Maintenance of Concrete Pavers: Frequently Asked Questions
Concrete interlocking pavers are durable, long lasting, and low maintenance. In order to preserve the beauty of the pavers, the following maintenance suggestions may be helpful:
A few spare pavers?
It is always a good idea to have a few spare pavers left behind after you have had your paver project completed. One advantage to concrete pavers is that individual units can be lifted and replaced when they are damaged or stained beyond repair.
Resanding the joints
It is not necessary for the sand in the joints to be flush with the top of the paver. Some erosion of joint sand will occur due to rain and traffic. If the sand becomes too low in the joint, the pavers may become loose. Reapplying the fine joint sand can be done by your local installation company. Sealing the pavers with a joint stabilizer will also help reduce joint sand erosion.
Weeds and ants
Treatment of the paver surface, using a weed killer and insect killer, will help control both of these problems. Sealing the paver surface with a sealer designed for concrete pavers and applying polymeric sand will greatly reduce both ants and weeds.
Oil, paint, tar, rubber, and fertilizer stains are the most frequent stains that occur on pavement surfaces. AWBPcarries a complete line of cleaners that are designed to remove these stains. All products have specific cleaning instructions on the containers.
Sealing your pavers
Many people ask if sealing our pavers is necessary. Sealing is a personal choice; it is not required to maintain the structural integrity of your pavers. Sealing will enhance the appearance and color of the pavers, slow color fading, and gives added protection against weed growth and ants. By deeply penetrating the pores, sealing makes pavers easier to clean and aids in stain removal.