How to Fix a Broken Paver in Your Driveway or Paver Patio

Posted on: January 27, 2017

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Pavers are an excellent, versatile choice for any home project. A paver patio in Rockville, for example, can add life and function to your landscape, and look gorgeous doing it! But what can you do when you get a chip, a crack, or a complete break for a paver in your patio or walkway? Find out the answers today from the team at Four Seasons Landscaping!

First Things First: How Bad Is the Broken Paving Stone?

Your paver patio in Rockville is pristine. Gorgeous, and in all ways exactly what you wanted. Except there’s just one, single crack standing in the way! You certainly don’t want to replace the entire patio. And luckily for you, you don’t have to. Paver repair is a simple task, in some cases completely doable even for the homeowner. But whether or not you need professional help is going to depend on some critical factors.

The complexity of paver repair depends upon the type of damage involved, the type of pavers being used, and how your pavers were laid. Let’s cover each, so that you can get a clear idea of whether or not you need to give our paver professionals a call:

  • The type of damage. A single crack or break that only impacts one paver is a fairly simple job, and provided you have the correct tools, is totally doable for the most part.
  • The design of your pavers. If your patio was laid out with a simple, straightforward design, more’s the good news for you. But the more complex the design becomes, such as adding curvature to pavers, or making unique designs and sizes, the harder it is for an inexperienced homeowner to repair.
  • How the pavers were initially installed. The majority of paver patios and paver driveways are installed using compacted sand, and if this is the case for you, you’re in luck. Mortar-laid patios would require more tools, and more finesse in order to not cause further damage.

How to Perform a Simple Paver Replacement

First, up, let’s get your damaged paver out. This should actually be a fairly simple step. Start by softening the sand holding your paver in place, using a steady stream from a hose and a thin chisel or screwdriver to pry the paver up.

Once the damaged paver has been removed from your paver patio in Rockville, clear any remaining debris, and level out the spot that your new paver is going to sit in. Be sure to tamp down any added sand (if you needed to add in order to ensure a level bed).

Your new paver should go in carefully, and be sure to space it evenly as when compared to the surrounding pavers. After this, all you need to do is fill in the surrounding spaces with sand, and give you new paver a couple soft pats with a rubber mallet to ensure it is secure.

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One paver is a fairly simple job, but if you’ve got a large chunk missing, or if pavers keep popping out, you may need to call in the pros.

Looking for superior patio services in the Rockville area? Contact the team at Four Seasons Landscaping.

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