Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers June 17th, 2018 - 18:12:16
There are several options while choosing amongst the patio ideas for pavers. These include concrete brick and stone pavers. Concrete pavers are the least expensive while the brick patio pavers are the most expensive. Therefore the choice of the pavers will depend on the individuals budget for the task. After installing the pavers it is important to maintain the area. The maintenance requirement is also based on the type of material used. Pavers that can be cleaned easily are easy to maintain while others that cannot be cleaned easily need more time on maintenance. Brick pavers show cracks over time and therefore they need to be maintained to keep their appearance.
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.
Sealing pavers will enhance the color of the pavers giving a new look. Once applied a sealant the surface will remain stain free and it will also be easy to clean it. Bricks absorb oil and stains fast making your pavement dirty and slippery. High pressure cleaning is not recommended for brick pavers as it can damage the bricks. Always clean it using a low pressure cleaner. Color pigments are often used in concrete pavers. Rampant usage of chemicals can cause fading or discoloration of the pavers. Consult a professional before start cleaning concrete pavers. After cleaning you can apply a sealant so that the color remains protected for a long time.
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.