Brick Pavers are designed to withstand the effects of Winter Freeze Thaw Cycles
As a deep freeze comes over Ann Arbor, it reminds me of the advantages that Interlocking Brick Pavers offer. All pavements are tested this time of year. The expansion of the subgrade and actual paverment materials will test the strength of concrete, asphalt, and pavers.
When we are talking about Winter Frost, we are not talking about frost on your car windshields or frost on the lawn. We are referring to the actually freezing of the ground or soil below. In Ann Arbor, MI, it is typical for the ground or soil below to freeze on average of 3ft deep in a normal Winter.
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) defines "Winter Frost" or "Frost Action" as the "freezing and thawing of moisture in pavement materials and resultant effects on them". Northern United States, Canada, and most of Northern Europe experience the devastating effects of Winter freeze thaw cycles.
The biggest advantage of interlocking brick pavers is the low cost of repairs compared to the other pavements. By properly designing, installing, and maintaining a brick paver project, an experienced brick paver contractor can increase your long-term success and performance of your pavers.
Winter Frost or Mother Nature can NOT be totally defeated. There is no thing as a "permanent" solution. Every pavement has a life cycle and brick pavers is your best option. Brick pavers can easily be restored at a nominal cost. The advantage of re-using the paving stones offers the unique advantage that poured concrete, stamped concrete, or asphalt can't offer.