Flagstone patios can transform any backyard into a beautifully unique and vintage treasure. These building materials are quarried or harvested from the Earth without any color or chemical manipulation. Over the years, our team has encountered many impressively cultivated creations and would like to share a patio we had the pleasure of working on, located near Clifton, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Flagstone, while of the highest quality, can also be high maintenance. Due to the much larger gaps between the stones compared to a typical paver patio, mold and weed growth can excel. Water tends to pool up on top of the large gaps, causing significant erosion and providing a breeding ground for mold. Our process on flagstone includes a thorough steam cleaning and removal of loose material in the joints. We allow everything to dry out before returning to complete the installation of polymeric sand and application of sealant. This process differs from what we perform on regular concrete or clay pavers.
We use different polymeric sand products in these large open spaces between flagstone than we use in regular concrete paver joints. Customers can choose from NOCO Tan (Beige) and NOCO Iron (Gray), which is a dry sand but has finer granules than regular polymeric sand installed between pavers. Then there is the latest product to be released, NOCO Storm Tan, Ivory, Granite, or Black. This product reverses the process in a sense. Instead of using water saturation or a joint stabilizing sealer to achieve hardening, the sand comes in a vacuum-sealed bag with moisture already present. Our team keeps the product wet during installation, and exposure to oxygen activates the polymers, hardening the product in each joint. This product is intended for bigger joints because it is permeable, allowing water to drain through the sand instead of sitting on the surface and causing puddles.
Flagstone also has a much different density than regular clay or concrete pavers, with more variation in porosity. Therefore, we use a different sealant than what we apply on regular pavers. We offer two finishes on flagstone patios: Enhanced and Invisible. The enhanced finish, shown in this project, enhances the stones’ appearance, while the invisible finish preserves the natural look of the stones while keeping them clean.
We always strive to research everything to ensure we are using the best materials for each situation. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Over the past 10 years, we have used trial and error to develop our best practices. Here at Perfect Paver Co., we want to provide everyone the opportunity to restore their outdoor living space. Whether you choose us for your project or use information found on our site to achieve your landscape and hardscape dreams, thank you for your time, and good luck with all your outdoor home endeavors!
This paver restoration project provides a valuable insight into the meticulous cleaning process undertaken by our team. Clay pavers are renowned for their vibrant appearance, and restoring them to their former beauty is a specialty of ours. If your clay pavers have lost their vibrancy due to organic buildup, our expertise is at your service. We recently undertook the transformation of a clay brick paver back patio and front porch outside a charming home in Oakwood, Ohio.
Approaching each project with dedication and precision, our team embarked on this unique property with a keen eye for detail. Recognizing the challenge posed by excessive weed growth, our technicians identified the need for a specialized nozzle, known as a “turbo tip,” to effectively address the issue. Employing a whirlwind-like motion, this nozzle efficiently removes weeds and debris from the joints, ensuring a thorough cleaning process across every inch of the paver patios, starting with the front porch.
Despite the inherent beauty of the property, the presence of mold and weeds marred its aesthetic appeal. The homeowner’s previous attempts at maintenance had yielded limited success, prompting them to seek our assistance. Utilizing our specialized cleaning equipment and leveraging the expertise of our team, we achieved remarkable results, leaving the client astounded by the revitalization of their home.
Transitioning to the back patio, a cherished space for family gatherings, the client expressed concern over the organic buildup. Offering reassurance and professional guidance, our team alleviated their worries and took meticulous precautions to protect nearby screens during the cleaning process.
Following the steam cleaning, we meticulously documented the transformation with “after” photos, showcasing the remarkable difference. Our services extend beyond cleaning, encompassing polymeric sand installation and sealant application to facilitate easier maintenance and prevent future buildup. We provide comprehensive information and guidance on future maintenance, ensuring lasting results and client satisfaction.
At Perfect Paver Co., our pride lies in the expertise and dedication of our team. We are committed to exceeding your expectations and ensuring your satisfaction at every stage of your hardscape restoration project. Trust us with your paver restoration needs, and let us deliver exceptional results that enhance the beauty and longevity of your outdoor spaces.
If you’re interested in working with Perfect Paver Co. to enhance your patio or driveway, please contact us today.
Are you interested in enhancing your home’s curb appeal by updating your front entrance? If so, you’ll appreciate this journey through a recent front entryway makeover project by Perfect Paver Co. Located in Indian Hill, OH (Cincinnati), we brought our client’s vision to life by seamlessly incorporating repurposed natural stone from their existing front steps. This blend of old and new beautifully complements the architecture and age of their home!
This project was especially fulfilling for us because we had the chance to work with a client again whom we had assisted previously. Having previously worked on their back patio, we were excited to reconnect with this client. Initially, they approached us for releveling and grout touch-ups for their deteriorating front steps. However, our team proposed a more comprehensive solution, suggesting the reconstruction of the steps with new materials while integrating the existing stone, which still complemented the home’s aesthetic.
With the materials and design finalized, the project kicked off. Witness the tear-out process and the meticulous preparation of the area for a concrete footer reinforced with rebar, guaranteeing durability and preventing future settling.
As concrete is poured and the foundation takes shape, get a closer look at how we repurpose the old natural stone we saved from the existing steps. We cut the pieces into strips and used them as a veneer for each step face, ensuring a perfect match with the house. Watch as we set the new rock-face limestone step treads into place.
After allowing the mortar to cure, we return to lay the Unilock Basalt Copthorne pavers. The dark colors of the pavers provide striking contrast to the lighter natural stone of the steps and house. Witness the meticulous laying and cutting of the pavers.
To ensure perfection, our technicians carefully clean up the surrounding areas, leaving no detail overlooked.
Our goal was to ensure that the new materials complemented the architecture of the home while providing a fresh, updated look. That’s why we opted for natural limestone treads and incorporated existing natural stone for the step risers. This choice honors the age and architecture of the home, blending old and new seamlessly.
Witness the transformation firsthand and explore how Perfect Paver Co can revitalize your front entrance, delivering a striking enhancement to your home’s curb appeal that seamlessly blends with its surroundings and boasts enduring quality. Contact us today to get started.
I’m Jake, a technician here at Perfect Paver Co., and I’m excited to take you through the recent makeover we gave to a severely faded stamped concrete pool deck in Mason, Ohio.
Our journey began when a customer, facing the deteriorating state of their pool’s stamped concrete after 15 years, contemplated an expensive solution – complete excavation and a five-figure investment in a new pool deck.
The original vibrant color of the stamped concrete had faded due to relentless exposure to UV rays and harsh Ohio weather. The customer, referred to Perfect Paver Co., recognized the need for a more feasible fix. Upon our initial assessment, we determined that the stamped concrete’s overall structure and quality were still intact, prompting our enthusiasm to provide a practical restoration solution.
Moving on to the restoration process, we started with a thorough steam cleaning to remove surface dirt and stains. Confirming a clean canvas, we rejuvenated the existing sealer through solvent application, addressing surface damages and releasing trapped moisture. In this case, the client opted for additional coloring to even out inconsistencies caused by varying sunlight exposure.
Due to extensive fading, we applied multiple rounds of the rejuvenation process, including color staining, returning the next day to assess the concrete’s condition before proceeding with sealing. My crew and I then meticulously applied the appropriate type and amount of sealant.
After three days, the project concluded successfully. The client not only saved significant time and money but also achieved the desired outcome for their backyard, now transformed into a lively party space.
I hope you enjoyed the story of this project as much as I enjoyed being a part of it. I love bringing old patios and driveways back to life and make them look beautiful again 😊.
If you have a stamped concrete pool deck or patio in need of some love, please contact us to discuss what we can do to bring it back to life for you.
We hope this story about our project gives you a better idea of how we can make your outdoor living space just the way you want it! If you’ve had trouble with your pavers before, check out this great result from a project we finished in the Yankee Trace Golf Course Community in Centerville, Ohio.
Lots of our clients come to us with paver problems. Sometimes, the company they hired before, or even the homeowner themselves, tried to fix things without knowing how. We appreciate the effort, but it can turn into a big problem. If the wrong sand and sealer are used, or if a good product is put on the wrong way, it can be really bad. Luckily, our technicians know what to do in these situations. We want to help anyone going through this and find a good solution.
Believe it or not, this client wanted their pavers to have dark reds, blues, and grays when they were installed. They thought it was impossible to get them back to that. Most people would agree, but we’ve seen this situation before. The sealer used before turned white and covered up the true beauty of the patio.
Now, we’ve used an eco-friendly stripping agent on the pavers. We wait a bit for it to work and then use steam to clean every inch. Our technicians are trained for this, and they really enjoy seeing the before-and-after difference. To make sure our sealer works well, it’s important to get rid of as much old sealer as possible.
We’re halfway through the stripping process, and you can already see a big difference in color. This is just the start of how great the final result will look. After cleaning everything, our technician pointed out to the homeowner that their plastic edging around the edges was coming loose from the ground and popping up above the pavers. It’s never too late to add important structural products. And so, after agreeing to a small extra cost, we removed the plastic edging and put in our concrete paver edging.
Now, here’s the final result right after sealing. We couldn’t get the perfect after picture before leaving the project because the sealer was still drying, but our customer was so happy that she offered to send a picture from her patio door once the sealant had dried the next day. Here’s the amazing outcome of the patio.
Pavers are a popular choice for outdoor surfaces due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. However, over time, they can accumulate dirt, grime, and stubborn stains, diminishing their appearance. While traditional pressure washing has been the go-to method for cleaning pavers, deep steam cleaning has emerged as a more effective and beneficial alternative. In this article, we will explore the advantages of deep steam cleaning and why it surpasses traditional pressure washing in terms of results and long-term benefits.
Gentle yet Powerful Cleaning:
Traditional pressure washing relies on high-pressure water to remove dirt and stains from pavers. While it can be effective to some extent, it can also cause damage to the paver surface, especially if the pressure is too high or if the pavers are old and fragile. On the other hand, deep steam cleaning utilizes a combination of high-temperature steam and low-pressure water, providing a gentler yet powerful cleaning method. The steam penetrates deep into the pores of the pavers, loosening and lifting dirt, grime, and even oil stains without causing any harm. Deep steam cleaning strikes the perfect balance between gentle and powerful cleaning.
Elimination of Stubborn Stains:
One of the biggest advantages of deep steam cleaning is its ability to tackle stubborn stains that traditional pressure washing may struggle to remove. The high-temperature steam effectively breaks down and dissolves even the toughest stains, such as grease, oil, and rust. This ensures a thorough and complete cleaning, leaving your pavers looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Sanitization and Disinfection:
Beyond surface cleaning, deep steam cleaning goes the extra mile by sanitizing and disinfecting your pavers. Deep steam cleaning not only cleans the surface of the pavers but also sanitizes and disinfects them. The high-temperature steam kills bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms that may be present on the paver surface. This is particularly beneficial for areas such as patios, driveways, and pool decks, where hygiene is crucial.
Preservation of Paver Integrity:
Unlike traditional pressure washing, which can erode the surface of the pavers over time, deep steam cleaning helps preserve the integrity of the pavers. The gentle nature of steam cleaning ensures that the pavers remain intact and undamaged, extending their lifespan and reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
Deep steam cleaning is an environmentally friendly option compared to traditional pressure washing. It uses significantly less water, as the steam efficiently cleans the pavers without the need for excessive water pressure. Additionally, steam cleaning eliminates the need for harsh chemicals, making it a safer and more sustainable choice for both your pavers and the environment.
In conclusion, when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your pavers, deep steam cleaning offers numerous advantages over traditional pressure washing. Its gentle yet powerful cleaning action, ability to eliminate stubborn stains, sanitization properties, preservation of paver integrity, and eco-friendliness make it a superior choice. By opting for deep steam cleaning, you can ensure that your pavers not only look their best but also remain in excellent condition for years to come.
Give Perfect Paver Co. a call today! We are the top professional paver restoration company that specializes in deep steam cleaning to ensure the best results and to protect the longevity of your pavers. When you choose Perfect Paver Co., we provide a fresh start through our steam cleaning, sand installation, and sealer application – ensuring the best care for your pavers.
Weed growth and persistent dirt on pavers are often signs of underlying issues that go beyond mere surface problems. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the reasons behind these concerns and explore effective solutions to keep your paver patio or driveway pristine.
Weed growth and excessive dirt on pavers often stem from inadequate slope, such as settling, shifting, or flat surfaces lacking proper drainage. When pavers lack the necessary slope, rainwater accumulates in flat areas, keeping them moist for extended periods. This creates an ideal environment for weed seedlings, carried in by the wind from neighboring plants, to take root and thrive.
Imagine a scenario where rainwater collects on flat pavers, contrasting it with properly sloped pavers where water efficiently runs off. The comparison highlights the importance of proper slope in preventing weed-friendly stagnant water.
To achieve optimal drainage for pavers, it’s recommended to maintain a slope of ¼” for every 1’ of run. However, for smoother pavers without surface textures or beveled edges, a slightly gentler slope of ⅛” for every 1’ of run can be acceptable, given there are no dips present. It’s worth noting that a ⅛” dip over a 1’ area might go unnoticed, but with only an ⅛” slope, this dip could result in a flat area prone to water accumulation. That’s why the industry recommends aiming for a ¼” slope to ensure effective water runoff.
In areas where settling occurs due to uneven pavers, dampness persists, leading to the accumulation of dirt and debris on the paver surface. Unlike well-sloped areas where rain naturally cleanses the pavers by carrying away dirt, settling areas become a magnet for dirt and debris. The lack of proper slope inhibits nature’s cleansing process during rains, causing dirt to adhere to the damp surface.
Visualize a side-by-side comparison of settling areas with dirty, damp pavers versus clean, well-sloped pavers benefiting from natural rain cleansing. This contrast illustrates the impact of settling on dirt accumulation and the importance of proper slope for maintaining a clean paver surface.
Overgrown Joints and Infiltrated Sand: Over time, paver joints can become overgrown with organic material, providing a fertile ground for weed growth. If your pavers and joints haven’t been thoroughly cleaned in a while, the pores may be filled with organic material, creating an environment prone to weed infestation.
Impeded Water Flow from Landscape Beds or Patio Walls: The presence of mounded landscape beds or patio walls at the edges of your pavers can impede water flow. This obstruction slows down the natural flow of water off the pavers during rain, significantly reducing nature’s ability to cleanse the surface. This interference can lead to increased dirt and debris accumulation.
Full Shade Areas Require Increased Maintenance: If certain sections of your patio or driveway don’t receive adequate sunlight, these shaded areas are more prone to weed growth. In these spots, more frequent maintenance is required to keep pavers and sand joints cleaned off, preventing the accumulation of seedlings, dirt, and debris.
Accumulation of Leaves, Grass, and Organic Debris: In yards with abundant trees or landscaping, leaves, grass, and other organic items can accumulate on the pavers. Failure to remove these regularly results in a buildup of organic material, creating an ideal environment for weed growth.
By addressing these specific factors, you can minimize the conditions conducive to weed growth and ensure the longevity of a clean, well-maintained paver surface.
When it comes to your pavers, it’s common to worry about weeds and dirt. But instead of just dealing with these surface issues, it’s smarter to fix what’s causing them in the first place.
From water not flowing properly to areas where dirt and debris piles up, these are the real reasons behind those problems. That’s where Perfect Paver Co comes in. We don’t just clean the surface; we can fix what’s underneath.
Our services, like repairs, cleaning, using polymeric sand, and sealing, make sure your pavers stay nice for a long time. We don’t just deal with the symptoms; we solve the real issues.
After we’ve restored your patio, we’ll educate you on how to take care of your pavers and use our Aftercare service for ongoing help. Let’s focus on fixing things, not just cleaning up the mess. Your pavers will thank you for it.
Invest smartly in your pavers. Contact Perfect Paver Co today to make sure your pavers look great and last a long time.
Are you grappling with failed or broken plastic edging around your pavers? Follow along with us here at Perfect Paver Co as we show you our process of replacing damaged edging and offer insights into why this maintenance is crucial for the stability of your outdoor space.
Why Plastic Paver Edging Fails:
Plastic paver edging plays a crucial role in holding the setting bed beneath your pavers. When it fails, it can lead to the edging popping up above the pavers, causing the setting bed to wash out. This, in turn, can result in pavers shifting and spreading away from the intended pattern. (Photos 1 and 2 illustrate broken or popped-up edging, while Photo 3 showcases pavers shifting and spreading.)
How to Replace Paver Edging:
To address this issue, the first step involves excavating the dirt or mulch around the edging and completely removing the old, failed edging (Photo 4 provides a visual example). We then use our Perfect Paver Edge, a robust and flexible cement-based product, as the edge restraint system. Once installed, Perfect Paver Edge acts like a flexible rubber band around the pavers, effectively locking them in place (Photos 5, 6, and 7 demonstrate the installation process).
About Perfect Paver Edge:
What makes our edging superior is the inclusion of shards of fiberglass mixed with the cement, acting like little pieces of rebar. This prevents the edging from breaking apart, even if it does crack during freeze-thaw cycles. Additionally, a polymer (plastic) ingredient is added to our edging, providing flexibility during freeze-thaw cycles. This allows the cement to expand and contract with a reduced chance of cracking.
In cases where the edging failure has allowed the pavers to spread or shift, the repair process may also involve resetting the affected pavers. It’s crucial to assess the extent of movement and address any necessary adjustments during the paver edging repair for a comprehensive and lasting solution.
After Permaedge is in place, we replace the surrounding area with dirt, grass, or mulch, effectively concealing the edge restraint system from view (Photo 8 and 9 showcase the final result).
Photos 8 and 9
Ready to revive the stability and aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space in Columbus, Cincinnati or Dayton, OH? Let us come and replace your failed or broken plastic edging and keep your pavers secure and visually pleasing. Perfect Paver Co is here for all of your concrete paver solutions.
Wondering how to improve the safety and appearance of your outdoor paver patio steps? Explore the practical steps taken by Perfect Paver Co in a recent project to enhance the safety and appearance of outdoor steps in Cincinnati, OH.
Addressing common issues, this guide provides insights into a straightforward yet effective upgrade.
The Before Photo: Identifying the Issue:
Assessing Safety and Structural Concerns:
Learn about key indicators that prompted the need for a rebuild. Our team’s assessment considered safety and structural issues to guide an effective solution.
Choosing Durable Materials:
Discover our commitment to longevity. We poured a solid concrete base, reinforced with rebar, providing a sturdy foundation. The risers feature solid tumbled Unilock Brussels Block, while a Unilock Rock-Face Solid Ledgestone tread adds enduring elegance. These materials ensure your steps will last for years to come.
Strategic Design for Safety and Practicality:
Explore how we prioritized safety with a design shift. We changed from a rounded step to a more rectangular one, providing a larger landing area for improved functionality when opening and closing the door.
The After Photo: A Safe and Practical Upgrade:
We completed the repair of these paver steps during the winter months. We’ll be returning the following spring to perform our cleaning and sealing process to the pavers and new steps.
Ready to enhance your outdoor steps with a practical and stylish approach in Cincinnati, Dayton or Columbus OH? We’re happy to help. Give us a call or complete the Free Estimate for on our website. Perfect Paver Co is here to guide you through a sensible outdoor upgrade.
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