Many people choose to build their backyard patios with brick pavers instead of concrete because of the aesthetic appeal they provide. A brick patio can instantly make any backyard more attractive, but they must be properly maintained. Use these four tips to keep your brick pavers looking new for years to come.
Nothing can spoil the appearance of your patio faster than unappealing weeds sprouting up between the bricks. Commercial weed-killing sprays can be used, but beware that they are harmful to the environment and are a hazard to pets and children. A natural, nontoxic alternative is a mixture of vinegar and water. Sealants can also help with this problem (read below).
The best thing you can do to keep your brick patio looking new is to clean it regularly. Sweep grass clippings, dirt, and leaves off the pavers with a broom every few days. This debris not only stains the bricks, but causes them to fade unevenly by blocking sunlight. Oil spills should immediately be covered in kitty litter or sand to soak the oil up and prevent long-term damage.
Sweeping your patio is a good way to remove visible dirt, but power washing your patio twice a year is the best way to remove the stubborn debris that you might not see. An occasional power washing will restore the color of your bricks to their original appearance. Power washing can be done by landscaping contractors, or you can rent the equipment for the day and do it yourself.
Sealing your patio is the best way to preserve its look for many years. Like sealcoating an asphalt driveway, adding an extra layer of protection will help keep water and the sun from damaging the strength and appearance of the bricks. For optimal performance, seal your patio immediately after installation and every few years after.
Stasi Brothers is Long Island's leading asphalt contractor and brick mason. We have proudly served the residents and businesses of Nassau County for more than 50 years and have earned an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. To learn what we can do for your home, click here to visit our website or call us at 516-997-PAVE.