How to main­tain your con­crete paver drive­way

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

An in­ter­lock drive­way or walk­way can add dis­tinct curb appeal and el­e­gance to an oth­er­wise dull out­side of your home. This is typ­i­cally the first el­e­ment that any­one sees when vis­it­ing or pass­ing by your house; there­fore, it’s im­por­tant to main­tain and keep it in top con­di­tion.

If there is a valid ar­gu­ment against se­lect­ing prop­erly in­stalled in­ter­lock­ing con­crete pavers, it is that the joint­ing sand used to sta­bi­lize the pavers cre­ates on­go­ing and frus­trat­ing main­te­nance is­sues. It erodes with the on­set of wind and rain. It is fer­tile ground for air­borne weed seeds and an invit­ing home for nearby ant colonies.

This is es­pe­cially true with the pop­u­lar high-end, tum­bled pavers with ir­reg­u­lar edges and rounded cor­ners.

Larger spa­ces be­tween pavers mean a greater chance that sand will wash away. How­ever, there are sev­eral sim­ple so­lu­tions that main­tain your in­ter­lock pavers and al­low hard­scape pro­jects to with­stand the test of time.

In­vented by Tech­niseal poly­meric joint­ing sand is a high-tech mix of graded sand and binder. Ac­ti­vated by wa­ter at in­stal­la­tion, the poly­mer mol­e­cules form a strong yet flex­i­ble bond with the sand. Poly­meric sand pre­vents ero­sion caused by sweep­ing, wind, rain, and even pres­sure wash­ing. It also in­hibits weed growth and re­sists in­sect in­fes­ta­tion; leav­ing pavers clean at all times.

Rep­re­sent­ing, on av­er­age, less than four per­cent of the over­all cost of a paver in­stal­la­tion, poly­meric joint­ing sand is an ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion when it comes to ero­sion con­trol, weed in­hi­bi­tion, in­sect re­sis­tance and over­all sur­face re­sponse to move­ment.

For home­own­ers look­ing to do their own DIY main­te­nance up­dates, in­stal­la­tion is easy. Just sweep the poly­meric sand into the empty joints like reg­u­lar sand, com­pact it and wet it. This re­sults in years of en­joy­ment of your new or ex­ist­ing pavers with­out the has­sle of spray­ing weeds, re-sweep­ing sand or clean­ing it up where you wish it wasn’t.

Ef­fec­tive main­te­nance also means no crack­ing or heav­ing in the spring. Avail­able in both tan and grey, poly­meric sand can even en­hance the aes­thetic appeal of your paver pro­jects.

With a qual­ity poly­meric sand, you can ex­pect zero main­te­nance on your pavers as well as peace­ful and re­lax­ing sum­mer days for sev­eral years. More in­for­ma­tion on paver joint main­te­nance is avail­able at tech­­

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