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Question DetailsAsked on 10/11/2013

Need to replace a brick path and steps to the front door. What are the pros & cons for Brick, Cement or Stone?

We have a brick pathway and steps to the front door and the bricks have deteriorated. We're looking to replace and was looking to get input on the pros and cons of using brick (again), cement, or stone.

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Synopsis from Best or Most desirable to Least or Worst for each category - generally speaking, some overlap between many categories:

1) Durability of Material - Igneous stone like granite or gneiss, concrete (properly air entrained and sealed), quality brick, sedimentary/metmorphic/volcanic stone like limestone or marble or slate, cheap or recycled brick

2) Cost (cheapest to most expensive) - Concrete, brick, other stone, igneous stone

3) Resistance to ice melt - igneous stone, brick, concrete (properly air entrained and sealed), other stone

4) Overall Durability, including both field material AND grout/mortar - cast in place concrete, igneous stone, quality sealed brick, other stone, recycled brick

5) Frequency and Low Cost of Repair - Cast in place concrete, brick, stone

6) Appearance - depends on individual taste and compatibility with house but generally stone, brick, concrete

In each case, mass slabs most expensive but longest lasting, sand-set block or pieces require more frequent maintenance (resetting) but easier and cheaper to do than grouted or mortar jointed installation rehabs.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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