Here’s comes the rain in Fort Myers folks! The summer of 2021 here in Southwest Florida has not really been as rainy as normal . . . but if you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll see we are finally getting storm warnings and a lot more rain. That’s awesome for your garden and lawn, but not such great news for your paver driveway, walkway or lanai.
Pavers are so popular here in Florida because they really give your home a fantastic curb appeal, and they are good for our environment as well, because they allow rainwater to seep into the ground between the pavers, rather than run off down the driveway and into the sewer system. And with a little effort, they will stay looking beautiful. Pavers are pretty durable, but are you aware of how much weather affects the look and stability of your pavers? You can’t just leave them alone and expect them to stay pretty, because both the sun and the rain here are very harsh. Most days the sun beats down unrelentingly all day until around 4 p.m. and then the rain pounds down for about an hour. Both of these forces of nature work to make your pavers look terrible. So let’s look at some of the reasons pavers need to be pressure washed at least twice a year.
Why Pressure Wash Your Pavers
Depending on where they are located, pavers get stained by any number of things. Your paver driveway can be stained by oil dripping out of your car, and tar or paint that could be on your tires. How about dirt, paint, and grease from all of the do it yourself projects you use your driveway for? In your lanai, grease from your barbeque, spilled food, chlorinated water from the pool, and rust from the pool cage can all stain the pavers.
Even worse, due to our aforementioned weather, what you’ll deal with most often is moss and algae growth on and in between the pavers. This can be slippery when it rains and become a real walking hazard if it is not handled properly. This is why you want your pavers to be professionally pressure washed.
Should you do pressure wash them yourself? We are well aware that pressure washers can be bought at the big box stores, but we don’t really recommend you attempt to do it yourself. Consumer level pressure washers actually use a tremendous amount of water pressure, and it is much more than most people are ready for. Using excessive water pressure can remove some of the paver surface. You can also permanently scar the surface of pavers with streaks and lines. Pressure washing also tends to wash away the sand holding the pavers in place, and if you don’t know how to replace that sand properly, your pavers will be uneven, leaving the possibility for people to trip or twist an ankle as they walk over pavers that are lifted up or sunken due to being sanded improperly.
At Under Pressure we use a special device called a Surface Cleaner to clean pavers and driveways. Our technicians go through training every year to be able to use this tool properly. It enables us to wash the surface with a consistent amount of spray throughout the driveway. Therefore we do not leave any “tiger stripes” or any other kind of etching, and we also don’t leave any missed areas on the driveway. We are able to remove most stains on concrete and paver driveways with the Surface Cleaner.
When we are done pressure washing, we do something that very few contractors do, which is re-sand the pavers. When pavers are washed under pressure, the stabilizing sand between the bricks can sometimes be washed away, leaving the individual pavers unstable and loose. We are experts in replacing this sand and making sure the pavers are all even and looking beautiful again, so it is worth it for you to hire us for this additional service. This enhanced process is essential to maintaining the quality and structure of a brick paver driveway, pathway or lanai.
Once the pavers are completely clean, they should be sealed to maintain their look, keep them stain free and protect the surface of them from eroding. The fact is, if you have brick pavers, you need to get them professionally sealed as well. Our sealer protects the surface of your pavers from the weathering caused by those high-powered UV rays we get here in the South. While the concrete pavers themselves are highly durable, the colored pigments in the pavers can slowly fade over time, due to the UV ray exposure. Sealing the pavers helps to keep the paver’s colors vibrant even in bright sunlight.
Your paver driveway can last you more than 30 years, but only if you take great care of it! By letting Under Pressure deep clean regularly, and seal your paver driveway every two years, your driveway will better resist dirt and oil, keep weeds from growing and prevent cracks from forming, providing your home with a gorgeous looking driveway, pathways and lanai area! Give us a call at UnderPressure at 239-218-5085!
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