Block Pave – Driveway Annual Maintenance Tips

When was the last time you did any maintenance to you Block Paving Driveway or patio? Don’t be surprised if brick pavers look worn out, dirty, or even weedy if you have not done anything to prevent that. Did you know that brick pavers can even start to shift if not properly maintained?

So what do you do? Here are tips of how you can help restore the condition and looks of your brick paver walk, patio or driveway:

  1. Check if there has been any movement or settling of pavers. Repair these areas according to the brick paver manufacturer’s specifications. This will require digging up an area to confirm that the base was done correctly in the first place. If not, you have bigger chore on your hands of redoing the base of that area or possibly the entire brick paver Driveway or Patio.
  2. Power wash brick paver areas using a 3200 psi power washer or greater. You may or may not need to use a paver cleaner during this process.
  3. Sweep the zone 2 dry kiln silicon joint sand into all the joints of the brick pavers and compact lightly with a plate compactor, Sweep sand a second time to ensure joints are full of silicon joint sand after water down with a light spray from a garden hose.. Once dry confirm joints are full with joint sand and move on to the next step. Having these joints completely filled and compacted will help maintain paver stability.
  4. Apply a joint stabilizing sealer on all the brick paver areas. The sealer hardens the sand which helps prevent water intrusion in the joints and insects digging through it! Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to apply the sealer.
  5. Apply a brick paver sealer if applicable and if desired. There are many options when choosing brick paver sealers. Some will have a glossy wet look which often darkens the colour of you pavers (which you may or may not desire). Some paver sealers have a matte finish while others are completely invisible. The sealer creates a durable barrier against liquid absorption on the brick paver itself (as opposed to the joint stabilizing sealer which hardens the joint sand). Brick paver sealers will help prevent staining and will keep your pavers looking cleaner for a much longer period of time. Some high end pavers have a stain resistant surface and this step is unnecessary. Follow the instructions of the sealer’s manufacturer on how to apply it properly.

By following this tips you will enhance the look, help maintain the structural integrity, and lower the amount of yearly maintenance on your brick pavers. Contact Pathwise Driveways has extensive experience in both brick paver installation, brick paver repairs, and brick paver maintenance.

Brick Paver - Patio Annual Maintenance Tips:

Brick paver Driveways and Patios are becoming more and more popular each year. Our customers like the appearance, texture and charm of the many styles and colours offered in brick.

As with almost everything, brick pavers do require some maintenance to stay looking nice. Each year we suggest our customers sand the joints in their brick paving. Sanding the joints will help prevent erosion between bricks. Erosion between brick joints exposes the compacted base material and can lead to settling. Without sufficient joint sand, brick pavers can and will settle over time. The expansion of ice and snow as it freezes during a cold winter is enough to cause movement in brick pavers. Remember, moisture and water can be detrimental to a brick paver walk or patio. If you keep the joints sufficiently sanded you can help prevent brick movement and settling.

If settling does occur in your brick pavers – don’t get overly concerned. Brick pavers are designed to be reset and re-leveled as necessary. This is why bricks were so popular in road building years ago. If you don’t want to tackle a project like re-leveling your brick contact us

There are a few different types of brick sand on the market. Standard silicon zone 2 dry sweep sand is the most popular. All you need to do is pour the dry sand over your pavers and sweep it in place. If you are going to seal the brick, be sure to sweep any remaining sand off the brick paving faces.

Another sand that was very popular for a few years is called poly sand or polymeric sand. Poly sand has a binding agent (polymer) in it that helps keep it in place and offers resistance to moisture. Poly sand can be a great product if it is properly installed. If improperly installed, it can leave a haze or film on the pavers. Poly sanded bricks must be gently flooded with water to thoroughly hydrate the joints and to rinse the fine powder off of the brick faces. It is very important to remove any hazing before the brick is sealed.

Brick paver sealer or joint stabilizing brick sealer is highly recommended on all brick paver applications. A quality brick sealer will protect the brick from weathering and help retain its colour longer. Brick sealer comes in gloss and matte finishes. Joint stabilizing sealer will seal and protect the brick while hardening standard sweep sand between the joints, locking the bricks in place.

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