We can clean your patio with our special soft-wash powerwashing process and protect it with sealer or even seal pavers that were installed years ago but are beginning to look faded and have weeds or moss growing in patio joints.
Clean and Seal
Concrete pavers undergo the process of “efflorescence” during which, minerals in the cement dissolve in rain and naturally rise to the surface where they can make the pavers appear hazy and dull. Cleaning the pavers removes this discoloration while sealing them improves the color of pavers with a long-lasting luster and protects them from staining, fading and stray sand.
Stoneworx is one of the few EP Henry Certified Sealing Specialist’s in the area. This means our landscapers have undergone specialized training and that our company is recommended to clients by the EP Henry company website to care for their interlocking concrete pavers.
Because efflorescence is a natural process of curing concrete, pavers should not be sealed until it has run its course. We typically recommend waiting a year. If pavers are sealed too early, the minerals will be trapped in the product and continue to cause discoloration.
Before treating the pavers, any existing stains must be removed using specialized cleaners. The most common paver patio stains are rust – from metal patio furniture; grease – from grills; and organic matter such as hard water deposits, algae and leaf shadows which all make the surface look dirty. If the area was previously sealed – no matter how long ago – a chemical stripper must be used to remove the product used. Any repairs required to the construction should also be done at this time.
If the surface was recently installed using polymeric sand, it can be surface washed and the sealant immediately applied. If it is an older installation, the sand incorrectly installed, is insufficient, has weeds, ant mines or other debris the joints must be power washed in order to remove the existing material before scrubbing and sealing the surface; a two-day process.
Once this prep work has been done we apply Seal ‘n Lock – the only product to offer an “all in one day” sealing process; the sealant is dry within hours so you can use your backyard patio paver s the next day. Seal ‘n Lock is offered exclusively by EP Henry but can be used on most surfaces including all brands of concrete pavers such as TechoBloc and Belgard. The water-based sealant contains no toxic chemicals, won’t harm pets or plants and because it has a low VOC content – is odor-free. It also comes with a two-year warranty.
Additions, Overlays and Replacement
If your home’s hardscape surfaces are looking old, damaged and dated or are no longer sufficient, we can expand existing paver patios with new additions, make repairs or replace ageing walkways. Poured concrete patios, pads and paths in good condition but requiring a “facelift” may be candidates for concrete paver or natural stone overlays in a fresh, new and on-trend material.
Of course, nothing lasts forever, landscaping included; plants can outgrow their location even with the best of maintenance and decades of environmental exposure will eventually erode construction materials. This is why it is important to use a knowledgeable landscape designer, choose the best construction materials possible for your budget and protect your investment with regular maintenance.
If your home’s existing landscape is coming to the end of its life and posing a hazard or has just lost its appeal, contact Stoneworx to discuss how quality craftsmanship and improved materials can give your home a makeover.
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