Paver walkways are a wonderful addition to any landscape. They serve both a cosmetic purpose (in that they enhance the beauty of your landscape) and a functional purpose (in that they make your yard easier to navigate).
But over time, pavers can wear down. A deteriorated walkway detracts from the overall appeal of your landscaping and can cause various other problems. Here are some telltale signs you need to replace your paver walkway.
Is your walkway covered in cracks? Cracks are most likely to occur on older pavers. They're also more common in the winter months. Deicing materials and freeze-thaw cycles can cause serious damage to pavers. You'll be hard-pressed to find much snow in places like Nevada, but that doesn't mean your pavers are safe. In places with warmer climates, UV rays from the sun can cause paver material to deteriorate.
If your walkway isn't too heavily damaged, you can replace the damaged pavers and leave the rest alone. But if you see several enormous cracks spanning across the length of your walkway, it might be time for a replacement.
Fading or Discoloration
The sun doesn't just weaken pavers. Over time, it can also cause fading and discoloration. Discoloration isn't always a bad thing. It can add rustic charm to your landscape.
But even though discoloration might not ruin the aesthetics of your property, discolored pavers are often weak pavers that are more prone to cracking. For this reason, you should always replace pavers that are overly faded or discolored. If you like the appearance of weathered pavers, you can always use pavers with a naturally worn and textured appearance in your new walkway.
Loose or Uneven Pavers
The final sign you need to replace your paver walkway is loose pavers. Drainage problems, overgrown tree roots, and soil shifts can cause your pavers to become loose and unstable. Loose pavers are a major tripping hazard—you should address them as soon as possible.
Sometimes, the solution is as simple as replacing the dirt beneath your pavers to restabilize them. But you may have to remove tree roots, regrade your lawn, or move your pavers to a different location.
Make sure to consult a landscaping expert before replacing loose or uneven pavers. There may be another serious issue with your landscaping that you need to address first.
Need to repair or replace your worn-down paver walkway? If you’re looking for landscape repair in Las Vegas, contact NV Landscapes today to request a free estimate and learn more about our repair and maintenance services.