A paver restoration is a multi-step approach done to revive existing paver sidewalk, paver patio or paver driveway. If you feel like your pavers are way too damaged, you should call in a professional for an inspection. At times all that you need is to get the paver restored. Needless to say, it is cheaper and faster to restore pavers than it is to install new ones. But what is involved in a restoration?
Most pavers are either installed improperly or use the wrong materials. As a result of this, they tend to get damaged easily. Weedy joints or visible edge restraints are common issues you have to deal with when your pavers have not been installed properly. To revive your pavers, it is a must that you start by fixing the damages.
The best thing about a paver restoration is that you don’t need to replace the whole section as is the case with a concrete patio, sidewalk or driveway. You simply need to take out the damaged pavers and install new ones. This makes repairs both easy and cost-effective. However, to avoid the recurrence of a paver problem, you should always work with an expert. A professional installer will inspect the integrity of all pavers and ensure that repairs are done properly.
The restoration of pavers includes something as simple as deep cleaning. Cleaning helps remove mold and mildew. It also helps remove joint materials such as weeds that may be growing in the spaces between pavers. A professional will offer deep cleaning services that don’t damage the pavers. Hot water cleaning has been found to lead to a super clean surface.
With the pavers having been repaired and cleaned, the next step is to give them time to dry before reinstating new joint material. High-quality polymeric sand is the best option for re-sanding the joints and completing the interlock process. Low quality sand can be inexpensive but will lead to myriad problems. This is because this sand makes the joints vulnerable to insect intrusion and weeds. Ask your installer about the sand they will be using.
While it will cost you a lot more, for lasting results after paver restoration, it is paramount that you get your pavers sealed. Sealers are coats designed to protect pavers from the elements. There are many sealers you can find on the market. They all don’t work the same so make sure your installer uses a high quality sand from a reputable manufacturer. You also have to pick between ‘invisible’ sealer or an ‘enhancing’ sealer. The difference is that ‘invisible’ sealers make your pavement look like no seal has been applied whereas enhancing sealers enhance the beauty of your pavers.