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Why to stick with brick?

Whether you are into saving the environment or just saving money, the best thing about a brick
driveway is that it is reusable. With asphalt and concrete the driveway has to be entirely ripped up, and
new material have to be replaced and formed. In repairing a brick driveway we reuse the same bricks,
and it still looks as good as new.

Why not switch to concrete?

The greatest benefit of concrete is also its greatest downfall. Once cured, the concrete is solid.
However, that doesn’t mean the base underneath won’t move. Thanks to Canada’s yearly freeze and
thaw, the ground is constantly shifting. No matter what your driveway is made of, it may still shift. The
concrete may shift or crack, requiring the whole driveway to be ripped up and redone. With a brick
driveway, the problem area can be fixed directly, saving the owner a lot of money.

Are brick pavers going to last as long as regular or stamped concrete or asphalt?

Brick pavers are “compressed” concrete and have on average an 8,500 PSI (Pounds per Square
Inch) rating. Asphalt is only 600-700 PSI, Standard Concert is around 2,500 PSI and very high-end
stamped concrete is 4,000 PSI. Brick pavers are designed to last a lifetime and if installed properly
will last much longer than concrete or asphalt.

If I choose pavers will I have to worry about grass growing up through them?

When installed properly and with the use of Polymeric Joint Sand, you should not have problems
with grass or moss growing up through your pavers. Regular cleaning with a broom or leaf blower to
remove excess grass clippings or debris will keep your pavers clean and free of grass & weeds.

What is “Polymeric Joint Sand”?

Polymeric Joint Sand is fine sand bonded with polymer to create a semi-hard sand material that
prohibits migration and also rooting of weeds or grass.

Do I have to seal my brick driveway?

Sealing is recommended but not required. Sealing your patio will prohibit fading from the sun as
well as any migration of joint sand. Most sealers also help prevent the growth of weeds and moss on
pavers which will ensure that your patio looks good for many years.

How long will it take to repair my driveway?

We recognize that tying up the use of a customer’s driveway can be inconvenient, so we take pride in being in and out as quickly as possible.  On average a typical driveway will take 3 days from start to finish.  However, timing can also be influenced by the size of the project and weather conditions.  In the mean time, during the summer months the city allows cars to park on the street.

How much will getting my driveway repaired cost?

There are so many variables used to determine the cost to repair each project; the size, type of brick, current condition, location, and any desired add-ons.  So it makes it difficult to say just how much it will cost to do your project.  As a result we offer free estimates!  Often times an estimator can make it out to assess the property that very same day.  The more information you leave on the contact us page the easier it will be for us to contact you and set up an appointment.

How does Brick Fix compare to competitors?

The main difference between Brick Fix and other companies that do brick repair is that we actually specialize in brick repair.  Many other companies may offer to repair brick work, but they also offer other services such as lawn care, gardening, concrete, asphalt, and other general contracting.  With a general contractor you’ll get a general job, but as brick repair specialists- Brick Fix focuses on and does this every day.  As a result we are very good at what we do, and you will only get the best with us.

 

*Personal Experience

I got a phone call from a very concerned home owner back in April 2012.  This home owner had hired a general contractor to repair his brick driveway.  Unfortunately this contractor didn’t specialize in brick repair and half way through the job got confused and gave up.  Unfortunately this contractor also wasn’t an honest man, he packed up his tools and ran away with the deposit.  When I came to assess the property I realized I was going to have to rip up even what the previous contractor had done.  In the end we were able to make his driveway look as good as new, and even did the driveway of a neighbour across the street.

How long should I expect my Brick Fix repair to last?

The length of time a brick driveway lasts really depends on what is underneath and what kind of base the original home builder installed.  If done properly I have seen brick driveways that have lasted 30+ years.  Underneath the bricks the base should contain a few inches of either bedding sand or limestone screenings (chips and dust) and at least 1 foot of gravel.  Sometimes under pressure, hurrying home builders may skimp out on that foot of gravel, which weakens the base and length of time it will last.  At the request of the customer we can look at adding more gravel to that base.  Every driveway is different so generally we tell customers they can expect their driveway to last about the same amount of time it has lasted until now plus a bit longer.

How wide can I extend my driveway?

This is determined by city by-laws so restrictions can change from city to city.  On top of that, it seems like those city by-laws seem to change on a regular basis.  So it’s important to check out your city website for the current restrictions and loopholes.  Historically one of those loopholes has been that a paving stone walkway running along a driveway doesn’t count toward the width restrictions.  With that being said it’s usually a safe bet if you stay within the limits of what your neighbours are doing and simply don’t go overboard.

The following can be found on the City of London On website as of April 2017:

“The maximum width of any residential driveway in the City of London is 50% of the lot frontage, to a maximum of 8.0m (26.3 feet), whichever is less. The driveway width shall be measured parallel to the street at the street line. No lot shall have more than two driveways for the first 30.0 metres. (98.7 feet) of street line. The minimum driveway width is 2.7m (8.8 feet).”

If you have a question that we haven’t answered above, please let us know on the contact us page