November 6, 2017 by Deck & Patio Living

Fall has finally delivered cooler temperatures and changing colors.  Patios, walkways, and driveways throughout Greater St. Louis are now being covered with leaves and debris, and freezing winter weather is not far off.  By choosing Deck & Patio Living to install your hardscape projects, you’ve already taken the first steps to ensure your pavers endure against weathering and corrosion.  However, paving stones are still an exterior surface and subject to the effects of use, weather, and time when improperly maintained.  Here are three steps to preserve the beauty and integrity of your paver patio installation.

1. Remove Unwanted Stains.

Stained paving stones detract from the beauty of your paver patio or walkway.  Falling leaves, pine needles, and other debris can stain pavers that are not properly sealed.  Rust from metal set on a patio, spilt red wine, or dripped paint from your last exterior renovation can all leave undesirable stains behind.  It’s important to remove such stains before sealing your paver patio.  Otherwise, you could inadvertently lock in those stains forever.  Be careful to use a specialized cleaner for the particular stain.  Or simply contact us to enroll in a hardscape maintenance plan, and we’ll take care of concrete paver stain removal for you.

2. Clean The Entire Surface.

Once stains have been removed, you can then prep the patio to be sealed.  This means you’ll need to clean the entire surface, sweeping off the patio and removing efflorescence and ground-in dirt with a paver cleaner.  For best results, first test a small, inconspicuous area before applying paver cleaning solution to the rest of your hardscape.  Be sure to read and follow directions printed on cleaning solution labels for application instructions and proper safety precautions.  As a courtesy to our customers enrolled in a hardscape maintenance plan, Deck & Patio Living includes paver surface cleaning at no additonal cost.

3. Seal The Pavers.

Protect your patio, preserve its beauty, and ensure colorfastness and weather resistance by applying a matte finish, semi-gloss, or wet-look sealant.  The choice of sealant is up to you, but keep in mind that paver sealers should not be applied more than once in three years.  Too many applications will create a film on the surface of the patio which may discolor in sunlight.  To ensure the best results, consult a hardscape design professional.  We have hardscape design consultants on staff that can answer your questions and address concerns when sealing paver patios and walkways, and our customers can always enroll in a hardscape maintenance plan.

Even if your pavers were originally sealed upon installation, all sealants will wear over time.  To keep your hardscape looking beautiful, pavers should be resealed every three to five years.  Contact us today to schedule your next paver sealant application.