The Importance of Patio Maintenance

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The Importance of Patio Maintenance

So, you just had a beautiful new patio installed in your backyard. You might think that once it’s in, that’s it. Nothing left to do. Wrong. It’s important to understand that there is some maintenance associated with owning a paver patio. It is important to complete the following on a regular basis:

  1. Pressure Washing and Cleaning
  2. Re-Installing Poly Sand
  3.  Sealing

We find that spring is a great time to complete patio maintenance. It will keep your patio looking great for the rest of the year. Simply pressure wash the entire patio and apply a cleaning solution. There are many types of cleaners made specifically for paver patios. No matter your needs (i.e. dirt vs. stains), you will be able to find a cleaner that works for you. Just make sure that the cleaner is appropriate for pavers.

After you have pressure washed and cleaned your patio, you will need to re-install your poly sand. The poly sand is a vital component to your paver patio. Without it, you will find that weeds will begin to grow in the joints between the pavers and dirt will also start to accumulate. You may also have problems with shifting because water will get in between the paver joints.

Installing the poly sand is actually quite simple. Give the patio enough time to dry after pressure washing and cleaning it (1-2 days). Then apply the sand with a broom. Simply sweep the poly sand into the joints. It is a good idea to use a compactor during this process to help the poly sand settle into the joints. Once you have made sure that each joint has an adequate amount of poly sand, use a leaf blower to remove any excess sand from the patio. Finally, you will lightly apply water to the patio to allow the poly sand to set.

Lastly, you will want to determine whether or not to seal your patio. While this is an optional step, most Clients find that it is quite beneficial. Sealing your patio will help protect it from staining, keep your poly sand from eroding at a quicker pace, protect it from fading, etc. The longevity of the sealer will vary from product to product and can be affected by the environment (i.e. exposure to sunlight, heavy traffic, etc.). There are many sealers to choose from. You will want to determine your needs and if you need a water based or solvent based sealer. You will also need to determine the best type of sealer for your pavers. For example, some sealers cannot be used on wet cast pavers. You want to pay close attention to what the directions say when choosing a sealer. Completing your research will help to prevent you from damaging your paver patio.

After installing the poly sand, you will want to give the patio plenty of time to dry before applying the sealer. You will apply the sealer with a sprayer, making sure the entire patio is covered in the process. Directions for application can vary slightly from product to product, so make sure to follow the instructions carefully. Be sure to pay close attention to the weather as most sealers need 24 hours of drying time before they can be exposed to rainfall.

If the patio is maintained properly, it will look pristine and you will have fewer issues with things such as weeds and shifting.

  1. I never realized that poly sand would help keep weeds from growing around my patio; that’s a very helpful tip. I live in an older home, so I’ve been thinking of getting a new patio. These maintenance tips will really help me take great care of the new patio.

  2. How often should one seal the pavers per year? I have heard that sealing them once isn’t enough because of the wear and tear of being outside. We use our patio a lot too, so that’s also something to consider.

    1. Sorry we are just getting back to you. Sealing typically is completed every few years. It does however depend on the quality of the sealer and the amount of use it receives.

  3. I like how you mentioned that you should be pressure washing and cleaning your patio regularly. I just had a patio installed not too long ago and want to make sure I’m taking care of it. I will definitely utilize your tips so that my patio is well taken care of!

    1. Glad you found this information useful. If you need any additional help please give us a call at 219-756-1350.

  4. You made a great point when you said that you should complete any patio maintenance during the spring. My wife and I want to install a patio in our backyard so that we can sit out and watch our children play. Once we find a contractor to install it for us, we will be sure to clean it during the spring.

  5. I like how you mentioned that spring is a great time to do patio maintenance. My dad has been thinking about adding a patio to his house, and it’ll be good to know what season is best to deep clean. Thank you for the information about how to wash the patio with cleaning solution and pressure washing.

  6. I’m glad you mentioned that we need to follow the directions carefully when we choose a sealer to use on our patio. My husband and I want to have a paver patio installed in our backyard so we can use it to entertain when the weather warms up. Keeping your tips in mind will help optimize the results of using a multi-purpose sealant on the patio!

  7. I found it helpful when you explained that springtime is a good time to clean off the surface of a patio My wife and I want to get a decorative patio made in our backyard so that we can have a place to eat outside during the summers. It seems like it would be a good idea for us to find a contractor that has experience working with concrete.

  8. I had no idea that there were cleaners made specifically for paver patios but that’s good to know! We’ve been putting off cleaning ours for a while just because we didn’t know how to. My husband will definitely want to power wash it once I tell him about it.

  9. Excellent post. I want to thank you for this informative read; I really appreciate sharing this great post. One must check this it gives us more info on this topic.

  10. Wow, your idea about making sure that you pressure wash the entire area of the patio and then apply a cleaning solution helped me realize that tI would really like to add this to my remodeling project in the next few months. I have always dreamed of having a patio and I think that this is the time to do it, so I need to contact a contractor that will help me plan everything and have it ready to go soon. In the future, when it is time to deeply clean it, I will make sure I refer back to this article because I really appreciated that you said that you should determine if you need to seal your patio or not, and how it is an optional step.

  11. Patio maintenance actually requires lot of efforts. The tips mentioned here are useful and seem practical to apply in real life. Thanks for sharing this article.

  12. My wife would very much like to install a paver patio in the backyard. So, I like that this post shared the maintenance that goes into a patio, such as resealing. I will share this with my wife and ask her to thoroughly think about it.

  13. Thanks for the advice to figure out what is the best dealer for your patio before you get it done. That way you can have all of the right materials on hands. Then you can get the patio made nd sealed a lot sooner.

  14. Content here based on patio maintenance.This article is attracting many people and I also enjoyed reading this article. I would surely recommend others too. Great blog indeed, will visit again future to read more!!

  15. I like what you said about getting your patio maintenance done in the spring. My sister wants to get a new patio made of pavers installed soon. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for making sure that it stays looking nice.

  16. Thanks for explaining that sealing is beneficial because it prevents issues like fading, erosion, and staining. My husband and I are looking for a paving contractor because we really want to have a natural stone patio put in our home’s backyard within the next couple of months. I’m glad I read your article so I can take the necessary steps to help our new patio last as long as possible!

  17. Thanks for explaining that spring is a good time to pressure wash and clean a paver patio to keep it looking good. My sister and her husband are interested in having a large stone paver patio installed in their backyard to create a fun and modern space to entertain friends. This info should help them ask questions about maintenance when having the paver patio installed, so I’ll have to share it with them later this week!

  18. I didn’t know that you could prevent weeds from growing between your patio’s pavers by utilizing poly sand. My wife and I have been thinking about adding a paver patio to our backyard so that we can host outdoor parties this summer, but we’re worried that weeds may cause the patio to crack since it rains frequently in our area. We’ll find an expert that can help us set up a durable patio for our property.

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