Tips for Walkway Installation and Concrete Slab Maintenance

Walkway installation can add to home’s curb appeal as well as bring functionality. With so many options available in terms of style and materials that can suit your project is tough. Research is the most essential part of decision process. In this way, you will make an informed decision.

Some potential designing options for walkway installation

Stone

  • Different kinds of stone are available, which can make a walkway attractive.
  • Options include slate, granite, sandstone, and limestone.
  • These stones can handle different weather conditions.
  • Organic rock provides architectural texture to the surrounding landscape.
  • In case the walkway is high traffic zone then choose more maneuverable option.

Gravel & crushed stone

  • It is cost-efficient option
  • Gravel walkways cannot ruin the existing foliage and plants.
  • There will be a need of border to keep small gravel or crushed stone fragments in place.
  • Get creative and make borders with wood, brick, and cobblestone.
  • Steel border are cheaper and easy to install.

Concrete

  • For high-traffic zone concrete is best option for walkways.
  • Concrete consistency helps to prevent tripping.
  • Ensures smooth movement.
  • You can try painting or staining the concrete walkways to add an artistic flare.
  • In addition, concrete walkways can be repaired and maintained on your own.

Tips to maintain concrete walkways

Concrete is long lasting and durable even without maintenance. However, with a little maintenance you can extend its beauty. Plain concrete looks cleaner without any oil stains or grime. This can be achieved in simple steps.

  1. Clean regularly to remove stains, rust, dirt and grime buildup.
  2. Seal joints in concrete slabs to reduce water intrusion, dirt accumulation, or weed sprouting.
  3. Seal concrete surface to repel water and make it dust, UV-resistance, and abrasion-resistance proof.
  4. Repair cracks or sunken concrete areas as soon as you detect them.

How to repair sunken walkway concrete?

For sidewalk trip hazard repair make sure to contact professionals. First the crew gets rid of loose debris from cracked and chipped area with power washing technique. Polyurethane foam is used to lift the sunken slab.

Small holes are made with drills and polyurethane foam material is inserted through the hole. The material gets expanded and elevates the slab from beneath to its original level. The holes are then sealed. Process is small but solution is permanent.