Polymeric sand, known more colloquially as “paving sand,” is extremely useful whenever you’re planning on installing patio pavers on your property. This sand is actually a mixture of several different types of fine sand combined with various polymers and additives. When this mixture is put into a solution with water, it creates a strong adhesive to lock the sand particles together, making it an ideal filter for the joints in between patio pavers while you install them.
There are plenty of benefits that come with using paving sand. It enhances the durability of the pavers, stands up to heavy rains, prevents weeds from growing and pests from becoming a problem and even comes in a variety of colors to complement your pavers.
Interested in using paving sand in Brooklyn, NY? Here’s a quick overview of how to do it:
- Apply sand over the pavers: The first step is to pour some mounds of the sand onto the patio or walkway, being careful not to apply too much of the sand, because removing the excess can be difficult (you can always add more). Make sure you only do this when the pavers are completely dry—you shouldn’t do this after a rainfall, for example.
- Brush the sand into the cracks: Next, use a push broom to brush the sand back and forth across the pavers, with the goal of pushing the sand into the cracks as much as possible between each paver. Add more sand if needed so you can make sure each gap gets completely filled. You may need to brush back and forth in opposite directions.
- Clean the pavers: Once you’ve finished brushing sand into the cracks between the pavers, you can then clean off the surfaces of the pavers before you wet down the sand. It’s important to get as much sand off the surface as you can so that it doesn’t harden to the pavers once you apply the water. A leaf blower will be effective so long as you can avoid blowing away the sand in between the cracks.
- Apply water: Use a garden hose on a “mist” setting to lightly mist the area, which will provide enough moisture to activate the binding properties of the sand mixture in the cracks. Let the sanded joints dry out for a couple days before you go back, and closely inspect for any gaps that may have formed during the process, at which point you can apply additional sand and seal with water once again.
- Inspect: Once you’re satisfied that you’ve properly sealed up the cracks, be sure to inspect the pavers every now and then for signs of discoloration or stains. If you see any on the surface of the pavers, you can use white vinegar to clean away the stains. Allow it to sit on the area for about an hour before washing with soap and water.
For more information about using paving sand in Brooklyn, NY, contact the experts at Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. today.
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