Paver Maintenance: Protect Your Investment
The best thing you can do to maintain your pavers is to seal them properly. This will help prevent wear, weeds, ants, continued efflorescense, snow/ice removal damage, staining and will keep colors fresh.
To keep your pavers in good condition, debris should be swept away regularly. Weeds that grow between the pavers should be removed. Inspect your pavers regularly. Any cracks or potholes should be repaired immediately to prevent further damage. Lost sand should be replaced to prevent shifting. The length of time a proper sealing with the right sealant will last depends on traffic and weather conditions, and on how often the pavers have been sealed previously. One test to see if your pavers need resealing is to run water from a hose onto the pavers. If the water does not bead up, it is time to reseal.
Settlement is often caused by inadequate soil or base compaction. Other factors can be water in the base or soil, too thick a layer of bedding sand, or washed out bedding and joint sand. Loose or inadequate edge restraints will cause pavers to move apart. Pavers in uneven areas can be removed, the settlement adjusted, and the units reinstated with no wasted paving materials or unsightly patches. If the base or soil has settled and is stable, remove the pavers and bedding sand, place and compact additional base material to the correct level, then add bedding sand.
Hardscape Technical Services (HTS) offers a Paver Maintenance Program (PMP) free to paver dealers and contractors. This program includes everything you need to sell an "add-on" maintenance program to your customers (pre-designed postcards, door-hangers, sales video, and more). Select the "dealer" or "contractor" version below.
The professionals at HTS are certified in interlocking pavers through the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute® (ICPI) and are ready to assist you with your next paver project.