Are Concrete Pavers Worth It?

Are you considering building a new patio? Concrete patios seem to be evergreen in their popularity, and for good reason. They’re affordable, durable and can be made to fit into almost any aesthetic preference. Unfortunately for many DIYers, the complications that come from pouring concrete often dissuade them from ever building a patio. If you fall into that camp, you should consider concrete pavers. 

 

One of the best ways to create an amazing concrete patio without a lot of the work that traditionally comes with such an installation, is to use concrete pavers. These pavers can be bought in various sizes already made, which means you don’t have to worry about mixing, pouring and drying your concrete. 

 

The only real downside to using concrete pavers is that they do require a bit more maintenance. That’s because the cracks between the pavers can easily become overgrown and filled with weeds. Luckily, a little bit of elbow grease can keep your patio looking new all summer long. 

 

Kill The Weeds

First you need to kill the weeds. If you choose to pull them by hand, be sure you remove the roots so they don’t grow right back. The easiest solution here is to use whatever brand of weed killer you prefer from your local hardware store. 

 

Sand

Once you’ve killed and removed all the weeds, take a cup of sand and pour a good layer of sand through all of the connecting joints and cracks between the pavers. Be sure to scrape the excess sand off of the top so you fill the cracks to the top, but not to overflowing. 

 

Water

Finally, take a garden mister and lightly mist all of the sand. You’ll want to avoid puddling, while ensuring that the sand has been thoroughly misted. This process should be repeated 3-5 times within 30 minutes. 

 

After 24 hours, your concrete pavers should now be safe from any new pesky weeds! This process should be repeated every six-twelve months to make sure your patio stays weed free. 

 

For more concrete information, visit www.razorbackconcrete.com.  

 

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