An interlocked backyard can be a great addition to any home, adding beauty and functionality. However, you must maintain your interlock to keep it looking its best.
Cleaning is the most crucial aspect of maintaining your interlock. Keeping dirt and grime from building up over time means regularly sweeping debris away from the surface. Additionally, you can remove stubborn dirt build-up with a power washer on a low setting. Following a thorough cleaning, seal the interlock to protect it against future stains and fading caused by weathering and wear.
Sealing Your Interlock
Your interlock should have a seal applied if you want it to last a long time. It protects against staining, as well as making it easier to clean in the future because dirt will not be able to penetrate the small spaces between stone and brick as easily. You should clean your interlock walkway or patio thoroughly before applying two coats of sealant. Be careful not to apply too much or too little sealant. Allow each coat of sealant plenty of time (typically 24 hours) to dry before applying another coat if necessary.
Repairs & Replacements
Even though interlocking patios and walkways are built to be durable, they may still require repairs from time to time due to wear and tear. If you notice cracked stones or displaced bricks, you should address them immediately before they deteriorate. If individual pieces are beyond repair, they should be replaced with identical pieces as soon as possible to maintain continuity and stability across the entire surface.
If you wish to preserve your interlocking patio or walkway for many years, you should maintain it regularly. This involves regular cleaning, sealing periodically, repairing damaged areas immediately, and replacing individual pieces as needed. You won’t have to worry about costly repairs down the road if you follow these tips!