Block paving maintenance guide
General care and cleaning:
Regularly sweep the driveway area using a household brush, to prevent the long term build up of debris. If you keep on top of it, it will help prevent weeds and algae building up over time.
To remove general dirt etc, use a detergent and hot water solution (washing up liquid is fine) and brush the area well, then rinse with water to remove any detergent.
If you need to remove more stubborn dirt, use a hose on medium pressure over the affected area – you are unlikely to remove much kiln dry sand (the jointing material inbetween the blocks). Please do not use pressure washers, as they will remove material and potentially damage the blocks themselves.
What about weeds?
Remove any weeds you can by hand, and then treat the area with a suitable weed killer. Please make sure you use a weed killer suitable for block paving.
How to remove moss and algae:
If you experience a build up moss or algae between the blocks, first remove the moss between the blocks by scraping the area. You can then use a paving specific moss and algae killer to treat the area. Once applied, this can take a day or two to work, once the moss is killed, brush the debris away and clean the remains away.
Block paving can be sealed using a resin sealer that can protect the blocks from stains, and even enhance the colour. It is best done in warm/dry weather, and at least a few months after the blocks have been laid.
Tarmac maintenance guide
Tarmacadam is a very durable and reliable surface, and will last for a long time when cared for correctly. We have put together this brief aftercare guide to help you maintain your new driveway/project going forward.
When can I drive on my new driveway?
Please wait at least 48 hours from when the final course of tarmac was laid. During this period the tarmac will still be very soft, and traffic from vehicles could potentially indent the freshly laid tarmac. Footfall is perfectly fine from the moment it is laid however.
Power steering and tarmac
When tarmac is freshly laid and hot, scuff marks will show up more than when it starts to fully cure down the line. Please ensure you do not use power steering whilst stationary, as this can cause visible scuff marks that can be avoided. This is important during periods of hot weather and during the first few months it is laid, as new tarmac can take months to fully cure and harden. This damage is usually superficial, and will most likely fade away.
Tarmac indentation and spot damage
During periods of hot weather, and when tarmac is first laid, it could become susceptible to damage from objects that apply pressure in one uneven area. For example, trailer jockey wheels, bike kick stands, ladders, and vehicle jacks can all apply pressure in small, localised areas and can cause indentations. Please consider using appropriate protection, such as mats and wood to spread the weight more evenly to avoid this.
What do I do about spillages?
Large spills of chemicals (petrol, diesel etc) on your driveway could weaken and cause cracks in the surface, which may require professional repairs down the line. If this occurs, immediately use water to dilute the petrol and diesel, and if oil attempt to soak it up with sawdust or sand. Small splashes of chemicals won’t affect the tarmac integrity, and can be brushed carefully away with a soft brush and lukewarm water.
What about weeds and cleaning?
Older driveways, especially those with little sunlight exposure can experience some weed growth over time. Use an appropriate (tarmac safe) weed killer to kill the weed, and then very gently scrape away the weed, being careful not to disturb the surface itself. Do not pull out any roots, as this could damage the surfacing, instead use an appropriate root killer if necessary.
If you have soil debris on the tarmac, wait until it is dry and carefully brush it away, and if there is any remaining use water and a soft brush to remove carefully and gently.
Power washing should generally be avoided, as modern jet washes are powerfull enough to dislodge the surfacing if used without care. If you do decide to do this, first test it on a small area, or seek a professional to do it for you.
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