How to get the most out of your hardscape

When installing a paver patio or driveway, it’s imperative to make sure the pavers are protected.

The hardwood floors in your home are urethaned to protect the wood from scratches and stains, and sealing your pavers will protect them in the same ways.

Because pavers are made from concrete, they are porous and can absorb liquids. If you were grilling and grease fell onto the pavers, or motor oil from your car dripped onto the pavers and the pavers were not sealed, it becomes extremely difficult to clean them.

Once pavers have been sealed, the cleaning is fairly straightforward. A garden hose can get most the built up muck off. For trouble spots, a power washer can be used, just make sure you aren’t damaging the joints from the pressure. After washing, you can go back through with a broom and sand to fill in any cracks. If there’s a very dirty area that just won’t come clean, you can purchase a cleaning solution. Just follow the directions and use a small test area to make sure the solution does no damage to the pavers in the process.

If you’re thinking of installing a new hardscape, check out our photo galleries of recent projects for inspiration.