Everyone loves a newly installed hardscape. We take pride in the newly renovated spaces we build and the upgraded curb appeal they provide. What we don't talk about enough is the routine maintenance needed to keep that beautiful hardscape looking its best for years to come. Hardscape materials have advanced tremendously over the years. Manufacturers have revolutionized the aggregates and pigments used in their materials, extending the life of their products. There is however still basic cleaning and maintenance required. Without following a structured maintenance schedule, you will slowly see wear and tear on your outdoor living space. Left undone, this could contribute to erosion and costly repairs. What should I expect to see after a hardscape installation? Shortly after installation you may see some efflorescence on your pavers and walls. These are naturally occurring white chalky stains that develop on the face of concrete products. While they may seem unsightly, these stains dissipate in time. You can choose to have this haze removed by an annual cleaning and sealing. With time you may also start to notice the joint sand failing. This is usually signified by moss growth or wash out.
UPDATED 4/24/18: That's a great question and one that we get on a regular basis. The question I would pose to you is 'what are the functions you would like it to perform?' Jen wrote a fabulous article for Bahler Brothers a while back called 6 Things to consider when designing a paver patio. In this article, she lays out the thought process that a homeowner should consider when they begin to think about a patio.
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In our years of business, we’ve heard a lot of misconceptions about paver patios. The internet is a valuable tool that contains a wealth of information. However, we’ve also found that not all of the information is accurate or showing the complete picture. When looking at paver patios, it seems that information can be skewed against them. We’ve seen firsthand that they are an excellent option for many people looking to spruce up their landscaping or outdoor living space. We’d like to bring a lot of the info together so that you can make your own choice. Read on to learn the real pros and cons of paver patios.
Often the question is posed to us; Why should I seal my paver patio regularly? Aren't pavers supposed to hold up without sealer? The short answer is yes, pavers are very durable and made to last a long time. However, with regular maintenance and care they will remain nicer and hold their value longer, the same as if you regularly maintain your vehicle.
This is a question posed to us often. While pavers are a great choice for your hardscape surfaces, there are three main benefits to sealing them. The first is to prevent surface erosion, second is to keep them cleaner, and third is to help stabilize the joint sand. We will discuss each of these reasons in more depth below.