How to seal a driveway, patio, or brick pavers

How to seal a driveway, patio, or brick pavers

Brick Paver Cost

You should be able to buy the materials needed for a brick paver driveway for about $5 per square foot. If you do the job yourself, the labor will be free. Professional installation will probably start at about $10 to $20 per square foot, although fancier designs and pricier bricks can drive that price higher. This makes brick pavers a fairly expensive paving material when compared to poured concrete ($6 to $10 per square foot). Clay brick pavers are also slightly more expensive than concrete pavers.

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Tools Materials

  • Backhoe

    Backhoe

  • Shovel

    Shovel

  • Garden rake

    Garden rake

  • Plate compactor

    Plate compactor

  • Circular saw with diamond blade

    Circular saw with diamond blade

  • Mason line

    Mason line

  • Garden stakes

    Garden stakes

  • Steel pipe - 2” diameter

    Steel pipe – 2” diameter

  • 2x4 lumber

    2×4 lumber

How Are Brick Driveways Made?

The first step in laying a brick driveway is to prepare the area. Existing structures or hardscapes must be demolished, and weeds, grass or other landscaping must be removed. The area must be excavated to the proper depth, graded to create a two-percent slope for drainage, and tamped to compact the sub-base.

It is generally recommended to install a geotextile fabric before laying and compacting road base. Bedding sand is then poured and levelled over the compacted base. Brick pavers are then laid in the desired pattern and cut to fit as necessary. Although the majority of the bricks are set in sand, the border is set in concrete or mortar to establish a sturdy edge.

Joint sand is then poured over the brick driveway and tamped down. The driveway is swept and watered and may be sealed to finish the process.

Choose the best sealer for your area

Do you want to use a water-based or solvent-based? Here in Florida most people are using water-based because solvent-based typically aren’t breathable and they’ll cause Whiting and trap moisture. So for today’s discussion we’re going to discuss water-based sealer. There are a couple contractor grade products that you can purchase. ICT Ure-Seal H2O is a good one. Cobble Loc by Surface Logix. That’s a good one. And another one called Seal and Lock is a pretty good product. Those are products for homeowners to use that you really can’t screw it up if you follow the instructions. Secondly, you’re going to need a sprayer or rollers. I recommend using a sprayer and having a spray shield handy that does the best job. And you’re going to need sand if you plan on re-sanding the paver joints. So that brings us to the day of the project. What’s the first step to do? Well first of all, you got to move off all the furniture, plants, rugs, vehicles if it’s a driveway. You got to get all these things out of the area so that you can clean effectively. ​Next you’re going to apply a cleaning chemical. You’re going to treat any stains that you see, weeds, mold, these things. Follow the instructions of the manufacturers that make these chemicals carefully. These instructions are there so that you don’t do damage to your brick. So make sure you are mindful of what they’re telling you to do.

Cost of Brick Driveways

Bricks are manufactured by baking them under a very high temperature for more than 24 hours. The result is an invincible building material that can be laid down to be an elegant and durable driveway. These benefits will surely overshadow the cost.Compared to asphalt and concrete pavements, brick paver driveways will cost you more. When building a driveway, you might need not only hundreds but thousands of brick pavers. Each piece costs anywhere from as low as $0.50 to as much as $3. That means spending at least $10 per sq/ft. On the other hand, concrete pavement costs around $3 to $12 per sq/ft, and asphalt driveways may cost the homeowner from $1 to $3 per sq/ft.The cost of brick driveways is not the most expensive on the market; natural stone pavers, like cobble stones, can cost $5 a piece. That's $60 per sq/ft. While this is costlier, natural stones are also more impressive for their durability and beauty characteristics.Natural stones, asphalt, and concrete are common materials for driveways. However, bricks are also ideal, especially for those who want a more classic look, without spending as much as when using natural stones.

Top Brands of Brick Pavers

Because brick pavers are a very heavy building material, they are generally molded and fired at local brickyards rather than manufactured and shipped long distances. There are no nationally-recognized brands for brick pavers, but try to buy from a well-established, reputable local source.

Step 9

Tamp the bricks in place repeatedly. Lay a pile of sand on the drive and use a push broom to move the sand into the cracks between the bricks. Sweep the excess sand off the drive. Water down the drive to clean the bricks and settle the sand into the cracks. Repeat filling the cracks with sand after a month.

3. Level the Ground

Level out the area using a rake and lay 3 inches of gravel over the entire space. Using a tamper or a piece of thick, flat wood, tamp the gravel down completely until it no longer shifts when you walk on it.

Solutions to Issues with Brick Driveways

1. Weeds growing between bricks

If you are concerned about weeds growing up through the bricks in your driveway, make sure to include geotextile fabric in the installation process. You can also pull weeds individually as they grow through, spray them with a store-bought herbicide, or use one of these 17 ways to naturally kill weeds.

2. Limited color choices

If the limited color choices of natural brick pavers are making you question your plan for a brick driveway, you might want to consider concrete brick pavers. You can get the traditional look you want with rectangular pavers that look like bricks but are available in a wider range of colors.

3. Looking for an eco-friendly solution

Natural clay bricks are made with natural materials and are considered an eco-friendly hardscape option. However, if you are looking for an even greener choice, source salvaged bricks to reuse for your project. You may find that salvaged bricks cost more than new bricks. This is due to the labor involved in cleaning them up for resale.

4. Cracking and breaking over time

Natural brick pavers are more likely to crack or break than concrete pavers. So, if you are interested in a brick driveway but are concerned about damage over time, there are a couple of things to consider. The first thing to consider is that although your bricks are more likely to chip, crack and shear over time, they will wear well overall, can last for generations, and you might actually like the rustic charm that weathering reveals.

However, if you would prefer an option that is less likely to break or chip or is at least easier to repair if damage does occur, consider interlocking concrete brick pavers for your driveway design. Interlocking pavers go together like a zipper, which means they can be more easily taken apart and put back together if you need to replace one or two damaged pavers.

6. Add More Pavers to Form Your Chosen Pattern

Continue laying additional rows in this same manner. The pattern that you choose is up to you, but it helps to lay out a few pavers in a complete pattern on the driveway so you can refer to it as you create your pattern on the sand. If you need to cut pavers to fit a curve or to fit into your pattern, cut them using a hand-held saw with a diamond blade.

​Let the sealant dry and tape off the area

And at this point, you want to let that dry a little bit and then apply additional coats for more shine. But be careful more shine does not necessarily mean better looking. Some people want their driveways or their pavers to look like a sheet of glass. Be very careful. You want your sealer to be breathable. If you’re on a pool deck, you don’t want it to be extremely slippery. So once you use manufacturer recommendations, anything above and beyond that is on you. We do see people over apply sealer all the time and it causes a lot of problems. So be very careful if you do decide to apply additional coats, beyond what’s recommended. Lastly, you wanna tape off the area and let it dry for 24 to 48 hours. Be sure that rain’s not in the forecast. Depending on the sealer that you use, some sealers can be dried 40 minutes and withstand rain. Some recommend four or five days. You know, those are usually the software-based sealers. But if you’re using a good water-based sealer, make sure there’s not rain in the immediate forecast. So this way it gives you the time to let it dry out. I hope this helps. If you have any questions and you want further advice or you get in a jam, give us a call. Our number is (239) 288-0705. Ask for Jeff. I’m the owner and my staff will get to me as soon as possible so I can get right back to you. It’s not a very difficult process. It does take a lot of time and you gotta be tedious. You don’t want to get sealer on the walls of your house, on your vehicles or anywhere that it’s not intended to be applied. So be very careful when doing this. Again, if you need any help, give us a call. That’s what we’re here for. Good luck with your paver sealing project. I’m Jeff Evers, and that is it for today’s podcast. Thank you for listening to the Adventures in Paver Sealing podcast. To learn more about Paver Protectors, please visit paverprotectors.com or call (239) 288-0705.

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