- Paver Restoration
Professional Paver Restoration
It has become popular over the last few years to have pavers installed on driveways, patios, pool decks and walkways. They really look grand when they are clean and well maintained. Something we can be proud of and which increases the house’s curb appeal.
However, when they need to be repaired, they can do the opposite. Instead of enhancing the look of our homes they detract from the beauty and can even bring down our property values.
This is where we can help!
The Process - Repairing
First of all, we need to assess where there may be some low spots where water dwells. These can be caused by any number of things, erosion, Irrigation leaks, areas where there is less of a strong footing from the original install and movement from cars driving on the pavers next to a weak area of the edge of the lawn.
We can do the repairs needed by taking out the pavers and building up the foundation using an asphalt based product making sure it is at the correct height, tamping down the foundation to make sure it is firm and placing the pavers back in the exact order in which they were done originally. This can be an extensive process if there is a lot of work to be done or it may be minor. We will come out to inspect the job to make sure the expectations of you, the homeowner, can be met with minimal cost.
Sometimes there are high spots which come from a tree root that has overtaken the paver area. This will require a tree expert who has the knowledge necessary to cut off the root and not harm the tree. Sometimes these roots are structural which keeps the tree from falling over and some are feeder roots that take up nutrients and water for continued growth of the tree. This is a process we do not do but will require a third party to do that and we can then start our process of repair.
The Process - Stripping the Pavers (If necessary)
We sometimes we run in to what we call efflorescence. This is a white-like substance normally small dots or circles which has been caused by water within the pavers that were sealed without the opportunity for the moisture to be released into the atmosphere. You should always wait at least 90 days after installation before pavers can be sealed. If we notice efflorescence on the pavers the sealer must be stripped off and the sealer replaced after cleaning. This can be an extensive process and usually turns a one-day job into a two-day job, therefore rather costly.
The Process - Cleaning the Pavers
After the repairs are all taken care of, (and stripping if necessary), we are ready to start the cleaning process. This is mostly done by using a flat surface cleaner and a pressure washer. We sometimes use soaps and chemical solutions to kill the mold and mildew ahead of time. We then check for mold inside of the paver joints to see if there is any residue.
The Process - Re-sanding The Pavers
The next step in the process is re-sanding. Since the joints are now clean the sand is easily pushed into the joints and we use a push broom for the process. The sand not only helps to stabilize the pavers but it frames the pavers to make them “pop”. Sometimes we cannot put sand in the joints in the case of travertine tiles which are very porous and will absorb the sand into the surface of the tile. These however can be sealed.
The Process - Sealing the Pavers
The final process that needs to be done is the sealing. Sealing comes in various finishes but mostly we use one that is a sun blocker and mold inhibitor and rather a mat finish which brings back the paver’s natural color. It is of course up to the homeowner to choose. We use two applications going north to south in one application and then east to west on the next one. In this way we can be sure we have covered the entire area.
How long will my new Paver Restoration Last?
Paver restoration normally lasts for 3 for 4 years. In Florida, we will still have the mold appear on the surface but it will not penetrate into the pavers but only lie on top of the sealer itself which can be washed off by using your normal garden hose. The biggest issue you'll have is the sun. You will find that the pavers under the Lanai will stay like new much longer than the ones that will be faded by the sun out in the open. Our sealer has sun blockers but still our sun is really powerful!