Mother Nature can sure take a toll on your hardscape projects around your home. I’m sure you’ve already taken the critical measures to try and increase the resistance against the weather and all that Mother Nature can do. Regardless of all you’ve done, the season hardscape maintenance is encouraged to preserve the beauty and integrity of your hard work. Over the years I’ve learned a few tips on how to restore the pavement around your home to help you not make the same mistakes I have.
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Cleaning- Before applying any paver cleaning solution to your hardscape, test a small area first to be sure you get the desired results.Be sure to read and follow the directions printed on container labels for cleaning solution use, application, precautions and first aid. Always rinse the solution off thoroughly after use.For tough stains, use a specialized cleaner to treat the specific stain. Cleaning your pavers can really helps to correctly restore and protect them. Most companies that offer paver cleaning only uses a cold pressure washer and wand which doesn’t really clean them or can even damage the surface. You want a deep steam cleaning for your pavers using hot water that is powerful and won’t damage the surface or even affect the underlying sand that your pavers rest on. Cleaning allows your pavers to get rid of dirt, grime and mold as well as grass, weeds and other growth that might be under your pavers.
Don’t Forget To Sand- Once your paver surface is cleaned out as thoroughly as possible and the join sand has been removed, then a fresh, clean, new joint sand must be installed between the joints. New premium joint sand is then swept over the paver surface to replace what was removed during the cleaning aspect. The pavers are then ‘wet sanded’ to push them into place. The wet stand helps to force wet sand between the pavers and it’s properly sanded paver project can leave your surface clean of sand.
Application Process- If you didn’t know, applying paver sealer is like an art. The finish and beauty of the overall look of your paver sealer really determines on many factors, all of which should be executed with precision. These include the consistency, performance of the equipment that was used, the type of sprayer tip, the amount of gallons per minute and many other factors. If you are uncertain on how to make sure you are doing the proper job, you may want to hire a professional to help you and save you money from doing it again if you messed up. These experts are trained to help you
Use The Correct Sealer – One of the biggest issues that can go wrong when it comes to paver sealer is not using the correct one for your pavers. There are several different types of sealers on the market and more are actually not designed for pavers. If you purchase your own in a local hardware store to seal your paver it’s not really a great idea and can often result in irreparable damage. My opinion would be to ask the experts what they recommend.
Hire A Professional – Unsure if you’re up for the task of restoring the pavement yourself? Hiring an expert is the perfect solution and if you live in the Atlanta area, there is one company you need to call to help answer any questions or concerns you may have, plus offer quality and friendly customer service day and night. The staff at Georgia Pavers and Restoration are a great group of individuals who dedicate to the hardscape industry and customer satisfaction. They are extremely passionate in making sure that your pavers and natural stone look their best year round and one of the bes things it to clean and seal them on a regular basis. Georgia Paver Restoration specializes in the application of ‘Seal n Lock’s paver and natural stone sealer. This cleaning and seal process is all-in-one day process that helps return your pavers and stone to their natural color and beauty. This can be the look of brick pavers, clay pavers, cement driveways, acrylic overlays, natural stone, pile decks or any other flat surface! All surfaces as stated above are cleaned, paver joints resanded and two coats of sealer is applied in matter of hours not day. The result is a rich, long seal that will protect your investment for years to come.
How are you going to help restore your pavement?