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Poly Haze

Poly Haze
All to often a contractor, homeowner, manufacturer or re seller will contact our company to assess and define the reason a problem of polymeric haze exists on a paver application. All of em want to know what happened, why and who is responsible. This becomes challenging as the installer including DIY homeowners claim it was a bad product and for some reason the manufacturer and or re seller is expected to accept the burden. This gets really old. Now with this pre-determined attitude a barrier has been established without rhyme or reason, that even with my information and expertise may not be undone. This also gets old.
Chemical and organic binders in polymeric sands are easy to understand, as well the graded sand each contain. Activating polymeric sands are also a basic discipline to master. Did your contractor know the difference between the two and how each applies, consolidates and activates ? Did your contractor understand the variables involved including air and substrate temperatures, dew point/ humidity, sunlight or shade, wind speeds or the type of joint/paver being filled.
Buying a bag of stuff, putting it down and watering it in does not constitute due diligence to the discipline needed to achieve a proper application which is the installers burden to provide. Even reading the directions twice means nothing when using a product such as polymeric sand, no matter the manufacturer or re seller. So please drop the “it’s someone else’s fault” pitch, I am not buying it.
So what now? After I gather enough information I can tell you exactly what happened and why,  then explaining your options including the possible re actions both good and bad. The stumbling point now becomes your acceptability of possible consequences in poly haze removals.
While I understand poly haze is upsetting, it simply “is what it is” to me when entering the scene afterwards. I wish not give fault to any parties involved yet it is generally an installer error.

Sealing

Sealing
Many DIY’s and landscape contractors decide to seal pavers. With proper cleaning, joint sand depth and a basic knowledge of applying a liquid from a can, desired results can be achieved.
Although……NOT ALWAYS.
The many aspects of sealing begin with the Proper Equipment and then understanding how to use it. A suggestion may be a trial run on a few of your extra pavers. This will give you the opportunity to practice using the equipment and also see what your project will look like when done. It is always wise to Trial a Sealant.
After agreeing with the look or your practice pavers, site considerations include Moisture Content of pavers, joints, base and sub grade. If moisture is present DO NOT SEAL.
Sealing is subject to many weather conditions the first being a Forecast of Rain. DO NOT SEAL with even a chance of rain in 24 hours. Don’t forget to deactivate the Irrigation System. Over spray of sealants can affect stone,wood and metal siding, glass ect. so Wind Speed will need to considered.
We have applied sealants for 4 years. We are still understanding how Air Temperature, Humidity, Surface Tension, Paver Temperature and Porosity, Sunlight and Shade affect the application of sealants. A discussion of these variables are far to in depth to handle in this note.
Unfortunately we are called to correct many sealing jobs that have gone wrong. Uneven, blotchy or cloudy sealant applications (picture below) can be corrected or stripped and re applied. Feel free to contact us for more information. We specialize in sealant applications and are certified installers of SRW Products, Techniseal, SureBond and Seal N Lock sealants.

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