If you are looking for a way to give your home an added bit of style and charm, then driveway pavers are a great place to start. Better yet, opting for pavers ensures you will have a beautiful and durable driveway that will last for years to come – providing you take time to do some simple maintenance. Like anything else that comes with a home, a paver driveway is not without some basic tasks to keep it looking like new. But fortunately, these driveway paver tasks are not excessively time consuming, and do not require you purchasing a large amount of equipment!
Maintaining Your Driveway Pavers Appearance
Once your driveway pavers are in place, it is important that you make time to keep them looking their best. These simple actions will make a huge difference in how the pavers will continue to look.
- Regular swiping: Take time to sweep the pavers off. The best time is to do so when it looks like it might rain. This is because when leaves or other items get wet they can actually stain your pavers – not to mention it is easier to remove dry items than wet ones. Of course, before a rain isn’t the only time you should sweep as having debris on your pavers keeps one from seeing how beautiful they are!
- Proper Cleaning and Maintenance: After sweeping, use your water hose with a spray attachment to rinse of the pavers. This will remove dirt and grime. Seal pavers once they are installed, and then reapply the sealer periodically – typically every 2-3 years. This will help maintain the crisp look they have at installation. Failing to seal the pavers can cause them to lose their original color and become dingy.
- Weed Control and Maintenance: During the spring and summer when weeds can be a nuisance, take time to remove any plants that might try to grow between the pavers. A simple approach is to treat the spaces with a weed killer/prevention product. Weed growth can also be minimized by filling the cracks with polymeric sand. The sand hardens when moistened thus helping to hold the pavers in place and preventing weed growth, too.
- Handle Spills and Stains: If something gets spilled on your pavers – oil, grease, gasoline, etc. – take time immediately to remove them. A good cleaning solution can be made by making a paste from powder dish detergent and water. Spread the paste on the affected area, scrub it gently with a bristle brush, wait 10 to 20 minutes then use the hose to wash away the detergent.
- Timely Repairs for Longevity: In the event that one of your pavers is damaged, replace it sooner rather than later.
- Expert Assistance for Paver Maintenance and Installation: Maintaining your driveway pavers is a simple task, and one you don’t want to overlook. After all, your pavers are an investment in your property and if properly maintained, they will last for decades. If you have additional questions about paver maintenance or installation, give the team at Outdoor Makeover and Construction a call today.