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The Difference Between Gray & White Cement Pavers

Gray Cement At All Seal Exteriors, we offer both Gray Cement and White Cement brick pavers as options when you want to redo your driveway, or pool deck, and often customers want to know the difference between these two types of brick material, specially when they see our brick pavers color options.

Functionally, there may be little difference between cements of the grey and white color.

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Pool Deck Options: Travertine Pavers

Travertine Pavers Swimming Pool DeckDoes your home have a swimming pool? Are you remodeling the community swimming pool? If you are planning to have a new pool deck installed, you should definitely familiarize yourself with all of the swimming pool deck options. A popular pool deck option, especially in sunny South Florida, is travertine pavers. Travertine pavers may be the best choice for a beautiful, not slick when wet, not hot when sunny, not too difficult to maintain, swimming pool deck.

Travertine is created from natural stone. It is cool to the touch, which is why it is a good option for a pool or spa deck. It will be a low-maintenance alternative that includes comfortable features. Aside from its obvious beauty, travertine is highly resistant to heat, scratching, staining and acidity, but it is its durability one of the elements that leads people to choose this material for home building and home improvement projects. Other benefits of travertine pool tiles are:

  • Travertine does not get too hot, even in a warm climate and/or the sun shines down directly on the pool deck. Travertine is a kind of sedimentary stone so it has natural voids and openings in its surface which absorb the heat of the sun.
  • It is very comfortable to walk over travertine pavers with your shoes off.
  • Travertine does not get slick when wet which can easily prevent slip and fall accidents from happening. They have a tumbled surface meaning these are roughed up so the tiles won’t be slick for anyone walking on them.
  • Unlike wood, travertine does not attract tiny insects and does not require a lot maintenance.
  • Travertine is made of stone so they are durable and can last for a long time, which is why consumers often feel it is a good investment.
  • There are also many choices available in terms of colors, styles and patterns. Travertine pavers can blend in very well with almost any landscaping. No two pavers will have the same colors and nuances which can make them look very attractive around the pool.

Whether you are planning to build or to renovate your pool, consider contacting the experts at All Seal Exteriors to get a FREE estimate on a travertine pool deck for your swimming pool.

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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.

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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.

Contact All Seal Exteriors today and get a FREE estimate on your renovation project!

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