Maintenance Procedures
After Installing Pavers



About Paver Installations

Maintaining pavers after installationPavers are a very popular choice to give character and add style around your home. The benefits are that they are durable, weather resistant, and available in many materials, colors, shapes, sizes and textures.

Pavers are low in maintenance, but it is very important to upkeep the suggested requirements for a longer lasting result.

They are most commonly used in areas such as, driveways, sidewalks, patio's, and pool areas. With the endless colors, shapes and patterns that are available nowadays, you can be creative and also add value to your home.

General Maintenance Procedures

Loose PaversUnsealed pavers tend to shift over time. So in some cases it may be best to use a sealant straight after installation.

Loose pavers can be quite annoying, but they can easily be replaced. This is usually caused by the movement under the ground and the sand type used.

Weeds, fungi, and moss can also be a problem. There are many solutions like pesticides available to help with the maintenance. Or you can simply remove the growing weeds by hand.

Paver EfflorescenceEfflorescence is easily removed with specific cleaners available for concrete pavers. It is advisable that care is taken when deciding on what product to use, simply because some cleaners contain acids. Acids found in efflorescence cleaners may damage all types of pavers.

Removing Oil and Grease Stains

Paved driveways can often be stained from oil, grease, tire marks, and petrol from your vehicle. For best results, the stained area should be treated as soon as possible, as the longer the stains are not treated the harder it is to remove these tough stains.

Here is a simple guide on how to do it yourself:

1. Wipe off excess stains.

2. Poor liquid detergent diluted with water over the stained area and allow the detergent to soak in the stained area for approximately 5 minutes, or longer for those stubborn stains.

3. Scrub the stains. This will help removing the oil, and grease.

4. Thoroughly rinse pavers with warm water.

5. When stains are too stubborn to remove, there are many special cleaners available.

6. If all else fails replacing the paver may be your best option.

Snow and Ice Removal

Snow plow removing snow from paversPavers are slip resistant and are also made freeze thaw resistant. It is best to remove snow as soon as possible to help with the maintenance, because once the snow and ice melts it turns into water. Water most of the time will stain all types of pavers and this type of stain cannot be removed. Replacing all stained pavers is probably the only option.

The removal of snow is quite simple. All you need is a shovel, or a snow plow. Keep in mind that using a snow plow may cause scratches and groves on the paved area, so it is advised to use special blades.

Color Maintenance

Color fading on paversTo maintain the color of pavers it is highly recommended to use a sealer after installation. Sealers prevent the color from fading and will maintain that "new look" and brightness of color that you enjoy so much when they are first installed. Regular cleaning will also help to preserve the rich color of your new pavers!