The very first thing we do before every job is walk the entire space and address any concerns or questions you may have. We then confirm job details to make sure you are getting everything that you want the first time for example more or less enhancement or more or less shine. We then put our guards around the coping of the pool to ensure less debris will be in the pool post process. We cover your TV then it's time to get to the juicy stuff!
We start our cleaning by doing a full pressure wash on every inch of your surface with our high pressure commercial grade equipment to remove any mold, mildew, old lines, weeds etc. We follow that up with any treatments necessary for any hard stains for example rust, oil, Efflorescence etc that may still be there post clean. We always touch base with our customers if any stains cannot come out before moving on, We have a full arsenal of equipment on hand for anything that comes our way and are ready to use it! Our attention to detail is unmatched and we guarantee we wont miss a spot.
After every cleaning, we lay down our algaecide to make sure we kill any mold, mildew, or algae deep in the cracks and pores of the bricks that pressure just can't get up. We will let that algaecide sit for approximately 10 minutes to ensure it has enough dwell time to kill anything organic in or under the stones before moving on to the next step.
After the full cleaning and the algaecide treatment, we will do a full rinse down. As you can imagine this process is very dirty so it's extremely important we make sure to rinse any walls, plants, decorations, rails, etc so that you don't have a huge mess to clean up after we leave. This step is also very important because if there are any algaecides or acids on the stones from our earlier treatments you won't be able to see it and if not rinsed down properly it will cause the sealer to fail, resulting in the surface needing to be stripped. Small things like that are why it's important to call a professional to take care of it for you while you relax and enjoy the transformation.
Next on the list is going to be sanding. Sanding is done in a two-part process using our fine-grain Silica Sand. First I'm going to explain why we prefer to use silica sand over polymeric and then the process of sanding. First, off we prefer to use silica sand because it is not so rich in nutrients resulting in less mold, mildew, and algae growth, especially in Florida with our harsh tropical environment. The next reason is that silica sand is strong and can withstand regular storms and wear and tear (without outside sources) but can still be fully removed later down the road when it's time to resand and seal. Whereas, polymeric sand is as strong as concrete and full of nutrients so lines get very dark from growth and are often times impossible to remove 100% when it's time for a resand and seal resulting in inconsistent line color.
Now on to the process of sanding. Like I said before sanding is done in a two-part process the first part is called wet sanding and is done by laying dry sand down and then soaking it into a slushy mix so that the sand will fall deep into the joints so we don't have voids under the sand if any voids are present under the sand those sand lines will sink down later on during our seal. We do our wet sanding process starting at one end of the surface and we move that sand all the way across to the other side making sure to get the bottom of all the joints filled. After that we are onto the second step of our sanding process called dry prep. For dry prep we have to wait for the surface to dry up so that we can drop a small amount of sand at one end of the surface and use push brooms to move the sand all the way to the other end so our sand lines are nice and uniform in height but not too high to avoid premature sand washout and a constant feel of crunch under your feet.
The final step is going to be to prep, clean, and Seal. To prep, we will start at one end of the surface using a blower to get any leftover top sand off while working it away from the pool to avoid getting any more sand than necessary in it. Next, we will use our shop vacuum to go around and clean up any sand that might be in rails, in door jams, or in flower beds. After all of that, we are ready to seal. We only use top-of-the-line Ure-Seal H20, it is a water-based sealer so it is breathable unlike a topical sealer (Oil Based). It's important here in Florida because of our humidity to use a breathable sealer so that if any moisture is underneath those pavers it's able to breathe out. If not, that moisture will build up to the top of the pavers and cause a whitish haze. We start off with one very heavy coat called our "Flood Coat" while using our shield to protect your property. The purpose of the "Flood Coat" is to make sure it gets deep in those joints and ensure that you have the hardest sand possible all the way through. Next, we then follow it up with 2 lighter coats for enhancement and shine. All coping around pools and hot tubs are hand rolled to avoid sealer getting in your pool. The last thing to do is get you so we can look at it together and talk about how jealous your neighbors are going to be when they see how beautiful it came out.