Keep pavers looking good
Q My paving bricks (laid personally a year ago) now look very unsightly and have lots of gaps where the sand has eroded. How can I keep them looking good?
A Usually sweeping and hosing will keep them looking good, but high-pressure cleaning might be needed where there is excessive garden grime or where moss may have grown.
This can be slippery and needs to be removed.
If you do use high-pressure cleaning, make sure you sweep the jointing sand back in.
You will need to maintain the sand joints, preferably using whitewashed sand. Also be careful not to dump garden mulch on paved areas.
To prevent the growth of fungi, use a copper sulphate and water solution.
The copper sulphate will remain in the pavers and inhibit growth of the fungi.
It also pays to have paving work done professionally. There is always a temptation to try to do it yourself with something like paving, which looks simple.
However, as with most things, unless you have experience, this can be more expensive.
Site preparation is critical to help prevent future subsidence as is the patterning of the bricks.
You will need to determine what pavers are most suitable for your circumstances.
For example, standard pavers may be unsuited for driveways where heavy vehicles are parked.
Also be careful where you pave — tree roots can be a problem causing bricks to rise.
Professionals can provide better-looking and longer-lasting pacing.