You are thinking about having that backyard Labor Day barbeque. Suddenly, you notice some of your lovely brick patio flooring is cracked from the heat and the cold, the rain, the snow and the wear and tear of walking on the bricks. Is there anything that can be done? Here are some tips. After you get those bricks replaced, use Polymeric Sand, clean your brick pavers, use a sealer, some weed killer and sweep your brick pavers in order to prevent them from cracking.
Polymetric Sand is meant to improve the durability and life of your brick pavers. It will keep your brick pavers stable because weather conditions cause brick pavers to expand and contract, which cause erosion that cause cracks. Polymetric Sand comes in two colors, grey and tan. You need to make sure there isn’t any chance of rain when you start. Hose down or use a power washer before you apply the sand because you will want a clean surface. Use a push broom, one of those wide wooden brooms with black brushes. Janitors use them to sweep floors with. Leave a quarter of an inch between top of paver and the sand between the joints of the bricks. The sand hardens when it is dampened and prevents weeds from growing between the seams. Remove Polymetric Sand from the top of the bricks or staining will occur during a snow or rain storm.
Clean Your Brick Pavers
Remove weeds and dirt from your brick pavers before you give your pavers a thorough cleaning. Make sure you use your hose often to wash away the grime that will accumulate on your brick pavers. You can also use a power washer. Be sure to avoid the joints because it will disturb the sand. Use a mild detergent and a wire brush to scrub away any stains that may appear on the brick pavers. Don’t forget to rinse away the detergent completely when you are done cleaning.
Use A Sealer
Sealers are great for preventing weed growth, which will cause your bricks to crack. It wards off UV rays, moss growth, the ravaging of frost and thawing that occur during the winter and prevents insect infestations. Acrylic based sealers work the best because bricks will be easier to clean. Seal your brick pavers once every couple of years. You can tell that your sealer is working when water beads up on the pavers, otherwise it is time for another coat of sealer. You start by cleaning your brick pavers. Use a scrub brush and a mild detergent or cleanser first. Use high pressure to water down your bricks before you get lay down the seal. Let your bricks thoroughly dry before applying sealer. If any of the sand is removed from cleaning, simply reapply before you start sealing your pavers. With a light brush or one of those clean paint rollers, apply the sealant to the pavers, using even coats. Stay off the bricks and let dry.
If you have children and pets, it’s a good idea to use a mixture of lemon juice and water or vinegar and water to prevent weeds from growing near your brick pavers. The homemade solutions do not last long and need to reapplied regularly whenever you hose down your bricks.
Laying the Bricks Down Yourself
The best way to keep your bricks from loosening and cracking is to lay down a good foundation. Be sure to pack the soil beneath your brick pavers because it will keep them stable.