Brick. Whether you’re looking for a classic old-world feel or a modern vibe, consider adding a brick patio. This centuries-old material can define a formal space, anchor a casual setting or set the tone for a contemporary landscape, depending on the color and layout pattern you choose.
Bricks are durable, weather-resistant and fade-resistant, although the color options and shapes are more limited than for concrete pavers or landscape stone. They can be cut to fit into tight spots, and if a single brick is damaged, you can remove and replace it. A brick patio offers more traction than a stone patio. When choosing a type of brick, check that it will stand up to the weather and wear it will be subjected to.
Bricks can be set on a sand base mixed with gravel, set on bedding sand over compacted gravel or mortared in place over a concrete base. The first option will create a more permeable installation. Once the bricks are in place, their joints can be filled with sand, creating a more permeable patio, or mortar.