Preparing for Football Season – Proper Lawn & Paver Maintenance
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Hi all, I need some advice. I installed Belgard interlocking pavers on a patio in my home in Truckee California. the landscaper used some sort of sand base to pour in the actual lines as well as the fake lines in the pavers. problem is when it rains hard or I get a lot of drip from my roof lines it washes the sand out and it wont stick when I sweep it back in. is there another application of some sort that would hold better and not wash out?
Standard sand will not work and washes out. What you need is polymeric sand, which has a binding agent that holds it together once activated with water. If your paver joints were filled with standard sand, you will need to remove all of the joint material. If you use a pressure washer to do this, be sure to use a fan tip and use on a low setting to avoid removing the finish from the face of the pavers. Allow the pavers to completely dry. Refill the joints with polymeric sand using a push broom. If you have access to a tamping machine, run it over the pavers to vibrate the sand more deeply into the joints and then push more sand in with the broom. Blow off excess sand with a power blower. Remember to wear eye protection and a dust mask. Activate the sand by GENTLY spraying the entire surface with water, using the shower setting on a standard garden hose. Allow the polymeric sand to cure for at least 24 hours. For best results, seal the pavers and new joints with paver sealer after the joints have cured.
thanks for getting back to me. I believe my contractor did use the correct sand but he did not seal it. so what would be next steps? can I put new sand over the old and then seal it completely? what kind of sealant should I use?
Just to clarify, we do experience extreme temperature ranges with under zero in the winter and over 90 in the summer. will that make any difference?
Sorry for the delayed response. We were looking for the right contact for you. Please contact Damian Swain, who is the rep in your area who is very knowledgeable about polymeric sand. Damian.email@example.com
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