Adelisa Villette Benoit Outdoor Paver July 15th, 2018 - 09:29:11
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.
The sand bed should be up to 1 inch think. Joints are filled with sand and a perimeter restraint is generally necessary. If pavers are to be grouted a stable base of concrete with latex or acrylic admixture added is necessary. Expansion joints are necessary to allow for some movement. It is generally necessary to have perimeter restraints. While many people truly love the unique and versatile look they can achieve with the use of driveway pavers some people still do not realize why they need to invest in sealing driveway pavers. Paver sealing in Michigan can be even more important because of the ever changing weather conditions that the pavers have to be protected from. Brick sealing can increase the life of your driveway reduce weeds and protect the paving from fading and stains.
A cost comparison of alternative flooring surfaces will show that pavers are in the mid range of available options. Materials such as higher end travertine or flagstone are at the top along with premium wood or composite wood. At the low end of landscape flooring options we have basic gravel then loose flagstone pieces set in sand and then basic natural gray poured concrete which is why so many of our driveways and sidewalks use basic natural gray concrete. But if you want to stretch your budget a bit and get something that has a completely more exciting look and feel compared to basic concrete using pavers is a great option.
Natural Stone pavers are quarried stone which are cut to the right size. Generally these pavers are laid end to end which does require more labor time. There is little maintenance needed and the stone pavers will last a lifetime. On a per square foot basis most stone pavers will cost $10.00. If you choose unusual or rare stones the cost could be up to $30 per square foot. Concrete pavers are colored at the manufacturer and may fade over time. To prevent this the pavers can be cleaned and sealed. Concrete pavers are priced at $5 to $10 per square foot and are installed for an additional $5 to $10 per square foot. Sand-set is an economical installation method. Soil and gravel layer compaction is necessary for stability.