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:
- Pressure Washing and Cleaning
- Re-Installing Poly Sand
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.