Plants and their blooms may come and go, but pavers and other hardscape features are with you year round! Whether you have a driveway, patio, walkway, or some combination of the three, keeping your property’s pavers in good condition is essential. Not only are well-maintained pavers better looking, but they can also last longer and require less significant maintenance and repair in the long run. Keep reading to learn more about how to maintain your pavers, and make sure to stop by Lehnhoff’s Supply for pavers, sand, and other maintenance must-haves.
Maintenance Basics: What Type of Pavers Do You Have?
The type of paver materials you have will predict the scope and type of maintenance you will need to perform over time. They are made from a variety of different materials, from those that are naturally-occurring like flagstone and cobblestone to manufactured products like bricks and permeable ones. The products you’ve used for bedding and sealing joints matters, as well. Knowing what materials are present in your paved surface allows you to approach maintenance with a better-informed perspective — applying sealant on permeable pavers is vastly different from sealing concrete, for instance.
Cleaning is Key for Maintenance and Repair
The first step to achieving a well-maintained surface is to clean your pavers regularly. Pressure washers and hoses are popular choices for removing surface-level grime, moss, and debris. Make sure to pull any weeds that pop up, too. Be sure to wash away any spills or messes promptly to avoid stains, and consider sealing (and periodically re-sealing) your pavers to prevent stains and wear. Keeping your pavers clean is helpful because it allows you to spot damage and maintenance concerns before they worsen.
Look Past the Surface of Your Pavers
Once you’ve cleaned your pavers, assess their appearance. Chipped or cracked pavers may need to be replaced, and some types of damage can even indicate problems beneath the surface. Lifted tiles, pooling water, or newly-sloped areas can be the results of spreading tree roots, erosion, and other significant issues that must be addressed before you can repair them.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer or fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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