ChristinaJudy Pavers July 05th, 2018 - 09:58:15
If your pavers are beginning to show some signs of fading or stains you can hire a Michigan paver company to clean strip and re-seal your driveway. This can bring back the original beauty of the paver driveway. Because of the wear and tear of having vehicles driving over the pavers you may have to have your pavers redone every 2 to 3 years to ensure the best performance. With proper maintenance there is no reason why your paver driveway cannot stay looking almost as good as new. Brick paver sealing is also a good idea for paved patios. You invest in a brick paver driveway and patio to improve the value of your property why would you refuse to use basic maintenance like sealing your pavers? Often people buy homes that have already been upgraded with a paver patio or driveway but do not realize just how much brick sealing could improve the look of the landscaping that is there. When pavers are allowed to fade out from the sun and dirt that build up it is hard to see the true beauty of what is there. Paver sealing in Michigan is even more important because of the salt used on the roads during the winter. Salt can stain the pavers and dull the colors. Power washing can help to some degree but sealing the pavers can make them look as good dry as they do wet. Invest in the maintenance needed to protect your property value. Sealing driveway pavers is an easy option for keeping your driveway as good as new.
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.
In fact you can typically notice a serious difference between any two paver areas in color shade or variation whether these areas were simply produced at different times or theres a difference in product thickness. This aesthetic sacrifice does not work for most clients and using a thin paver over prepared base for a purely pedestrian area is completely functional other than the aforementioned compaction difference when compared with a thick paver. If a client is simply interested in a new paver patio then thick pavers are the order of the day. Believe or not but thick pavers cost the same as thin pavers! Therefore there is not a difference in the project cost for the client when choosing to construct a brand new patio. Occasionally however a client simply likes the look be it shape or color of a thin paver vendor better than any of the options from the thick paver option. If this is the case we maintain that the aesthetics are the main priority of the project and we will utilize the thin pavers over prepared base.
Paver manufacturers are in business to produce as many pavers as quickly and as efficiently as they can. When they have to shut the system down to change out shape molds and adjust machinery to accommodate thin paver thickness they lose a lot of valuable production time. It can take hours to switch from one mold to the next. Additionally since thin pavers arent ordered as often the order quantities are frequently less and the manufacturer is forced to produce less pavers per mold and color. This inefficiency causes increased costs for the producers and they pass those costs on to their customers. So even though thin pavers use fewer raw materials to be produced they take up more time and time is money.