What are the benefits of protecting my pavers?
Properly sealed pavers will minimize maintenance and will help prevent oil, grease, food, drink, leaf and pet stains. (If pavers are sealed, stains are less likely to penetrate into the paver pores.) Sealing can also reduce wear and tear, slow fading, retard the growth of moss or mildew and inhibit weed infestation. Sealing will keep your pavers looking like new for a longer time.
Do I need to clean my pavers before they are sealed?
Because the protectors need to penetrate the pores of the concrete, the surface must be properly cleaned with specially formulated cleaners to remove ground in dirt and stains. Deep cleaning allows good penetration of the sealer for the best results.
How long can I expect it to last?
Typically the sealer will last for a period of 3 to 4 years depending on the exposure and use, i.e., driveways and high traffic areas will not last as long.
How do I choose the best finish for me?
Your Certified Restoration Specialist will provide you with samples of the finishes. You can choose from a Natural Look, a Satin Look or an Enhanced Look. It is a personal preference; however, some finishes are not appropriate in certain areas. Your Certified Restoration Specialist will point you in the right direction!
Some of my pavers have settled, and there is hardly any sand in the joints. Can I still seal my walk?
All repairs must be made to the walk before applying a sealant. This means the walk must be restored to its original condition and all joints must be filled with jointing sand before sealing.
What is polymeric jointing sand?
Polymeric jointing sand is a high-tech mix of graded, colored sand and a polymer binder, specially formulated for the filling of joints between pavers, slabs or natural stones. Unlike conventional sand it stays in place and remains stable. It softens when wet and firms up when dry to better resist movement. Because the sand gets hard you can expect fewer weeds and less insect damage.
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If I have conventional sand can I still use polymeric jointing sand?
YES. However, all the old sand must be completely removed with a specially equipped power washer. The entire surface must be thoroughly dry before the new polymeric sand can be installed.
Can I top off joints with a little bit of polymeric jointing sand?
NO. Polymeric sand cannot be used to top off joints that already have sand in them. The old sand must be removed before applying new poly sand. Polymeric sand needs at least 1.25 inch of depth to cure properly.
I have a large paved area. Is there a more cost effective option to removing the existing sand and installing polymeric sand?
YES. Polymeric jointing sand will last longer and give better results. In older and very large areas of paving where regular sand has been used, an alternative is to top off the joints with additional joint sand then apply a stabilizer. It’s designed to protect the surface while bonding the sand. This stabilizer can be effective for a period of two to three years.
Can you give me a “ball park price” before I set up an appointment for a free consultation?
In some cases, it is possible to get some information over the phone and offer you a rough estimate. However, each project is unique. The only way to provide you with an accurate price requires an onsite evaluation and consultation. This allows us to understand the scope of the project, identify the problem areas and design an effective solution.
Do you seal driveways?
NO. We do not seal asphalt or macadam driveways. We only restore segmental concrete and brick pavers or natural paving stones.
Do you restore stamped concrete?
NO. We do not work with stamped or patterned concrete.