There’s no question that an interlocking paver patio is a classy alternative to the more traditional concrete driveway. While installing this type of patio can be somewhat time-consuming, the effort is well-worth it in the end.
While installing the paver patio properly to begin with will pay off, there are some tips and tricks you can use to maintain the surface once it is in place, as well.
Purchase a Few Extra Pavers
When you are designing your patio, you are likely going to know exactly how many pavers you are going to need to complete the project. While it may seem frugal to only purchase exactly what you need, this isn’t always the best course of action. Instead, you should purchase a few extra pavers. If you do this, if one of the ones you put in place ever becomes cracked or chipped, you will be able to replace it with one that is exactly the same. If you fail to do this, then you may have to use a mismatched paver to make the needed repairs.
During paver stone patio installation, you need to make sure things remain neat and clean, which is possible by using bumpers. This will make it look nice, and help you easily get a weed trimmer around your new patio. This can also help to combat the encroachment of grass. As time passes, you will find the bumpers make it much easier to maintain.
Use Polymeric Sand Between the Grout
Between your grout, make sure to apply a single layer of polymeric sand and cover all your pavers. This is actually a concrete and sand mixture that has integrated polymer materials. Once you have wet it with a hose, the material will become hard and it can help prevent the growth of weeds.
Use an Acid Wash
If there is any grout film left behind, you can use an acid wash to help remove it from your pavers. Additionally, an acid wash can help to remove and discoloration present on the stone that is the result of moisture.
Seal the Grout
When you have finished filling in between the cracks, and after you have applied the acid wash, make sure to seal your grout. A sealant makes it harder for mildew and mold to form over the grout. It can also help to prevent it from crumbling.
Remember while you need to ensure your interlocking paver patio is installed properly initially, you also need to continue caring for it as time passes. Always sweep away leaves and debris and wash it from time to time.
If you need help with your interlocking paver patio, be sure to reach out to the professionals. They can help ensure you get the patio space you want and that the results exceed your expectations. You will love how these patios look, as well as how easy they are to care for now and in the future.
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