As you are probably aware, patio pavers today come in various shapes, colors, patterns, designs and finishes. If you are planning to build a patio, you should know that there are three basic paving materials that you can use.
Stone pavers, concrete pavers and brick pavers are the most frequently used pavers today. When the patio pavers installation is finished and the patio is free for use, the homeowner’s job doesn’t end here. If you want to protect the integrity of the patio, you must learn more about patio pavers maintenance.
You will probably be glad to hear that this type of maintenance is very simple. The level of maintenance depends on the pavers type, but generally speaking they are low-maintenance outdoor elements and you don’t have to worry much about them. Some patio pavers are less resistant to stains, dirt and grime while other may experience discoloration and color fading over time.
First and foremost, concrete pavers are known for their ability to be replaced or restored whenever they are heavily stained, broken or damaged.
So, you don’t have to get involved in long cleaning processes and remain satisfied even when the pavers lose their original properties. All you need to do is to replace the affected area with new pavers. Another big advantage of using concrete pavers for patio is that these pavers come with a specific color that makes stains less visible or even invisible. However, despite their durability and resistance, weeds will find space to grow in the joints. In case like this, just use a herbicide or pesticide to get rid of weeds.
The main benefit of using stone pavers is their durability. There are cases when these pavers last for dozens of years and they still look as good as new. But, just like in the case of concrete pavers, many homeowners have problems with the weeds that appear right between the joints. An efficient way to fix this issue is to use a pesticide or a sealant. Consult a professional hardscaper to find the right products. In addition, it is also worth mentioning that stone pavers come with a surface that is quite rough and unrefined. For some people, walking on such surface is not very comfortable experience. The roughness appears to increase over time, so polishing these pavers occasionally is a smart move.
We should not forget that many people have clay brick paver sin their yards and garden. These pavers come with uneven surface that usually increases the cases of chipping and cracking. Similar to concrete pavers, they can be replaced with new pavers if they are damaged. Thanks to a polished or honed finish you will be able to maintain the color and texture of the surface for a long time. This procedure should be performed once in 3-4 years.
Finally, hosing or sweeping the patio regularly is also beneficial for the patio. Rely on high-pressured washing if you want to eliminate dirt and grime completely. Don’t forget to seal the pavers every 3-4 years.
Chris R. Jul 29, 2016
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