ChristinaJudy Pavers July 02nd, 2018 - 09:05:41
A common question that we encounter is whether you can use a thin paver on top of base material. The answer is not absolute. In reality it depends on the circumstances of the project and the proficiency of the crew or individual installing the pavers in the first place. The one aspect of the project that must remain constant if considering the use of thin pavers over base is that the area to be paved must only be used as a pedestrian area that wont endure the weight of vehicular traffic. Using a thin paver on compacted base is typically frowned upon within the paver industry. They are normally used to remodel an existing concrete tile or acrylic surface.
Unsealed interlocking pavers are susceptible to staining chipping and growth of creepers through the cracks and edges. Although pavers require minimum maintenance regularly cleaning of the pavers and occasionally sealing them is necessary to preserve the well-tended look of your pristine patio or driveway. Sealing pavers is quite easy considering that a lot of good quality acrylic based sealants are available in the market. It is important to identify the material of the pavers whether it is clay concrete or stone because scrubbing material depend on it. To clean pavers you can use a scrubbing brush and water with a little amount of regular household detergent. Let the solution sit for fifteen minutes before scrubbing off with a broom.
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.
It is advised to lay pavers in the sun. If your pavers dont get enough sunlight there would be a chance of them getting infested with moss. This not only degrades the appearance of the pavers but also decreases their durability. Sealing pavers can prevents algae growth. Another problem often springs up due to the salt present in most of the pavers; efflorescence. This is a white chalky residue that forms on the surface of the pavers in contact with water or on its own. This can be cleaned using concentrated cleaners. Sealing pavers minimizes formation of the residue. Pavers being regularly tread on must be cleaned and polished to keep them intact for a long time.