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17 Jul 2018

Got that paver dirty with oil?

While concrete pavers aren’t damaged by oil leaking from cars, stains can be difficult to remove. Stains should be treated as soon as possible since the longer they remain on the surface, the deeper they penetrate making removal harder. Wipe excess oil from the surface as soon as possible and apply liquid detergent. Allow it to soak for several minutes. Then scrub and wash the pavers with hot water. Several treatments may be necessary for particularly stubborn stains. Cleaners specially made for removing oil stains from concrete pavers are available and yield good results. In some cases, it may be simpler to replace the stained pavers with new ones. Cleaning and sealing concrete pavers early in their life can make…
Got that paver dirty with oil?
Caring for your pavers: "White haze"
13 Jul 2018

Caring for your pavers: "White haze"

Efflorescence is a white haze that may appear on the surface of pavers sometime after installation. It forms as a result of a natural chemical reaction that occurs when the lime or water soluble calcium oxide, produced by the cement contained in the pavers, reacts with water. When water enters the microscopic capillaries in pavers, calcium hydroxide is formed. The calcium hydroxide rises to the surface of the paver, reacts with the carbon dioxide in the air, and forms a white haze of calcium carbonate when the moisture evaporates from the surface. The appearance of efflorescence stops when there isn’t any more calcium hydroxide available to move to the surface. This process sometimes can take several months. While efflorescence does…
10 Jul 2018

Not all masonry contractors are the same...

Ready for that landscape project? Dreaming of showing off that beautiful paver work around the pool? Better check the contractor first! The ICPI writes in its website recommendations for getting smart quotes from masonry contractors. FIRST: make sure the contractor visits your home before providing a written proposal.  The lowest bid might not always be the best option. To ensure a quality installation, be sure to ask the contractor the following questions: How long have they been installing pavers? Have they been trained by a manufacturer or the ICPI? What percentage of their total business consists of installing concrete pavers? Will they provide you with three references?  Be sure to ask for references from recent and past jobs.  Can you…
Not all masonry contractors are the same...