Maintenance: Polymeric Sand vs. Joint Stabilizing Sealer

We are often asked about brick paver maintenance. We recommend two maintenance applications; depending on whether the need is pre installation or post installation.

 Benefits:
• Stabilizes Pavers
• Resists Erosion- Water, frost heaving, wind, power washing, etc.
• Deters Ants and Other Insects
• Inhibits Weed Growth

 Typically, new brick paver installations should include joints swept with polymeric sand. TECHNISEAL® Polymeric Jointing Sand (http://www.techniseal.com/) is a high-tech mix of graded sand and binder, specially formulated for the filling of joints when installing pavers or stone. It stabilizes all horizontal and sloped surfaces. It softens when wet and firms up when dry to better resist soil movements. It helps keep the surroundings clean by preventing sand from getting into the house or pool. Easy to use, polymeric jointing sand is applied dry and hardens after wetting. Unlike conventional sand, it stays in place and remains stable for 3-5 years, depending on the type of pavement, usage and wear.

 To maintain an existing installation, we recommend a Joint Stabilizing Sealer (http://www.surebond.com/products/). SUREBOND states that a Joint Stabilizing Sealer can be used inside and outside, on old and new pavements, sealing paving stones and stabilizing joint sand at the same time. It also is the only sealer that can be applied immediately after paver installation, as it is breathable and will not trap the naturally occurring efflorescence. This long term breath- ability also decreases freeze thaw damage and improves surface durability and ease of maintenance. The product is non-hazardous and has the consistency of water. It is milky white when applied and dries crystal clear, creating a finish that ranges from a matte finish to a satin sheen, depending on the surface. Re-applications should be carried out every 3-5 years depending on the type of pavement, usage and wear.