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, handyman 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.
Homeowners will hear 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 homeowner 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 Marion 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 Citrus and Hernando County there are raging rivers and springs flowing just 10’ below the ground even) which permeates through the ground soil, through 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, not allowing them to breathe – creating a white hazy look.
Solvent based brick paver sealants have to be applied when the brick pavers are COMPLETELY DRY – free of ANY moisture now or in the immediate future. 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 Florida. These sealants will begin to turn a hazy white color (often times within the first 3 months or the first few rainfalls, if not sooner) and in some extreme cases, even look’s like someone spilled caulk or white glue into the joints and all over the surface of your once beautiful Brick Pavers!
You have a few options, There is really only 1 option which is your best and most cost effective #3:
- Replace the entire driveway at a very high cost
2. Live with ugly pavers and let it wear off in about 7-9 years.
3. Best and most cost effective option: Give us a call for a free estimate to have the failed paver sealer stripped off the surface and re-sealed the correct way.
*Stripped Sealer is Collected and Disposed of offsite*
Permanent Color Enhancement For Brick Pavers
Brick Paver 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 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 semi-translucent additive we are adding that enhances the color while still showing the natural patina and contrast of the brick pavers. FINALLY! A permanent 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 pavers. 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, from a BBQ Grill, metal patio furniture or a planter.
We have products that are capable of lightening and 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 or you’re a new contractor, feel free to call us for professional advice and guidance along the way.
90% of our estimates are able to be given, based off a satellite imagery program we subscribe to, that’s updated every 4 months, which allows us to take Near Exact square footage measurements of your driveways or pool decks and patios. This makes our overhead expenses lower as we are able to give quotes with this program – which would take a Team giving you a 2 hour time block like most companies schedule for their estimates and will either show up late or not at all, having to reschedule – 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 the request with a very detailed description of our process along with links to all of the products that we would be using.
*Stripped Sealer is Collected and Disposed of offsite*
Adhering to proper wash water recovery and treatment practices is not only a moral obligation to the environment, but a legal requirement as well. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies fine and penalize companies who do not properly invest in wash water recovery treatment.
EPA requires businesses to adhere to standards that very often include implementation of a wash water recovery and treatment system.
If you’re a contractor, feel free to call us, let us know who you are and we can help each other out.