How to Replace Damaged Brick Driveway Pavers

One of the benefits of installing brick driveway pavers is that they are easy to replace or repair once some of the bricks are damaged. Because the bricks are not grouted and in any way secured to the ground with mortar, they can be removed with ease and replaced.

Tools and Materials

  • Replacement bricks
  • Wooden mallet
  • Wood float
  • Sand
  • Gloves
  • Wet saw
  • Wire brush
  • Paver extracting tongs
  • Pry bar

Step 1 – Remove the Damaged Bricks

Use a wire brush to remove the sand along the grout lines. When the edges are clear of sand, position the paver extracting tongs over the brick paver and adjust the clamps to the size of the paver. Once a firm grip is established, squeeze the handles of the device and lift the paver off of the ground. Release the grip on the paver to set it loose. Set the damaged brick aside. Proceed to the next damaged brick and remove it in the same way. Be sure not to throw away the bricks yet without measuring their dimensions.

Two (2) small pry bars can also be used as an alternative tool to remove the damaged bricks. Insert one pry bar on one side of the brick and the other pry bar on the opposite side. Pull the brick in a careful scooping motion to release the brick from the driveway.

Step 2 – Clean the Cavity

Use a wire brush to clean excess sand on the internal edges of the cavity. Before installing a new brick, add some sand on the base of the cavity and flatten it with a wood float. Ensure that the sand is level with the base of the other surrounding pavers.

Step 3 – Purchase Replacements

It is important to get the correct replacement for the damaged one. Consider the color and the dimensions of the damaged brick and use those specifications when purchasing new ones. Some driveways are paved with bricks of various sizes, shapes and color. If this is the case, clearly take note of all removed brick pavers and ensure that each replacement is of the correct size, color and pattern. As long as the replacements are correct, the driveway will look as if nothing has been changed after the replacements are installed.

Step 4 – Install the Replacements

Position each replacement into its proper cavity. Before doing so, ensure that the base of the cavity is properly leveled with the bases of the other pavers. Insert each paver carefully into the cavities. If the replacements are to be installed on the edges of the driveway, use a wet saw to cut them to the correct size and angle. Use a wooden mallet to tap the pavers deeper into the cavity until the top portions are level with the driveway surface.

Pour some sand around the replacements and sweep them into the joints with a small broom. Use a wooden float to push the sand further into the joints. Inspect all replacements if they are properly leveled and grouted.