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Advantages of Clay Pavers

Clay costs more than cement pavers but there are many advantages to using clay pavers.

Strength

Clay pavers rate high for strength and durability and are ideal for areas with heavy load such as driveways. Also suitable for pathways, patios and other areas.

Maintenance

Clay bricks do not stain easily and need less maintenance than concrete pavers .Even when they do need to be cleaned the most effort required is a bit of scrubbing with a mild detergent, but usually one can just sweep the pavers or hose them down.

Colour

Retention of colour is better than concrete - especially under UV rays.

Environmentally Friendly

Clay pavers are made from natural materials and no chemicals harmful to the environment are used in the manufacturing process (see below).

Slip Resistance

Clay pavers provide traction even on a steep, wet driveway or pathway,

How clay brick pavers are made

Bricks are made from clay and baked in a kiln - also known as clay firing - at a temperature of more than 1100 Celsius

This process ensures they retain their natural colours for a very long time, and also strengthens the brick making it very durable,

The raw clay is first mined then goes through a mixing process and an extrusion process before the clay- firing. Raw materials (natural clay minerals, including kaolin and shale) are crushed and ground.

Small amounts of manganese, barium, and other additives are added to produce different shades.

The ingredients are mixed with water and go into a de-airing chamber, compacted and finally extruded out of a die (for shaping).

Because excess moisture could cause cracking during the firing process, the bricks are dried before being put into kilns (large ovens that can produce the extremely high temperatures required).

Finally, the clay bricks are left to cool down before being graded and loaded onto pallets to be transportedn

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