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FAQ'sAnswers to your most frequently asked questions.

Business Questions

Technical Questions

  • Will they crumble if we install them for a patio or driveway?Open or Close

    Every paver has been field-tested to withstand weather, salt and plowing for a minimum of 70 years. Typically, bricks that crumble are building bricks that have been incorrectly used as pavers.

  • How is a paver different from a building brick?Open or Close

    Building bricks are primarily made from clay and fired for about a week to create a lightweight and relatively porous finished product. Pavers are 40-60 percent shale mixed with clay and fired for two to three weeks, creating an extremely strong and durable paving material. While most building bricks weigh 3 to 5 pounds, a paver typically weighs 8 to 10 pounds.

  • Can pavers be used for interior floors?Open or Close

    Yes! You can use the whole paver, or we can cut off the worn face and make ½-inch thick “tiles.”

  • Are pavers clean and unblemished when they arrive at my project site?Open or Close

    Our pavers have been cleaned of any concrete, mortar and asphalt that would inhibit installation. They will still be somewhat dirty and may contain sand, dirt and small traces of concrete and asphalt. After installation, cleaning with a pressure washer or hose should remove any residual material from the pavers’ wear surface.

    Some customers desire rustic bricks to emphasize that their project was built with reclaimed bricks. Others want every brick to be like new. When we are stacking a pallet, we aim for somewhere in the middle, and understate the amount of square feet on a pallet, so you’ll always have extra.

  • Do pavers and cobblestones need to be sealed like concrete products?Open or Close

    Pavers and cobblestones do not need to be sealed. At Experienced Brick & Stone, our pavers were made to be weatherproof and have already stood the test of time—often for more than 100 years!

  • Is there a top side to the bricks and cobblestones?Open or Close

    Yes, one surface was originally the top side of the brick or cobblestone pavers. Typically, this surface was worn smooth by the steel wagon wheels and horseshoes that passed these materials a century ago.

  • Do pavers need to be installed top side up?Open or Close

    No, they can be installed any way you feel looks best. Many customers lay them on their side to show the original split stone face or the brick’s manufacturer’s stamp. In fact, laying them on the side can often increase the coverage rate of the material.

LEED Compliance

Experienced Brick & Stone and LEED

There is potential to earn LEED points in the following categories: Materials Reuse, Recycled Content, Regional Materials, Storm Water Design and Heat Island Effect.

About LEED

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) was established by USGBC to provide a series of exams to allow individuals to become accredited for their knowledge of the LEED rating system. This is recognized through either the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) or LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) designation. GBCI also provides third-party certification for projects pursuing LEED.

How does LEED work?

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Prerequisites & Credits

Each category in a LEED rating system consists of prerequisites and credits. Prerequisites are required elements or green building strategies that must be included in any LEED-certified project. Credits are optional elements or strategies that projects can elect to pursue to gain points toward LEED certification. LEED prerequisites and credits work together to provide a common foundation of performance and a flexible set of tools and strategies to accommodate the circumstances of individual projects.

Points & Levels of Certification

LEED rating systems generally have 100 base points, plus six Innovation in Design points and four Regional Priority points, for a total of 110 points (LEED for Homes is based on a 125-point scale, plus 11 Innovation in Design points). Each credit is allocated points based on the environmental impact and human benefit of the building-related impacts that it addresses.

There are four levels of LEED certification, and the number of points your project receives will determine the level of certification it earns. They are Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59), Gold (60-79) and Platinum (80+)

Take Pride in LEED

Whether you're a homeowner or a professional in the landscaping or construction industries, you can feel proud that you’re installing a green product. Experienced Brick & Stone was founded to prevent beautiful, historic street bricks from being wasted and thrown into landfill. By installing reclaimed materials and enjoying them in your space, you’re benefiting the environment and future generations.

Enhance your project with our reclaimed products

Our antique street pavers, cobblestones and landscaping materials will give your space the unique, historic touch it deserves.