Here are couple of answers to questions our clients ask us most of the time.
Your Pavers represent a significant investment in your residential, commercial, industrial or civic brick pavers. Keep them as beautiful as the day they were installed, with high-quality hot water pressure cleaning and sealing perform by our team. Wash ‘N’ Seal Is the South Florida most reliable Paving Restoration, cleaning and sealing Company. Our sealers insure your brick paver’s project is protected from day one.
1. should I seal my brick pavers?
Sealing protects brick pavers from rain, sun and wear. It creates an invisible barrier that repels water, oil and dirt. Sealing also preserves the brick paver natural beauty for years to come. It creates an invisible barrier on top of the brick pavers that repels water, oil and anything else you might accidentally drop on your driveway or pool deck, so long as you wash it clean as soon as you spot it. Unfortunately, just sealing does not prevent ants from coming up from your lawn or weeds from sprouting up due to seeds in the air. Sealing delay weed growth, although it is not guaranteed to eliminate them. It’s usually a 2-day process (weather permitting of course). The first day, we treat the stains with products like degreaser, rust remover, paint stripper, etc which is followed up by hot water pressure cleaning, getting almost anything out (stubborn penetrating stains like oil and rust may not come out 100%). The second day, given that the surface to be sealed is completely dry, our sealer is then sprayed on to guarantee an even and deep application. Vehicles shouldn’t be driven over a completed job for 24 hours. You can walk around, 1-2 hours after the sealing.
2. When do my brick pavers need re-sanding?
Fine sand is the finishing touch of any brick paver job. It gets into the little spaces between the brick pavers and secures them, preventing them from moving. The sand doesn’t need to come all the way to the surface, but if you see large spaces between the brick pavers you my need re-sanding. Otherwise, the pavers may shift and be damaged.
3. Will sealing my brick pavers make them shine?
Sealing is made to protect the brick pavers and also to preserve their beauty. When a sealer is applied, it darkens the colors. Sometimes you might get the pavers to really shine, but it depends on your brick pavers’ colors, porosity and how old they are. Darker colors tend to have a more noticeable sheen then lighter ones. We use a high solids sealer which usually leaves a satin finish. Again this is a bonus that comes with sealing and not its main purpose. If you prefer we offer a natural look too.
4. How can you tell if you need to reseal your brick pavers?
A simple test can help you tell if you need sealing or not, but it’s not the only one. Turn on your water hose and watch water bead up on the surface. If water is not beading, you might need a fresh coat of sealer.
5. How often do I need to reseal my brick pavers?
The first time your brick pavers are sealed it will last about one to two years depending on the care given to the area, the traffic, and the elements (i.e. rain, sun etc…). You can expect longer life of the sealer with multiple applications. In addition, the quality and the condition of the brick pavers play a role in the longevity.
6. I had my brick pavers sealed a few months ago, but now there’s a white cloudy film on the surface.
There are two reasons cause a white cloudy film to appear on your brick pavers: Number one is moisture. If after pressure cleaning, the job is not given time enough to dry completely, the sealer then traps moisture inside the brick paver itself. When that moisture tries to escape it is blocked by the barrier set up by the sealer and causes that white look you notice. Number two is saturation. If too much sealer is applied, the brick paver becomes saturated with the product and becomes not only white, but also very slippery and dangerous. Yes the brick pavers can be fixed by stripping process to remove the old / damaged sealer we apply a powerful stripping agent that allows removal of multiple layers of acrylic sealer. Then we rinse the stripper & previous sealer away using hot water pressure. The result is a surface that looks like it has never been sealed before, totally restored & ready for proper re-sealing.
7. What am I to expect when you come and do repairs, pressure cleaning and sealing my brick pavers?
The pressure cleaning and sealing process takes normally two days, depending on the weather and the condition of your brick pavers. Some covered pools may take more than 24 hours to dry from pressure washing before the sealer can be applied. Repairs of less than one thousand square feet usually take one day or less to finish. If we are cleaning and sealing the pavers around a pool, we will take great care to keep your pool clean. Even with care, pressure cleaning may cause debris and dust to get in your pool.