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Efflorescence White Powder on Nicolock And Cambridge Pavers







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    Gappsi is Long Island's Efflorescence White Powder Removal Experts!

    Efflorescence White Powder that occurs on Nicolock & Cambridge pavers occurs with all concrete and is the most frequent problem contractors face with colored concrete, it is a crystalline deposit on the surfaces of masonry that the appearance of can detract from an otherwise beautiful structure or façade.

    Cement is naturally rich in lime and salt minerals as well as naturally white. When molded, concrete cures no matter what color it is, but it has a tendency to show white haze emerging to the surface or the exterior of the product when a darker concrete is used. The darker the color of the cement, the more the white haze stands out. The only time this natural phenomenon is not visible is when pure white cement is used with no color. Over time, the lime and salts that migrate to the surface of the pavers will tend to go away but then come back again. This is because when concrete gets wet and then dries, the salt and lime rise to the surface of the pavers. This occurrence is also known as “efflorescence,” and is accepted in the industry by manufacturers and contractors, and it is a natural phenomenon that nobody can control.

    Over the years, chemicals have been produced as additives to the concrete during the manufacturing of Nicolock and Cambridge concrete products and cleaners have been developed to remove efflorescence from the surface of pavers. It has worked to a degree, efflorescence has been minimized, but not totally eliminated from concrete manufactured products. In many situations, efflorescence is very light and in others, it can be very heavy. This could be caused by many factors: pour drainage, concrete that is very rich in cement, or changes in weather going from cold nights to hot days. Over time this natural process could affect the color of the pavers. The lime and salts come up to the surface of concrete and crystallize. This could even happen to natural stones if they are installed directly on a cement base. The solution to bring the color back on the paver surface is to wait at least one year after the pavers are installed, clean and treat them with chemicals if necessary, and then seal them. The sealer will enhance the colors and eliminate the haze on the surface of the pavers and also protect the pavers from weathering since concrete is corrosive to the elements.

    Efflorescence is very common with Nicolock Cambridge Pavers, if you visit any concrete pavers manufacturers such as Techo-Bloc or Unilock you will find that they all have instructions on how to remove Efflorescence.

    For additional information or help on Efflorescence removal contact Gappsi at 631-543-1177.  Visit our cleaning and sealing page to learn more about concrete products, paver maintenance, and solution to a long-lasting color, and finish. Gappsi provides cleaning, sealing, and preservation of your paving stones as well as retaining walls all over Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk County.

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    Gappsi offers Efflorescence White Powder Removal Services in the following areas of Eastern Long Island, Western Long, Island, North-Shore long Island, South-Shore Long Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon, Huntington, Islip, Smithtown, Brookhaven, Southampton, Riverhead, East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor, Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor, East Norwich and both Nassau and Suffolk County.  In addition, Gappsi provides all the following products and services: Landscape Designing, Swimming pools, Home Remodeling, Sports Game Courts, Outdoor Appliances, Pavingstone Cleaning and Sealing, Holiday Lights, Epoxy Floors, Shrink Wrap Services, Landscape, Masonry, Natural Stone, Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Porcelain.