We recently had a new home built that includes a large
screened-in patio with concrete pavers on the floor.
almost four months, there are still a lot of areas where
sand needs to be added between the pavers or where sand
has risen and thus there is loose sand on the surface
ó no matter how many times we sweep it.
this normal for these types of floors? How long should
it take for all the sand to settle? Also, should pavers
be sealed, and is there anything that can be done to
keep the sand in place?
I think this is normal. My patio of interlocking pavers
needs periodic maintenance, especially weeding between
the pavers in the spring.
has a tendency to wash out between the cracks, and you
should see what the chipmunks have been doing to a small
area with concrete pavers in another spot in my yard.
few years back, when I had a couple of free days, I
decided to remove all the growth and moss between the
patio pavers and add more sand, which is done simply by
sweeping it around until the cracks are filled.
a hardware show that year, I came across a product that
was being introduced by Quikrete called PowerLoc
product is polymer-based, which Quikrete said prevents
it from washing out or cracking.
touted the product, which comes in 50-pound bags ranging
in price from $14 to $18, depending on where you buy it,
as resisting weed growth, insects and erosion, as well
as stabilizing the pavers and not staining them.
tried it on just a small part of my patio, and the
product did what it was supposed to, but I didnít have
time to use it on the rest of the patio.
typically donít recommend products ó your situation
and experience may be different from mine ó but the
cost of experimenting with one bag isnít great.
section of my patio that has PowerLoc is the only one
where I never see any anthills between the cracks, and
that may be an added benefit.
is available on the Quikrete website: