How do your pavers look? Is hosing them down not restoring their beauty? Is replacing them not in your budget? If your pavers seem a tad too dirty, now might be the perfect time to consider paver restoration. Restoring pavers is more cost-effective and takes less time than replacing your entire patio. Here is the process involved in a restoration/
Sweeping and hosing down your pavers at times doesn’t get the job done. What you need is power washing. This involved using a high-pressure hose that has a rotating head. It helps remove about ¼ to ½ inch of dirt as well as sand in the grooves of the bricks or stones. This is the fastest method you can use in paver restoration. Special pieces of equipment are needed for this thus the reason you should work with a professional.
The second method you can use to restore the beauty of your pavers is to tackle small repairs. After pavers have been cleaned thoroughly, you may spot some issues. These issues need to be fixed before they worsen. The repair work may involve replacing damaged pavers or aligning misaligned pavers. You will then need to use polymeric sand to fill the joints in order to strengthen them. It is highly advised against filling the spaces with sand on a rainy day. This is because things can get really messy and turn out to be a waste of time. When it is wet, sand will clump together and will not get deep into the joints. This makes the process counterproductive.
Once the sand has settled in place (about a week later), you need to clean the pavers one more time. This requires light acid cleaning followed by power washing. Power washing helps remove any acid residue and any leftover sand.
Seal the pavers
The last step is to seal the pavers. While sealing is not mandatory, getting your pavers sealed will help make cleaning easier and help the pavers last longer. There are many products that are available for sealing. Make sure that your contractor uses a recognized product.
These are the key steps involved in paver restoration. How long the results last will depend on how the restoration has been done. It is paramount that you leave the restoration work to the professionals. That way you will be able to avoid such issues as a weak base that causes pavers to break or uniformity problems. Always insist on getting your pavers sealed so that they can last longer.