Brick Paver Maintenance 1-(866) 80 PAVER
It is crucial to perform maintenance on your brick pavers as needed, most likely every 2 - 3 years, depending on the sweeping sand type that is chosen and the weather / climate conditions in your region. The material cost should be about $25 - $50, once again depending on the sand type you chose to use and the total area of your brick pavers. The You Tube Video below featuring The Brick Paver Dr. highlights these basic maintenance steps for your brick pavers.
The steps are the following:
- Inspect your brick pavers and overall condition of the paver joints and identify any locations which may need localized repairs due to settling or restraint failure. You may also have to make a repair of some type to i.e. re-route a downspout, remove a rodent, etc. to insure this does not reoccur to your brick pavers. See the repair section of this video for a demonstration on how to make a basic paver repair. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact The Brick Paver Dr.
- Make brick paver and other necessary repairs.
- Pressure washing is a very messy job. Before you start this step make sure you cover anything you do not want to get covered with mud or get wet including yourself. Also, take a minute to think about your strategy. Try to start in an area that allows you to push all the dirt, debris, and water to an area which is not sensitive to getting dirty or wet, i.e. an area of grass in the yard or the driveway.
- Pressure wash your brick paver surfaces and all adjoining brick structures thoroughly, using a fan style spraying nozzle being careful not to leave any areas of contrast on the brick pavers. Areas of contrast aesthetically do not look good. When cleaning the paver joints try to remove all the organic material such as moss, grass, soil, and insects. A 15 degree or 25 degree spray nozzle is great for cleaning the paver joints but, may make it difficult to uniformly clean all the paver surface. If you are stripping old sealer from your pavers that can be incorporated into this step by applying your stripper solution prior to pressure washing.
- Allow your brick pavers to thoroughly dry especially, if you are using a polymeric or locking type sweeping sand.
- Apply your sweeping sand so that all the paver joints and bordering cracks are filled completely using a broom and hand brush, for the corners and steps. Reference the video below for the exact technique on how to accomplish this.
- If you are using a polymeric or locking type sweeping sand it is very crucial to remove as much of the sand from the paver surface as possible especially, if you are sealing your brick pavers. You can accomplish this by re-sweeping the areas where the sand was applied and by taking a leaf blower and blowing off the paver surface. Try to minmize the amount of sand which is removed from the paver joints.
- If you are sealing your brick pavers you can now seal them. If you are not sealing your brick pavers and used a polymeric or locking type sand you should now thoroughly mist your pavers and allow the sand to start to set up. Some styles of sand will actually start to bubble, indicating that the polymer activation is occurring, and once the water has been absorbed will require a second misting application to complete this step. If you have any specific questions regarding the application of the sweeping sand you are using contact the manufacturer or distributor of your sweeping sand.
If you have any questions regarding the maintenance of your brick pavers feel free to contact The Brick Paver Dr. at 1 (866) 80 PAVER.
We hope you find this video informative and helpful in preserving the life of your brick pavers. Good Luck.
The Brick Paver Dr. Specialists in Hardscape New Install, Restoration & Maintenance
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