Cost of Indoor Brick Paver Flooring
When most people imagine brick pavers, they think of the brick walkways they see on a neighbor's lawn. Turning those pavers into flooring for the interior of a home is one of the hottest trends in the design world. While outdoor pavers are larger, bulkier and heavier, indoor pavers are thinner and more lightweight. When installed correctly and given a proper coat of sealant, those floors can last as long as tile or hardwood floors.
Average minimum brick paver flooring cost: $5 per square foot
Average maximum brick paver flooring cost: $20 per square foot
The pavers that homeowners use outside their home aren't suitable for interior use. These pavers typically do not have any sealant on the surface, and they often show a lot of damage from regular use. Indoor brick pavers cost around $10 to $20 per square foot, which doesn't include the cost of installation. Paver sheets often cost around the same amount, and companies let homeowners request a sample of the pavers to ensure they don't waste money on a product that doesn't work in their home. Some cheaper types of brick pavers cost less than $5 per square foot, but they aren't as strong. The cost of labor and installation can add around $500 to $1,000 or more to the paver flooring cost.
Introduction to Pavers
Though brick pavers are similar to construction bricks, they aren't as strong or durable. Manufacturers create these pavers from clay sourced from locations in and out of the U.S. Those companies mix the clay with a small amount of water, pour the mixture into molds and fire the molds in a kiln. After drying, the pavers come out ready for use. Though some people think that manufacturers add chemicals and dyes to the mixture, the color of the finished brick actually depends on the color of the clay. Different types of clay can create pavers that are pale blue or gray as well as darker shades of red and brown.
Some homeowners prefer using concrete pavers in place of brick pavers. Manufacturers now create concrete pavers that are the same color as brick, and few people can tell the difference between the two. Those companies color the blocks in one of two ways:
Through color manufacturing
Face mix color manufacturing
With through color manufacturing, the company creates the concrete mixture and pours it into a series of mold. The company then adds a small amount of coloring and mixes that add color into the concrete. This creates the same rich and uneven texture found in traditional brick. With face mix color manufacturing, the company pours the concrete into molds and adds dye to the top of each mold. This process adds color only to the visible areas of the pavers.
Installing Brick Paver Flooring
When installing pavers outside, contractors will use sand and other aggregate materials and dig a trench for the pavers. Interior flooring installation takes a little more work. The contractor will work with the homeowners to determine a pattern and buy enough pavers to fill the space. Installers lay down a piece of cement backerboard or a membrane that keeps the pavers from touching the flooring or sub-flooring.
The contractor mixes powdered mortar with water to create a thick substance that he or she will apply to the clean floor with a trowel. After placing one of the pavers on the floor, the contractor will tap that paver into place before laying down a second. Installers carefully work their way across the floor, placing the pavers as close together as possible. Depending on the size and shape of the room, the contractor might need to break and cut some of the pavers to fit.
The last step involves the application of grout over the top of the pavers. Using a damp rag or sponge, the contractor will slowly wipe away the excess grout. This gives the surface of the floor a smooth finish and ensures that the grout fills in any gaps between the pavers.
Easier and Faster Installation
Installing a brick paver floor is even easier when homeowners choose paver sheets. These sheets come with multiple pavers permanently attached and laid out in a specific design. The insert sheets snap together, and contractors can easily cut and trim the designs to fit the space. Installing paver sheets only takes the following steps:
Cover the floor with a protective membrane.
Apply mortar to the floor.
Place the pavers on the mortar.
Apply more mortar over the top, and push it between the pavers with a trowel or mortar tool.
Remove any excess mortar with a sponge.
Advantages of Indoor Brick Pavers
Brick is one of the strongest and most durable flooring materials available. As the pavers come in multiple colors and sizes, homeowners can create thousands of different designs for each room. When homeowners want to redecorate later, they can paint the brick or color it with an epoxy.
Brick is also a great material for high traffic areas. It won't shift over time, and it can withstand sharp temperature changes. Brick pavers also have a slight texture on the surface of each paver, which creates a slip-resistant floor. Many homeowners use the pavers in kitchens and indoor/outdoor spaces.
Disadvantages of Indoor Brick Pavers
Though brick is extremely durable, it isn't nearly as comfortable as carpeting. Many people feel uncomfortable after standing on the floor for longer periods of time. It also has a slight coolness because it doesn't absorb heat like other flooring materials do. Some homeowners find that their floors always feel several degrees colder, which is a big problem in the winter. Though experts recommend that homeowners seal the brick, moisture can still damage both the brick and the mortar. That moisture can cause the mortar to dissolve and leave the bricks uneven. When this problem occurs, homeowners need to remove the damaged bricks and replace the mortar.
Last updated on Jun 17, 2014
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