If you have recently invested in a new block paving driveway or you are thinking of renovating your current driveway, you may be interested in finding out how you can go about cleaning and maintaining it.
In this article we will talk about the best ways to look after your block paving at home, whether this be a driveway, walkway or patio.
Looking After Block Paving
Block paving is a durable driveway option that can last a long time when well looked after. Here we look at the main elements you will need to address to ensure your block paving driveways looks as good as new again:
Over time however, the effects of algae, oil stains or moss can cause your block paving to look untidy. When this happens, you need to know the best ways to restore your driveway and ensure it looks as good as it once did when it was new.
Block paving can be easily cleaned and fresh coats of sealant can be applied to the surface to prevent further staining of the brickwork. This alone can help your driveway to look new again.
If your block paving is old, the sand between the bricks may have worn away. Pressure washers are one of the common causes for this, however the natural elements will gradually cause the sand to break down also. When gaps appear in between the lines, it’s easy to fix this problem.
reinstating sand in between the joins doesn’t take much time and is relatively easy. All you need is some kiln dried sand and a soft bristle brush to sweep the sand between the gaps. It’s worth doing some research to find the best block paving driveway products available to suit your needs.
Any weeds that are growing between the gaps will need to be removed. You will need to prise these out using your hands or with a sharp edged tool, but be careful not to scratch the bricks as this can detract from the overall appearance you are trying to achieve.
Once the weeds have been removed, a fungicidal wash should be used to help prevent the weeds from growing back. A range of slip resistant products can also be purchased to help protect your surface from the outdoor elements. This type of treatment will also help ensure your bricks don’t become slippery when they are wet. A driveway sealant is a solid option if you want to ensure your driveway looks fresher for longer. A decent sealant will make the bricks much easier to clean in the event of oil leaks.
If your driveway hasn’t had any cleaning or maintenance for a long time then it might be in quite a state. To make life easier you should consider treating it every 2 years or so to ensure it looks good and last for much longer.
If you are still unsure about the best methods for treating block paving, please take the time to contact Central Paving and we can discuss your options with you.
Find out more about the different block paving options available by getting in touch today.