CONSTRUCTING, REPAIRING, OR REBUILDING A POOL DECK, PATIO OR WALKWAY?
We’ll start with the obvious first question: What are you using for infill material?
Sand? Gravel? Cement? Mortar? Stone dust?
Consider ConSANDtrate powdered polymer solution if you appreciate the notion of “working smarter, not harder” when it comes to this application and ending up with a solution that is durable and permanent and looks great. When mixed with appropriate filler material like the proper type of sand or a sand / stone dust blend and then wetted, ConSANDtrate powdered polymer cures to form a hardened infill material that is resistant to insect and weed infestation. Another benefit is preventing water from getting into the cracks causing erosion and causing sinking stones, etc. The product is also proven to tolerate light pressure washing along with leaf blowers allowing for periodic cleaning of the patio without necessitating refilling after cleaning. It’s strength is unrivaled by other solution sets on the market.
A nice feature is that rather than buying and paying a premium for polymeric sand, you only by the polymer. You source the sand locally and mix ConSANDtrate powdered polymer into it and then apply it as you would pre-mixed polymeric sand. There is a second advantage too. You can control how much polymer is added thereby controlling the strength and increasing the application lifespan if you want to. With ready-mixed polymerized sand you only have the percentage of polymer binder that the manufacturer provides – it is not adjustable and you pay considerably more because you are paying to have sand packaged and shipped when you can easily and much more cheaply source it locally, yourself.
Once you’ve got the infill set, it’s time to focus on the piece of the patio that you actually see, which of course, is the surface…
Engineers, construction contractors, builders, and you, the common DIY home owner deal with the destructive chemical reactions cement-based building materials suffer due mainly to the exposure to water, which acts as a reaction medium or solvent in this destruction. You work tirelessly to make repairs, and patch compromised spots within the infrastructure of your patio. Why not consider a solution that, quite simply, lasts? Applying a clear, no slip sealer will increase the life-span of your job by adding another layer of protection to improve against weathering and ultra violet exposure. There are many products on the market to consider for sealing your particular surface that can be applied after the work you have performed as dried and cured out.
Waterproofing agents for masonry surfaces including but not limited to: