Brick paver restoration is not as easy as it seems. Many companies offer this service, yet few truly understand how to produce quailty & lasting results. There is all kinds of conflicting information out there about cleaning & sealing brick pavers. We have provided this service since 1990 & have extensive knowledge on the topic.Pressure washing is the first step in the restoration process. Most companies use wand method, sweeping back & forth will not produce the same results our flat surface cleaners. Using a wand method to clean pavers is inferior because it results in missed area’s. With all the dirt & moss laying on the surface it’s impossible to see what is clean & dirty. Moss & dirt will deflect onto the surroundings making a huge mess. Our flat surface cleaner targets every inch of the surface & contains the overspray mess created during the cleaning process.After the pavers are dry, it’s time to fill paver joints with sand & adjust levels. Other companies will recommend using polymeric sand as opposed commercial grade sand. Polymeric sand can work great if you are NOT planning on sealing the pavers & want to avoid sand loss due to washout. However, it’s not necessary to use polymeric sand if you are sealing brick pavers. Even the best polymeric sand available contains a fine powder which sticks to the pores of the pavers causing a hazy residue to appear on the surface which is often sealed over. When sealing pavers we use a commercial grade medium sand, as opposed to polymeric sand. Saturating this sand with Paver Gloss sealer stabilizes it & prevents washout. The sand we use contains no hazy residue which can stick to the surface of clean pavers. The sand absorbs the acrylic sealer creating a lasting permanent bond which has proven to be more reliable than polymeric sand.
The application method of sealer is very important. Some competitors will tell you that it’s better to apply the sealer with a roller than a low pressure sprayer because it will result in a heavier coat which lasts longer. Nothing could be further from the truth. The roller head touches the sand often removing it from the joints between the pavers & depositing it on the surface to dry, creating a ugly mess. A roller applies the sealer too heavy, causing a white haze to appear in a short period of time.
Make sure you do consider these important facts before hiring a company to clean & seal your pavers. If the process is not done correctly, fixing the mess created will often cost you 3 to 4 times as much as it does to do it the right way. Don’t be a victim of poor workmanship!