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ChristinaJudy Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 17:25:42
Cleaning pavers should not be put off. The surfaces of the pavers are porous and quickly absorb oil; the longer the oil remains the deeper it sets making the stain permanent. Get oil removers from a local hardware store but make sure it is not acidic. Acidic chemicals can react with the salt of the pavers and damage it. Weeds growing in the pavers are a nuisance especially when they force cracks through the tiles themselves! Sealing pavers mostly avoid this but sometimes if the weeds are not plucked for a long time they can be dislodged from their slots. Apply a weed-killer to get good results. If the pavers are not matt finish applying a stone polish can prevent weeds from growing profusely along with providing protection. If you really want some greenery in between your pavers scatter short rooting grass or herb seeds evenly along the joints.
One of the most beautifying and creative additions you can make to your home or business is the addition of a patio surface walkway or creative stone and paver enhancement. These additions can add tremendous value and usability to your home or business. However before you rush to the phone book and call just any paving contractor there are things you probably need to consider. Paver installation is a skill that requires education and specific knowledge. You really cant call Bob from down the street and slap a few pavers in by yourself and expect it to last for years to come. The base material is determined for the most part by the condition of the soil that is located under where the pavers are to be laid. Each state is unique but basically pavers are laid on their base material which is determined by the type of material used under that particular states major roadways.
We frequently install thin pavers on top of base material when the project calls for it. For instance if we are remodeling an existing pool deck and the client wants to expand the deck area we will simply excavate the addition compact four inches of base material and install the thin pavers on top so that they are flush with the thin pavers we just installed over top of the existing pool deck. The reason we choose to use a thin paver in this example is to maintain color shade and variation consistency throughout the entire project. Thick and thin pavers never match exactly because they are manufactured at different times using different aggregates. The variation in color dye blending and moisture content of the sand and aggregates during the manufacturing process is what gives each batch of pavers its own distinct look.
Inspect the joints of the pavers for sand loss. If the sand is more than ¼ inch below the joint surface youll have to "re-sand" the pavers. To re-sand you must use paver sand. You can buy this in bags at Lowes and Home Depot or at a brick yard. Spread the sand our on the pavers and using a push broom sweep the sand back and forth at a 45 degree angle from the joint lines until the level is 1/4th to 1/8th of an inch to the top of the joint surface. After the pavers have been adjusted cleaned and re-sanded (and every time after re-sanding) you want to seal your pavers with a good quality sealer. Sealing your pavers will protect the pavers from most kind staining and it will harden the joint sand locking your pavers into place and preventing anthills and weeds from growing between pavers. A good quality sealer will prevent a haze from forming on the paver surface caused from moisture in the paver when sealing. If you currently see a haze on the surface of your pavers from previous sealing youll have to strip the existing sealer before applying new sealer.