|Posted on 10 March, 2017 at 0:10||comments (1)|
Here is a list of the benefits associated with sealing your pavers:
1. Enhance the Look of your Pavers
Sealers can provide a top coat that will enhance the color and texture of your pavers. Let’s say you have installed stunning natural stone pavers and you want to enhance all the natural colors in the veining and specks of the stone, a sealer can do this!
2. Protect your Pavers
Sealers can also provide a protective layer for your pavers. This will help maintain your pavers in harsh weather conditions or high traffic areas. Sealants can protect pavers from the effects of wear and tear.
3. Remove Stains
Applying a sealer to your pavers can make removing stubborn stains such as oil, grease and rubber stains so much easier. If your pavers are sealed these substances do not have the ability to soak into the surface of the pavers, therefore all you need to do is wipe them off with a rag as soon as you notice them, and that’s it! If your pavers were not sealed your paved driveway could start to look very tired and dirty after a short while.
Types of Sealers
To make sure that you purchase the right type of sealer for your type of paver, visit your local supplier and ask for assistance. This is so important because different types of materials need specific types of sealants for best results. Here are just some of the sealers you will find on the market:
##Stain Prevention sealers
##Color Protection Sealers.
##High Gloss Sealers
It is also a good idea to tell the service assistant where your pavers have been applied, for instance are they driveway pavers, patio pavers or pool pavers, this way they can take into account the needs of that particular application and the kinds of things the pavers will be exposed to, so as to choose the right type of sealant protection.
How to Seal Your Pavers!
##Make sure the surface is set and dry. Do not seal until 24 hours after installation has been completed.
##Clean surface and remove all dirt and debris.
##For stubborn stains purchase a cleaning solution and follow instructions.
##Apply sealer with a roller or a large paint brush, depending on the size of your paved area. Start in one corner and work your way backwards. Then leave to dry.
##If your pavers require a second coat, wait until the first coat if completely dry and then proceed.
##It is recommended that most pavers are sealed every 1 to 2 years depending on the needs of the area they have been installed.
Do not apply coating sealers to pavers with a joint sand stabilizer such as SANDLOCK in the joints. It is NOT recommended to use coating sealers on or near pool decks. Coating sealers can make for a slippery surface when wet.
|Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 3:30||comments (0)|
How to clean UPVC windows and doors
Personally, I don’t think you can beat the natural beauty of wooden doors and windows. Yes, they require regular maintenance, which is why more and more homeowners are swicthing to UPVC windows and doors.
Even the house builders are opting to install UPVC doors and windows from the off as they’re practical, cost less and so much easier to install.
They’re also very easy to clean and require very little maintenance. UPVC is weather-proof and can withstand anything the British climate can throw at it.
To put it simply, UPVC is perfect for the UK where we can see heavy rain. But while it is low maintenance, you do still need to keep it clean!
How to clean UPVC windows and doors
Maintaining UPVC doors and windows
To be honest, all you really need to to do is give your UPVC the occasional wipe, but generally, repainting and weather-proofing is not a necessity like it is with wood.
In some cases, older UPVC can start looking a little grimy and moulds/mildew can form on the surface. However, in such cases, there’s nothing stopping you bringing it back to its original finish.
People tend to have their own grumbles when it comes to cleaning UPVC door and windows, but the important thing to remember is to never use any abrasive cleaning solutions or sponges, so that you don’t take off/scratch the top layer or ‘shiny’ finish. It scratches very easily, trust me!
There are specific cleaning products made especially for UPVC and D&P Cleaning would always advise you purchase them!
However, we were recently recommended a low cost environmentally sound way to clean dirty UPVC by a friend and it has worked pretty well on my front door and window frames…
You simply mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts hot water, pour the mixture into a sprayer and spray it on the UPVC. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then wipe with a clean and smooth cloth.
If your UPVC windows/doors have lost some of their glossy sheen, there’s also some great products that can be applied to bring it back.
I have also heard of people using baby wipes or their powder laundry detergent to clean their UPVC without any problems. To be honest, you can clean most things with baby wipes, our children are no longer babies, but we still buy them as they are great for any delicate cleaning jobs!
People are prone to making some mistakes when cleaning their UPVC windows and doors and these mistakes can be costly. Some of the more common mistakes are as follows:
- Using the wrong cleaning agents on your UPVC doors and windows can cause serious damage, so only use products designed for the job in hand.
- Attempting to paint UPVC Doors and windows is a big no no.
- Scratching UPVC door and window frames is a disaster as unlike timber, they can’t be filled and re-painted.
- Not carrying out regular maintenance on the moving parts of the frames with regular checks and lubrication
So just keep your eye on them and when it comes to cleaning UPVC windows and doors, make sure you avoid harsh cleaning products and never paint them.
And if I had to nail my flag to the mast and name a good range of UPVC cleaning products, then I’d say stick with Thompson’s… Their UPVC Restorer is great for removing ingrained dirt without scratching!
|Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 0:00||comments (0)|
When thinking about how to avoid gutter repairs, it's important to remember one simple fact: clean gutters are far less susceptible to damage than blocked gutters. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing homeowners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes. These blockages are often caused by debris like fallen leaves, moss, and (in some unfortunate cases) dead animals. One simple way to tell if you're in need of gutter repairs is to take a step outside while it's raining - if water is running down the side of your house, it's likely that your gutters are blocked.
Leaking gutter joints are another common problem: in fact, leaking gutters are the most common cause of isolated damp in homes across the UK. Leaks can occur when bits of debris get caught in the joints, or simply from general wear and tear. If you’re experiencing damp in your property, it’s a good idea to check your gutters before you do anything else to see if that’s what’s causing the problem.
One final sign of damage to look out for is sagging gutters. This can happen when the gutter becomes weighed down by debris and standing water, or when there are rusty screws and faulty brackets. Frequent gutter cleaning can highlight these problems: you'll easily be able to check how sturdy they are by examining the downpipe on the ground, and if anything feels a little loose you can take precautions before any real damage occurs.
|Posted on 28 February, 2017 at 9:10||comments (0)|
There are many reasons why it is considered a good idea to seal your block paved driveway or patio. The obvious advantage is that a good quality sealer will protect your paving from the elements and ensure that the investment you made in your property lasts long into the future; increasing your properties value as a result. There are many other benefits that sealant manufacturers claim to have on your paving and the main advantages are listed below:
• Protects the surface from staining
• Eliminates the growth of algae
• Significantly reduces the chances of weed growth
• Prolongs the lifespan of your paving
• Binds together jointing sand, which increases the strength
• Enhances the colouring and prevents fading