by Dwayne Regehr
A patio or driveway built with concrete pavers can be an excellent investment for your home or business. Unlike poured concrete, pavers don't crack and are easily repaired and re-leveled. Paving stone patios are often sold as being "maintenance-free", but there are some things that can be done to keep your new patio looking its best.
Sweep off grass clippings and fallen leaves. It is a common misconception that weeds grow up through the joints between pavers, but actually the weeds settle in from the top. If those weed seeds are removed along with any other organic material, they won't be able to take root.
An advantage of the polymeric sand we use is that light debris can be blown off with a leaf blower and anything really stuck on there can be sprayed with a pressure washer, without risk of losing crucial joint sand.
Older patios can be restored by cleaning out the old sand along with dirt and weeds that have accumulated over the years and replacing it all with polymeric sand. We can easily take care of this for you.
With our clay soils in Winnipeg it is inevitable that patios and driveways will move with the changing of seasons. A concrete paver surface is a flexible system that can move with these changes, but occasionally you will see fine cracks develop in the sand between the pavers.
In most cases the fix is simple – just add more polymeric sand to seal the joint. But it is important to deal with these fine cracks early, before they become larger and before they are contaminated by dirt and weed seeds.
If any cracks appear in the first five years after installation, just give us a call and we will happily take care of it for you.
The dense surface of concrete pavers is resistant to many stains, but over time pavers can start to look dull and worn. Fortunately, for those who want that new look, there are cleaning products that can restore pavers to look almost exactly like new.
Brand new pavers sometimes develop a chalky residue on the surface known as efflorescence. This happens when water-soluble salts in the concrete are drawn to the surface with moisture. The moisture then evaporates and we're left with just the residue. This effect will wear away in a period of weeks or months, depending on the level of traffic, but there are efflorescence removers that can speed up the process.
To protect the surface and maintain that new look, sealants work well. Paver sealants can even enhance the colour of your bricks, or give pavers a wet-looking, beautifully saturated just-rained-on effect.
These finishes will need to be re-applied every two to five years
Earthworks does not provide cleaning and sealing services, but we would be glad to recommend another contractor!
If you have any questions, you know what to do! Give Earthworks a call or text or email.
Very happy with the experience. The thought and care given to the creative side of our sidewalk and patio design was much appreciated and impressive. Dwayne took time to find out our style-then madeRead more … great suggestions on how our cobbles could flow to create the look we wanted. This was very important to me. The job came in on-time, on budget, and is gorgeous. I also very much appreciate the follow up from Earthworks to ensure the flagstone has remained properly seated. I highly recommend Earthworks if you're looking for excellent craftsmanship and not a "kit install" - you will get something unique and creative from from Dwayne and his team.
These guys are fantastic. So professional. We got them in to build us a patio about 8 years ago, and they were so good I would never use anyone else. We had them back this summer to do anotherRead more … walkway job and they were just as good. The quality of the work is perfect.... beautiful. Their work is so good that the company who built our garage asked for their contact info so they could work with Earthworks in the future. They are very quick, efficient, and polite as well. I highly recommend them.
We had many contractors come to give estimates and we chose Earthworks. Dwayne's estimate on when he could do the project was incredible and he charged us what he quoted. We had done some changesRead more … after the initial meeting and within 24 hours we had a revised estimate sent to us for review and he made additional suggestions to us for consideration. He actually was able to start before the estimated date and we couldn't be happier with our new backyard space. I was most impressed when emailing questions that he would answer them very quickly. Not only was the workmanship excellent but the professionalism in returning questions and offering alternative solutions exceeded our expectations!!!!
Dwayne came to our home about a month ago, saw what we wanted done, gave us a quote and indicated it would be around 6 weeks before they could get to it. In about 5 weeks he called to indicate thatRead more … they would begin the next day at 8. They were on time, did a great job, in extreme heat & humidity and the end cost was as quoted. Needless to say I enjoy working with people who are on time, honest and do professional work - Earthworks Landscaping covers off all of these important points for me.