Keep pavers look­ing good

Pilbara News - - Property - Dianne Gil­le­land Dianne Gil­le­land is Mas­ter Builders Mid­west/Northwest re­gional man­ager.

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.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages/iS­tock­photo

Pro­fes­sion­als can pro­vide bet­ter-look­ing and longer-last­ing pac­ing.

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