Brick pavers can increase the curb appeal of any property. They can also provide some extra outdoor living space where you can spend time with friends and family on a nice summer day. To keep your pavers looking good and structurally sound some maintenance is required. As rain, wind, and other types of weather begin to take its toll on paver surfaces, it’s important to maintain the surface to increase its longevity and beauty.Once of the biggest results of weathering on pavers is the erosion of the joint sand. This is the sand that acts like mortar in between the bricks. It is placed between all the pavers to help lock them in and keep weeds and moss from penetrating the surface between the pavers. As wind and rain plague the surface this joint sand can wash out and compromise the pavers. Without joint sand water can penetrate the surface and collect under the pavers. This creates a wet moist area between the pavers where weeds will begin to grow. In colder climates, freeze and thaw cycles can begin to heave and move the pavers out of place creating an uneven surface.
To protect joint sand from washing out between pavers it needs to be sealed. Once the pavers are cleaned and new joint sand is installed the entire surface can be sealed. This can enhance the beauty of the pavers and help to lock out moisture. The sealer will also solidify the joint sand so it will not wash away or erode as easily. The sealer helps to lock in the pavers and joint sand to create a weatherproof surface that will last for many years.
It is necessary to wash the pavers every few years as the sealer begins to wear off. Once cleaned, new joint sand can be installed and the surface can be resealed once again. This is important for the longevity and appearance of the paver design. Keeping the joint sand from washing out between the pavers is the key to preventative maintenance and will ensure a long lasting surface.