Common Problems with Brick Paver Patios
Just like with any building material, you will eventually notice that your brick or stone paver patio just doesn’t look quite right. Over time, your pavers may settle, heave or start to look old and faded. This doesn’t mean your paver patio needs replacement, it may just need a little extra attention. However, if you are noticing problems with your paver patio and it’s only a few years old, you may need to consider replacing or upgrading your brick or paver patio.
How Do You Spot a Problem?
Properly installed brick or stone patios will last for many years without noticeable changes. Of course, there is some maintenance that we recommend to help with this longevity. However, if you’ve recently installed a brick or paver patio and you notice any of these common problems, you are going to need to have a substantial overhaul of your paver patio surface.
- Heaving and Settling – Over time, this is a common problem. However, we see this happen frequently in paver patios that have been installed by the homeowner or by a less than a qualified contractor. Your paver surface, when installed correctly and with the correct base materials, should stay flat for a long time. When the wrong materials are used or the pavers are not installed correctly, water and ice can get between the pavers and cause base materials to shift. This causes your bricks to sink or heave and leaves your paver patio bumpy and uneven.
- Weeds – Eventually weeds will start to grow between your pavers. This is typical of most paver patios and sidewalks. However, if you’ve just installed your paver patio, and you are noticing weeds in the cracks, you may not have done a good job of sealing your paver surface or you did not install a weed barrier in the base of your paver patio. Many homeowners don’t want to use a lot of chemicals in their yard, so if you are starting to see weeds in between your pavers, and you’ve only just installed your paver surface, it may be time to call a professional and have your paver patio installed correctly.
- Pooling Water – Getting water to move off of your paver surface is really important to the longevity of your paver surface. If you are noticing water that doesn’t drain or pools in one spot of your paver surface, you likely have a problem. If you have lots of places where water is pooling on your paver surface, you probably need to redo your paver patio.
Fixing the Problem
How do you fix a problem once you’ve found one? Some homeowners feel like they can do the work themselves, however, this usually leads to more, bigger problems. To correct problems with your new paver patio, or to avoid them all together, hire a qualified contractor to do the work. Many landscaping firms claim to be qualified to do paver patio installation work, this is not the case. The other way to avoid having problems with your paver patio surface is to avoid the DIY project. Many homeowners think that any home project can be done with just a few YouTube videos in their pocket. Paver installation is not one of those projects. To do this work right, most installers have spent years learning and training. DIY projects seem like a great way to make home upgrades without spending a ton of money, however, in the case of paver patios, repairing your DIY project may be costlier than just hiring a qualified contractor in the first place.
It’s never good news when you realize that your home project wasn’t done right. So, if your new paver patio is already in need of repairs or even a complete replacement, it’s important that you hire the right contractor for the job. Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape is ready to help you with all of your brick and stone paver needs. Whether you are installing a new paver hardscape, or need help repairing a poorly installed patio or driveway, we have the experts to do the job right. Call us today at (586) 739-6646 or (248) 560-3600 to schedule an estimate for your new paver patio or driveway.