If you’re thinking of laying brick for your next outdoor project, you already know how versatile, classic-looking, and durable it can be for your walkways, driveways, or patios. However, choosing the right pattern can be a daunting task, as you’ll have it as a permanent installation in your decor. Before you commit to a pattern, check out these 5 brick patterns and see what could do best for your project.
A basket weave pattern uses a checkerboard-like structure, alternating squares made of two vertically-laid bricks against two horizontally-laid bricks. It’s a visually eye-catching pattern that creates the illusion of a basket weave. This pattern is very popular for garden patios and entertainment areas, and has been for a long time, so your pattern will be sure to stand the test of time.
Running Bond & Other Variations
A common residential landscape pattern is the running bond, which is considered to be the most eco-friendly brick pattern as it needs very little cutting and creates minimal waste. This brick pattern is made by setting bricks side-by-side and staggering from row to row, so the seams between bricks don’t line up. This pattern is very durable and stands up well to significant weights, like heavy outdoor furniture or appliances. Variations on the running bond pattern follow the same pattern, but can mix in whatever size or color bricks you’d like.
A stack bond is similar to the running bond, but the seams aren’t staggered. This brick pattern is the simplest of all patterns and are just laid side-by-side in a vertical line. It’s one of the most durable patterns and is most suited to walkways. This pattern can also be laid at a 45-degree angle to make it more visually interesting.
The herringbone brick pattern is a very interesting pattern, as the bricks are laid at 45-degree angles from each other in a zig-zag pattern. This pattern is the most stable and is great for driveways, as the pattern has interlocking bricks and therefore a very strong bond.
The flemish bond is another pattern that has been used for centuries. This pattern has definitely stood the test of time and will ensure that your patio or walkway will look timeless. This pattern is similar to the stack bond, but alternates layers of a full brick, then a half brick in columns.
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