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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.
Pavers can be installed in a variety of unique and interesting patterns to add flair and interesting qualities to your home garden or business. When laying pavers long straight lines should be avoided and either a basket weave pattern or a varying unique pattern should be used in straight line paver installation. This creates an ambiance that is reflective of your personality as well as the home or business personality. A qualified paver contractor should be able to interest you in all kinds of unique paver designs and show you exactly how paver installation can dramatically beautify your home or business. When looking for a paver contractor make sure he or she is willing to listen to your ideas and thoughts and then build upon them. A quality paver contractor will come will a solid reputation and references that are impeccable. Most of all a paver contractor should be enthusiastic about your project. It is a project of creativity and artistic impression combined with skill and knowledge. A lack of enthusiasm can be taken for a lack of artistic ability.
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.
The only difference however between using a thin paver and thick paver over compacted base is that you cannot compact the thin paver once the project is complete. In both instances the base material is compacted but once a thick paver project is completed it is standard practice to spread joint sand over top and compact the field once or twice. The quality thickness and careful compaction of the base material is truly what gives any new paver area its longevity and as long as this crucial step is tended to appropriately then the longevity of the paver project will not be compromised regardless of the paver thickness.