When Is the Best Time to Repair or Seal an Interlock Driveway in Toronto?

Interlock Driveway Repairs in Toronto

When Is the Best Time to Repair or Seal an Interlock Driveway in Toronto?

Once you have noticed that your interlock driveway is showing signs of wear and tear you may start to wonder whether it needs to be repaired. In some cases it is just normal wear and tear that you’re observing and there is no need for a lot of concern. At other times, your interlock driveway in Toronto may need to be repaired. Here are some of the instances that indicate that repair may be necessary:

  • There are drainage problems
  • You are noticing potholes
  • You can observe loose stones
  • There is excessive wear and tear


Drainage Problems
If you see that water is pooling and isn’t properly draining on your interlock driveway it may be time to call up a specialist. This indicates that there has been shifting underneath the interlock pavers and this should be addressed before the problem gets any worse. There should never be any drainage problems that develop with interlock driveways unless the earth wasn’t prepared properly before the stones were installed. This is why it’s so important to look for a reputable and experienced Toronto interlock driveway company to ensure that the earth has been prepared the right way before any stones are laid.


Potholes can form due to the thawing and freezing cycle in Ontario’s cold climate. When water freezes up the ground starts to expand and then the ground contracts once the water melts. In our Toronto climate we often see contraction and expansion of the ground below. Potholes can start to develop as a result and these can cause a lot of problems for the suspension of vehicles. You’ll need to correctly solve all underlying problems if you’re noticing potholes in your driveway.


Once again, potholes indicate that the driveway was not installed correctly. There needs to be a certain amount of space between the interlocking stones to provide flexibility to the driveway for expansion and contraction. When the stones are laid too closely together, or too far apart, problems can arise. We can help you fix your potholes properly and inspect the rest of your driveway to make sure that this problem won’t occur again in the future.


Loose Stones
In many cases loose stones are due to a lack of enough sand between the stones. The sand that is laid between the natural stones helps to keep the pavers in place. In many cases it’s just a matter of adding more sand to correct the problem. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about loose stones and the amount of sand between your pavers. Fortunately, in many cases the issue with loose stones only requires an easy fix.


Wear and Tear on Interlock Stones

Over time you may notice that your interlock stones are starting to discolour and fade due to the sun. The strong light coming from the sun may also weaken the stones over time. Sealing the driveway often brings the stones back to life and gives them a wonderful shine and luster. It’s recommended that interlock stones be sealed every 2 to 5 years and if you haven’t done it in a while, this is probably the cause of your problem.


You can expect your Toronto interlock driveway to last for many years when it has been installed the right way and maintained. These types of driveways are a lot easier to keep up when compared to asphalt driveways. When you have pavement as the material for your driveway, any potholes and drainage problems often require the entire driveway to be disassembled. When you’re dealing with interlock stones Toronto, however, it’s a lot easier to patch up the rough areas to make your driveway look as good as new again.


Why You Should Repair and Seal Your Interlock Driveway This Summer

Summer is always the best time to seal your interlock driveway. Unlike winter, fall and spring when there is usually a lot of precipitation in either the form of snow or rain, summer is usually drier. As well, the hotter temperatures allow the sealers and cleaners to dry faster. Any gaps or pores in the stones will naturally expand in hot weather so they can be fully filled. Any fissures or cracks that could start to appear in the stones will be sealed up and the sealing well help prevent them from expanding.


Sealing your interlock driveway in the summer gives it the protection it needs against the wintry conditions we experience in the GTA. Protection from driveway salt, thick ice and heavy snow is important to keep your driveway in a healthy state.


When it’s dry outside it’s also easier to spot any sloping issues and small particles that may be developing. By giving your interlock driveway Etobicoke the attention it deserves during the hotter and drier months, you’ll be able to notice the problem areas easily.


Interlock Driveway Sealant Must Be Applied in Dry Weather
In order for the sealant application to be successful the solution must be applied in dry weather and dry up when there is no precipitation. It is always a good idea to clean the interlock stones before applying the solution but you’ll need to make sure that they are thoroughly dry before placing the sealant on top of the pavers.


It’s vitally important that you check the weather forecast ahead of time. Check for a week when it looks like there will be no rain so that you’ll have enough time to pressure spray your stones, give them time to dry and then apply the sealant. Use a reliable weather forecasting app that you know you can trust and then get to work. If you need any help with the cleaning or application of the sealant, please feel free to give us a call or get in contact with us through our website.


We are here to help you with any repairs you need done this summer and we can help you apply more sealant. Visit our website at www.egeinterlock.com for more information about our wide range of services and our excellent reputation in the field for Toronto interlock driveways.