Polymeric Joint Sand is a great alternative to a regular torpedo sand for brick pavers. Here’s why.
Resists Washing Out- It is vital that joint sand stay in place to ensure the integrity of the paver surface. Without joint sand pavers will easily shift and spread which will cause the pavers to settle and have a sloppy look. Rain, wind and washing usually rinses out the top layer of sand. A lot of the times the joint will appear to be full however what it is full of is dirt, weeds and organic debris like grass clippings. Joints filled with this are still not stable as there is no structural strength in this. The only thing that is suitable for pavers joints is a well graded sand which will take the weight of pavers shifting from car tires, foot traffic and freeze thaw cycles. Polymeric sand bonds together and resists washing out of paver joint, even in heavier rains.
Resists Ant Infestation- Ants and other insects love to make the sand of your brick paver system their home. They get in through the joints and tunnel their way into the sand base. They end up pulling sand out through the joints to make way for their homes. This is not only a nuisance because you cannot use your patio without the worry of ants crawling up your legs but it also affects the stability of the brick pavers. In worst cases pavers have settled over a few inches because of the excavation of base done by ants. In normal cases it will cause pavers to shift a bit due to lack of sand in the joints. Polymeric sand hardens in place when exposed to moisture so the sand particles bond together and are more resistant to ants mining through it.
Reduces Weeds In Joints- All paver systems eventually get weed or grass seeds in the joint sand. The joints are a very easy place for weeds to root. The sand is often moist and easy for plants to root in. Polymeric Sand hardens in place leaving little room for seeds to settle and providing a hard surface that makes it very difficult for weeds to shoot roots into.
Reduces Moss Growth- Since joint sand often stays fairly moist, especially in the shaded areas it is a hospitable place for moss and mildew to grow. Polymeric sand fills the entire joint and hardens which makes it very hard for moisture to accumulate and provide a hospitable environment for moss and mildew.
Keeps Sand From Being Tracked Into House- When you walk across your paver patio or driveway it should not feel like you walked across a beach. Polymeric Sand hardens sand in place to prevent the feel of sand under bare feet. It also prevents the sand from being tracked into a house where it can scratch wood or tile floors.
While not the weed proof, ant proof, never wash out joint material that everyone wishes for, Polymeric Sand is the best, longest lasting joint material available today. To have Paver Protector clean your pavers and joints and install polymeric sand call 630-488-0069 or email us at sales@PaverProtector.com Paver Protector specializes in brick paver cleaning in sealing in Barrington, St. Charles, Geneva, Inverness, Algonquin, and many other cities in the Chicago area. Visit our website to see if your town is in our service area.