Paver Maintenance 101
Installing a paver patio or walkway is an investment that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Although they’re typically low-maintenance, pavers can start to fade and crack over time. However, basic paver maintenance can help you enjoy your investment much longer, and the best part is that it isn’t too much work. You can do some simple tasks to maintain your pavers in the short term, but you can leave the heavy-duty stuff to a professional. These are a few steps you can take to make your pavers last decades longer while looking like new.
How to Maintain Pavers
Maintaining your pavers doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, you can follow a few steps to keep years-old pavers looking good as new for much longer. Many only require a few minutes and little effort, while others are best left to a professional. Following these tips to protect your pavers will ensure you can enjoy them for years to come.
Remove Daily Debris
Keeping your pavers looking amazing can be as simple as using your broom or a hose. As soon as you notice dirt, leaf, or debris piling up, simply sweep it away. That gives the debris less chance to stain or damage your pavers. The longer it sits, the more chance you have of attracting moss, mold, and pests. If you’re watering your plants, take the opportunity to hose off the pavers while you’re at it. Just be sure to do it on a sunny day, so the pavers dry quickly and don’t have a chance to develop mold or algae.
Fill in the Cracks
Wind, rain, and regular cleaning can rinse away the sand filler that keeps your pavers in place. During your regular paver maintenance, take a look between the pavers. Most pavers have a sand filler to keep the design from shifting. The sand also helps protect your pavers from damage by keeping them right where they belong. However, before starting the task, keep in mind that not just any sand will do. If you aren’t sure about what sand was used and aren’t up for doing it yourself, consider leaving it to an expert.
Weeds can grow just about anywhere, and that includes between pavers – even in the special sand and tiny cracks. Those weeds you see might look small and harmless, but just like anywhere else in your yard, they can grow to be a major problem. Roots can grow underneath the pavers, so even if the sprout looks small, it could expand where you can’t see. Therefore, it’s important to pull weeds as soon as you see them in order to prevent damage to your pavers and keep them where they belong.
Seal and Protect
One of the most valuable things you can do to keep your pavers looking new is to seal them regularly. If it sounds like a big job, that’s because it is. But don’t be intimidated; instead of spending hundreds (or thousands) on equipment and sealer, call a paver sealing professional. They’ll do the job correctly and more efficiently than you could do yourself, giving you lasting protection from moss, weeds, the sun’s rays, and other damaging conditions. Not only will sealing your pavers make them last longer, but it will also make your own cleaning job much more manageable. How often you need sealing depends on the location, but the average range is every two to four years.
Repair and Replace
If a few cracked pavers are causing an eyesore, they could also be causing other issues. When installed, pavers are placed carefully and meticulously in a specific pattern with proper spacing. Broken, cracked, or crumbling pavers disturb the design and can cause neighboring pavers to shift. This creates a domino effect that can leave you with a big mess. Often, if a paver is damaged, you’ll want to completely replace it instead of trying to repair it. The company that installed your pavers is usually your best choice for replacing them since they can prepare the area and install a matching paver, so you won’t even notice the difference.
Paver Maintenance in Southwest Florida
At Sparkleen, we have the experience and certifications needed for proper paver maintenance. Our service includes pressure washing to remove stubborn stains and weeds to give the sealer a clean surface to adhere to. Pressure washing can even help with oil stains and mold growth that seem permanent. We prepare the area and pressure wash, then go ahead and fill in the cracks with sand for you. We take extra care to give a proper seal, and we understand the importance of well-maintained filler. Once the area is prepped, we get started sealing. We do the hard work necessary to make your pavers shine, so don’t hesitate to call us to get started today!