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Best Brick Patio Patterns for 2024

Best Brick Patio Patterns for 2024

We’re halfway through the year and some amazing brick patterns have started to emerge for 2024. From modern eye-catching designs to tried-and-true classics, bricks make for the perfect patio design …

Cleaning Brick Patio

How to Safely Clean Your Brick Patio

You spent a lot of money on your custom brick patio in Michigan: it’s understandable you want to keep it looking its best for many years to come. However, like …

Michigan Masonry Contractor Laying Brick

What to Look For in a Michigan Masonry Contractor

Whether you’re looking to add a new brick porch to your home or you need chimney repair, hiring a trusted masonry contractor in Michigan is job #1. But where do …

Beautiful Brick Porch

Why Hire a Professional For Brick Porch Construction?

If you’ve been meaning to repair or create a new brick porch for your home, you may wonder if you can save a few bucks by doing it yourself. But …

Landscaping in Backyard

Outdoor Living Upgrades to Spruce up Your Spring

Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor living spaces and take advantage of your property’s full potential. It’s The Brick Guys offers hardscaping and brick paving services …

Closeup of Cracked Bricks

Why It’s Important to Seal Cracked Brick Joints

If you notice cracks along your brick joints, get them sealed as soon as possible. Bricks are designed to protect your home from rain, wind, pests, and other issues. They …

Brick House

Are Brick Houses Worth More Money?

If you’re building a house or want to make a smart decision for your next home purchase, you may wonder how brick siding affects your home’s value. Are brick houses …

Friends in Backyard

How to Utilize Extra Space in Your Backyard

Do you feel like your backyard is missing something? You have grass to mow and a yard for the kids to play in, but what about the rest of the …

Hardscaping with brick pavers and flowers

What Is Hardscaping?

You’ve browsed the internet for outdoor makeover ideas, and you keep seeing the word “hardscaping” pop up in your search results. Now you’re wondering, “What is hardscaping?” and how you …

Can Paving Bricks Hold a Car?

Can Paving Bricks Hold a Car?

If you want to expand or replace your driveway, you may be comparing brick pavers and concrete. Brick pavers are beautiful and durable, but can they stand up to the …

Ladder Against House with Brick

How to Maintain Brick Siding on a House

Brick siding is beautiful, durable, and timeless. It can withstand hefty abuse from Mother Nature and protect your belongings within. Nevertheless, it’s important to maintain your brick siding if you …

Cracked Brick Closeup

Can You Paint Over Cracked Bricks?

Some brick cracks are concerning, while others are basic wear-and-tear. If you’re unhappy with the look of your bricks, you may be tempted to paint them to hide the blemishes. …

Before and After Brick Paver Restoration

Check out This 50-Year-Old Brick Paver Restoration from ITBG!

Did you know that brick pavers can last for decades? You can use them for almost any exterior surface, ranging from walkways to driveways and beyond. It’s The Brick Guys …

Brick Paver Steps

Concrete vs. Brick Porch Steps

Are you rebuilding your porch or designing a porch for a new construction home? If so, you have several materials to choose from. Each option has pros and cons, and …

New and Old Brick Blending

How to Blend Old and New Bricks

Are you worried that your brick repairs will look noticeable? Have you seen patchwork where it’s obvious that there’s new brick mixed with old? Our goal with any brick restoration …

Bricks with Holes

Why Do Some Bricks Have Holes in Them?

Have you ever noticed that some bricks have three holes in them? You may not think much of it, but this unique design has an equally unique purpose. Here at …

Clean Brick Paver Walkway on Sunny Day

How to Clean Brick Pavers

Are your brick pavers looking dull and dirty? You might be surprised by how easy they are to clean! We recommend incorporating brick paver cleaning into your outdoor fall maintenance, …

Pros & Cons Cultured Stone Background

Pros and Cons of Cultured Stone

Cultured stone adds beautiful texture and dimension to vertical surfaces. You have likely seen cultured stone on siding, fireplaces, porch columns, and more. This versatile material comes in various colors, …

Closeup of Weeds in Brick Pavers

How to Get Rid of Weeds on a Brick Patio

Tired of seeing weeds on your patio? Does it feel like you’re constantly pulling weeds and grass out from between the pavers? Here are some tips to get rid of …

Painting Brick Closeup

Can You Repair Painted Brick?

Painted brick homes are pretty and trendy. They’ve been featured on countless interior design shows, and you’ve likely seen some in your neighborhood. Before you commit to painting your bricks, …

Outdoor Area for Relaxing

Outdoor Living Room Designs for Small Backyards

Outdoor living rooms are here to stay. If you’ve debated whether or not to add a proper patio to your backyard, now is the time to do it. A staggering …

Quiet Front Porch Setting With Small Table And Two Arm Chairs

Will a New Front Porch Add Value to My Home?

Not sure if you should add a front porch to your property or expand the porch you already have? Debating whether to upgrade your porch before you sell your home? …

Close-up of a construction worker's gloved hands laying outdoor paving slabs on a prepared foundation on a summer sunny day, focus on a construction paving hammer

Should Landscaping Blocks Be Glued Together?

Landscaping blocks are often used for retaining walls, planter boxes, tree rings and other forms of hardscaping. They may look glued together at first glance, but the reality is, most …

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Top Tips for Spring Brick Paver Cleaning

The grass is growing, the flowers are blooming, and you’re prepping for outdoor fun. If you have brick pavers on your property, they may need some sprucing up. Dedicate part …

Red Brick Pavers Sealed

Should Exterior Bricks Be Sealed?

You seal your fence and your car paint. Shouldn’t your exterior bricks get the same treatment? Brick sealant seems helpful on paper, but it’s not always necessary or ideal. In …

Well landscaped wall of cement cobblestone bricks with grass and ornamental plants

What Is Verazzo Stone?

Verazzo stone is a versatile, durable, and beautiful material for retaining walls and hardscaping features. This is one of our favorite products to use here at It’s The Brick Guys …

Before and After of Custom Porch Columns

Amplify Your Curb Appeal with Custom Porch Columns

Do your porch columns look plain, boring, or disproportionate to the rest of your façade? This is a common problem with older homes or builder-grade homes with basic materials. The …

Back Patio Steps With Black Pavers

Pros and Cons of Black Pavers

Color selection is important for any home project, whether you’re painting a wall in your house or redoing your brick patio. Black has become a popular choice for interior and …

Contractor going over details of home inspection.

Red Flags to Watch for during Your Brick Paving Estimate

Before you get that custom brick driveway or gorgeous brick patio out back, you’re going to need a brick paving estimate. This is the first step in your outdoor transformation, …

Rectangular paving path in the spring park

Poured Concrete vs. Pavers for Outdoor Spaces

Want to turn your backyard into usable living space? This is a great way to boost your property value and give your home an even greater purpose. Poured concrete and …

Crack in an old chimney

How Do You Fix Cracked Chimney Mortar?

The mortar around your chimney isn’t just decorative. It acts as a support system for the bricks and it seals the edges for maximum protection. Unfortunately, mortar wears down much …

5 Benefits of Driveway Edging

5 Benefits of Driveway Edging

Feel like your driveway looks a bit boring? Want a way to protect your driveway and boost your curb appeal all at once? If so, you may be in need …

How to Design a Pet-Friendly Paver Patio

How to Design a Pet-Friendly Paver Patio

Your pets are an active part of your life. They go where you go, even if it’s only to the backyard. If you’re redesigning or expanding your patio, you may …

Should You Grout or Sand Patio Pavers?

Should You Grout or Sand Patio Pavers?

When you think of brick, you think of mortar. The two go hand-in-hand. Mortar and grout may be common for indoor brick applications, but they aren’t ideal for most outdoor …

Enhance Your Curb Appeal with a Custom Front Patio

Enhance Your Curb Appeal with a Custom Front Patio

Feel like your home is missing something? Want to jazz up your curb appeal without major reconstruction? A front patio may be the perfect way to reach your goals. It’s …

Can You Use Regular Bricks for a Fire Pit?

A fire pit is an excellent addition to any backyard. Whether you’re planning autumn get togethers or you just want a peaceful retreat for the cold months, a fire pit …

Wood Deck vs. Paver Patio - Which One Is Better?

Wood Deck vs. Paver Patio – Which One Is Better?

If you want an outdoor entertainment space, there are several ways to go about designing it. Two of the most popular options are wood decks and paver patios, and they …

Brick Retaining Wall Repair Before and After

Can a Retaining Wall Be Repaired?

Do you have a retaining wall that’s falling apart? Worried that the blocks are going to collapse at any minute? Not only is this an eyesore, but it can also …

What Causes Chimney Brick Damage? (AKA Brick Spalling)

What Causes Chimney Brick Damage? (AKA Brick Spalling)

Do the bricks on your chimney look like they could fall off at any minute? Has your disheveled chimney destroyed your curb appeal? If so, you may be the victim …

What's the Difference between Cultured Stone and Stone Veneer?

What’s the Difference between Cultured Stone and Stone Veneer?

If you’re thinking about adding to your curb appeal or interior design features, you might look into stone veneer. This is a great option to add color, texture and visual …

Will an Outdoor Kitchen Increase Home Value?

Will an Outdoor Kitchen Increase Home Value?

Have you been thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Once the COVID-19 pandemic happened, we saw a big surge in homeowners enhancing their outdoor living spaces. If …

Why Do Brick Pavers Sink?

Why Do Brick Pavers Sink?

Brick pavers stand the test of time, and they can be used in a variety of outdoor surfaces. If your brick paver patio, driveway or walkway is a few years …