Adaliz Louise Auclair Outdoor Paver June 17th, 2018 - 19:52:49
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.
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.
In addition having objects within the area may cause you harm as they may fly around and strike in case you accidentally hit them with the water coming from your pressure water cleaner. To make the cleanup process faster finding the right end to start with is advisable. Always consider the slope of the pathway in deciding where to start as this will determine how the water will flow - sideways or downwards. The dirt and stains will be easily washed off if the water flows according to the force of gravity. Doing this is not recommended unless your outdoor pavers have not been cleaned for many years. Alternatively you may use a steaming water to get rid of the dirt and stains on the surface.
Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. A segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete. Remove and reinstate the same pavers with no ugly patches after repairs to the base or underground utilities. Asphalt concrete and stamped concrete cant make this claim. Pavers are low-maintenance and offer low life-cycle costs. Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Darker colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.