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After fixing any sagging areas look for individual pavers that are sitting higher or lower than the surrounding pavers. A paver that sits higher can often be leveled by using a rubber mallet to force it into its proper position. If its too high or doesnt move you may have to remove it so you can remove some of the sand thats below the paver. If it sits low youll have to remove it to add sand until its level. To remove the paver you can purchase a paver removal tool or you can use a small pry bar to loosen the paver and lift it out of its space being careful not to crack or chip the paver. Its a good idea to pressure wash the surface on a yearly basis. Pressure Washing cleans the surface of your pavers and also remove much of the organic material growing between the pavers. Removing the organic material reduces the amount of bugs living in your paver area and helps keep the pavers stable.
Sealing pavers immediately after installation decreases chances of getting displaced or disfigured. The pavers set in sand move and adjust so in case a piece of pavers is chipped off in the process immediately replace it. So keeping a few extra pavers in stock is a good idea in case the particular design suddenly goes off the market. You dont want to ruin a perfectly symmetrical patio with one mismatched paver. If the pavers are laid on sand check them annually to see if the pieces have sunk. Brush in sand in the space in between them if necessary. The sand in the joints should be half as high as the level of the pavers. Sealing concrete in between prevents this problem.
Protection - Cleaning pavers followed by sealing pavers you are essentially putting a shield that protects it from being damaged due to various external factors such as reaction with acid and fungal infestations. You dust proof your pavement by creating a film on it. It helps repel water damage and repel stains caused by oil grease and grime. Sealing pavers renews the surface color and provides a protective barrier from the sun and its damaging effects of the ultra-violet rays and provides protection from efflorescence. Paver sealing prevents the absorption of stains as well as deter the growth of algae mold mildew and weeds and insect activity making ongoing maintenance of a properly sealed paver surface much easier and far more effective.
Structural integrity - An indispensable part of enhancing ones pavers is the process of re-sanding the joints which helps in its stability reduces paver loosening and cracks while effectively reducing the effects of erosion on the pavers preventing the exposure of the structural aggregate. A variety of sealing pavers also provides resistance against salts acids and other corrosive material. Sealing pavers also helps in conservation of water as it protects the joint-sand from erosion. Appearance - The paver wears a clean and glossy look once it is sealed. Sealing paver enhances the appearance of its color. Sealers use ingredients which protect the pavers from fading due to exposure to sunlight.