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Breathe New Life Into Your Driveway Or Patio By Re Sanding Pavers

Re sanding pavers is a simple way to make your patio and driveway look fresh and brand new again! When pavers are cleaned and re-sanded, they have luster and life again. Sand can be removed from pavers due to rain, wind and other common weather effects over time. Luckily, the process of re-sanding pavers is straightforward and simple. Let's take a look at the materials and steps you'll need to complete the job.

Materials You Will Need

Step 1: Cover Areas

The very first step in the process is to protect all areas that you do not want to be damaged from the pressure washer. This includes plants and furniture. Use your tarp to cover these areas and prevent the pressure washer from causing accidental damage. If you do not have a tarp, you can use another type of material that is water-resistant.

Step 2: Pressure Wash

Man Pressure Washing Patio
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Once all areas that need to be protected are covered with the tarp, the next step is pressure washing. Pressure washing utilizes high-pressure spray to remove all debris between pavers. This step can not be skipped. It is advised you take your time and thoroughly pressure wash to ensure all debris are removed. Keep in mind you do not need fancy equipment for pressure washing. All you need is a pressure washer that will be powerful enough to remove the dirt from your pavers.

Step 3: Sweep

Woman Sweeping
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Once you finish pressure washing, take your broom and sweep the pavers. The purpose of this is to further remove and loosen any remaining dirt and debris that the pressure washer missed. It is important to remove any visible debris by sweeping for the best re-sanding result. This means all twigs, stones, pebbles and leaves have to be removed.

Step 4: Empty Kiln-Dried Sand Bags & Sweep Into Joints

After you prepare your pavers by sweeping away additional debris, it's time to officially re-sand. Begin by emptying the bags of kiln-dried sand onto the pavers. Take your broom and sweep the kiln-dried sand across the paver's surface. Lastly, sweep the kiln-dried sand into the joints carefully and thoroughly to ensure even coverage. The joints need to be filled in completely with the kiln-dried sand.

Tips To Keep in Mind When Re-Sanding

Let's explore the most important tips to remember when re-sanding. These will help you to achieve a clean and professional look.

  • If the sand does not stay in the joints and is removed from them, all you need is a spray bottle with water. Simply spray the area, add more sand, and mist the joints where more sand was added.
  • You can save the extra sand you did not use. Simply sweep any excess off your broom and reuse it at a later time.
  • If you have selected polymeric sand, you must give the pavers enough time to 100% dry before applying the sand. This is an essential step that if missed, will derail your entire project. Carefully ensure the pavers are dry enough to move forward in the process.
  • You can use regular sand for this job. The best grain to purchase is irregular, sharp-grained. The reason for this is due to the increased binding and sharp edges. This type of sand grain makes it a good choice for strong pavers that don't shift.
  • Pavers are very different from other materials and need sand poured in between them to enhance stability and prevent shifting.
  • The pressure washing process and removal of debris are often referred to as paver restoration.
  • The only difference between applying regular sand and polymeric sand is water. Water is used as a coating after applying polymeric sand. This effect is durable, long-lasting and much more time-effective than other options that require more frequent re-sanding.

Achieving the Best Result Possible

Look How Fresh This Paving Looks!
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The purpose of re-sanding is to lock the pavers in place and prevent any shifting. This is why ensuring the sand completely fills the joints is vital. Polymeric sand is between 85-95% crystalline silica and quartz. It is a more expensive option; however, it has strong binding power. As soon as polymeric sand is wet, it will activate the polymers. This causes the sand to harden and lock in place. When polymeric sand is hardened it will not wash away. You won't have to worry about rain, hose water or wind. When using polymeric sand, you won't have to replace the sand anytime soon. Even with a higher price, the added benefits are immense such as hindering weed growth and preventing infestations from ants.

There is also an option to apply a sealer over the pavers. This will create a protective barrier on the surface. It doesn't matter if you're using regular sand or polymeric, you can still use a sealer. There are benefits to using sealers such as preventing weed growth, moss and mold. The sealer also keeps ants and other insects from causing potential issues. In fact, a sealer will even prevent staining on your pavers from substances such as sap and oil.

If you are wondering how often you will need to re-sand your pavers, the answer is, "it varies." The best way to determine whether or not you need to re-sand pavers is by examining the flooring surface. For example, under normal circumstances, regular sand will need to be replaced every 2 years. This is because regular sand does not have the added benefits of polymeric.

Another way to tell your pavers are due for some TLC is by the joints. If the joints are visibly open, the sand that once filled them has been washed away. That can be a potential problem because sand serves as a stable material for pavers. Sand is what keeps pavers from shifting and moving. If you see this indication on your patio, it is important to re-sand ASAP. On the other hand, polymeric sand will last up to 10 years, even under the same circumstances.

If joints are not filed, they can easily become a tripping hazard. Therefore, making sure your pavers have the right amount of sand is a homeowner's or business owner's responsibility.

Thank you for reading my article on re sanding pavers, I hope you have all the information needed to re sand your driveway or patio. Head over to our blog section for more articles on gardening, construction and cleaning!

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