Are you looking to set up a paver patio but are worried about the problems others have told you about their paver patios? Maybe you’ve heard them from friends and family, or you may have even heard of them from local concrete companies.
Keep in mind that these problems generally don’t affect everyone. Some only occur because of specific factors, so if you’re trying to understand what has caused these common complaints to avoid them yourself, keep on reading.
Today, we want to share with you common paver patio issues and how to avoid or fix them:
1. Lousy Drainage
Let’s start with the most common problem with paver patios. Most of the time, when people complain about their paver patio issues, they always mention something about their low drainage. Like they’ve said, ‘water just builds up on top and doesn’t drain at all.’
This problem is most commonly caused by using the wrong joints. As such, you want to use the correct joints. When you install the joint, you want to make sure that the joint is clean, the joint itself is seated, and that the joint is compacted tightly to reduce the chance of water getting in there. We also want to make sure that the joint is filled with joint sand that’s fine enough so that water won’t get through and properly drain away!
2. Cracked Pavers
The second common complaint we hear from homeowners is that their pavers have cracked. This is something that’s going to show up after the pavers have been down for a while. The most common reason for this is that the pavers have been installed improperly. It doesn’t have anything to do with the pavers themselves. It’s just when you don’t compact correctly, the pavers will eventually get dug out down the line.
You actually want to just ensure that you’re using the correct pavers and installation method. For example, if you are using joint sand cement, you want to place the sand in the joints and then place the pavers on top of the sand. Then, you want to compact it as well. It’s that easy!
3. Weed Growth in Pavers
The third most common issue that we hear about is weed growth in the joints of pavers. This is typically the result of poor drainage because if the joint is full of water, the weeds will eventually try to make it a home. We want to make sure that we get a weed killer down there when this happens. The best idea is to get a concrete-friendly weed killer because some are not good for the concrete underneath.
If you want to prevent future weed growth, you want to make sure that your paver joints drain well. If you’re not getting the results you want, you can also add to your paver installation a weed barrier that will keep the weeds from growing in the joints!
4. Loose Pavers
The last common problem that we hear about is that the pavers are just loose. This is something that happens because of paver installation problems. After the pavers have been installed and set, the ground underneath will start moving, causing the pavers to become loose.
This happens because of poor compaction. Make sure that you’re using the correct amount of joint sand and that you’re using a tamper to compact the sand in the joints. If you’re not compacting the sand correctly, the pavers will move and become loose!
As you can see, the majority of these problems are mainly caused by a bad installation of pavers. So, an easy way to make sure your pavers do not run into such problems is to hire professionals to come to install the paver patio for you! This way, you can enjoy a reliable and stunning paver patio that’s free from any problems for many, many years to come.
On Point Pavers offers pavers, concrete, artificial turf, and more to help homeowners enjoy a well-built solution they can rely on. If you are looking for a paver installer in Rancho Cordova, get in touch with us!