How much maintenance your patio needs depends on the paver type used. Brick, concrete and stone pavers are the three main paver types, all of which require a modest level of maintenance in the months and years after installation.
How a paver is affected by colour fading or how easy it is to clean will depend on what it is made of.
While paver maintenance is straightforward enough for the average homeowner, many landscapers and gardeners offer it as a service – especially for the elderly or infirm who find such tasks more challenging.
Because the surfaces of brick pavers are irregular, they are more susceptible to chipping or cracking than other paver types. Replacing a damaged brick is relatively easy. It is a good idea to ensure you have a few spare bricks set aside after installation for easy replacement. Yu can better preserve the appearance of bricks by cleaning them regularly and using sealant.
Like brick pavers, concrete pavers are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace if damaged. Again, it is prudent to keep a number of pavers in a safe place for replacement. Make sure you order a few more than necessary to lay the patio. Stains are rarely visible on concrete pavers thanks to their colour. Pesticides can be used to kill weeds in paver joints – an important task since, as well as look unsightly, larger weeds can grow and dislodge pavers.
Once again, weeds pose one of the biggest threats to stone pavers. Using a good sealant or pesticide should deal with the problem.
Regular cleaning is a key aspect of patio maintenance, best achieved with a high pressure hose. In addition, it is a good idea to seal your patio straight after installation, and repeating the process every two to three years.