Why do fake brick manufacturers refer to their pavers as “brick” even though they’re not? Because they want designers and everyone else to be confused into thinking that the important thing about pavers is the shape – not the ingredients. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that anything that looks like a brick is brick. To get the rich color and authentic beauty one expects, fired clay pavers are the way to go.
Clay pavers are another type of clay brick that have been used in the United States since colonial times. Many of the clay pavers on Boston's Beacon Hill have been in use for 200 years. Charleston, West Virginia installed the world's first clay brick street in 1870. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway installed over three million clay pavers in 1910-1911, and they are still residing under the asphalt surface.
Today, genuine clay pavers are selected for garden pathways, driveways, sidewalks, patios, plazas and even roadways because of their natural beauty, superior color retention and low- maintenance requirements. Since the color of a clay unit is literally fired through the body of the unit, it does not fade or require sealers like concrete units do
For landscape architects, BIA has created two videos of interest.