Cleaning and sealing paving-stones for your outdoor floors on Long island NY.
Cleaning and sealing paving-stones, what you need to know from an expert.With millions of paving stones installed on Long Island over the past 40 years, the need for cleaning and sealing old stone driveways, patios, front stoops, walkways, and retaining walls, is an everyday question for many homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk County on Long Island NY. In 1972, Unilock started to manufacture interlocking concrete pavers in North America for the first time. This technology was already available in Europe, and was very popular method of outdoor pavement for municipal and residential use. Over the years Manufactured concrete pavers have become very popular and many other manufacturing facilities have opened up across the country. Lots of small private companies that had involvement in the concrete industry, and many other large corporations (Belgard, Anchor, Techo-bloc, Nicolock, Cambridge, Pavestone, Renox, Grinell, etc.) have promoted and produced millions of interlocking concrete pavers throughout the North America territory. Concrete pavers have innovated the patio and driveway industry. As an alternative to poured in place concrete, and natural stone patios, concrete pavers offer a less expensive solution. They provide a larger variety of colors and shapes, and a simple, more durable installation method. The benefit of using concrete pavers over natural stones is lower cost, and the benefit of using pavers over asphalt and poured concrete is durability. The downside to concrete pavers is that over the years, concrete pavers are affected by the sun rays, cold weather, salt, and calcium chloride that is used over the pavers in winter months. Concrete used to manufacture concrete pavers is of the highest quality, but nothing withstands the taste of time.
Cleaning and sealing paving-stones is necessary for many reasons. After pavers have been installed, it’s recommended to wait a full year to allow the concrete pavers to cure, for the cement to harden, and the surface of the pavers the weather a little. After a year, the process of Cleaning and sealing paving-stones is ready to begin to preserve the pavers’ colors and finish. The sealer will expose the color of the paving stones, and it also makes the surface water repellent and stain resistant, and it prevents the paving stones from absorbing any salt or ice melters that is used in the winter.
Cleaning and sealing paving-stones is not as simple as it sounds. There are many products available on the market that can be used to seal concrete pavers and most of them will do the job, but the installation of sealer starts with a great paving stone surface preparation. As a well experienced sealing company, Gappsi has the proper tools, trained personnel, and the right sealer to accomplish the best finish sealer installation for you patios and driveways. Gappsi starts the preparation of the paving stones by steam cleaning the surface using a high volume pressure washing system that can produce hot water up to 200 degrees. This will remove the dirt and debris that is collected on the paver surface and that is in the groves of the pavers and in the joints. The next step is to completely fill the joints in between the pavers with high quality polymeric sand and vibrate the pavers with a mechanical plate compactor that has rubber rollers. This will allow the sand to fill in the joints and densify to prevent the growth of weeds and further interlock the paving stones. The last step to Cleaning and sealing paving-stones is applying the sealer. Gappsi urethane sealer is the best product on the market.
Over the past 20 years of Cleaning and sealing paving-stones, we have tried many products on the market. Some sealer products faded away after a few months and especially during the cold Winter and hot Summer months. Others may have had bad reactions to humidity and water after the installation and turned white or created a haze over the pavers dulling out the colors of the paving stones. Other sealers turned yellow or discolored the pavers. Cleaning and sealing paving-stones is an art in itself.
Pavers come with many different textures and finishes, and as a Cleaning and sealing paving-stones professional, you need to know how to handle each texture. Some pavers are manufactured with low spots on the surface to imitate a natural sandstone. The sealer will puddle in those spots, leaving the high points on the paver surface dryer and the lower points with more sealer. This will result in uneven shiny spots throughout the paver area, destroying the beauty of the pavement and making it very ugly visually. Other surfaces are smoother and the sealer runs away from the surface in to the joints. In this situation, other Technic has to be applied. Having the knowledge of the surface that the sealer is being applied to, knowing the products you are using, being aware of the temperature and the time of the year that sealer is applied, knowing the difference and the reaction of the different stone manufacturers, and how each different color reacts to the sealer applications, is what delivers a great Cleaning and sealing paving-stones installation and a very satisfied customer. Contact Gappsi for your next project to protect and rejuvenate you paving stone patios and driveways at 631-543-1177, or visit our showroom to view a display of sealed pavers and walls.