How to Protect and Maintain Your Pavers

If you’ve invested in new pavers, you’ll be wanting to ensure they keep looking their best for years to come. Pavers are suitable for a variety of outdoor designs and projects and are popular as they are durable, versatile and cost-effective. You can make your outdoor design vision come to life with pavers, which are available in various shapes, colours, designs and finishes - allowing you to create any look or atmosphere that you’re after.

Pavers are generally low-maintenance but they require a little care to keep them looking their best. Putting effort into looking after your pavers is worth it as not only will you have the pleasure of enjoying them year on year, it can also be beneficial if you choose to sell your property in the future. Looking after your pavers with proper maintenance is a worthwhile investment. Read on to find out how!

Make sure your pavers are laid properly

The first step to making sure your pavers keep looking great is that they are laid properly from the beginning. This is key to making them last for years to come, as if they are laid incorrectly they can shift, sink and crack. It’s worth investing in good quality pavers and having them laid by a professional.

Seal your pavers

One of the most common questions that are asked when it comes to installing and maintaining pavers is if they should be sealed or not. They don’t all need to be sealed, but it’s recommended that they are sealed as it will help them look better for longer. Most paving professionals do recommend they are sealed to help protect your investment.

The benefits of sealing

There are many benefits of sealing your pavers - it helps to make your cleaning easier, protects your pavers long term from the elements, prevents staining and marking, and reduces overgrowing of weeds and plants. Stains on your pavers can be tough to remove but they are easy to prevent by sealing. The two main types are penetrating sealers and wet look sealers. Chat to a paving professional and find out what type of sealer is best for your pavers.

Maintenance tips

● Sweep pavers regularly with a stiff bristle broom

● Rise over pavers with water, this will remove the majority of dirt after a thorough sweeping

● If you have stains use soapy water which can help wash them away

● Re-apply a sealer every year or so

● If any pavers are really damaged or cracked it’s worth replacing the individual ones

● For stubborn stains use a stain remover

Want to find out more about how to maintain your pavers? Talk to Slatecrete, the NZ-wide paver manufacturer and supplier.

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