By Alek. Patio. Published at Thursday, October 04th, 2018 - 06:32:28 AM.
Sealing Your Patio Pavers - 11 Keys to Successfully Sealing Your Patio When my neighbor first decided to install a paver-block patio behind his home, he chose paver stones for several good reasons. He thought they would last longer than other materials like wood, or poured concrete, he thought they had a really "rich" elegant look to them and most of all, he thought that they would be maintenance free. Well, he almost had it right. They do look great and theyre incredibly durable, but it wasnt long before he learned that they arent completely maintenance free. After several seasons of rain, snow and sun, the patio just didnt look as good as it first did when he had it installed. The sun was beginning to fade the color in some areas, the sand between the stones had been washed away by the rains and weeds had started growing in the gaps between the pavers. He even began to see ant colonies beginning to form using his precious paver sand as their new home. Well, the solution to his problem was fairly simple. It was time to clean the patio up and seal it for protection. And though he was somewhat reluctant at first to attempt this project on his own, once I began to walk him through the various steps, he decided it didnt sound that tough and he ought to be able to seal his patio himself. I concurred. "Just observe these simple 11 keys", I told him, "and when youre done your patio will look like it was done by the Pros!" 1. First, take your time With every project that I undertake, I cant stress this point enough. From the beginning to the end, with every step in between, take your time. When you rush a project through you make mistakes, and mistakes are what the pros are able to avoid. Sometimes its just a matter of cleaning the surface a little better, or rinsing things off a little more. Maybe its allowing a little more time between coats for your sealer to dry or waiting a few more hours before re-installing your patio furniture. With every step of the process, take your time. The chances are much better that when the work is all done and the tools have been stored, youll look at the finished result and be satisfied that it turned out just as you had hoped it would. 2. Acids can be great cleaners Often times when you inspect the patio, prior to washing youll notice stains. Leaves that have remained on the patio can leave tannin stains. Iron furniture that sits on the patio will most likely leave rust stains. Whatever stains you find need to be removed prior to sealing or they will be sealed in and become permanent, so now is the time to work on them. The simplest way to get the stains out is by using an acid cleaner. Conventional muriatic acid works well and its cheap, but I hate it. If you get it on your skin it burns and the vapors from it are just terrible. Instead, I use a "safer" cleaner, such as Defy Safer Masonry Cleaner. For severe stains, I simply pour a little cleaner at full strength on the stain and give it a few minutes to work before rinsing. If the whole patio is fairly dirty, dilute the cleaner 4:1 (four parts water to one part cleaner) and using a garden-type pump up sprayer, spray the entire surface with cleaner. Allow the cleaner to remain wet on the surface for 5 minutes or so, and then begin the rinsing process using a power washer. 3. Clean, clean and then clean some more In regard to the prep work, sealing you patio isnt much different than staining your deck or painting your house. Much of the quality of the job comes down to how well you prepare the surface. Patios that have weathered will often times have mildew, moss and algae growing on the stones and in the sand between the joints. Weeds that have begun to grow as well as any other foreign debris need to be removed, and for a patio that means a good cleaning. The easiest way to clean things off is with a power washer. Make certain that you select a washer with enough power to do the job. I try to never use anything rated less than 2400 p.s.i. Select a tip that will fan the water out slightly, 15° or so. Also, always work in sections. Patios should be constructed so that water runs away from the home. So begin working near the house or the high side of the slope of the patio. Rinse debris down the patios natural flow, away from the house. Youll loose some of the sand between the joints during the cleaning process and thats ok. Well replace the sand once the patio is cleaned up. Just be careful not to blow out more sand than is necessary while doing your cleaning. 4. Now this ones on the "level" With the patio now cleaned, look around and inspect the condition of the pavers. Over time, paver stones can settle or shift, making them unlevel. If you have some bricks that are out of place, using a screwdriver and a stiff putty knife, pry the uneven stones out. Once removed, you can add a little sand, smooth it out with the blade of your putty knife, and re-install the bricks. A couple of taps with a rubber mallet to make things perfect and voila, the bricks are level once again. 5. Its time to fill this joint The last remaining step in getting the patio ready to seal is to re-grout the joints between the stones with fresh sand. This step isnt hard, but it does take a little time so be patient. To do this, I use a fine grade of run-of-the-mill play box sand. Pour a small amount on the patio and begin sweeping it into the joints using a push-broom. Sweep in both directions; back-to-front and left-to-right to insure the joints get completely filled. As the sand gets used up by filling the joints pour a little more onto the patio and keep sweeping. 6. Break time This is the part youre going to love. Go take a break! Remember when we started I said to take your time? Well now its very important that you take your time. After all of the cleaning that we did, the ground under those pavers is soaking wet and needs to dry out. Give the patio a couple of good, hot sunny days to dry out before applying any sealer. If you dont, you could end up trapping moisture under the sealer and the whole project will turn a milky-white color...yuck! 7. Take a look at Waterborne Sealers Its time to pick out your sealer now and the choices are solvent-based products or water-based products. I hate solvents! "Why?" you ask. Heres why: 1. Theyre bad for our environment. 2. If they get on my grass or flowers, they kill them. 3. They smell terrible. 4. Everything has to be cleaned up with messy solvents. Water-base sealers are a much better choice. Besides being both easy to use and easy on the environment, they offer another amazing advantage. They "stabilize" the sand. When cured, water-based sealers such as Defys Epoxy Fortified Paver Sealer, will harden the joint sand and lock it into place. This prevents it from washing out during future rains. 8. Read the can, follow directions Every manufacturers product can be little different so always read the directions. It only takes a few minutes but it will ensure that you have all the right information before you get started. Pay attention to details such as how many coats of sealer to apply, how long to wait between coats, how to properly apply the product and how to clean it up. There are any number of variations to these questions and more. Read the label first and youll be likely to get it right the first time. 9. This sprayin stuff is easy Now the fun stuff begins...applying the sealer. To do this, I love to use a garden-type pump up sprayer but Ill warn you in advance, dont buy a cheap one! The better sprayers (they usually cost over $50 bucks) have a metal fan-style spray tip and do a much better job than the inexpensive weed sprayers. When youre looking for a sprayer, the key here is to look for a "fan-style tip". The patio edges can be cut-in using a 4" nylon brush and then youre ready to start spraying. Water-based sealers normally require two coats to be applied. Once youve cut-in the edges, spray the entire patio with the first coat. Then wait for the sealer to dry enough that it can walked on, and do the same thing all over again...two coats! If you get things on too heavy and the sealer starts to puddle, use the brush to get rid of the puddling 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 streaming video detailing each of the steps that weve taken. 10. MORE is definitely NOT better Ok, if a little is good then a lot must be better, right? No! Remember, were sealing concrete paver stones and these stones are sitting on a bed of sand. When the sand gets wet and then the sun comes out, these pavers need to breathe, meaning they need to let any water vapors pass through them. When too much sealer is applied, the water vapor can no longer pass through, which results in a white "blushing" effect or even potentially peeling. Dont be fooled, I know how great this stuff can look if you really lay it on, how cool that high gloss finish is. But it will blush and peel. Limit your application to two coats and you wont have a problem. 11. How about a little maintenance Ok, great job, now just one more thing. How about a little maintenance? Blow the leaves off when they fall to keep them from staining. Rinse the dirt and debris that seems to just show up over time. And as the weather begins to dull down the finish and the patio loses its luster, simply rinse it off and apply a light maintenance coat. Catch it before the patio gets too weathered and its really that simply. So thats it. Thats everything. Eleven keys to sealing your patio. Go ahead and try these eleven keys for yourself. See what the results are when you set out on your next project to do it like a pro. You might just surprise yourself!
A Perfect Patio For A Wonderful Time There those who tend to fill their patio up with too many things that are not important at all. A patio should be a place where you can unwind, not drown in a sea of junks. Only some items will be needed to make a complete patio that will make you feel happy. What will make your patio complete? Table and chairs are crucial to a patio. It is a place to sit with the rest of the family and have a great meal outside. Some people prefer swings. Family members can sit and read on the swings or just sit down to have a chat. A bench on the other hand is suitable for smaller patios or for those who do dislike a crammed space. The purpose of a patio is for relaxing so having too many furniture in it, you will end up feeling stressed. For those who love a nap in the cool breeze, they attach a hammock to their patio. Nothing beats a short nap in a hammock! To complement the patio set, most families have a fire pit along with it. This adds to the idea of an entire meal outdoors, from the cooking to the eating! The patio can also serve as space to neatly store your pool supplies. This is an easy, accessible way to reach them for you and your children. The patio is a great multi-purpose area located just outdoors, a few steps away from indoors. It doesnt require extravagant decor or patio furniture, to enjoy your patio. Why, even just a simply chair out on your patio would suffice! The patio will need an umbrella. The best thing about patio umbrellas are they will be able to protect the family form the UV rays or the rain. The kids will be happy because mom wont be pestering them to come in if it rains or too hot. Therefore, with an umbrella, you can enjoy outdoor activities whatever the weather may be. Thus, an umbrella will not only function an embellishment, it also shelters. There are a few to choose from when deciding for a patio umbrellas pole. Popular ones are wood, metal and fiberglass. Wood is a standstill pole. If you do not need something that can rotate or tilt, then this is the pole for you. Metal poles are strong poles that can rotate and tilt. These stylish poles are flexible and are most suited for iron patio set. The lightest pole would be the fiberglass poles. It can naturally enhance your patio. It gives comfort to eyes and your guests will love it too. Outside, the weather can harsh. When winter is depriving you of outdoor treats, install a heater in the patio. A heater can keep you warm and cozy. You will be able to enjoy the open-air whenever you want. Heaters for the outdoors come in all sorts of form. They can be hanging, standing and stand on table. For all weather conditions, you want to consider teak furniture as highly suitable. Teak is water resistant, termite resistant and chemical resistant. With all these standard characteristics, teak furniture costs but is worth the price. What kind of patio furniture comes in teak? You may want to accentuate your patio with a teak bar table and chair. Enjoy a couple of drinks and laughs with your buddies or family outdoors! A teak seagull lounger comes as a seat but the back rest is quite low, almost reaching the bottom. This is a great lounge chair, an ideal spot to relax and steal a couple of minutes of sleep! You wont need to search for teak table and chairs. There are always many available, each with their different designs and styles. Even a simple teak bench comes in such beautifully carved patterns that it looks almost too grand to sit in! With these necessary patio accessories, you wont regret your purchase! Your outdoor delights have been taken to a greater level, and you might just find yourself spending more time on your patio than you do indoors!
Backyard Patio Designs - Learn the Basics That Keeps You One Step Ahead People are always looking up ways for enhancing outdoor space. You will get to see exceeding number of people interested in novel and unique backyard patio designs. For homeowners who are interested in building up a special space to sit outside for entertaining guest on typical weekends, a comfortable and modish backyard patio does matter! Here are some basics discussed in short. Enjoy! Patio Location It is fairly safe to say that as a minimum, 90% of all the US built patios are somehow connected to the main home. If that is the case, you cant step away from the consideration of the sun or shade. As you will definitely not wish to withstand harsh sun rays which literally beat down onto your face and body when you are desperate about relaxing outside, you should take this point very seriously. When your site hardly has any kind of trees that produces sheds, you should considering getting smaller patio trees. You could go for a pergola, but there really are lots of patio covers choices that you can choose from. You can also consider using patio umbrellas for adding some cozy shades to your backyard patio. Just like the homes with a nice view, your patio deserves some good attention especially if the property you currently have has a nice view already. Usually, the view of your patio would be the neighbors backyard. So, dont pick a location that gives your patio drab views like wood fence. Size Matters - especially while doing good backyard patio designs. Nothing is poorer than crafting a patio which turns out to be too tiny to meet your needs. Just in case you have got your furniture already, which you will be using for the patio, it would be a good decision to take those outside. Then set those up to understand how much space you will be needing. That is because you got to be always extra sure about allowing some extra room, as you would be better off having more room than having less. Here is a rule of thumb for you. When you are placing the pieces of furniture close to the patio edges, you should allow 16 inches as a minimum. Likewise, you will also have to consider whether any of your patio accessories dont accommodate in the patio. Good examples are outdoor heating systems, patio fire pits and BBQ grills. Patio Material Whenever you think of planning about backyard patio designs, you must consider the type of patio material. A rather basic patio would work better with a normal concrete floor that can be easily spruced up using some pieces of bricks edging. You could also bring a different appeal simply by staining it with a rather different color. Stone veneer happens to be yet another good option for your patio, as it provides you with the look and feel of real stone. Still, it will cost way less. Nevertheless, brick happens to be extensively used for many outdoor patios. In addition, it could reward a patio with a rather classic as well as traditional look. But no matter which type of material you want to go for, you got to ensure that you are seriously considering the look and feel it will add to your existing home. You might wish to stay away from brick, for instance, when your home currently features brick as well as some tile.
Things to Consider When Installing a Patio When it comes to installing a patio, there is more to it than just blocking off a chunk of your yard and pouring down cement. These days there are many different styles, paving materials, uses, and sizes of patios. Before you start on your patio, you need to consider the shape and size of your property, how you intend to use your patio, and the style of your home and garden. From there you can determine Placement, Shape, Size, and Paving Materials for your patio. When deciding where to place your patio, it is very important to consider multiple aspects and ask yourself a few questions. What is the purpose for your patio? Do you intend to entertain large groups of people, or host intimate gatherings? Depending on the purpose of your patio, you then need to consider the proximity to your home. If you are installing a fireplace or fire pit, you need to make sure there is a good distance between your home and where the fire will be contained. You need to look at the available space in your yard. An over-sized patio will overtake a smaller yard. Another consideration is the amount of sun or shade you desire. If you plan to use your patio for sunbathing, you need to make sure it is in a sunny spot. Shapes of patios are: Square, Circular, or Free-form. Square patios are the most common and can blend well with formal or contemporary gardens. If you like to entertain a lot of people, a large square or rectangular patio is a great way to go. Circular patios can either be a full circle or a half circle. The full circle patio is generally independent of other hardscapes and usually feature a focal point. Half circle patios abut either a building, such as your home, or another hardscape form, like a garden wall. Circular patios blend well into landscapes since there are no hard edges that stand out. Free-form patios are asymmetrical, less predictable, and great for more informal gardens. Determining the size of your patio is very important. As stated above, a large patio can overwhelm a smaller yard, and vice versa. You can figure out how large your patio needs to be by deciding on how you intend to use it and how many people it should fit. Measure the size of your yard to see how much area you are working with, how much space you are willing to allot to your patio, etc. One good tip Ive come across, is to buy your patio furniture before you install your patio, arrange it where you expect your patio to be, and observe how the space is used, where people walk, etc. This will help you see just how much room is needed for walk space around the furniture, accessories, and more. Once you have the shape, size, and purpose of your patio planned out, you can then move on to selecting appropriate paving materials. Before you jump right in and order slate tiles to go next to your pool, you need to ask yourself the following ten questions: • What is my budget? • What is the area that I need to cover? • How safe is this material for my type of patio? • How durable is it? • What are my drainage needs? What types of materials support those needs? • How long does it take to install this material? • Is this something I could install myself? (good if you are doing a DIY project) • What type of texture do I want? Will people be sitting or standing on this surface? • How easily maintained is the material? • What is the appearance I am going for? Patios may seem like a simple task anyone can take on, but for a great patio that you are proud of and excited to show off, a little bit of time and thought needs to be put into the planning process.
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