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Interlock Care Tips:

Every property owner in York Region would like to know how to properly maintain their interlock to make their entire surroundings look impressionable and fine-looking. Owners take great pride in maintaining their properties.

Power washing your interlock pavers

There are a few general guidelines when power washing your pavers. Do not use the pressure washer on high power when rinsing, or you risk damaging the surface. Always keep the nozzle at a 30° angle 12″ away from the surface and use the fanned nozzle setting. If some jointing sand washes out, you may need to sweep in some new sand.

 
Sealing your interlock pavers
 
Sealing is a personal preference as it is generally used to enhance or deepen the color of the pavers and to protect the surface from staining materials. If you do choose to seal, you must ensure the pavers are completely clean and free of any efflorescence (a whitish haze caused by naturally occurring salts used in both the base materials and/or aggregates used to manufacture the stone, that goes away with time).  We recommend that you wait approximately 2-3 months prior to sealing to ensure no efflorescence shows up.
 
If you do decide to seal we typically recommend reapplying the sealer every 3-5 years as it does wear with time.
 

Preventing Weeds

Weeds do not come from underneath the pavers, they come from seeds that blow in from adjecent properties and fall into the joints and germinate. The best way to prevent weed growth is to put Polymeric Sand or Easy Pro Jointing compound into the joints between pavers. Never put plastic underneath the pavers, this will keep the joints wet and only make weeds grow faster.

Dealing with Moss

Moss is one of those things that one person considers a nuisance and another considers attractive, adding to the “country” or “old English” look and feel of the installation. Moss generally develops in the shaded areas that are slow to dry up after rain. If you want to remove it, it is recommended that you simply pressure wash the surface after applying a solution of 20% dish soap and 80% water to the surface. It is important to remember to not use the pressure washer on high power or too close to the surface when rinsing, or you risk damaging the surface. Always keep the nozzle at a 30? angle, 12’’ away from the surface and use the fanned nozzle setting.

De-icing your interlock pavers:

When applying de-icing salts to your driveway we recommend the following: Caution should be used when applying any de-icing chemicals and always avoid excessive use. Calcium based products or rock salt (sodium Chloride) are both safe as de-icing chemicals. We recommend that you avoid using magnesium based products as they are very aggressive de-icing salts that cause damage to the surface.

Shovelling your interlock without damaging it

When shovelling use a plastic shovel or when plowing use plastic blade protectors. Metal blades on plows can scratch the surface and ruin the appearance.
 
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