Pavers have been used for centuries due to their flexibility and strength. Three main pavers to choose from are brick, stone, and concrete. Over time, however, they succumb to the aging effects of weather, dirt, weeds, stains, and shifting.

Keep pavers from looking dull and faded by cleaning, weeding, re-jointing, and sealing. Sweep and gently hose pavers using care to avoid joints. Scrub stains with a wire brush using a mild masonry detergent. Heavy stains may need power washing. Pour equal amounts of boiling water and vinegar between bricks for weed control. Rejointing with polymeric sand will help keep pavers from shifting. Polymeric sand hardens when moist and also prevents weeds. Brush sand into joints on a 45° angle then lightly mist bricks. Pavers should be sealed once every three years and no more than a couple of times over their lifetime, any more than that will result in a film and discoloration. Choose a wet look or dry look sealer designed specifically for pavers. Don’t forget to cover delicate plants with plastic when treating pavers.

Regular maintenance will prevent the need for replacing pavers for many years. A little tender loving care will enhance the look and structure of pavers.