Stone paver driveways are an alternative type of driveway that provide homeowners with the ability to make custom patterns and designs on their driveway. Besides their aesthetic appeal, they are also highly durable. However, like all outdoor installations, paver driveways can become worn down over time. In order to ensure that your paver driveway continues looking as good as new for years to come, your driveway needs to be properly maintained.
General cleaning of a stone paver driveway is much the same as any surface: pressure washing and scrubbing with warm water and soap will remove dirt and organic matter. However, stone pavers can become stained from car grease, oil, and various other automotive fluids. In order to remove these, commercial degreasers should be used. These can be found at most hardware stores, and are applied directly to the stain to restore the paver's aesthetic.
Due to winds, rain, and weather exposure (as well as general cleaning, especially pressure washing), the sand located in the seams between the pavers in your driveway can be removed. This can cause your pavers to shift and buckle, creating an uneven surface that can put more pressure on individual pavers. This increases the risk of cracking and ruins the appearance of your driveway. In order to fix this, you should refill the sand at least once a year. Simply purchase a sandbag (which can be found at most hardware stores) and pour it onto the surface of your driveway. Then, use a broom to push the sand into the seams. It doesn't have to fill the seams up all the way, though some people like that aesthetic: simply filling the cracks halfway up with sand will ensure that the pavers are stable and won't shift.
Just like asphalt driveways, stone pavers need to be sealed every few years to help protect their surface from weather exposure and temperature fluctuations, as well as making it harder for stains to set into the stone itself. Stone sealants can be found at most hardware stores, and can be applied using a paint roller (and a paint brush for the edges and corners). Two coats are recommended to ensure you're your driveway is properly protected. However, it is recommended that you contact a contractor (such as one from Premier Lawn and Landscape Design) to professionally seal your paver driveway, as improper sealing can lead to uneven wear on your pavers and ruin the aesthetic of your entire driveway.
The landscaping in your yard can do much more than make everything look pretty. Do you have areas of your property that remain soggy long after the rains have passed? Are there areas that get washed out during storms? Are there some places that simply aren't usable when you want to use them? Our blog will provide you with several ideas for using landscape design to make areas of your property that aren't currently usable into areas that are enjoyable, beautiful and maybe even increase the value of your property. We hope that you find the solution to whatever problems you are having right here.