mortared brick patio
Photo: Joe Schmelzer
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Mortared Brick

Brick with mortared joints is ideal when you want an easy-to-clean surface—you can actually vacuum it—and in warmer climates where you don't have to worry about a freeze-thaw cycle damaging your patio. The base for mortared brick must be concrete, not the usual crushed stone and stone dust, which makes this an expensive option for new patios. But if you've got an existing, characterless concrete slab, it's the perfect cover-up. Just be sure to use half-height "thin bricks" to minimize the elevation change at doors and steps.

Similar to shown: Homestead Used thin brick, $3.50 per square foot;
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