Adeline Gaetane Brasseur Outdoor Paver June 08th, 2018 - 22:31:50
Choosing outdoor pavers for your landscaping needs is a highly cost-effective option. This is especially true when you compare the visually stunning finish you get to the bland flat finish of grey concrete. Choosing and selecting the type of pavers to use for a project can be quite daunting especially if there are many different types of outdoor pavers available in the market today. The first thing you have to think of is the type of material needed for a project. There are clay brick pavers stone pavers concrete pavers rubber pavers and grass pavers. These are the common types used for commercial and residential landscaping projects. The color the shape the pattern or design as well as the pavers to be used on the needed application are the details that you have to consider as well.
Concrete slabs are practically maintenance-free especially if they are sealed which makes the surface impervious to all kinds of spills and stains. With pavers the material itself is also low maintenance but the spaces between each piece often need regular care because weeds grass and moss will grow in these joints. Aside from regularly removing weeds before they infest the area the owner should also watch out for shifting pavers and cracks on mortared pavers. Brick and concrete pavers are also susceptible to stains. The gravel or sand in between the joints Concrete slabs are significantly more durable than pavers but ground movement greatly affects concrete making it more prone to cracking if the soil underneath it becomes unstable although its surface will still remain flat. Pavers however will not crack when the ground settles because the settling will affect individual units. However they could become tripping hazards when some of the pavers shift up as a result of ground movement.
Power wash brick paver areas using a 2700 psi power washer or greater. You may or may not need to use a paver cleaner during this process. Sweep joint sand into all the joints of the pavers and water down with a light spray from a garden hose. Sweep sand and water down a second time to ensure joints are full of joint sand. Once dry confirm joints are full with joint sand and move on to the next step. Having these joints completely filled and compacted will help maintain paver stability. Apply a joint stabilizing sealer on all the paver areas. The sealer hardens the sand which helps prevent water intrusion in the joints and insects digging through it! Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to apply sealer.
When was the last time you did any maintenance to you brick paver walk or patio? Dont be surprised if brick pavers look worn out dirty or even weedy if you have not done anything to prevent that. Did you know that pavers can even start to shift if not properly maintained? So what do you do? Here are tips of how you can help restore the condition and looks of your brick paver walk patio or driveway: Determine if there has been any movement or settling of pavers. Repair these areas according to the paver manufacturers specifications. This will require digging up an area to confirm that the base was done correctly in the first place. If not you have bigger chore on your hands of redoing the base of that area or possibly the entire brick paver walk patio drive etc.