Outdoor Paver Maintenance Tips
Okay. So you’ve spent the time and money to have pavers installed, so of course you want your pavers to stand the test of time.
Having quality materials and proper installation is the first step. If you’ve chosen PUP Pavers, you’ve got that part of it covered. After that, it’s a matter of maintenance and, depending on the type, paver maintenance may take little to no effort on your part!
Here’s a quick list of some of the basic paver maintenance steps.
First off, we recommend that you seal your pavers straight after installation and every 2-3 years following that. The use of sealer will help you:
- Maintain the color and that “new look” and
- Remove stains and spills much easier, ensuring that your patio will be aesthetically appealing for years to come!
Secondly, pavers are available in various colors, shapes, patterns, and finishes. The simple logic is: different types of pavers require different levels of maintenance. This is because certain pavers are more susceptible or resistant to color fading, and for some pavers, removing grime and dirt is easy.
–> NOTE: Maintaining surface texture and color for all types of pavers can be achieved by applying a honed, polished, or flamed finish. This will only be necessary every few years.
CLAY BRICK PAVERS
Clay brick pavers have an irregular surface that makes them prone to cracking and chipping. If they get damaged, replace the paver in need of repair with a new brick paver. Using cleaning and sealing products made specifically for brick pavers prolongs the appearance of the bricks.
The beauty of concrete pavers is that even if they are stained, damaged or broken, they can be easily replaced with little to no fuss by simply removing the damaged paver and replacing it with a new concrete paver. Stains are often masked by the color of concrete pavers. However, weeds can grow in the joints of your concrete pavers, so keep that weed killer handy. To minimize the appearance of weeds, it helps to have your pavers sealed.
Although stone pavers are very durable and can last for decades, weeds can grow between their joints. Have those pavers sealed; then, if weeds still show up, weed killer will help you get them under control.
A polish from time to time will diminish the problem of rough walking surfaces.