Platinum Patio and Pavers- Patio Maintenance

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Commonly asked patio maintainance questions

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Do patio pavers need to be sealed?

Patio contractors in Indianapolis should always seal their concrete patio with polymeric sand. Paving stones and other stonework only last and stays in place after being finished with polymeric sand. After the laying of the pavers, and before cleaning up, all Indianapolis hardscape contractors should be using G2 polymeric sand. When this process takes place, there is no need for any clear coat or sealant to go on top. Belgard engineers their patio stones to last, without the need of a sealer. These concrete patio stones feature a thick top layer that prevents scratches and discoloration and lasts a very long time without the need for refinishing.

Can I seal my pavers myself?

Homeowners can DIY, or do it yourself. We recommend the installation of the paver patio itself, along with any fire pits, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and other water features are handled by Platinum Patio. Over the course of about 7 to 10 years, Natural stone or Pavers will need to be resealed and can be done with just a little bit of hard work. A homeowner’s responsiveness to the wear of the patio over time will determine when it is time to reseal pavers. We recommend that homeowners in Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, and any town in the Indianapolis area use G2 polymeric sand to refill the joints of the pavers. For application, just spread out with a broom, and make sure the polymeric sand fills around the pavers. Homeowners must make sure they do not leave polymeric sand on top of the pavers themselves, as this can cause an unwanted texture and fog to form on top of the pavers.

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Can you pressure wash sealed pavers?

Yes! Sealed pavers, driveways, walkways, and basically any patio design can be pressure washed. Just like a wood deck, or house, you do not want to power wash too closely, as it can leave marks on the pavers. It is important to keep a safe distance of about 3 to 5 feet away from whatever surface you are power washing. This ensures a nice deep clean, without having to worry about damaging the paver patio or cutting-edge hardscapes installed by Platinum Patio. Power washing a paver patio freshens up the look of the overall patio and should be done once or twice a year. This keeps the patio stones looking fresh, so our homeowners can always enjoy the look of a brand new paver patio.

What type of sealer is best for pavers?

In Indiana, hardscape design has to be thought about very carefully. G2 polymeric sand is the best way to seal the joints of pavers, but if homeowners choose to seal the pavers themselves, we recommend using a sealer that produces a clear look. There are many paver patio sealers that are stained a certain color and will end up staining or changing the color of the pavers themselves. If you want the most natural look, it is best to just power wash once or twice a year, and refill the joints with polymeric sand every 7-10 years. A sealer is not necessary and will close up the patio, preventing water from safely seeping through the joints of the patio. Sealing pavers may cause unwanted water drainage issues down the road.

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How do I bring my pavers back to life?

Bringing pavers back to life is important when trying to enjoy the patio while bringing out extra curb appeal for the neighbors. Landscaping services in Indianapolis will power wash the existing pavers to remove any dirt, dust, or other debris that gathered on top of the patio over time. Before power washing, a patio may seem dirty or faded due to the settling of the elements around the patio area. After power washing, the patio will be cleaned, bringing the patio stones back to life. Depending on the landscape design, and the age of the patio, some paver patios may need to be refinished with polymeric sand. This special sand lasts about 7-10 years in a patio. With just a broom, this sand can be evenly spread out throughout the joints of the patio, giving it a fresh, new seal that will help the patio stay in place and enhance your outdoor living space for years to come.

How long do pavers last?

Pavers are very durable building materials to use when constructing a paver patio, retaining wall, or any other stone structure to enhance your outdoor living space. Paver patios increase the home’s value while providing a nice space for the family to enjoy. If there is a pergola on top of the patio, it will provide shade for activities such as grilling and lounging. Pavers typically last 25+ years when taken care of properly. Homeowners should continue to maintain their patios by power washing once or twice a year, and refilling the joints of the patio with polymeric sand every seven to ten years. This is how Platinum Patio builds their 25+ year patios.

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