Adaliz Louise Auclair Outdoor Paver June 25th, 2018 - 11:12:00
The brick pavers need maintenance. The cracks will appear after some time and you will have to do something with them in order to keep their design and looks. It is better to use honed or polished finish while installing them. This will not only save you time and cost for maintenance but will also give a better look to your pavers. These pavers will require maintenance only after three to four years. Poured concrete is the most common material used for outdoor spaces and offers the advantage of a durable surface with plenty of design options to match any landscape. Pavers are individual pieces that could have an interlocking or square-edged design and can be made of different materials such as pre-cast concrete bricks stone slabs or cobbles. Pavers are used as an alternative to concrete in paving driveways patios walkways and other exterior areas.
Pavers can be repaired by lifting the affected area re-grading and re-compacting the base and bedding sand and reinstalling the same pavers. It is an inexpensive procedure that leaves no unsightly repair patches. Pavers are easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional rinsing are usually the most maintenance needed. For heavy soiling pressure washing or a simple spot treatment with a brush cleaner water and some elbow grease will solve the problem. We recommend that you re-sand the joints between the pavers after a pressure wash.
Apply a paver sealer if applicable and if desired. There are many options when choosing paver sealers. Some will have a glossy wet look which often darkens the color of you pavers (which you may or may not desire). Some paver sealers have a matte finish while others are completely invisible. The sealer creates a durable barrier against liquid absorption on the paver itself (as opposed to the joint stabilizing sealer which hardens the joint sand). Brick paver sealers will help prevent staining and will keep your pavers looking cleaner for a much longer period of time. Some high end pavers have a stain resistant surface and this step is unnecessary. Follow the instructions of the sealers manufacturer on how to apply it properly.
In addition having objects within the area may cause you harm as they may fly around and strike in case you accidentally hit them with the water coming from your pressure water cleaner. To make the cleanup process faster finding the right end to start with is advisable. Always consider the slope of the pathway in deciding where to start as this will determine how the water will flow - sideways or downwards. The dirt and stains will be easily washed off if the water flows according to the force of gravity. Doing this is not recommended unless your outdoor pavers have not been cleaned for many years. Alternatively you may use a steaming water to get rid of the dirt and stains on the surface.