Tips for Maintaining a Paved Glen Cove, NY Driveway
Paving your driveway is a great way to add sophistication and personality to your landscape, setting your house apart from those with generic asphalt and gravel driveways. However, regular vehicular traffic, harsh weather, dirt and weeds can damage poor quality driveway pavers over time and remove some of their inherent curb appeal. In conjunction with investing in Unilock’s guaranteed quality products, here are some of the ways you can ensure that your driveway remains looking brand new all year round.
A solid foundation
Unilock’s concrete pavers won’t crack and when installed over a well-compacted bed of aggregate subbase, will rarely settle or shift. Paying attention to the quality of your subbase is a once-off maintenance requirement that will have a strengthening effect on your driveway for a very long time. While the subbase prevents settlement, joints between the pavers accommodate natural expansion so that freeze-thaw cycles don’t create cracks in the surface. Settled pavers can be reset by removing them and recompacting the base – a simple process that can also be conducted in the event of utility repairs.
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The routine maintenance required for paved driveways involves sweeping and, occasionally, washing away dirt and leaves. A pressure washer can be used to eradicate heavy oil and grease stains, provided an appropriate cleaning solution is used. Mold stains can often be removed using diluted bleach, while oil may require liquid degreaser. To avoid fading and discoloring, opt for detergents that are non-acidic. A wire brush and mild detergent can also be used to remove stains, provided the brush has been tested on a small, hidden area to identify any damage it might cause to the pavers. Detergent should be rinsed away completely, but avoid spraying water directly into the joints between pavers, as it can disrupt the sand. In most cases, a simple high-pressure clean or wash down with a garden hose will suffice.
Keeping your driveway free from leaves in the fall reduces any temporary staining that might occur as the tannin in the leaves leaches out, ensuring that your driveway remains looking clean, spacious and inviting. As an added safety precaution, sweeping can also reduce your risk of slipping on wet leaves. Snow can be ploughed or shoveled off a paved driveway without dislodging the individual pavers because of their typically bevelled edges. Sand, salt, grit and other de-icing options are also compatible with our hardy surface treatments.
Sand and sealer
The sand between pavers helps to hold them in place and prevents the growth of weeds between the gaps. This may need to be replenished every two to three years, depending on the degree to which it has eroded. Polymeric sand can prevent erosion and, if used at the time of installation, removes the need for joint sand replenishment. If weeds have developed in the gaps between pavers, they should be removed immediately. The joint lines should then be cleared of dirt and loose stones before being filled with a suitable jointing material. Sealer can be added to the jointing compound for added protection if desired.