When to seal your pavers 

Whether it’s your patio, driveway or pool, sealing your new pavers is a very beneficial and important part of your paver project. 

Reason 1.  A quality sealant helps you maintain the look of your property.

Reason 2.  The sealant will help bond the sand and pavers together, adding longevity.

Reason 3.  A quality sealant will help retard the growth of weeds and mold.

Some experts say it’s ok to seal the pavers right after installation.  This expert says wait a few weeks, keep an eye out for efflorescence.  Efflorescence or “efflo” is a white salt that leeches out of the paver due to moisture.    

How many coats?

A high quality sealant will require 2 coats.  There are contractors out there who will increase the warrantee time if they apply a third coat.  A lower quality sealant may have that effect.  My company will not have that policy.  Quality installation and product will only require 2 coats.  A third will be redundant and unnecessary  

 

After years of frustrating results with different products that either don’t work or are so hazardous that it will “make your catch fire”, I have come up with a technique that is friendly to the surrounding vegetation and pond and lakes!  

Not only is it friendly,  it also more effective, making the surface like new again!  It has taken me a lot of time and money to figure out.. To find out how, you need to hire me!

 

Customers are often frustrated or even angry at the state of their tile in their showers when I see them. They are unsure how after just a few short months, the shower tile looks old, dirty and worse, moldy. And it is understandable. You pay good money for a bathroom renovation, or a tile or grout replacement and it seems wasted money when you see it tarnish so quickly.  Here’s my tip for those wanting to get a longer life out of their shower tile.

Dry your shower walls after using it.

Seems simple, but it is the most effective way to keep you shower tile sparkly new. The three main things that cause your shower to look dirty are:

  • Minerals in your water
  • Your soaps and shampoos
  • Mold and mildew

When you wipe your shower with a towel, squeegee or other after you shower, you take care of all of those tarnishing elements in just one swipe. And doing this right after your shower means it is still hot, so the soaps and minerals clean up easily.  I’ve been doing this in my shower after each use, and after two plus years it still looks brand new.

Contact us today if you have tile and grout needs or questions about any of our services.

 

Introducing…..the Grout Guy blog! “The Art of the Seal” aims to provide you tips and tricks on keeping your tile, stone and grout lasting longer, looking better, and staying clean and fresh.

By way of introduction, let me share a little information about myself. 

After growing up in NH, I enlisted in the Navy for 6 years. I was a SeaBee and was deployed on various missions including Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After the military, I worked in construction in the southern California area installing tile and remodeling homes, and met my wife, Jennifer. After living in CA for a while, we moved back to my hometown in NH and began to raise a family. 

A friend and colleague of mine ran a grout cleaning business out of Arizona. It intrigued me to be able to use my skills in construction and building to provide a service that everyday homeowners could appreciate. After flying to AZ for training, I learned the manual labor involved in the work, and after doing it that way for some time, found ways to scale and machine-drive much of the labor. As a result, I now have a state-of-the-art truck mounted steam cleaning system that allows me to do big jobs.

Starting the business in NH back in 2001, I proved what everyone said to be wrong. “There’s not enough tile in this area.” “No one will want to have work done in the winter.” I heard these things time and again, yet for almost 15 years, I worked full time to service clients in the NH and MA area and built a thriving business. Then I realized NH winters were….tough.  So in 2015, we picked up and moved to Florida.

Seeing the faces of clients when they see a project completed if extremely gratifying. Their eyes light up and they smile with delight. Few jobs provide you the pleasure of seeing satisfaction and happiness on someone’s face when a job is done. 

So with that, I hope you know a bit about me, my work and my values. I take the time to figure an appropriate solution for each situation, and custom mix colors. It takes a bit of time, but the results are worth it. I look forward to hearing from you, and helping you create a floor space that is beautiful, easy to maintain, and lasts for years.