Concrete Paver Repairs
Some things that may need repairing, when it comes to concrete pavers are; 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.
Common Paver Repair Services
The advantage of using pavers for roof decks, pooldecks, driveways, patios and walkways, is that they are easy to remove if damaged and easily replaced.If you find that your pavers have been cracked or have loosened, it is possible for them to be replaced with new pavers. They can be fitted and cut to the correct size and width, so that the repairs are not noticeable.
Maintenance and repair go hand in hand. It is important to maintain your pavers, for it can make repairing much easier, and even sometimes help prevent it.
Here is a paver maintenance checklist:
- Inspect your paved areas on a regular basis, particularly after harsh weather like rain or snow.
- Regularly sweep or pressure clean your paved surfaces, so as to remove materials and debris.
- If cracks or potholes appear, fill or replace your pavers immediately, to avoid further damage
- Sealing and resealing your pavers on a regular basis can also protect them from stain damage and the effects of high traffic usage
By maintaining your paved areas, you are pro-longing the life span and overall appearance of them. It can also help protect your pavers from needing too many repairs.
Sealing your Pavers
Sealing and re-sealing your pavers is the most important and effective maintenance procedure. The coating of sealer will enhance the brightness of the color of your pavers, and it will enable the pavers to maintain that brightness over a long period of time.
The sealer will also enhance the strength and durability of your pavers, for the protective coating prevents cracks, chipping and loosening of your pavers. It gives the pavers a harder surface with a higher level of density. This is particularly important if the pavers are installed in a high traffic area.Sealer also enables you to clean off stains and marking with greater ease, for the sealer coating prevents substances from being absorbed and penetrated into the pavers.
Overall, sealing has so many benefits, which is why it is a recommended maintenance procedure.
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. So to avoid a situation like this one, here is a quick guide to repairing loose pavers.
Tools For Making Repairs
- Wooden float
- Spirit level
- Rubber mallet
- Steel float
- Mark each side of the loose pavers with a marker before removed, this is to ensure correct replacement
- Remove the paver and clean all debris from the area
- Place a layer of sand down, using a wooden float, push into all corners. Then tread on sand to really compact it
- Check the level of the sand base with a spirit level
- Match up the chalk markings and replace the new paver
- By using a screwdriver, make sure there is an even gap between pavers
- Pour sand on top of pavers, so gaps are filled evenly
- Using the mallet, tap the pavers in, then sweep the excess sand away