Everything you need to know about maintaining a newly paved driveway


A beautiful driveway is a great way to make a statement at your place, and while most paved driveways require very little upkeep, they do need some. Many make the mistake of assuming that a newly paved driveway will take care of itself once it’s installed. Unfortunately, the reality is like most things, they need regular maintenance. By making a conscious effort to look after your paved driveway, you can prevent it from deteriorating and having to spend money on costly repairs. Here are some easy ways you can maintain yours to keep it tip-top shape for decades to come.

Seal your driveway

Pavers are extremely durable and long-lasting material, and while they offer superior performance without a sealer, they offer more with one. Using a suitable sealer can extend your pavers appearance and longevity. It works as a protective coating that repels contaminants that would otherwise stain and potentially damage the surface of the paving. It is not uncommon for things such as oil from cars, dirt, mould, and mildew to build up on paved driveways. Not only that, but weeds are also notorious for growing through the paver joints. The sealer can help to prevent all these things from affecting the overall quality of your pavers, and doing this from the get-go can preserve them in their original and most optimal condition. There are many different sealants for pavers out there, and they are all designed for different materials. The sealer you choose must be designed for use on your paver type to prevent it from adversely affecting them. You’ll need to decide if you want the sealer to bring out the textures and colours of your pavers or for it to not alter their appearance at all. Solvent-based sealants are highly recommended over water-based versions as they can withstand exposure to the elements far better. Sealing your pavers has so many benefits, and the great thing is it only needs to be redone every 2-5 years depending on which sealer you use. Always do your research before choosing a sealant, and if in doubt speak to a professional. This will ensure you get a flawless finish every time.

Make a habit of cleaning your driveway often

Your newly paved driveway will inevitably get dirty in time. It’s exposed to liquids, organic matter and other materials that can be detrimental to its lifespan. Giving your driveway a quick sweep every week and a pressure clean can help to maintain its condition and keep it looking fresh and clean. It allows you to remove stains quickly before they become set in and troublesome to shift. A pressure cleaner should only be ever used on low to medium pressure. When the pressure is too high, it can etch into the surface of the pavers and damage them, and it can remove all the sand from the joints of the pavers. If this has happened, you’ll need to replace it with new sand as it is essential to keeping your pavers in position and secure. Always proceed with caution when using your pressure cleaner on your paved driveway. If a stain has formed on your new driveway and it won’t shift with the pressure cleaner alone, you may need to use an appropriate stain remover. Make sure you follow the directions on the label. Not cleaning your driveway often enough may result in a build of dirt and other nasties that won’t shift with water alone. In this instance, you can use a cleaner that’s appropriate for pavers to bring them back to life. Always avoid harsh cleaners that are not designed for use on your pavers as this can make them more susceptible to damage such as cracking.

Be aware of your paved driveways weight-bearing capabilities

When hiring a professional to install your new paved driveway, they should be able to give you an idea of what kind of weight it can hold. Driving heavy machinery over your paved driveway that isn’t able to weight-bear such loads may see it deteriorate much quicker than it should. Under the pressure, pavers may sink, crack, and move out of place. This not only ruins the appearance of your driveway, but it can become unsafe to walk or drive on. Another thing to keep in mind is continuously parking on your paved driveway, this can also have a negative effect on its condition. If you can, it’s best to park vehicles in a garage or alternative instead.

Eliminate weeds ASAP

Weeds can wreak havoc on your newly paved driveway, and if you start to notice some creeping up through your paver joints, it’s best to treat them as soon as you can to prevent them from doing any significant damage to the integrity of your driveway. If you leave the weeds to their own devices, it doesn’t take long for them to grow out of control. They can push pavers out of position and can cause the driveway to become uneven.

Implementing a little time once a week to give your driveway a clean and check over will ensure it stays intact and looking fantastic for many years to come. It can eliminate the need for expensive repairs down the track. If you’d like more information on this topic, feel free to reach out to our friendly team here at Bonita Stone!

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