If you have a beautiful backyard space with a patio, pond, or barbecue area, then landscaping elements and installations can greatly enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor areas. A path fitted with pavers or stones is one inspiring addition you should consider. Choosing bricks for the path can help to make the area look quite natural. Keep reading to learn about some of the attributes of the bricks that make them a good choice if you desire a natural aesthetic.

Bricks Are Naturally Colored

Bricks typically come in only a few different tones or shades of color. There are only a few colors, because the bricks are dyed naturally. Most bricks are a red, brown, or yellow color, and the tones come from the clay that is mixed into the compound to create them. Bricks are fairly simple constructions that are made out of shale, clay, and water. The clay in the mixture is what gives the bricks their final tone. Specifically, the mineral content of the clay and the heat applied to the brick during the firing process are responsible for creating the color of the bricks.

Not only are the bricks colored naturally, but the minerals that make up the tones are resistant to UV damage. This means that the natural color that you choose for your walkway will remain the same over time. The edges of the bricks will likely wear a bit as they age. However, the wearing of the rough edges will add to the natural appeal of the bricks.

Bricks Are Not Exact In Size

When bricks are constructed, the clay and shale is mixed with water, and the material is then formed into a long strip. The strip is forced into a mold or a die and wires then cut the bricks to the correct shape. The formed bricks then dry for a day or more and they are then fed into a kiln. The kiln is set to an extremely high temperature and the bricks are fired and hardened during the process.

The brick making process is not always an exact one due to the different clays and mineral contents of the materials used to make the bricks. This can cause a small amount of shrinkage as the bricks harden. The result will be bricks that are not exactly the same size. It can sometimes be time consuming for a hardscaping professional to fit bricks together that are not always the same size and shape. However, when the brick path is complete, the slight differences make the construction look more natural as opposed to a perfectly constructed concrete path. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Land Craft.

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