Paver Tips for Patios in Denver
Home shows and media focus on outdoor living centers upon decks, but the back patio hasn’t lost its luster. A durable outdoor living space, the patio offers benefit similar to decks, but without as much work once installation is complete. However, “not as much work” does not mean “no work.” With the weather warming the the grill or firepit calling, it’s time to refresh your patio.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more durable or attractive material than stone or brick. The same can be said for stone and brick pavers: they can take a licking. Durable as they are, paver patios still require a bit of maintenance and early spring is the best time to prepare your patio for the next several months of use.
Clean the surface. Don’t be afraid to scrub; stone pavers can take it. Experts advise using lukewarm water to remove fresh stains. If something stronger than water is needed, a squirt of dishwashing soap in your bucket of water will do the trick. If the stains are deep, you may have to break out the pressure washer. (Rent one if you don’t own one.) You might want to wait for a warm, windy day so the surface dries quickly. Moisture retention weakens grout and seams and can dull the patio surface.
Remove weeds. The only thing more stubborn than mules and teenagers is weeds. Opportunistic weeds growing through the seams between pavers weaken those seams and can cause even heavy stone slabs to crack. Put on your knee pads and work gloves, because the best way to perform this task is to manually pull the weeds out. It’s best to pull weeds while they’re still young and tender, before they sink deep tap roots. Experts recommend using an herbicide to kill anything that’s left behind so weeds don’t grow back.
Replace broken pavers. If your patio is built from clay brick or concrete pavers, then finding new pavers to match the others shouldn’t be too difficult. Chipped, cracked, and split pavers offer invasive weeds and moisture a welcome home and contribute to buckling and further damage during winter’s freeze and thaw cycle. Remember, ice expands. Kona Contractors is Denver’s preferred source for paver patios. Check out their inventory for replacement pavers.
Seal the pavers. One of the attractions of stone is its bright, fresh color. Water, weather, and general wear can dull that color. After you’ve refreshed the surface by cleaning the patio and clearing out all weeds, it’s time to seal it against further damage. Use a sealing agent formulated for the paver material (clay brick, concrete brick, natural stone) and follow the product instructions.
Repair grout lines. Heavily used patios often suffer from deterioration of seams between pavers, especially if the seams were choked with weeds and other debris. Using a putty knife or chisel to apply the grout to clean seams and be sure to scrape or wipe away all grout that goes where it doesn’t belong. Dried grout can stain the stone’s surface.
Most Denver patio homes feature durable, attractive outdoor living spaces that can enhance their beauty and value. Once your patio has been refreshed for another year’s enjoyment, keep it looking that way with routine sweeping and hosing. Kona Contractors will help you with your patio project, either by supplying the materials for the intrepid DYI’er or by professionally designing and installing the patio for you, the homeowner. Call Kona Contractors at (720) 935-4922 and check out their gallery of patio and paver projects.