A well-maintained patio can be an excellent space for relaxation or entertainment—in some cases, it can even improve your property value. And, depending on the material it’s constructed with, they can last centuries. Brick is one of the most durable materials you can use in patio construction, and it adds a certain timelessness that can’t be achieved with other materials.
If you already have a brick patio or porch, it’s important that you maintain it to ensure longevity. Fading color, cracks, and chipping are all signs that you need an upgrade.
We’ll cover some steps you can take to improve your existing brick pavers and typical DIYer mistakes to avoid. The goal is for you to keep enjoying the serenity and fun of your patio for years to come!
Does Your Porch Need To Be Repaired or Restored?
First, you must identify whether minor repairs or a complete restoration are needed.
Generally, you should look for the following visual signs:
- Dull Pavers
- Broken & Chipped Pavers
- Uneven Areas
- Low Spots
- Water Puddles
- Grass & Weeds Growing Through the Joints
- Unglued Pavers
It’s important to remember that all types of structures (decks, houses, patios, roads) settle over time, and that causes shifting. That shifting moves the structure out of its original position and can cause the need for repair or replacement. Additionally, the causes of each problem can vary, so it’s important to schedule professional inspections. A brick contractor can help you identify potential problems and determine the best course of action, whether that be repairs or restoration work.
Concrete Slab Versus Brick Pavers: Which Option Is Best for You?
Bricks have been used all over the world for centuries to build structures with a timeless appeal. Like concrete, they’re highly durable, but concrete can’t match their aesthetic allure. Bricks are less prone to erosion than concrete slabs or even concrete pavers. And unlike concrete, when bricks develop small fissures over time, it only adds to their charm. Although brick paver patios cost more than concrete patios, the shape, color, and style options more than justify the price bump.
Now, let’s review some tips on how to upgrade your older patio with brick pavers. With a little time and effort, you can renew the appearance of yours while making it safer, cleaner, and more valuable.
A Quick Guide to Upgrading Your Patio
Updating a brick patio is a time-consuming process for many homeowners. So, it’s good news that a properly installed brick paver patio shouldn’t require frequent maintenance.
You should expect yours to need some deep care every 20 or 25 years. And the polymeric hardening sand between the pavers should be reapplied every 3 to 5 years.
Aside from major servicing, keeping your patio power-washed and free of weeds, grass, and insects is always good. In fact, power washing and resealing are generally all you need to do to remove stains or restore color to your brick pavers.
If your patio has majorly shifted and needs re-leveling or other major repairs, it’s important to acquire professional help. Repairing a patio requires specialized knowledge, experience, and tools.
To demonstrate the point, let’s look at some common mistakes many DIYers make when attempting to repair their paved patios.
Common DIYer Mistakes
- Not installing edge restraints.
- Not using polymeric hardening sand.
- Not leaving sufficient space for expansion joints.
- Choosing improper pavers for the location and climate.
- Failing to ensure a firm and level base before installing pavers.
Digging, raking, handling heavy gravel and bricks, and other tasks involved with restoring a paved patio can be challenging for many homeowners. To ensure higher quality results and avoid injury, having a professional contractor do it for you is better!
Transform Your Back Yard With Help From All Brick!
All Brick is Detroit’s leader in brick paver patio installation, repair, and restoration services. Our experts can help restore your paved patio to its original glory, replace missing or damaged pavers, or install a brand-new brick patio.
Contact us today with any questions you have regarding brick patio upgrades or to schedule a project consultation.