A properly installed paver patio should last ten years without the need for any major repairs. That’s the main reason why paver patios are so popular, their longevity over concrete and wood and their relative lack of maintenance even over these very long timespans. You typically need to seal your pavers every few years, while you may need to clean, stain and seal your wood deck every year. Plus, paver patios will still be standing well after the concrete has cracked, maybe even twenty years later.
Of course, if you want to get the longest lifespan out of your paver patio, there are things that you should pay attention to when you’re getting your patio installed or later on during maintenance. We’ll explore those below.
Paver Quality and Minor Repairs
Your paver quality matters quite a lot when you’re installing a patio that you want to last ten years or more. Paver stones are mixes of a natural stone aggregate and binding materials, as well as color. There are many manufacturers and many different paver products, which use different aggregates in different amounts, and have final products of differing quality. Mostly, you want to avoid the worst pavers that won’t hold up over the years. Here are some signs you’re looking at a low-quality paver:
- Thinness: Pavers that are too thin will wear down over the years and last a shorter time.
- Visible aggregate: Pavers that were poorly mixed or made from material that wasn’t ground down well enough may have visible aggregate in the stone.
- Face color: Pavers that only have color on their face will wear down over the years and lose color. Choose a stone with integral color.
- Unusual sizing: If you’re noticing that some of the pavers in a batch aren’t quite the same size or shape as the others, you may be looking at a bad batch.
What is Quality Installation?
Once you have a quality paver, it’s time to focus on a quality installation. Unfortunately, there are many people and companies who install paver patios who do not pay as much attention to the installation process as they should. As a result, their whole patio will not stand the test of time and may not even last a few years. We provide quality installation; here are the basics of what it looks like:
- Planning: The most important step is planning and considering what your patio needs. Additional drainage, different bedding materials, or other unusual needs should all be accounted for.
- Site excavation: Removal of the grass, other plants, and a layer of dirt from the patio site.
- Base: We tamp down the ground to provide a proper base.
- Bedding material: We add the correct amount and type of bedding materials for your specific project. We tamp down the material. We also add edge restraint.
- Pavers: Now, we add the pavers in the pattern you’ve chosen. We add joint sand between them. Pavers and the joint sand need to be tamped down.
- Sealing: Sealing should not necessarily be done right away, or it could cause coloration issues. We’ll let you know when sealing should be performed.
With the right installation for your specific site, quality pavers should last more than ten years.