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Maintaining your block paving driveway

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By : Colin Stroud    99 or more times read
Many people choose to use the block paving method of constructing their driveways, walkways and patio areas around their home because of the way that it dramatically affects the overall appearance of their home and property. A properly finished block paved driveway can also help to increase the value of a home as well. The key to keeping your block paved areas looking great is to make sure that proper maintenance is performed on these areas and the right restoration techniques are utilized when needed.

Block paved driveways, walkways and patio areas can keep their exquisite visual appeal when properly maintained. The maintenance procedures that are needed to keep these areas looking great are not difficult or challenging to perform. In fact, when the maintenance is continuously performed, the time required to put into this project can be very minimal. Here is a list of maintenance practices that should be completed regularly when selecting the block paving methods for the areas around your home and property.

Use a standard household broom or shop vacuum to remove any dust or debris from the surface of your block paved areas.

Spray off the surface of your driveway, walkways and patios with a standard garden hose to remove any algae that may build up on the surface. Avoid the use of high pressure washers, as they can cause the joints of your block paving to loosen up and become damaged. If your block paved areas are created using clay blocks it is important to know that they are more susceptible to developing areas of algae growth.

Block paved areas should be treated one or two times a year with a general weed killer so that moss, weeds and grass to not germinate in the joints and cause damage or ill-appearing areas to occur.

If the areas between the paving blocks appear to be losing the materials that are placed down to seal the gaps you will want to fill them with kiln dried sand that is especially made for filling in these joints. To do this you will pour the sand on the block paving and gently brush it across the surface with a broom using gentle sweeping motions.

To prevent materials such as motor oil, gasoline, dirt and grass from damaging your block paving, you can seal your finished areas with specially formulated sealants to protect against these problems. Since most sealants will alter the appearance of your block paving areas, you will want to test the sealant in an area that is not visible to most people before applying to the entire surface.
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