Adaliz Louise Auclair Pavers May 03rd, 2018 - 09:42:11
Pavers made of concrete go well with flagstone brick and concrete walkways or patios. If you live in climates where winter temperatures dip below zero concrete pavers are a good choice. Theyre able to hold up well in extreme temperatures. Choose pavers in shades such as ochre pink bisque white or sand. Pavers come in keyhole x-shape y-shape pentagon hexagon and fan designs. Pavers are made of sandstone blue stone granite and limestone as well. Such pavers are typically quite pricey. These kinds of pavers are usually used for patios and sidewalks or around pools or fountains. You can choose pavers made of these materials in a variety of geometric designs.
Your job does not end with sealing pavers. You have to clean pavers regularly because damp weather makes pavers absorb moisture from the environment along with dust and can spoil the show of your pavement. So clean them and mop them regularly. Avoid using any highly concentrated chemicals that damage the environment. Always look for natural formulae for cleaning. You can use a high pressure cleaner and spray the pavers with salt water. For cleaning stains that are lighter a solution of detergent and warm water would be advisable. However stains of petrol or oil will not dissolve in water or soap. You can use a commercial product available in the market under the guidance of a professional. Another way of cleaning oil or petrol stains is the use of kitty litter on pavers on the previous night and sweep off the next day.
Sealing pavers immediately after installation decreases chances of getting displaced or disfigured. The pavers set in sand move and adjust so in case a piece of pavers is chipped off in the process immediately replace it. So keeping a few extra pavers in stock is a good idea in case the particular design suddenly goes off the market. You dont want to ruin a perfectly symmetrical patio with one mismatched paver. If the pavers are laid on sand check them annually to see if the pieces have sunk. Brush in sand in the space in between them if necessary. The sand in the joints should be half as high as the level of the pavers. Sealing concrete in between prevents this problem.
Cleaning pavers should not be put off. The surfaces of the pavers are porous and quickly absorb oil; the longer the oil remains the deeper it sets making the stain permanent. Get oil removers from a local hardware store but make sure it is not acidic. Acidic chemicals can react with the salt of the pavers and damage it. Weeds growing in the pavers are a nuisance especially when they force cracks through the tiles themselves! Sealing pavers mostly avoid this but sometimes if the weeds are not plucked for a long time they can be dislodged from their slots. Apply a weed-killer to get good results. If the pavers are not matt finish applying a stone polish can prevent weeds from growing profusely along with providing protection. If you really want some greenery in between your pavers scatter short rooting grass or herb seeds evenly along the joints.