Driveway Pavers Maintenance
DRIVEWAY PAVER MAINTENANCE
The effects of water damage can shorten the life span of driveway pavers because water penetration causes cracking, chipping and change the alkaline properties. If there is no protective coating, acid rain can eat away at the surface structure.
Excessive water penetration can go all the way through the driveway base to weaken its structural support. Driveway pavers need to be sealed with a protective coating at least every second year to prevent water and frost penetration. Another advantage of sealing your drive is that when it's time to clean the drive's surface, it will be easier to do so.
Sealing will also maintain the aesthetic appeal of your driveway. The coating allows your color to retain its brightness, without fading over time. The overall appearance is benefited by applying a coating of sealer every two to three years. This will enable your driveway to maintain the same look it had the day it was completed, and because it is a focal point of your property, this will add value and appeal to your home.
Cost of Driveway Paver & Labor
The two main components for calculating a paver driveway are:
- The type of paver material chosen
- The man-hours or labor required constructing the driveway
This is a basic price guide for determining the cost of pavers. The cost is wide ranging simply because there is such a wide range of products to choose from. The cheapest pavers are concrete pavers; next you have brick which cost more than concrete. The most expensive are the natural stone pavers.
Installing a driveway pavement is a simple yet labor intensive exercise. The cost of laying pavers is about twice as much as laying a regular concrete slab drive because a paver drive involves double the handling, cutting and greater accuracy but is well worth the effort and expense due to the landscaped appearance of the finished product.