ChristinaJudy Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 19:15:41
Be it a pool deck driveway patio or walkway your pavers should be maintained on a regular basis to keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed. First do a visual inspection for sagging areas where water will collect and pool. These areas are often caused by water from a hose or rain washing earth foundation material and sand into a hollow space below the paver foundation. Once pooling is noticeable these sagging areas often widen quickly do to the increase of water draining in these areas. Its important for the hollow to be filled and stabilized before leveling the pavers otherwise you can be performing the same task next year. To fix this situation can be tricky. First remove the sagging pavers find the hollow and fill it with a foundation material. Next you want to tamp or pack the foundation material to within two inches of the bottom of the existing pavers. Fill the remaining 2 inches with sand and tamp it level with the bottom of the existing pavers and replace the removed pavers.
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.
When you choose an interior floor covering you have many different material choices. The same holds true for choosing pool or outdoor area pavers. Pool patios and decks and sidewalks use pavers made of concrete stone or brick. These are the three most common types of materials for pavers. The paver material you choose can affect the design you can create. Since concrete and brick pavers are manmade you can find these pavers in different shapes and sizes. Stone pavers on the other hand are natural so it limits the options to more traditional shapes. The summer and warmer months of the year means spending more time outdoors in our backyards and around the pool.
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.