Brick Paver Restoration
Brick paver restoration is a major part of our business. The restoration of brick pavers covers a broad span of services, stripping off failed paver sealant, calcium removal, oil stain removal, rust/irrigation rust/fertilizer rust removal, efflorescence removal and color restoration.
Stripping off failed paver sealant
Stripping of brick paver sealant is needed when a homeowner, handy man or even a paver installer uses a cheap or low quality paver sealant. Often times we find ourselves removing solvent/oil/xylene/acrylic based paver sealants. These are all different names for the same product. How could 1 product have multiple names? A solvent simply means “to dissolve”. A solvent is a very toxic paver sealer often composed of Xylene for the brick paver application. It is an acrylic type of sealant. Often times, acrylics are referred to as oils. The reason I tell you this is because homeowners will hear through the community that a contractor used a solvent based sealant on their pavers and it turned white, and the contractor will then say “Oh, well we use a Xylene based or an oil based sealer” in hopes to make the uneducated home owner think it’s a different product. These types of sealants are actually great sealers up north. But here in our service area in the Tampa bay area of Florida, there is too much moisture in the ground for these paver sealants to have a positive outcome. Draw a line from Citrus County to Daytona. Everything south of that line falls under Florida’s subtropical climate category. What happens is the moisture we have in the ground (in some parts of Hernando county there are raging rivers and springs flowing just 10’ below the ground even) permeates through the ground soil, into the aggregate paver base material and into the porous brick pavers, which than gets trapped between the paver and the thin top layer coating of those solvent based sealants we just talked about – creating a white hazy look.
Water based and solvent based brick paver sealants have to be applied when the brick pavers are COMPLETELY DRY – free of ANY moisture. As just mentioned in the paragraph above, there’s just too much moisture in our ground in this region of Florida to have the ideal paver sealing conditions 8 out of 12 months of the year here in central Florida.
These sealants will begin to turn a hazy white color (often times within the first 3 months or the first few rain falls, if not sooner) and in some extreme cases, even look like someone squirted white Elmer’s glue in the joints!
All hope is not completely lost. You have 2 options: live with ugly pavers and let it wear off in about 8-10 years. Or give us a call for a free estimate to have the failed paver sealer stripped off completely and re-sealed the right way.
Permenant color enhancement
Brick pavaer color restoration is a service we provide at a small additional cost per square ft. We mix in a pigmented stain with our 3 coats of brick paver sealer. The tint we use is directly from the manufacturers at Innovative Concrete Technologies (the manufacturer of UreSeal h2o - best paver sealant on the market) and only available to very few of the selected, trained and UreSeal certified contractors. It is a permanent tint that does not wear off and will remain with your brick pavers permanently.
It is not a coating that covers the pavers entirely, but a translucent tint that enhances the color we are adding while still showing the natural patinas and contrast of the brick pavers.
FINALLY! A permenant solution to the faded, worn-out, sun bleached brick pavers here in Florida!
Brick paver rust removal
Rust on brick pavers is more commonly found where properties have yard irrigation from a well system. Irrigation rust is an ugly and frustrating problem. Rust is also commonly found where fertilizers have been sprayed on a lawn and overspray was left to sit on concrete or brick paves. In most fertilizers, you will find iron. Iron is very healthy for grass and plants, however when it is left to sit on brick paver surfaces, rust begins to grow and soak into the pores of the brick pavers. Also, we find rust stains on brick paver pool decks quite often. Usually, the culprit is metal patio furniture or a planter.
Fret not my friends, we have products that are capable of removing irrigation rust, fertilizer rust and rust from patio furniture from all of your brick paver surfaces.
Estimates are always free, you have literally nothing to lose by filling out an online request for a free estimate form or by calling our experts to come out and give you a no-hassle estimate. If you still insist on sealing your pavers yourself, feel free to call us for professional advise and guidance along the way.
95% of our paver sealing estimates are able to be given based off a sattellite imagery program we pay to use, which combines 7 different imagery programs that updates every 4 months, which allows us to take EXACT square footage measurements of your paver driveways or brick paver pool decks and patios. Even allowing us to see up to 20ft underneath overhangs! This makes our overhead expenses lower as we are able to give an aveage of 50 precise and exact quotes a day with this program - which would take a team of sales men, earning salaries, driving insured vehicles that suck down gas, giving you a 2 hour time block like most companies schedule for their estimates and will either show up late or not at all - leaving homeowners frustrated... We hear it every day!
You have nothing to lose at all to get a quick quote! Most quotes will be emailed to our customers within an hour of request with a very detailed description of our process along with links to all of the products that we would be using.