Friday, July 30, 2010

How do you Know if a Brick Paver is Secure?

Proper Preparation For Installation

An important part of any project is planning. Without proper planning mistakes can, and normally will, be made. Brick paving is no exception, when a company doesn't plan sufficiently the driveway will likely take longer then expected to complete. With the appropriate planning your contractor should be able to complete the job within the promised time frame.

The Correct Installation

When you watch how the paver are being laid you will note they are straight, otherwise it you cause problems such as gaps. Gaps can leas to numerous problems, such as moss, weeds, grass and ants between the pavers.

Have A Good Communication With The Contractor

Do not hesitate to communicate with the contractor and to make sure they are properly handling the irrigation system and the landscape. After everything is complete the contractor should move back anything that was moved from its place. Also, the design of the driveway should flow with the existing lines in the property.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why it is Important to Pressure Clean and Seal Your Concrete Brick Pavers? - Part II

What Are The True Advantages Of Pressure Cleaning The Exterior Of Your Properties?
By pressure cleaning your exteriors you will be giving it a welcoming feeling, as well as increasing the paver's life. 
Keeping a nice looking exterior will also increase the value of a home/office from 5 to 10 percent! Pressure cleaning is considered the most inexpensive way to clean your exterior surface, and the only way to do it is using pressure washer.

Should I Seal Or Not My Pavers? What Are The Consequences Of Sealing The Pavers?
After pressure cleaning your concrete brick pavers it is recommended to seal it, too. Applying a coat of sealant is important because it will avoid dirt, oil, and grease to getting inside the bricks.
Since concrete brick pavers are some kind of spongy material it can be damaged by any type of debris, and the sealer will protect your bricks from them. Also, if you want to protect your surface from the humidity from getting to the pores, a coat of sealant is just what you need. 
It will also protect the concrete brick pavers from losing its color with time, extending its life and good looks as well. Even if the pavers were exposed for many years to the weather and all the debris, a good pressure clean and seal will enhance the look and extend its life.

How Frequently Should I Seal My Brick Pavers?
Pressure cleaning is recommended once a year. Sealing your concrete brick pavers is different. You seal it right after pavers installation. Then you seal it again after 1 year.
Then you don't need to seal it again for another 10 years. It will protect your surface, enhance its look and extend its life. 
It will also make it very easy for you to maintain it clean yourself, and contrary to what many people think, it does not make your surface slippery because it gets inside the surface in order to protect it.

Why it is Important to Pressure Clean and Seal Your Concrete Brick Pavers? - Part I

Having a brick paver patio, driveway, or pool deck is a great idea because the brick pavers age beautifully and will not be out of style. 
It will seem like even a better idea with the little maintenance they require.
It is recommended to at least once a year pressure clean to get rid of old stains and dirt, and to have a better result it is also recommended that you apply a coat of sealant.

If You Do Not Do The Procedure Correctly, You Might Damage Your Surface
Although pressure cleaning is an extremely efficient way to clean your outside surface, and it can be used in almost any kind of surface, you should watch out for some tips when hiring a company for the job. 
Remember, it might seem easy to do it yourself, but if you do not do the procedure correctly, you might damage your surface as well as your plants and yourself.

Want A Great Result When Pressure Cleaning Your Surface? Pay Attention To These Tips
For instance, the correct tip and chemicals are very important to having a great result. 
Also, the heat of the steam will be able to remove mostly all of the stains you have in your concrete brick pavers, and the water is not damaging to the surface. 
Not only that, the heat of the steam will also kill the bacteria and germs that cause your brick pavers' surface to be dirty.