The one thing a homeowner doesn’t want to do is having to fix pavers every few months. We all want a maintenance free yard. However, if you went for substandard pavers and never bothered to get them installed properly, you will have to spend more time and money on fixing them. But what are some of the things you can do to make your pavers last longer?
The durability of your installed pavers will vary depending on the type of paving stone you installed. With high quality pavers being reparable, they can last between 50 and 100 years. Brick pavers are the most common paving materials and have a lifespan of more than 25 years. Concrete pavers last between 25 to 50 years whereas travertine pavers can last for more than 100 years. Part of getting a lasting result is knowing when to fix pavers and how to care for them. Here are some of the best things you can do to make your pavers last even longer.
Ensure proper installation
One of the main reasons why homeowners have to keep fixing their pavers is because they were installed poorly. There are several steps involved in the installation of pavers. These steps include excavation, soil compaction, adding gravel and sand base and installing edge restrains. The slope has also to be consider to promote drainage. Pavers that are not installed properly are prone to breakage, shifting, weeds growing between them and a range of other problems. Leaving the installation work to an experienced installer will guarantee that your pavers last long.
Get them sealed
Have you heard about getting pavers sealed? This is where a coat is applied to your pavers to protect them from the elements. With the right seal, the appearance of your pavers will last longer and your pavers will be less prone to breakage, and weeds growing between them. Getting your pavers sealed will not only make them look more beautiful but also extend their lifespan. Hire an expert to help with the sealing.
Something as simple as sweeping your pavers will make them last longer. Pressure washing is something you must consider doing every few weeks. It helps remove dirt and chemicals that might end up damaging your pavers. When cleaning, make sure you use the right type of cleaning products.
Working closely with a professional is the key to making your pavers last. While the installation and cleaning part might seem simple enough, always consult an expert. Something as simple as hiring a team for deep cleaning professionals will do wonders to the lifespan of your pavers.