Cleaning and Sealing Your New Paving
Brick pavers are extremely durable, and so they add a distinctive look to the home patio, sidewalk or driveway. However, as the pavers are exposed to the environment, the bricks can age and begin to look old and dirty. This is caused by water, dirt, grease or grime that have accumulated over time. The sand that holds the pavers in place may come loose over time.
Fortunately, brick pavers can be secured with sealers. There are various varieties of sealers available available in the market. Sealers are applied on brick pavers to provide it the protection that it needs. When applied to brick pavers, you will discover a couple of rewards.
Helps keep away from damage caused by water.
Brick pavers that are repeatedly washed or exposed to water frequently begin to erode and cracks begin to form in the bricks. To make matters worse, dirt and grime accumulate in these cracks, and add on additional to the wear. This constant exposure to water also washes away or loosen the sand that is designed to keep your pavers in place.
The solution is to apply a coat of sealer so that you can make the brick pavers water repellent. With a coat of sealer, water can not penetrate deep into the bricks, and it also helps to secure the sand in place so that your pavers stay put.
Helps keep away from nasty stains.
When bricks come into contact with oil, grease, grime or even coffee, they are going to absorb the contaminants, and this leaves nasty stains on the bricks. Without a coat of sealer, the brick pavers will turn out to be unsightly over time as more and more stains appear on the bricks. And once the stains set into the brick pavers, it is very difficult to clean them off. Or rather, it is almost impossible to take away the stains.
A coat of sealer will lend a hand keep away from that. Since the outside is secure, against any oil, grease or grime penetrating the surface of the brick pavers and can be easily clean off.
Protect colors and give a boost to life-span.
When bricks turn out to be stained or badly damaged, the only solution is to replace the bricks altogether. This is a expensive and troublesome process, and most of the people would want to steer clear of that.
With a protective layer of sealer, the colours are enhanced very similar to a “wet look”, and the life-span is enhanced. External contaminants can’t seep into the bricks and cause damage.
Obviously, a brick paver that is secure is much easier to wash when in comparison to ones that are not secure. On an unprotected brick paver, the oil or grime just sink deeper into the bricks when one attempts to wash them off with water. In the short term, it looks as if the outside has been cleaned. But in reality, the contaminants are still there. It’s just that they have been driven deeper with the cleaning and hidden from sight. In the long term, this may cause additional damage to the unprotected paver.
Prevent plant growth.
Unwanted plant growth will create unsightly patches between the brick pavers. Weeds and plants can widen the joint cracks that are between the bricks, therefore causing more damage. When sealed well, plant to grow is minimized. Periodic sealing and this problem can be essentially eliminated altogether.
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