Simple paver maintenance will help avoid repairs and major restoration
This brick pavers walkway in Ann Arbor was recently restored by our company. The condition of this paver walk is a common occurrence that I estimate restoration for on a daily basis. It was a reminder to me that neglect of simple routine paver maintenance will turn into a major restoration cost in the future.
The 2 contributing factors to the deterioration of this pavers walkway was the lack of paver joint sand in the paver joints and the exposure of the cement bead edge restraint. If these simple maintenance requirements had been addressed, the homeowner would not have the cost of complete re-installation of this paver walkway.
The lack of the cement bead edge restraint being covered by proper landscaping (i.e. soils, grass, or mulch) allows the edge restraint to erode, crack, and break loose. In turn, the outside row of pavers begin to "creep" out. The result is the inner paving stones begin to excessively gap, loosen, and tilt. I was amazed after 10 years that the cement bead edge restraint was totally exposed. All the homeowner had to do was allow the grass to grow over the cement bead on the lawn side with a few bags of topsoil & seed and cover with mulch on the inside landscape bed.
We completely lifted up this pavers walkway, re-compacted the existing base, added new base material as needed to re-level, re-installed the pavers in like shape & design, cleaned the pavers, and swept in new pavers joint sand. The homeowner also elected to have the paver walk sealed to enhance the color and give it the "wet look" appearance. The final result was another successful house call by the Doctor and staff!