Paver and Concrete Repair Guide



A Guide to Repairing Loose Pavers

Loose pavers are not only unattractive, but they can also cause injury to those walking over them. Someone may trip over a loose paver and cause injury to them.
Replacing a loose paver

So to avoid a situation like this one, here is a quick guide to repairing loose pavers.

Tools Needed for Paver Repairs

 

  • Wooden float
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Bolster
  • Steel float
  • Sand

Method

    1. Mark each side of the loose pavers with a marker before removing this is to ensure correct replacement.
    2. Remove the paver and clean all debris from the area.
    3. Place a layer of sand down, using a wooden float, push into all corners. Then tread on sand to really compact it
    4. Check the level of the sand base with a spirit level
    5. Match up the chalk markings and replace the new paver
    6. By using a screwdriver, make sure there is an even gap between pavers
    7. Pour sand on top of pavers, so gaps are filled evenly
    8. Using the mallet, tap the pavers in, and then sweep the excess sand away
Paver Maintenance

Concrete Paver Repairs

It is time to repair your concrete pavers when you notice the following: chipped concrete, deteriorated concrete, corroding reinforcement steel, patch ups and potholes and cracks.

Repairing concrete damage is more cost efficient than having to dig out and replace the concrete. This can be quite expensive if you have a large concrete area. So, having a go at repairs might a worthwhile option.

Repairing Concrete Cracks

There are products available, which enable easy do-it-yourself crack repairs. You need to determine how thick your crack is, to determine what kind of repair product it needs.

If your crack is less than a 1/4-inch thick, than you can use a concrete sealant, which is latex based. Cracks this small are easy to cover up.

However, if your crack is thicker than ¼ inch, you will need to use a concrete patch, which is also latex-based.

Repairing Cracks In Poured Concrete

Here is a quick guide to repairing concrete cracks:

Materials Needed

  • Concrete patching kit
  • Chisel
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Damp sponge
  • Water spray gun
  • Margin trowel
  • Water-Based Sealer

Method

In order for the patching material to adhere best, it is important to chisel out the crack a little, making it wider.

  1. In order for the patching material to adhere best, it is important to chisel out the crack a little, making it wider.
  2. Then the area must be cleared of all debris and then vacuumed.
  3. Now mix up the patching material till it has a plastic consistency
  4. Dampen the surface with water, before applying the patching material.
  5. Apply the patching material with a margin trowel, and make sure it is smoothed out.
  6. Clean out the edges of the cracks with a damp sponge, once it is semi-dry.
  7. Leave untouched for approximately 24 hours.
  8. For best results use a water-based sealer over the area.
Cracked Concrete