ChristinaJudy Outdoor Paver June 17th, 2018 - 19:18:35
Power wash brick paver areas using a 2700 psi power washer or greater. You may or may not need to use a paver cleaner during this process. Sweep joint sand into all the joints of the pavers and water down with a light spray from a garden hose. Sweep sand and water down a second time to ensure joints are full of joint sand. Once dry confirm joints are full with joint sand and move on to the next step. Having these joints completely filled and compacted will help maintain paver stability. Apply a joint stabilizing sealer on all the paver areas. The sealer hardens the sand which helps prevent water intrusion in the joints and insects digging through it! Follow the instructions of the manufacturer on how to apply sealer.
Concrete pavers are 100% manufactured material. It is made with two ingredients. Cement and aggregate. It can be manufactured and produced to withstand any kind of harsh weather conditions and endure high or low traffic areas. It is available in different styles for different applications. Concrete pavers are made to look and resemble natural stone at a fraction of a cost of real stones. These pavers are commonly used for those on a tight budget but want to have the look and feel of natural stone. There are different colors to choose from. Dyes and pigments are added during the manufacturing process to produce these different colors.
A cost comparison of alternative flooring surfaces will show that pavers are in the mid range of available options. Materials such as higher end travertine or flagstone are at the top along with premium wood or composite wood. At the low end of landscape flooring options we have basic gravel then loose flagstone pieces set in sand and then basic natural gray poured concrete which is why so many of our driveways and sidewalks use basic natural gray concrete. But if you want to stretch your budget a bit and get something that has a completely more exciting look and feel compared to basic concrete using pavers is a great option.
Pavers that are sealed neither require high maintenance nor are they damaged easily. You do not have to pay for pressure cleaning and disinfection frequently. Pavers remain stronger and well preserved for longer durations. Further sealers are flexible and versatile in their usage and the same sealer can be used for different kinds of surfaces such as cement or stone. Pavers are the red carpet into your home or office. They make the first impression on visitors. Therefore they need to be well maintained and kept clean. Sealing pavers is a great way to save time effort and money. However make sure that you use a good quality sealer or hire an efficient sealing contractor so that you can make the most of your investment.