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Brick Patio Contractor Northern Virginia

Brick patio contractor Northern Virginia is what Fairfax Contractor is all about. We design and custom-build amazing brick patios in Northern Virginia. When you think of the Northern Virginia area, you see many homes were built and designed around colonial architecture. Traditionally brick has been a building material used in our area since colonial times. Even today walking down the century-old sidewalks of old town Alexandria, you see them being paved and brick pavers. Almost always, Fairfax Contractor sets their custom brick patios on a concrete base. Unlike interlocking concrete pavers, which tried to emulate real brick pavers, these pavers are clay brick. Clay brick pavers are designed to be used for patios. If you are looking to install a custom brick patio in your Northern Virginia home, we may be your go-to contractor. We possess a Virginia class A contractor’s license and are insured for your protection. We are experts in designing and installing some of the state-of-the-art brick patio projects in the area. There are many brick patio contractors in Northern Virginia, but Fairfax Contractor can give you the ultimate experience in having a custom-designed brick patio built at a reasonable cost. Give us a call for your free consultation and design at 703-725-7945.

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Designing Your Brick Patio Project

When designing a brick patio hardscape project for your backyard, there are many design considerations to make. The design of your brick patio will dictate the shape and size of your desired patio. This design process will be dictated by your budget and how you are going to use the patio. Brick Paver’s selection and the pattern you plan to lay the brick must be considered.  Fairfax Contractor can help take your initial ideas of what you’re looking for in your brick patio and enhance them with our years of experience installing these projects. You should start by envisioning a budget that is affordable to you, which will, in turn, dictate the complexity of your brick patio. You should also take the time to look at pictures of other brick patios to get a good idea of what you might like to see in your particular job. If you do a little homework, it will go a long way when our design representative comes to your home to help you layout your dream outdoor playground. Working with your designer from Fairfax Contractor, they can take some of your initial ideas to create a patio that fits into the topography, size, budget, and functionality of your overall plan.

Types Of Clay Bricks That Can Be Used For A Patio

There are many manufacturers of clay brick pavers that are available in our area. The main thing decision when picking your pavers is to decide the brick pattern you want to use in your patio. Clay brick pavers come in two main sizes, one is a standard four-inch by 8 inches, and the other is a module brick Paver that measures 3 5/8″ x 7 5/8″. Standard 4″ x 8″ brick pavers will work fine if you install your patio and a running bond design. If you want to utilize a herringbone pattern in your brick patio will have to use a module brick to create that pattern in a patio.

Brick  Patterns  For Patios

brick paver patterns for patios

When designing your brick patio, there are many combinations of brick patterns that can be utilized to make a unique patio. Understand there are two sizes of clay brick pavers that are manufactured in the United States. One size is called modular, a modular play brick Paver is 3 5/8”x 7 5/8”. Utilizing modular-sized brick pavers for your patio will allow you to create 45° herringbone patterns, basket weave patterns, and the standard running bond brick pattern. If you decide to utilize a standard clay brick Paver 8” x 4”, you are limited to only a running bond pattern. Most of the clay brick patios we build in Northern Virginia have a soldier course of brick that frameworks the patio. What you decide to place inside the border will create your unique brick patio Building Codes For A Brick Patio In Northern Virginia.

Patio Permits

There are no codes or permits in Northern Virginia for a brick patio that is built slab on grade. But if you are considering a brick patio there may be zoning and setback standards that will need to be well-thought-out. One should make sure there is no homeowner assignation approval before a brick patio is built.  A building permit for your brick patio will be needed if your plans require stairs (more than two steps) to egress your patio, or if you want an elevated patio. Our personnel at Fairfax contractor Will pull all necessary building permits and even help you with your homeowner assignation approval, for your new brick patio.

Installing A Brick Patio

When we are ready to start to install your brick patio, the first step is to call miss utilities of Virginia to make sure that we do not cut any utility lines. When we have an active miss utility ticket, we can start the patio installation. As stated, Fairfax Contractor typically installs their clay brick Paver patios on a concrete base. Building the proper understructure of your brick patio requires us to remove the grass and excavate so that the grade of the finished patio will be set to allow it to drain properly. If your patio design includes stairs, we will have to excavate for the foundation to support this structure. Once the excavation has been completed, we will form out the design of your patio so that you can approve the design before we pour any concrete.

Typically we utilize a specialized concrete design mix that includes residential reinforcing fibers and pours a 4-inch concrete slab. The next step is to layout string lines to show Mason the grade while installing the clay brick pavers. Fairfax Contractor lays the pavers in a mixture of sand, water, and type S masonry cement. Type S masonry cement is stronger than the cement used to lay face brick and is designed to stand up to the thaw-freeze cycle we experience in Northern Virginia. Depending on what ultimate brick Paver pattern you have decided on, we will probably start by installing a soldier course of brick that will form the perimeter of the patio. As the bricks are laid, you can choose a joint finish which includes concave or grapevine joint finishes bricks for a patio are always laid in a type S mortar. Once the perimeter brick pavers have been laid out, then we will start at the area closest to the house and install the bricks in a bed of mortar to create a grade of one-quarter of an inch per foot. Once all the brick is been laid, we will acid wash the brick to remove any excess mortar. When we are ready to start to install your brick patio, the first step is to call miss utilities of Virginia to make sure that we do not cut any utility lines. When we have an active miss utility ticket, we can start the patio installation. As stated, Fairfax Contractor typically installs their clay brick Paver patios on a concrete base. Building the proper understructure of your brick patio requires us to remove the grass and excavate so that the grade of the finished patio will be set to allow it to drain properly.

If your patio design includes stairs, we will have to excavate for the foundation to support this structure. Once the excavation has been completed, we will form out the design of your patio so that you can approve the design before we pour any concrete. Typically we utilize a specialized concrete design mix that includes residential reinforcing fibers and pours a 4-inch concrete slab.

The next step is to layout string lines to show Mason the grade while installing the clay brick pavers. Fairfax Contractor lays the pavers in a mixture of sand, water, and type S masonry cement. Type S masonry cement is stronger than the cement used to lay face brick and is designed to stand up to the thaw-freeze cycle we experience in Northern Virginia. Depending on what ultimate brick Paver pattern you have decided on, we will probably start by installing a soldier course of brick that will form the perimeter of the patio.

As the bricks are laid, you can choose a joint finish which includes concave or grapevine joint finishes bricks for a patio are always laid in a type S mortar. Once the perimeter brick pavers have been laid out, then we will start at the area closest to the house and install the bricks in a bed of mortar to create a grade of one-quarter of an inch per foot. Once all the brick is been laid, we will acid wash the brick to remove any excess mortar.
For more information about patios, see our main patio page.

Finding The Right Brick Paver For Your Patio

Considering installing a new brick patio in your Northern Virginia home, you will undoubtedly want to see brick samples for your upcoming project. There are four major brick suppliers in the area. To view brick samples, you may want to visit the following brickyards located in Northern Virginia: Glen Gary 9905 Godwin Drive Manassas VA 20110, Potomac Valley Brick 8306 Cinder Bed Road Lorton Virginia 22079, General Shale Brick 7500 Mason King Ct Manassas Virginia 20109 or LC Smith located at 5920 Farrington Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304

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