Comparing Maintenance Schedules For Different Paving Options

When choosing the kind of paving to install for your home or business, the cost of installation matters. But over and above that, you need to consider the cost of maintaining the paving. You do not want to end up with paving that will cost you way more to maintain. This article will look at a few paving options and how often you will need to do maintenance.

Poured Concrete

Poured concrete is probably the most durable of all paving options. It can last several decades. It is expensive to install but cheap to maintain. The maintenance schedule for this type of paving will depend on your local weather conditions. Seal every five years in extreme conditions and longer in mild climates. Even then, it is wise to keep an eye on your paving and call a paving contractor if you see any cracks. As an alternative to traditional concrete, also look into fibrecrete. It has similar properties but includes a better balance between cost and maintenance needs.

Asphalt

Asphalt paving can last up to 30 years but will need resealing after some time. Again, how often you reseal will largely depend on your local weather conditions.

Extreme weather patterns such as the freeze/thaw cycle, intensity of rain and/or snow, and extremely hot summers will have a toll on your asphalt paving.

With moderate weather conditions, you will need to reseal your paving every three years or so; where weather conditions are extreme, every other year.

Interlocking Pavers

These are made of concrete blocks that fit into one another. They are very durable and can last a lifetime. However, over time, stains may appear and they will need pressure washing to remove the stains.

To prevent stains, fading and damage to the surface, coat the surface with a sealant.  You will need to seal your interlocking pavers every 3 to 5 years.

After a particularly harsh winter, pavers can get dislodged out of place. Realign the edging and put the paver back in position, Add polymeric sand between the joints.

If the surface is uneven remove the pavers and level the surface using polymeric sand. Replace  

the pavers. Fill joints with sand and mist with water.

Gravel

Gravel is a low cost installation and maintenance paving option. However, gravel may shift and ruts form on the surface. To keep your gravel paving in top shape, you will need to add a layer of gravel every 1-2 years.

All paving options, even the most durable need some kind of maintenance. Preventive maintenance will ensure that your paving lasts longer. Beyond scheduled maintenance, observe your paving for any flaw and make the necessary repairs. To learn more about different paving materials, contact a business such as Allegheny Diamond Services


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