What Are the Different Paver Types?
The most commonly used pavers include concrete, rubber, brick, and natural stones, such as limestone, sandstone, slate, granite, and travertine.
Where Can I Use Paving Stones?
One of the best things about paving stones is their versatility. You can use them in your yard, driveway, garden steps, pool deck, walkway, and just about any other location outside your home.
Do My Pavers Need to Be Sealed?
While you don’t necessarily have to seal the pavers, doing so will extend their life and preserve their textures, colors, and beauty for years.
How Long Do I Wait Before Sealing the Pavers After Installation?
This depends on the type of sealer used. Certain sealers are great for allowing the pavers to cure and breathe, while others trap lime and salts on the surface of the pavers because they are not breathable. You should be looking to seal the pavers when they are new, because the whole purpose of sealing is to preserve the “new” look of the pavers on your yard or driveway.
How Often Should Pavers Be Sealed?
Again, this depends on the product, and it is essential to ask an expert. When paving stones are properly sealed, they should be okay for five or six years, at which point you would apply another light coat, which should keep your pavers looking good for another six years.
What Kind of Maintenance Do I Need to Carry Out?
One possible issue is weeds growing between the paver joints, but you can prevent this by filling up the joints with sand and adding a sealant. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep a close eye on your paving surface and kill any weeds that appear. There are various cleaning solutions you can apply to get rid of skid marks, algae, oil, and grime. You may see a whitish haze, known as efflorescence, on the surface of the paving stones, but you can remove this with a special cleaning solution.
Should I Use Interlocking Pavers?
Interlocking pavers are favored because they create a strong, durable surface that can withstand prolonged exposure to inclement weather and heavy loads. It is possible to remove individual pavers if they are damaged, and no mortar is required when installing them. As interlocking pavers are also extremely decorative and versatile, they are well worth considering when looking to install pavers.
Should I Hire a Professional to Install My Pavers?
For the best possible results, it is best to hire a professional to install and seal your pavers. The majority of the work lies in preparing the paving stone floor, and when it comes to sealing, you need a high-quality pressure washing machine. You need to clear the area of dirt and debris, and prepare the base material and sand bedding before laying the pavers down in the desired pattern. Then it is necessary to sweep sand over the paver joints before applying the sealant. As there is skill, expertise, and machinery involved in laying and sealing pavers, it’s best not to DIY.