Ask the Experts: “How Do I Care For My Pavers?”

Brick pavers are one of the most appealing and versatile materials for outdoor designs. They can be used for walkways, driveways, patios, swimming pool decks and much more. But, as with many home improvement materials, they’re also an investment.  As such, it’s important to learn about the proper care and maintenance.

Pavers MaintenanceBecause of constant exposure to tires, oil stains, footprints and the elements, your pavers will get dirty and require maintenance. Good cleaning habits like routine sweeping and hosing off will help minimize the need for professional cleanings; however, it’s a good idea to have your pavers professionally cleaned.

All pavers are different and cleaning methods and materials should not be considered “one size fits all.” Some widely available cleaners may be too harsh on natural stone pavers, while others may contain too much acid. An outdoor construction specialist has the knowledge of the material and the access to the equipment to instantly transform the look of your outdoor space. With the right tools and experience, they can regenerate the look of your pavers without using excessive pressure, which can ultimately harm the brick pavers. At the same time, they will replace the sand in between the bricks that normally erode with time and the wash, and apply a sealant to maintain the clean surface and prevent weed growth.

In order to transform your outdoor space to its original pristine shape, it’s best to invest in a professional cleaning and sealing atleast once a year. The increased lifespan of your pavers will certainly offset the cost.

Contact All Seal Exteriors today and speak with one of our representatives about our professional paver cleaning and sealing services.

Choosing the Right Outdoor Pavers for Your Home

Extending your living space outward with the addition of a patio is a great idea.  The creation of outdoor living space enhances the enjoyment of your home, and increases your property value.  But before you sell yourself on a specific look or material, consider how you plan on using the space and choose a material that complements the style of your home and your own personal lifestyle. These materials are also great options for your pool deck.  To help the process, we’re showcasing four commonly used patio pavers.

Brick Pavers

Brick Pavers


Brick is a classic material that will lend a traditional textural charm to your outdoor space. Although bricks are rectangular in shape, there are endless of pattern possibilities.  It is important to note, though, that although brick pavers can be cost effective, they tend to chip and crack over time.  But because they’re usually less porous than construction-grade bricks, they’re resistant to erosion.

Pre–Cast Concrete Pavers

Concrete Pavers

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective solution, concrete is the answer.  Concrete pavers are made by casting concrete into molds to form individual tiles. They’re available in a range of colors, finishes and styles.  Unfortunately, concrete requires a lot of attention and maintenance. Concrete patios need to be frequently washed and sealed to prevent the colors from fading.  Another drawback with concrete is heat. Concrete doesn’t stand-up well to sun exposure well, and tends to get very hot.

Travertine Pavers

Travertine Pavers

Travertine’s natural beauty, versatility and durability makes it a favorite among landscape architects.  It is a stone often confused with marble because of its beautiful texture and natural grain.  But don’t take its aesthetics for delicateness.  The stone remains cool during harsh summer months and its porous quality repels water, making it easy to walk on.

Choosing the right pavers for your patio or pool deck can make a huge impact on your backyard’s look and feel, which is why it’s important to arm yourself with as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision.  For more information about a specific product or an estimate on your renovation project, contact us today at All Seal Exteriors.

Concrete Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

When it comes to concrete pavers versus stamped concrete, there isn’t really a right or wrong choice. Both material are considered by consumer as the two most popular options on today’s market because they are durable, relatively affordable, and look great. Of course, both pavers and concrete have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Once you consider how you want to use your pavement, the size of your budget, your expectations of durability, and your design vision, one will probably emerge as your preferred choice. Keep in mind that before making your decision you should examine each material and evaluate their pros and cons.

Increasing in popularity, stamped concrete is designed to look like tile, stones, wood, brick, or other more expensive materials, but a design is pressed into the top before it dries. This effect more or less mimics the look of pavers for a lower installation cost. Stamped concrete can provide many beautiful design options, creating full hardscapes, walkways, and driveways that are easily maintained. On the other hand, pavers are interlocking tiles/bricks of concrete, and some people like their flexibility, color, and architectural appearance. Utilizing concrete pavers will allow options for lawns, and flower beds to be placed between them.

Concrete Pavers – Pros

  • Paver patios don’t crack and will stay beautiful for as long as you’re in your home. Because pavers are small and individually placed, there are never any cracks to worry about
  • Most repairs can be done easily by simply replacing a few individual pavers or lifting them up and putting more sand underneath
  • Adding to or changing the shape of pavers can be done with ease anytime down the road and you can exactly match the previously placed pavers
  • Pavers provide a pool environment that is less slippery, and has the desirable look of natural stone

Stamped Concrete – Pros

  • Stamped concrete is less expensive compared to pavers
  • Stamped concrete requires less maintenance. Nothing more than a coat of clear sealer every few years is all that is needed
  • Because stamped concrete is one continuous slab that should be rebarred together, there’s no worry about tripping hazards that individual pavers can create.
  • There are many different options in regards to patterns, textures, and colors; you can also use concrete stains, dyes, and scoring techniques to further enhance stamped concrete
  • Stamped concrete is sealed which protects it from the elements as well as pool chemicals like salt from salt water systems

Stamped Concrete – Cons

  • The fact that almost all concrete eventually cracks can be a major disadvantage vs. pavers
  • Cracks that may occur away from the control joints are impossible to fix and any repairs usually end up being more unsightly than the crack itself
  • If you want to change the shape or add on to stamped concrete, it’s almost impossible to exactly match the existing concrete without it looking like it was added on
  • The sealer needs to be re-applied every 2 to 3 years
  • The surface can be somewhat slippery without the addition of an anti-skid agent mixed in with the sealer (and it should be)

Concrete Pavers – Cons

  • Paver installation usually costs more than stamped concrete. Brick and interlocking pavers aren’t too costly but other pavers such as stone can be very expensive
  • Pavers can be a maintenance nightmare trying to keep up with the settling of individual pavers and removing the weeds that grow between them
  • Installing pavers is usually much more labor intense and time consuming
  • More limited color and pattern selections
  • There can be unwanted variation in color of the product.  Even between different pallets of material from the same truck

Both flooring materials are excellent products and can be a beautiful and lasting addition to your home as long as installation is done correctly. Just remember not to settle for the cheapest price. Choose the best material based on your expectations and needs.

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Concrete Floor Finishes – Top Trends Report

concrete floor finishesGone are the days of boring old gray and dull looking concrete designs. Today, there are some amazingly creative concrete floor finishes that will add life, vibrancy and a unique touch to your home.

All Seal Exteriors are experts at concrete floor finishes and always stay on top of the latest trends when it comes to concrete flooring and design.

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