When my neighbor first decided to set up a dad-block terrace behind his home, he chose the pan for some good reasons. He thought they would last longer than other subjects like trees or beloved ones, he thought they had a very "rich" look for them and most of all, he thought they were maintenance-free. Well, he almost had it right. They look great and they are incredibly durable, but it was not long before he learned that they are not completely maintenance-free.
After a few seasons of rain, snow and sun, the terrace did not look as good as it did when it had set it up. The sun was beginning to fade in some areas, the sand between the rocks had been flushed through the rain and weeds had started to grow in gaps between pavers. He even began to see moor columns that started to form using a valuable plum sand sand as a new home.
Well, the solution to the problem was pretty simple. It was time to clean the patio and seal it for protection. And although he was quite addicted at first, trying this task on his own, when I started to walk him through the various steps he decided that it did not run bad and he bought to seal his patio himself.
I agree. "Just follow these simple 11 keys," I told him, "and once you've finished your patio looks like it was done for the benefit!"
1. First, take your time
With each task I do, I can not stress this level enough. From start to finish, with each step, take time. When you rush a mission through you makes mistakes and mistakes are what the advantages can be avoided. Sometimes it's just a matter of cleaning the surface a bit better, or rinse things a little more. Perhaps it will allow a little more time between garments for your seal to dry or wait a few hours before installing your patio furniture. With each step of the process, take your time. The chances are much better that when the work is done and the devices have been stored, you'll see what has been done and you're glad it went out as you hoped it would be.
2. Acids Can Be A Great Cleaner
Often when you look at the patio before washing you notice spots. Leaves that have been on the terrace can leave tannin stains. Iron furniture that sits on the patio will probably go rusty stains. What stains you find need to be removed before sealing or sealing and getting permanent, so now it's time to work on them. The easiest way to get stains is by using an acid cleaner. Traditional múric acid works well and it's cheap, but I hate it. If you get it on your fire and the vapors of it are just terrible. Instead, I use a "safer" cleaner, such as Defy Safer Masonry Cleaner. For serious spots, I simply pour a cleaner cleaner with full strength on the stain and give it a few minutes to work for a rinse. If the whole patio is somewhat dirty, dilute cleaners 4: 1 (four parts of water in one part cleaner) and use aerosol dispensers in the garden, spray the entire surface with cleaner. Allow the cleaner to be wet on the surface for 5 minutes or so, then start the cleaning process with a machine compartment.
3. Clean, clean and clean more
With regard to the processing, the patio is no different from your décor or paint your house. Much of the quality of work depends on how well you prepare the surface.
Weathered terraces will often have mildew, moss and algae that grow on stones and in sand between the teams. Weed, which has begun to grow, as well as other widespread debris, has to be removed and for a terrace that means a good cleaning. The easiest way to clean things is with a machine room.
Make sure you choose a washing machine with sufficient power to do the job. I never try to use any ratio of less than 2400 psi Select a tip that will wipe the fluid slightly, 15 ° or so. Also, always work in parts.
The terrace must be constructed so that water flows from the home. So start working near the house or high side slope patio. Rinse debris down the natural flow of the terrace, away from the house. You'll miss sand between the teams during the cleansing process and that's all right. We change the sand when the patio is cleaned. Just be careful not to blow out more sand than necessary while doing your cleaning.
4. Now it's on a "level"
With the terrace that's currently being cleaned, look around and check state pavers. Over time, concrete can set or shift, and make them unchanged. If you have any bricks that are not present, use a screwdriver and a rigid putty knife, pry uneven stones out. Once you have deleted once, you can add a little sand, flatten it out with the blade of your tack knife and install bricks again. Some cranes with a rubber loop to make things perfect and subtle, the brick is still level.
5. It's time to fill this joint
The last step in getting the veranda ready to seal is to fix joints between stones with fresh sand. This step is not difficult, but it takes some time so be patient. To do this, I use a fine class of playroom. Pour small amounts onto the terrace and start sweeping it into the joints by pressing the broom. Sweep in both directions; back to front and left to right to ensure that the teams get completely filled. As the sand will be used by filling the dishes pour a little more onto the terrace and continue sweeping.
6. Breaking Time
This is the part you will love. Take a break! Remember when we started telling me to take your time? Well now it's very important that you take your time. After all the cleansing we did, the ground under these pavers is soaked and needs to dry. Give the patio some good, hot sunny days to dry before using any sealer. If you do not, you could hit the moisture under the sealer and the whole project will turn the milky white color … yuck!
7. Take a Look at Waterborne Sealers
It's time to choose your vendor now and choose products that contain solvents or water products. I hate solvents! "Why?" you ask. Why:
- They are bad for our environment.
- If they get on the grass or the flowers, they kill them.
- They seem terrible.
- Everything has to be cleaned with a messy solvent.
Watermakers are much better choices. In addition to being both easy to use and easy in the environment, they offer another amazing option. They "stop" the sand. When a cure, waterproof seal like Defy's Epoxy Fortified Paver Sealer will tighten the common sand and lock it in place. This comes from washing out in the future.
8. Read the can, follow the instructions
Each product manufacturer may be a bit different, always read the instructions. It only takes a few minutes but it will ensure you have all the information right before you start. Take care of information like how many coats of sealer apply, how long to wait between coats, how to apply the product and how to clean it. There are some changes to these questions and more. Read the ticket first and you will probably get it right for the first time.
9. This spray is easy
Now fun stuff starts … to pick up the seal. To do this, I love using a pumpkin in the yard but I want to warn you in advance, do not buy cheap! The better sprayers (they usually cost over $ 50 bucks) have a metallic spray tip and do a much better job than cheap spray spray. When you're looking for a spray, the key here is looking for a "fan fan".
You can cut the patio with a 4 "nylon brush and it is ready to start spraying with the first coat. Wait for the seal to dry enough to make the same thing again and again … two coats! If you get too heavy and the seal starts to pile, use a brush to get rid of the puddle by simply brushing it out.
If you want to see what this process looks like you can visit defyinfo.com where you can find a stream that describes all the steps we have taken.
10. MORE is definitely not better.
Okay, if it's not good then much will be better, not true "We will close concrete concrete stones and these stones will sit on a sand bed. When the sand gets wet and the sun comes out, the pavers need to breathe, which means they need to let the water vapor pass through them. When too much seal is applied vatnsgufið can no longer go through, which is a sultan in white "blushing" effect or even possibly peeling.
Do not be fooled, I know how much this stuff can look if you really put it in mind, how cool this gloss finish is. But it will dry and rinse. Restrict your application to two coats and you will not have a problem.
11. What about a little maintenance
Okay, great job, now just one item. How about a little maintenance? Blow the leaves when they fall to keep them from dyeing. Rinse dirt and debris that seems to only meet over time. And as the weather starts to die down the finish and the patio loses its gloss, just rinse it and apply light maintenance. Catch it before the terrace gets too hot and that's actually it simply.
So it is. That's all. Eleven keys to seal your patio. Go ahead and try these eleven keys for you. See what the results are when you put the next task to make it like a pro. You might just be surprised!