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Paver Care and Maintenance

Now that your brick paver or travertine system has been cleaned, resanded, and sealed you can enjoy far less maintenance in the future. Florida's tropical climate and rainfall will always encourage algae and weed growth, but the sand locked into the paver joints helps prevent many common issues, and a little preventative maintenance goes a long way. We've assembled this after care guide to help keep your paver system look great for years to come.

Low Pressure Rinsing

Periodically rinsing your paver system with a garden hose is the best thing you can do to keep your pavers looking great. Rinsing off dirt, pollen, grass, bird droppings, etc. helps prevent organic growth and buildup. Even screened in patio areas will accumulate a lot of dirt, so be sure to rinse your patio or driveway monthly.

Mold, Mildew, and Algae

Florida's tropical climate will inevitable create mold, mildew, and algae, particularly in wet or damp areas, shady spots, and areas with poor drainage. As your pavers have been sealed, any organic growth will be on the surface of the sealer. The best method to control algae growth is to use liquid pool chlorine (available at pool stores) and water diluted to 50/ 50 ratio. This solution is sprayed on, a spray bottle for smaller areas, a watering can, or with a pump up sprayer (available at any home improvement store) and allowed to "dwell" for 20 minutes before rinsing. This will kill the organic growth and can be rinsed away. Make sure to thoroughly pre-soak any grass or plants in the area, and rinse them again afterwards. If algae is still present, reapply the chlorine/ water mixture again and re-rinse. Light agitation with a brush may also help.Note- Do NOT use Muriatic or Sulfuric Acid as it may damage the sealer or the paver itself. Always use appropriate eye and skin protection when using chemicals.

Weed Growth

Now that the paver joints have been resanded and sealed, our customers usually experience a 90% reduction in weed growth. Although we can't guarantee that no weeds will ever grow back, you will enjoy very little maintenance in the future. If you spot a weed sprouting, simply spraying it with weed killer will usually kill the root and can be pulled a few days later. You may also pull the weed first and spray the paver joint and that area to help prevent them returning. Thin paver overlays on pool or patio areas are prone to weed and algae growth, as nearby root systems can (and will) find thier way to the moist areas between the pavers and existing deck.

Sand Washout/ Erosion

Your paver system is built on a base of compacted materials and sand. While our service does help lock in the sand joints, settling under the paver system may occur. This is usually the sign of a drainage issue, a leak in the pool, or from excessive rainwater from roofs. We recommend using a coarse-grained angular silica sand (known as Pool Filter Sand) to refill the joints where erosion has occured. If the problem persists, a pool or paver repair company may be needed to solve the underlying issue.

Maintenance Programs

If you'd like to have your pavers, travertine, or concrete periodically cleaned we'd be happy to take care of it for you at discounted rates for our existing customers. Feel free to give us a call for more information.