On a weekly basis we get phone calls about brick paver front porch steps that are failing. Weather it is brick pavers glued to an old concrete front porch or steps or retaining wall blocks that wer not properly installed and are settling that are causing the pavers on top to pop off.
Either way it is a hazard to friends family and strangers that approach your front door. A hidden tripping hazard that catches visitors unexpectedly. Paver Protector Inc. has solutions to fix any failing front step or porch brick pavers.
It might be as easy as removing the pavers that have popped off and reglueing. The adhesive used for concrete pavers lasts a long time but in some conditions not as long. On concrete front porches that have pavers glued the adhesive typically fails quicker because the concrete step holds moisture from rain, watering and humidity. This weakens the adhesive. This moisture also freezes in the winter and expands which will pop pavers off of a porch.
On some front steps we completely remove the porch and steps and build from scratch. This is best when the concrete below the pavers is weak, crumbling and brittle. No amount of adhesive will hold pavers on concrete in this condition. This is an involved process since breaking apart and removing the old concrete is required prior to installing new segmental retaining wall blocks to build up a front porch and steps.
Some porches we can remove part of the steps like we did on this project below. The lower step was glued to a concrete step that was crumbling. The Paver Protector crew removed the original pavers and then cut apart the concrete step and used a jack hammer breaker to remove the old step. We then compacted the ground below and installed an 8″ compacted gravel base as a foundation for the retaining wall blocks to sit on. In the first picture you can see the top row of wall blocks below the pavers. Paver Protector also extended this step out about a foot to give more area for visitors to step down.
In the below picture you can see that using retianing wall block Paver Protector was able to use a good amount of adhesive to attach the pavers to and we also limited the amount of overhang to prevent pavers from popping off when people step on the edge in the future.
If you have loose pavers or a front step or front porch that is settling or a hazard give Paver Protector a call at 630-488-0069 or email us at Info@PaverProtector.com Paver Protector Serves the following areas of Northern Illinois- Barrington, Inverness, Palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elgin, Dundee, South Elgin, Algonquin, Lake in The Hills, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Elburn, Burlington, St. Charles, Wasco, Geneva, West Chicago, Sycamore, Dekalb, Batavia, North Aurora, and other surrounding areas.