Clay pavers are making a solid comeback as a preferred paving material for commercial and public realm projects. Manufactured as either an extruded or machine moulded product, or ‘soft mud’ as they are often referred to, the different manufacturing techniques offers the following:-
- As a result of the moulding process, soft mud pavers attain a ‘none engineered’ shape making for a very natural appearance. The moulding process provides crisp functional edges which may also be ‘rumbled’ to achieve an instant antiqued or aged appearance to complement existing old buildings. A sanded surface, which is a natural part of the soft mud production process, or an alternative waterstruck finish, can also be applied.
- Modern extruded production techniques are now able to produce longer narrow products which are currently very fashionable.
The strength, durability and natural beauty of clay paving sourced from both the UK and the continent offers the designer the opportunity to complement other natural stone or use clay as a stand-alone product in large areas of urban and public realm projects.
Advantages of clay pavers
- Durability (resistance to thermal shock and freeze /thaw), natural strength and beauty.
- Excellent slip/skid resistance properties which is maintained throughout its life.
- Resistance to acids, alkali’s, fuel spillages, fats.
- Extensive range of continental sizes in a wide range of colours and textures suitable for both traditional and contemporary designs.
- Natural non-fade, through body colours which are retained throughout the life of the pavement.
- Over 150 years of heritage
- A range of facing bricks available to complement or contrast with clay paving.
- Crisp functional edge or tumbled finish to provide instant aged appearance.
- Traditionally laid flexibly, though can also be laid rigidly.
- Available in either vibrant colours to uplift, or warm mellow earthy tones to calm and complement.
- Clay pavers are an excellent partner for use with natural stone.