Look Out For These Signs That Your Pavers Might Need Repairing

Pavers form beautiful surfaces for driveways, patios, pathways and other areas, offering a variety of shapes and patterns. However, over time, individual pavers can shift and develop other issues, and the surface will need repairing. Here are some signs to watch out for.


While pavers are sturdy, cracks can form across the surface that are caused by water, chemicals or natural weathering. Fine hairline fractures aren't an immediate danger, but they can deepen to weaken the integrity of the tile. Repairing the paver in a timely fashion will possibly prevent it from needing replacement.

Unstable Footing

Individual tiles should fit snugly together, forming solid and stable footing. If you notice the ground moving underneath you as you walk, it's time to consider paving repairs. After all, safety is paramount. The base underneath the pavers—whether it be dirt, sand or crushed stones—may have shifted, resulting in the instability.

Uneven Pathway

An uneven pathway that goes up and down, with some pavers protruding above others, is hazardous. It could result in trips and falls and make pushing prams or bikes tricky. The base underneath can settle unevenly, creating an irregular surface. After restoring the support, the tiles will fit more smoothly, whether the pathway is flat or sloping.

Worn Appearance

If your pavers have faded or discoloured, they might benefit from a new coat of a sealant or another protection. However, weathering can add to the charm and character of the surface. With cosmetic issues, it all comes down to the eye of the beholder.

Pooling Water

Crushed stone and other base materials help to drain water from the paver surface. If you notice water pooling on top, you should consider pavement repairs. This pooling could be due to a combination of heavy rain and an uneven surface or slants that encourage puddles to form.

In any case, the structure should allow for adequate drainage in normal conditions. Contractors might examine the slope of the ground and whether the paving needs inlets to drain water to an underground trench drain, for instance. They may also look at if a curb will help to contain and direct water flow away from the problem area. Water can result in cracking and other damage being done to the pavers as they weaken from the constant exposure. 

While pavers are incredibly durable as well as decorative, they do need some care. If you notice movement, unevenness or water puddles, don't hesitate to have the surface examined and fixed to prevent further problems developing.

For more information, contact a paving contractor.

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Concentrating on Concrete: A Blog Welcome! I started this blog because I want to help homeowners to identify problems with concrete structures on their property. By quickly recognising potential issues, you will be able to take steps to repair the concrete before things go badly wrong. I'm certainly no expert when it comes to this subject, but I have learnt lots of useful things from the contractor who came out to my home to complete repairs on a concrete wall. I've also done my own research into this subject at my local library and online. I hope you find the articles published here informative. Thanks!