Brick Steps — Why Brick?
Brick steps have always been a staple of home entranceways for most of history. Bricks are still used in landscaping and hardscaping projects even now in current landscape architecture. Bricks steps can be built in several different ways, but the premise is the same….a good strong base will guarantee the life of the brick steps by decades. Although there is very little maintenance for mortared brick, sometimes the brick steps will need to be tuck-pointed. Indications that your brick steps need repair before the system starts to fail are things like:
- Crumbling Joints
- Wall Curvature
- Open Mortar Joints
- Cracked Bricks or Loose Brick
- Dark Coloration of joints
We service Wilmington, Newark and Hockessin Delaware as well as Garnet Valley, West Chester, Chadds Ford and Kennett Square Pennsylvania and neighboring cities in DE, PA.
Why Brick Paver Steps?There are hundreds of styles and colors of brick to choose from. Most bricks are made of clay and shale which is a light, strong and natural material. They are also good for the environment because they are recyclable and biodegradable. Selecting natural materials, such as brick products, provides environmental advantages for virtually any building project. Brick is composed of mineral elements that stand the test of time without harming the environment as they age. Brick is an ideal choice for architects and builders working to achieve the goals of sustainable design. Brick meets the following standards incorporated in the philosophy of sustainable design:
- Brick does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or formaldehyde.
- It is a durable, low-maintenance material.
- It can be salvaged from existing or demolished buildings for re-use.
- Brick is made using natural resources.
- Brick has low “embodied energy” (the energy required to produce and transport materials).
- Brick does not contain CFCs, HCFCs, or other ozone-depleting substances.
- Brick does not contain highly toxic compounds, and the production of brick does not result in highly toxic by-products.
- Brick creates very little waste when it is manufactured or recycled.
- Brick can be obtained from local resources and manufacturers, which means less energy is consumed to transport materials to the job site.
- Brick is completely recyclable, either whole for re-use in new projects, or crushed for roadway sub-base or permanent mulch in landscaping. Brick can also be ground to manufacture new brick.
- Brick is biodegradable.