3 Common Paver Problems and How you Can Solve Them!

All concrete pavers contain sand, gravel, portland cement, and water, but their durability and texture vary depending on how they're made. Concrete pavers are more affordable than stone, more colorful than brick, and more durable than asphalt.  In fact, concrete pavers are a practical yet attractive option anywhere on your property.  Unfortunately, accidents and mother nature can cause concrete pavers to become damaged or broken over time. Here are some common paver issues you may face along with their solutions.

1. My Pavers are Uneven!

 

Uneven pavers are usually the result of not going deep enough during installation. The base needs to be several inches deep AND even. Prior to installing pavers it’s necessary to check to see if the soil below has a higher density of clay. Clay can retain more water then sandier soils,  and more water in the soil means that when the ground freezes it will expand more and therefore push the pavers up. When the ground thaws out again, the pavers aren’t always able to go back to their original position, especially if sand or stone has moved in under them when they were raised out of line. Your soil is essential because it dictates the foundation of your concrete paver.

 

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to solve this issue without starting over.  It may mean taking up the entire project, removing the stone dust and using processed gravel to level the surface correctly. It’s far better not to cut corners to begin with, so if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, we recommend contacting the best professional paver installation company DPG.Design. They are affordable, professional and will take great care in installing pavers that stay even over time.


 

2. My Pavers are Tipping!

 

Sometimes when pavers are being installed the installers do a poor job -  forgetting to install edge restraints, adding insufficient join sand, or poorly compacting the joint concrete sand.  This can all lead to your pavers tipping.

 

Tipped pavers can usually be fixed by removing the edges and reinstalling with quality edge restraints and finishing off with the appropriate joint sand process. After the pavers are completely laid in the patter of choice, the border is in place and the edging has been spiked down - a concrete sand is swept into all of the joints. Next, a vibratory plate compactor should be run over the entire project.  This will fix the problem and ensure it doesn’t come reoccur.

 

3. My Pavers are Stained

 

The white haze you’re seeing is called paver efflorescence and while it may be ruining the appearance of your patio, paver efflorescence is completely natural and is not damaging your pavers in any way.

 

You can remove the efflorescence with an environmentally-safe product like Seal N lock EffloRemover and/or a power wash. If your pavers were sealed initially, they need to be resealed again. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact San Ramon’s top cleaning and sealing paving company Clean & Seal Pro.  Any cleaner(s) used must be neutralized before resealing, or you may create a much bigger problem. Not all cleaning methods are appropriate for brick pavers. Avoid using sandblasters; sandblasting makes the brick look wonderful, but will actually harm the surface of fired bricks causing future water damage.

Are Your Concrete Pavers in Need of Maintenance or Repair?

Clean & Seal Pro provides amazing Residential and Commercial services and specializes in paver sealing and professional power washing to keep your pavers looking exceptional. We’ve helped clients all over the Greater Bay Area bring their pavers to life and we can do that for you too!

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Based in San Ramon, CA we provide expert, professional, and reliable services to make each and every one of our customers satisfied with the high quality of work we strive to achieve. Not sure how to tackle a serious cleaning job on your pavers? Tired of looking at that stained building? Have tough stains that won’t come out? Contact Clean and Seal Pro for our Industrial Power Washing and Sealing services and get a quote today!


 

Sources

  1. DenGarden - Brick Pavers 101: How to keep them clean, seal them properly & more

  2. LinkedIn - Common problems with brick pavers

  3. Texas Home & Garden - 3 Common paver problems

  4. This Old House - All about concrete pavers

  5. Home Advisor - Common loose fill paving problems