yellow in color.

Cobblestone:  This word has a wide range of meanings from “rounded lump” – it was smooth “cobbles” gathered from stream beds that paved the first “Cobblestone” streets, to a broadly rectangular quarried stone, such as granite, used for paving roads, to the meaning many of us are most familiar with today – a decorative stone used in landscape architecture.

Clinker:  Bricks that were too close to the fire in the kiln causing them to burn under much higher temperatures, which changed their texture, color and shape. With a volcanic texture, darker/purplish colors, and their distorted twisted and curled shape, they were originally discarded. Around 1920, they were rediscovered as usable, distinctive and charming given the architectural detail they lend to a project.. The name “clinker” comes from the sound they make when they knock against each other.

Fire Brick:  Also firebrick, or refractory brick - a block of refractory ceramic material used in lining furnaces, kilns, fireboxes, and fireplaces.   This brick is built primarily to withstand high temperatures, but will also usually have a low thermal conductivity for greater energy efficiency.

Spalling:  To break up into chips or fragments. To chip or crumble as in what happens to face brick when used in the wrong application, like walkways or patios.

Reclaimed:  To bring back. To bring into or return to a suitable condition for use. Experienced Bricks Historic Pavers.

The Symantics of the Reclaimed Brick and Stone Industry

While we call our products reclaimed street brick pavers and cobblestones, others may call them repurposed street brick pavers and cobblestones.  We've also heard them being called recycled street brick pavers and cobblestones.  Then there are those who refer to them as used street brick pavers and cobblestones, antique street brick pavers and cobblestones ... and even salvaged street brick pavers and cobblestones!

Remember, whatever "green" or sustainable phrase you want to use regarding street brick pavers and cobblestones, Experienced Brick and Stone has it.  [ ask us ]