Interlocking pavers are a popular material for a wide variety of surfaces. From driveways to sidewalks, to patios and front entrances, interlocking patios are prized for their versatility, good looks and durability. So, what is the lifespan of interlocking pavers? Well-maintained interlocking pavers can last 50 years or more. In this post, we’ll provide some tips on how to get the most out of your surfaces composed of interlocking pavers.
Ensure Proper Installation
The best way to increase the lifespan of interlocking paver surfaces is to ensure that they’re properly installed in the first place. This means excavating to the correct depth, ensuring proper grading, properly compacting the soil, adding the correct amount of roadbase, using bedding sand (rather than any old sand) and installing a fortified border. Each of these steps will add to the stability and longevity of your interlocking paver surface.
Apply A Sealant
Some people believe that paver sealants are just a money grab for rogue traders, but the fact is that regularly applying a sealant to your paver surfaces will prolong their lifespan. Sealants stabilize the joints, prevent weed growth and protect the pavers from the elements. On top of that, it makes the pavers far easier to clean. It’s recommended that interlocking pavers are resealed every three to five years.
Plant growth can quickly disrupt even the best interlocking paver installation job. Make sure to stay on top of any weed growth and get rid of it regularly. Whether you use a weed killer or simply pull them out as they appear is up to your personal preference, but regular weeding will reduce the chances of your interlocking pavers shifting and breaking down.
Be Careful With Your Winter Care
Winter time is the harshest on outdoor surfaces, but there are things you can do to minimize your own damage to those surfaces and increase the lifespan of interlocking pavers. It’s best not to use a metal snow shovel when removing snow. If possible, opt for a plastic shovel. Salt and other chemical de-icers can also cause both the sealant and the pavers to break down, so it’s best to avoid their use if at all possible.