Adalie Charline Parent Outdoor Paver June 19th, 2018 - 09:37:51
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.
Unlike wood or real stone concrete pavers do not crack or react to absorption of water. Wood will rot if not sealed to resist the penetration of water. Real stone will also become vulnerable to constant moisture. Pavers do absorb water but do not change their inherent structure. They do not flake or become weakened by the presence of water or moisture. Debris that accumulates naturally simply needs to be swept or hosed off. Application of a sealer is optional and not required. Sealers are often used where someone wants the pavers to take on an enhanced tone. Sealers will also help to resist the absorption of stains as concrete pavers are porous just like natural stone.
Concrete pavers are 100% manufactured material. It is made with two ingredients. Cement and aggregate. It can be manufactured and produced to withstand any kind of harsh weather conditions and endure high or low traffic areas. It is available in different styles for different applications. Concrete pavers are made to look and resemble natural stone at a fraction of a cost of real stones. These pavers are commonly used for those on a tight budget but want to have the look and feel of natural stone. There are different colors to choose from. Dyes and pigments are added during the manufacturing process to produce these different colors.
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.