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ChristinaJudy Pavers June 09th, 2018 - 19:13:44
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.
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.
Your paver contractor should be able to tell you offhand which material is used and how much is needed. Obviously if a paver contractor cant explain this thoroughly to you its time to move on to a new paver contractor. The foundation of the paver installation process must be precise. The soil density is vital to the paver installation process and if you want the paver installation to last it really is best to call in a qualified professional paver contractor. A weak or saturated area of soil may not reach the required density levels for proper paver installation and then naturally the area would need to be modified in order for the pavers to lay properly. The basic goal outside of beautiful and sound construction of the paver area is to create the soil foundation a minimum of 95% Proctor density. Without great enough density the inevitable is bound to happen sooner or later and the pavers may crack split or cave in under you without warning. A qualified paver contractor can explain exactly how this density requirement applies to your property and what can be done to improve it prior to the paver installation.
Further since sealing pavers keeps them protected from formation of microorganisms they look well maintained and clean because of which the appearance of not only your paver but also the entire landscape is enhanced. Sealing pavers substantially deepens the color of pavers which gives it a crisp elegant look which further provides aesthetic appeal to your home. Cost benefits - Having pavers installed is an investment as it has minimal cost of maintenance and adds durability to the structure. Sealing a paver gets you great returns. Neither does it demand frequent maintenance nor does it damage easily. 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.