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Paver Maintenance 101

Pavers are a wonderful addition to any landscape, whether they’re used for a driveway, a walkway through the garden, a pool deck, or a patio. But just like any other hardscaping element, there is some maintenance involved in order to keep the pavers looking their best. Even though pavers don’t require a lot of maintenance, it’s important to understand what should be done in order to keep them from cracking, to prevent weeds from growing, and to keep them from settling.

If you’re considering adding concrete pavers to your landscape or creating a custom driveway or sidewalk, the contractors at Par Concrete have the expertise and experience to get the job done right. Many homeowners attempt to go the DIY route and install pavers themselves, but if there is any curve to your design, if you want a unique pattern, or if there is a slant in the yard or uneven ground, it can be challenging to complete the installation correctly. Our team will properly prepare the site, lay down the pavers efficiently, and make sure that they’re set in place just as you want them. If you have any questions about our concrete paver installations, just get in touch with us today!

How to Maintain Your Concrete Pavers

Keep Them Swept Clean

Dust, pebbles, leaves, sticks, and other types of debris can make your pavers look messy. A quick sweep once a week can go a long way in keeping them presentable and clean. If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to sweep, a leaf blower is a quick alternative if you have one.

Use Water to Rinse Them

If the dog or kids get mud on their paws or shoes and track dirt that won’t come off the pavers with a broom or the blower, use your garden hose to rinse the pavers off. If you need to scrub at the pavers for more stubborn mud, use a stiff-bristled brush to gently wipe away the dirt. Avoid tools that could chip away at the pavers, and only use power washing sparingly as it could damage the grout.

Seal Them

The weather in Central Florida can be intense, so it’s important to give your pavers a regular seal to prevent them from breaking down. The concrete contractors at Par Concrete can apply a sealer when the pavers are first installed, but a quality sealer should be reapplied every three to five years to keep the pavers protected.

Replace Damaged Pavers

A benefit of installing concrete pavers instead of a large slab is that repairs are often easier and less noticeable. When a single paver is chipped or cracked, it can be replaced without disturbing surrounding pavers. If you’re unsure of how to do this, Par Concrete offers concrete repair services.

Weed Prevention

Newly installed pavers are beautiful, but over time, pesky weeds will find their way up through the spaces in between each piece. Weeds can be prevented year-round with a product that prevents seed germination as well as an herbicide to eliminate roots. Just be mindful of the herbicide you use as the wrong product could damage the surrounding lawn if the liquid is washed away into the grass.

Install Them Correctly

A part of concrete paver’s long-term maintenance starts with installing them correctly. Using polymeric sand during installation will keep the pavers together, and this type of sand actually works to prevent weeds from growing.

Contact Par Concrete For Your Paver Maintenance

Maintaining concrete pavers doesn’t need to be complicated, but it does need to be done consistently. By sealing the pavers, pulling weeds right when they come up, and making repairs when necessary, you can expect to have a beautiful paver driveway, walkway, or patio for years to come. If you need help with your pavers or are planning on installing them in your landscape, contact the contractors at Pay Concrete in Orlando.