There is no other element of your home’s landscape that can match the combined beauty and functionality of interlocking pavers. But the vaunted beauty and longevity of interlocking is at least partially contingent on things being properly maintained. We’re not talking about the same level of intense maintenance a concrete pool will require, but there are a few steps you’ll want to take to help keep your interlocking driveway or walkways looking great year after year.
Follow These Maintenance Tips From Our Interlocking Contractors
Interlocking pavers are not what you would call high-maintenance but certain steps will need to be taken from time to time to keep problems at bay. Neglecting to practice good maintenance can lead to a number of issues including:
- Pavers that become uneven and begin to tip and dip.
- A base that becomes undermined and blocks that become unstable.
- Pavers that become susceptible to mold and stains.
- Depressions appearing in the surface.
Some of these issues will require the services of properly trained interlocking contractors. However if you perform a bit of maintenance now and then you should be fine. That maintenance is primarily composed of the following steps:
- Don’t wait to perform repairs – If your interlocking system has somehow sustained damage don’t wait to have it repaired. This is perhaps the biggest mistake homeowners make when it comes to interlocking. They assume that such a solid looking surface can wait to be repaired. What they don’t understand is that when the base is exposed to runoff it will quickly start to erode and this will have cascading effect that can undermine the entire system.
- Re-sand the pavers occasionally – Interlocking contractors agree you should re-sand your pavers if you’ve recently powerwashed the driveway or walkways or if you plan to reseal the pavers soon. The primary reason for re-sanding the space between the blocks is to ensure their stability and prevent weed growth. Polymeric sand has replaced common sand for this purpose as it hardens after being moistened and will resist washing out.
- Reseal – Again there are no rules etched in stone somewhere stating exactly how often you should have the pavers resealed. And let’s be clear; whether you choose to reseal or not it won’t affect the longevity of the interlocking system. What it will do is protect your beautiful Toronto driveway, walkways or patio from acid rain, road salt and stains.
- Speaking of stains – Should oil or some other substance leak onto the pavers there’s typically no need to call interlocking contractors to handle it. Instead get a mild detergent and a wire brush and try gently scrubbing the stain for a few minutes. In all likelihood a few go-arounds of this sort should take care of the stain without damaging the pavers.
- Keep the pavers clean – It pays to have someone sweep down the driveway or pathways from time to time just to remove dirt and small debris that might get lodged between the pavers. As an added step you can wash them down with a hose but make sure it’s not a high powered hose, and try not to spray water directly into the space between the individual pavers.
M.E. Contracting is dedicated to providing you the finest interlocking pavement system you can buy. Our designers work with you to create a unique visual statement and our expert craftsmen go the extra mile to make sure your interlocking pavement is laid down to last. Lots of interlocking contractors in Toronto say they’re the best, but only M.E. Contracting has the diverse portfolio and scores of satisfied customers to prove we actually are.