If you're looking to revitalise your garden and add some character and charm to it, then why not consider using reclaimed bricks to lay your patio? At the industry-leading Reclaimed Brick Company, we offer a range of paving bricks, which will be sure to look great and wow your guests.
Head over to our online shop and take a look at all the paving bricks we have to offer. Once you’ve found the perfect bricks for you, here are some key tips that will help you lay a reclaimed brick garden patio.
Install Your Base
The specific details of your patio base will depend on what stone you are using and the size of your patio. For detailed guidance, our team will be happy to help with any queries regarding the reclaimed bricks you’ve chosen to use.
Create Your Design
It's time to get creative! Pick a few bricks and create a small sample of how you plan to lay them out. For example, you could simply lay them horizontally or go for a more intricate layout such as a spiral design starting with four bricks in the centre. It's a great idea to look at other patios or research images online to get some inspiration for how you want to lay yours.
It's also a good idea to draw out a plan of how to lay your bricks so you can use it as a guide to make it easier when you actually come to lay out your patio.
Store Your Bricks Close
Reclaimed bricks are much heavier than new bricks, weighing up to 4kg per brick, so you want to consider keeping them close to the patio. This way, you won't have to carry your heavy bricks too far back and forth when you are laying them.
Allow for a Rustic Effect
You may be overly concerned with keeping all your bricks level, but the great thing about reclaimed bricks is their rustic charm. Of course, since bricks may be slightly weathered, they won't be totally level, but once you lay them all out, you'll notice this makes for a charming rustic effect on your patio.
Only consider adjusting the sand base to account for significantly bigger or smaller bricks than the rest. If you're making a concerted effort to ensure every brick is perfectly level, you'll be giving yourself a lot of work.
Use Paving Sand to Finish
Once all your bricks are laid, simply brush paving sand over the bricks so that every gap has been filled. This could take up to 48 hours due to the sand settling through the night or due to rainfall.
Using reclaimed bricks to lay your garden patio is largely the same process as using new bricks.
The one obstacle you may encounter in comparison to new bricks is the weathering that has occurred on reclaimed bricks. This may give your bricks uneven edges and different heights; however, this is part of the charm of reclaimed bricks. The slight differences in size and shape of your bricks will come together to create a charming rustic patio that will look stunning.
If you have any queries regarding which bricks would be suitable for your patio or any general questions, our team will be happy to help you bring your reclaimed brick patio dream to reality.