How To Maintain Driveway Pavers
Pavers offer a degree of aesthetic customization that other types of residential paving materials simply cannot match, since pavers can come in a range of different colors and sizes. However, the nature of individual pavers put together to form a single uniform paved surface means that there are some necessary maintenance tasks that you have to complete to ensure that your paver driveway stays looking as good as possible for as long as possible.
The most important thing that you can do to make sure that your paver driveway does not become damaged over time is to actively remove weeds as they appear in your driveway. Even small growths that emerge between your pavers need to be removed, roots and all. Any sort of growth in the soil underneath your pavers can cause the level of the soil to become uneven, which can cause buckling and ruin the surface of your driveway by extension.
Maintain the Edges
In a very similar train of thought to the above point, you need to make sure that you maintain the edges of your driveway where it meets the lawn. Keeping the grass and other plants trimmed back in this area can ensure that their roots are not able to make their way underneath your driveway where they can disrupt the levelness of its surface.
Though it largely depends on what type of natural stone your pavers are made out of, it's always a good idea to apply a sealant over the surface of your paver driveway every few years or so – depending on the weather conditions that it is exposed to and how much use it sees throughout the year. This will protect your pavers from weathering, but more importantly, will also act as a protective barrier against vehicle fluid spills, particularly oil and grease, which can cause staining and mar the surface of your driveway.
Install New Pavers
Finally, you should also make an effort to replace broken pavers straight away. Pavers provide structural support for the pavers around them, and any sort of cracking or damage can cause the other pavers to begin to shift – making them more likely to break and spreading the damage outwards in a sort of ripple effect. Fortunately, replacing pavers with new ones is relatively simple. You can hire a driveway repair service, or you can just lift the old ones out and lay in replacements, making sure to flatten the soil underneath so that it is completely level first.