Clay pavers preferred for longevity

Clay pavers can be used wherever there is a need for a hardwearing, trafficable surface that will endure all weather conditionsClay pavers from Corobrik Corobrik are widely used in urban and suburban applications – for pavements, parks and walkways, to driveways, parking areas and courtyards – wherever there is a need for a hardwearing surface that will endure all weather and high traffic.

 

Corobrik clay pavers are produced in a range of colours which can be used singularly or in various combinations. The natural colour of the raw clay used to produce the pavers takes on a richer burnished effect through the firing process and because the colour is inherent to the raw material, clay pavers do not fade but will develop a natural patina over time, adding to their appeal.

The simple rectangular shape of clay pavers makes them easy to lay in different bond patterns – from the traditional stretcher bond to the 45° herring bone pattern and others. Circles, curved lines, or defining geometrics can be easily incorporated.

Clay pavers are naturally hardwearing. The degree of vitrification achieved through the intense firing process makes them acid resistant, so they can be used even in the toughest environments. They are also skid resistant, even when wet. Wherever they are installed, clay pavers require minimal maintenance.

Over recent years a number of municipalities across the country – including Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, George, Cape Town and Durban – have selected clay pavers for the upgrading of pavements, promenades and waterfronts as part of their inner city renewal programmes.

In Johannesburg last year, about 2 million Corobrik Piazza pavers were used in the Johannesburg Development Agency‘s (JDA’s) public environment improvement programme – upgrading pavements and parks across the inner city areas of Berea, Yeoville and Hillbrow.

Andrew Luke from Gapp Architects and Urban Designers, the firm that worked with the JDA on the upgrade, says, “When it came to selecting a new paving product, our main concern was to get away from the typical municipal look and to create a new ambience for these previously neglected areas.”

Gapp selected the Piazza paver in a rich burgundy colour and it has been laid in a herringbone pattern, with desert sand grouting. “The areas that have been paved are all high traffic areas,” says Luke, “and we are confident that Corobrik’s clay pavers will wear well and provide an inspiring aesthetic at the same time.”

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