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.
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.
Proper Installation of Clay Pavers
Compaction of Clay Pavers
Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - the Brick in Architecture Awards.
As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry.
As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick, and there is a specific category for landscape design.
Architects, designers, engineers and of course members of the brick industry have depended on BIA’s Technical Notes since we first published the series in 1950.
Each one of these documents is written so that the user will certainly – and frequently exceed – the stipulations outlined in their building code.
Our Technical Notes Series 14 consists of six different topics dedicated to clay pavers. Please see Technical Notes 14 through 14E for more information.