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Brick pavers have always been a great choice for decorative driveways, sidewalks, and patios. They can be used to create an endless amount of designs and can last for many years. With a good solid base, proper installation, and maintenance, brick pavers can last as long as any type of hard surface like masonry or concrete.
To maintain a brick driveway, patio, sidewalk, or other brick surface it's important to clean and reseal the bricks every few years. This will lock out moisture, dirt, and mildew. A quality brick sealer will also solidify the sand that is used between the bricks to give more stability to the entire surface.
The first step to restore a brick surface is to clean the brick. Normally a pressure washer is used with a roto or jet type nozzle. This will clean all the old sand, weeds, moss, and other debris off and in between the bricks. Once the surface is cleaned it should be allowed to dry for several days.
On the day you plan to seal the brick pavers, you can spread new sand in between the bricks. Simply pour the sand on the surface and broom it into the cracks. Once all the gaps are filled, blow the excess sand off with a leaf blower to prepare it for brick paver sealer.
To apply the brick sealer use a Chapin Heavy Duty Sprayer or other pump up sprayer for the best results. Apply an even coat of brick sealer on top of the bricks and sand. Allow the brick sealer to dry according to the manufacturer's suggestions before allowing for foot traffic.
A quality brick sealer such as SuperSeal will prevent weeds from growing up and will protect the brick pavers from water absorption, dirt, and mildew. SuperSeal comes in a matte or "wet" look finish. It also helps to prevent color fading and will preserve the natural look of the brick paver surface. Protect your brick surfaces by cleaning and sealing them with a high quality brick paver sealer every couple of years.
There are not many surfaces around your home that are more expensive than concrete. At the same time, when concrete driveways, patios, sidewalks, and porches are maintained and kept in good shape, they can keep their value and last for many years.
Maintaining concrete is a simple process of washing and sealing the surface. This will ensure maximum protection against weather and traffic. Many contaminants both natural and man-made can break down concrete surfaces and literally ruin them in a few years. Some of the different problems with unprotected concrete are cracking, chipping, flaking, pitting, and fading.
Many different causes can result in a failed concrete surface. Water and moisture damage, stains and spills, color fading from weather, UV rays, and excessive traffic. The good thing is that all these problems and causes can be prevented with a quality, best concrete sealer.
Applying a concrete sealer will lock out moisture, enhance the natural look of the concrete, and protect against traffic. Preserving a concrete surface with a concrete sealer is an easy DIY project. First the concrete should be cleaned. A pressure washer is the best method. Any stains should be cleaned using a cleaner specific to the stain.
After the concrete is allowed to dry for 24-48 hours it is then ready to be sealed. It's best to use a leaf blower or broom to clean off any debris that may have gotten on the surface since it was cleaned. It's important to protect all surrounding areas of the house and landscaping that you don't want to get concrete sealer on.
Always follow the directions on the sealer label for the best results. A common mistake for applying concrete sealer is to apply too much. Go by the manufacturer's suggestions on square footage coverage rates and be sure to apply an even coat across the entire surface.
It's important to allow the concrete sealer to fully dry and cure before allowing for foot traffic. Again, follow the manufacturer's suggestions for drying times. Most concrete sealers should be reapplied every 2-3 years depending on the type of sealer, traffic, and climate.
Sealing concrete is a great way to protect your investment and keep your concrete surfaces protected for many years of use.
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California and other low VOC states have been restricted to water-based concrete and brick paver sealers in the past. Finally there is a solvent based sealer that can legally used and sold in these states!
In the past there has never been a permanent solution to your cement and concrete issues. Thanks to advancements in technology there now is a permanent concrete water sealer for all types of concrete and cement. As Permanent as the Pyramids!
The main reason that people seal their pavers is to create an enhanced "wet" look, which creates a darkening effect and satin to semi-gloss shine. The acrylic in the paver sealer will deepen the natural color tones and add a glossy shine. The gloss level is dependent on the solid content of the acrylic, porosity of the substrate, and how many previous coats have been applied. Typically only one coat of a high quality sealer is needed when applying a solvent based Brick Paver Sealer. The sealer will also protect and cure the pavers from spills, oils and the degrading effects of the sun.
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