Winters in northern Illinois can really make a mess of hardscapes. There are a few things to look out for once the final thaw has passed and before you’re ready to enjoy your brick paver patio for the summer.

 

Check for Lose or Heaved Brick Pavers- 

With the freeze thaw cycle pavers can shift or raise up if moisture is below them. Make sure the surface of your patio is flat and does not have any high or low spots that will collect water and lead to further problems. High or low spots also present a tripping hazard that should be corrected immediately.

 

Check That Edging Is In Place- 

The black plastic edging around your patio holds the pavers together tightly. The spikes used to hold the edging in place tends to creep up a bit every winter. Make sure the edging is still holding the pavers together tightly. If it is rising above or pulling away from the pavers it is time to replace it.

 

Make sure there is enough sand in joints- 

The sand that goes between the brick pavers is used to interlock the pavers. Without it pavers have a tendency to wiggle which will lead to lose and separating pavers. Joint sand should be at the bottom of the bevel on the paver edge. Make sure it is actually sand between the pavers and not just dirt and organic debris that has filled the voids. Dirt in the joints is what makes a great place for moss, weeds, and grass to grow.

 

If you need help with or any advice on the above, feel free to call us at 630-488-0069 or email Paver Protector at Info@PaverProtector.com 

Paver Protector specializes in maintenance and repair of brick paver patios, driveways, pool decks etc... Service ares include St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Bartlett, Elgin, South Elgin, Elburn, Hapmshire, Huntley, Pingree Grove, Algonquin, Lake In The Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, South Barrington, Inverness, Schaumburg & Surrounding Areas.


While Brick Paver Cleaning, Sealing and Repairs are our main business, we also do a lot of concrete or cement power washing to restore old dirty concrete. 

Concrete Walkway Before Power Washing by Paver Protector in St. Charles, IL

Cement walkway after being power washed by Paver Protector Inc in St. Charles, IL

Most homes that have a brick paver patio in the rear still have a concrete sidewalk in the front and it only makes sense to clean both at the same time to save some money. Paver Protector will also power wash cement/concrete driveways, steps, retaining walls, sidewalks or patios. 

The process we use takes your moldy or dirty greenish black stained concrete to a like new appearance. You will literally see the grime melt away. The techniques we use will not damage the cement surface like more harsh chemicals or power washing equipment will.

 

 

To get a free quote from a Paver Protector Cleaning Specialist please call 630-488-0069 or email Info@PaverProtector.com 

Paver Protector services the following areas and surrounding communities- Huntley, Hampshire, Woodstock, Bull Valley, Algonqin, Lake In the Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Inverness, palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Dundee, Sleepy hollow, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Sycamore, Dekalb, Elburn, Wasco, Campton Township, Wayne, West Chicago and more.

 


This brick paver driveway and patio in the Boulder Ridge neighborhood in Algonquin/ Lake In The Hills area was in need of new joint sand and sealing by Paver Protector. The joint sand had all washed away leaving the pavers lose and susceptible to weeds and insects and the color had faded from the pavers over the 10+ years of sitting unsealed.

Paver Protector installed Polymeric Joint sand to resist washing out, weeds, grass and insects and also sealed the driveway and patio with a solvent based "Wet Look" brick paver sealer to enhance the remaining color and to prevent future fading and staining.

Algonquin Brick Paver Driveway & Patio Before Sealing

 

 

Algonquin Brick Paver Driveway & Patio After Sealing

 

To have Paver Protector clean sand seal or repair you brick paver patio, walkway or driveway call 630-488-0069 or email Info@PaverProtector.com 
Paver Protector services the following areas and surrounding communities- Huntley, Hampshire, Woodstock, Bull Valley, Algonqin, Lake In the Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Inverness, palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Dundee, Sleepy hollow, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Sycamore, Dekalb, Elburn, Wasco, Campton Township, Wayne, West Chicago and more.


Paver Protector was hired to repair, clean and seal the patio made of Unilock Pavers at this Barrington, IL residence. 

 

The patio was over 12 years old and showing signs of its age. Near the house the patio was settling and causing water to pool against the foundation when it rained. This led to the sump pump running continuously during rain storms. On the outside of the patio edge the ground was higher than the patio which also caused water to pool. On top of that the patio was dirty and moldy from years of sitting wet on the north side of the house.

Paver Protector proposed to raise the entire half of the brick patio along the house, install drains with underground drains to bring any rain water to the back of the yard and to powerwash and seal the patio to preserve ts beauty for years to come.

 

Below are some pictures of this work in progress.

 

Half of the patio lifted and ready for additional gravel and sand and resetting.

New sand screeded and pavers being relaid

Left half power washed right half dirty. What a difference!

Brick Paver Patio after being repaired, cleaned and sealed by Paver Protector.

Drain installed along patio edge running water 50 feet to swale in backyard.

Another after shot.

 

To have Paver Protector clean sand seal or repair you brick paver patio, walkway or driveway call 630-488-0069 or email Info@PaverProtector.com 
Paver Protector services the following areas and surrounding communities- Huntley, Hampshire, Woodstock, Bull Valley, Algonqin, Lake In the Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Inverness, palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Dundee, Sleepy hollow, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Sycamore, Dekalb, Elburn, Wasco, Campton Township, Wayne, West Chicago and more.

 


Paver Protector was hired to do a few things on this 9 year old brick paver patio in Huntley, IL. The homeowner wanted to correct some areas that were settling and sinking as well as adding a small section of pavers leading to the gate in the fence and lastly have the enitre surface cleaned resanded and sealed.

The pros at Paver Protector started off by releveling the areas that had settled near the downspouts and along the edges of the patio. Then the brick paver patio addition was completed. Using the same style and color of brick pavers allowed the hardscape installers to seamlessly add on approximatly 100 square feet to the patio and connect the patio to the gated fence.
Lastly Paver Protector powerwashed the brick pavers to remove stains and dirt from the surface as well as weeds, moss and the old joint sand from the cracks. Polymeric sand was installed the following day and then wet look brick paver sealer was applied to bring out the color from the 9 year old faded pavers. This wet look sealer really rejuvinates older faded pavers. The sealer also helps to protect against future fading and stains and makes cleaning the paver surface easier.
Before

Brick Pavers cleaned and repaired by Paver Protector Inc Huntley, IL

After



To have Paver Protector clean sand seal or repair you brick paver patio, walkway or driveway call 630-488-0069 or email Info@PaverProtector.com
Paver Protector services the following areas and surrounding communities- Huntley, Hampshire, Woodstock, Bull Valley, Algonqin, Lake In the Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Inverness, palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Dundee, Sleepy hollow, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Sycamore, Dekalb, Elburn, Wasco, Campton Township, Wayne, West Chicago and more.



Brick pAver Driveway Ribbon Installation Huntley, IL Paver Protector



Huntley, IL  neighborhoods like Del Webb Sun City have benefited from having Brick Paver Driveway Ribbons Installed by the hardscape pros Paver Protector.
Brick Paver Driveway Ribbons are a great addition to a landscape. They not only provide a pleasing aesthetic value to the curb appeal of your home, but they are also very functional.
Most newly developed neighborhoods utilize front entry garage doors and pave the driveways the width of a standard 2 car garage. This is fine if you park in the garage but if you ever park a car in the driveway or when guests come to your house it means that they often step out of their car and into the lawn or mulch beds.

Adding just a simple 2 feet of decorative brick pavers alongside the driveway gives you and your guests somewhere dry and clean to step onto. It also finishes off otherwise unnatractive asphalt driveways. Brick pavers are available in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes so matching to the color scheme of you exterior paint is simple. Paver Protector can also lay driveway ribbons in various patterns giving a different appearance from home to home.

Brick pAver Driveway Ribbon Installation Huntley, IL Paver Protector

Why have Paver Protector inc Install Your Driveway Ribbons?

There are many landscape and lawn care comapnies that will offer to install your driveway ribbons for less than what we charge to install them. With the price difference there is always a quality difference. At Paver Protector our main business is existing brick paver maintenance. We are the go to guys when a homeowner has a brick paver surface that is failing and need to be fixed. On a daily basis we repair and relevel brick paver patios and ribbons that were installed incorrectly and over a few years have begun to settle, spread and fall apart.

With all of our repair experience we are able to identify which areas settle and why. This lets us reinforce certain areas that are prone to problems. We also build a base that is stronger than our competitions and will last much longer saving you headaches for years to come.
While most landscapers install the minimum required 4" of compacted gravel (and often times less) Paver Protector installs at least 6" under all surfaces and on driveway ribbons applications we install 8-10" of comapcted gravel. After all, there is a good chance someone will park a car on it. We also use a geotextile fabric which keeps the dirt below seperate from the gravel and will lead to a longer lasting hardscape. Paver Protector also reinforces ares that are prone to failing like where the pavers meets the sidewalk, curv and other concrete surfaces. Our hardscape installations will not settle in these areas like our competitors often will. We also use joint sand that hardens to prevent washing out, weeds, ants and moss.

These are just a few of the reasons Paver Protector Driveways Ribbon installs last much longer. Give us a call at 630-488-0069 to receive a free quote and learn more about brick paver systems so that you can make an informed decision when hiring a brick paver installer.

Brick pAver Driveway Ribbon Installation Huntley, IL Paver Protector

Paver protector services Huntley, hampshire, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Pingree Gorve, GIlberts, Barrington, Inverness, West Dundee, Palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Wayne, St. Charels, Wasco, Geneva, Batavia, Elburn and surrounding communities. Call us at 630-488-0069 or email us at Info@PaverProtector.com
Brick pAver Driveway Ribbon Installation Huntley, IL Paver Protector

 


If you have a brick paver driveway chances are you have an oil spot or oil spots on it that you would like to cleann off. Even if it is not fromy our own vehicles there has probably been a service vehicle or delivery truck that has leaked oil while on your driveway. A few small spots, even on a large driveway can be very eye cathing and take away from the beauty of a brick paver driveway.
There are a few methods you can try to remove oil spots from brick pavers. The trick is removing the oil spots without discoloring the bricks. There are many cleaners that will take care of the oil spot but leave you with a brick that is bleached from its original color.

The first method is to use a simple degreaser like simple green or any degreaser that you fin at the big box stores. For some fresh oil stains these will work if done right away and will not harm the pavers.

Another method is to use hot water to clean the paver. At Paver Protector we use this method for most oil spot removals because our pressure washing equipment has a diesel burner which heats the water up to over 200 degrees. Without this equipment you might try using heated water from a microwave along with a degreaser and scrubbingto remove the oil spot from the brick pavers.

If you cannot remove the oil spot on your own call Paver Protector for a free consultation to see if it is something we can remove for you. Odds are we can remove it, if not we have other methods of hiding or relocating the stain so that it is not a distraction to the appearance of your brick paver driveway. For deep stains that cannot be completely removed Paver Protector can often pull the stained pavers and switch them out with pavers ina  more hidden location like under a grill or along a far side of the driveway. This is a great alternative to pulling the stained pavers and replacing with new since brick pavers always fade from the sun and new pavers will be a darker color, sometimes sticking out more than the stain itself.

The good news is there are other ways that Paver Protector can help you restore the orignal beauty of your brick paver driveway after being damaged by oil or other stains. Even driveways as badly stained as the one below that had a snowplows oil case burst when plowing the driveway resulting in all of the trucks oil spilling onto their concrete brick pavers.
Oil Stained brick paver driveway

To have oil stains or any other stains removed from your brick paver driveway, patio or walkway in the Northern Illinois area call Paver Protector Inc at 630-488-0069 or email us at Info@PaverProtector.com Paver Protector Serves the following areas of Northern Illinois- Barrington, Inverness, Palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elgin, Dundee, South Elgin, Algonquin, Lake in The Hills, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Elburn, Burlington, St. Charles, Wasco, Geneva, West Chicago, Sycamore, Dekalb, Batavia, North Aurora, and other surrounding areas.


On a weekly basis we get phone calls about brick paver front porch steps that are failing. Weather it is brick pavers glued to an old concrete front porch or steps or retaining wall blocks that wer not properly installed and are settling that are causing the pavers on top to pop off.

Either way it is a hazard to friends family and strangers that approach your front door. A hidden tripping hazard that catches visitors unexpectedly. Paver Protector Inc. has solutions to fix any failing front step or porch brick pavers.
It might be as easy as removing the pavers that have popped off and reglueing. The adhesive used for concrete pavers lasts a long time but in some conditions not as long. On concrete front porches that have pavers glued the adhesive typically fails quicker because the concrete step holds moisture from rain, watering and humidity. This weakens the adhesive. This moisture also freezes in the winter and expands which will pop pavers off of a porch.

On some front steps we completely remove the porch and steps and build from scratch. This is best when the concrete below the pavers is weak, crumbling and brittle. No amount of adhesive will hold pavers on concrete in this condition. This is an involved process since breaking apart and removing the old concrete is required prior to installing new segmental retaining wall blocks to build up a front porch and steps. 
Some porches we can remove part of the steps like we did on this project below. The lower step was glued to a concrete step that was crumbling. The Paver Protector crew removed the original pavers and then cut apart the concrete step and used a jack hammer breaker to remove the old step. We then compacted the ground below and installed an 8" compacted gravel base as a foundation for the retaining wall blocks to sit on. In the first picture you can see the top row of wall blocks below the pavers. Paver Protector also extended this step out about a foot to give more area for visitors to step down.



In the below picture you can see that using retianing wall block Paver Protector was able to use a good amount of adhesive to attach the pavers to and we also limited the amount of overhang to prevent pavers from popping off when people step on the edge in the future.



If you have loose pavers or a front step or front porch that is settling or a hazard give Paver Protector a call at 630-488-0069 or email us at Info@PaverProtector.com Paver Protector Serves the following areas of Northern Illinois- Barrington, Inverness, Palatine, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elgin, Dundee, South Elgin, Algonquin, Lake in The Hills, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Elburn, Burlington, St. Charles, Wasco, Geneva, West Chicago, Sycamore, Dekalb, Batavia, North Aurora, and other surrounding areas.


Paver Protector specializes in brick paver cleaning and sealing but we also do a lot of concrete cleaning and sealing as well. Brick pavers are made mostly of concrete, so the cleaning methods used to clean pavers is very similar on concrete.

Paver Protector cleans concrete that is dirty, moldy and stained by using special power washing equipment. Our concrete cleaning process will not ruin the top coat or cream coat of your concrete patio or sidewalk like most pressure washing equipment will do. The methods we use eliminate the typical power washer wand mark or lines as well. No  matter how dirty your concrete is Paver Protector can get it looking like new again.

And once the concrete is cleaned, it only makes sense to seal the concrete to prevent the same mold and moss from growing again in the future. Our concrete sealers provide a long lasting water repellant that does not alter the appearance or the texture of your concrete.
Below are some are few concrete surfaces that Paver Protector Cleaned and Sealed.


Before Cleaning


After Cleaning
dirty concrete patio cleaned by Paver Protector Inc

Before Cleaning
dirty concrete sidewalk cleaned by Paver Protector Inc


After Cleaning
dirty concrete sidewalk cleaned by Paver Protector

Before Cleaning
dirty concrete sidewalk cleaned by Paver Protector

After Cleaning & Sealing Concrete
dirty concrete sidewalk cleaned by Paver Protector

This shows the concrete sidewalk that we cleaned next to the neighbors dirty sidewalk. What a difference!
dirty concrete sidewalk cleaned by Paver Protector


TO have Paver Protector Clean & Seal your concrete driveway, patio, sidewalk or parking lot call us at 630-488-0069 or email us at Info@PaverProtector.com Paver Protector serves the following communities St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Wayne, Wasco, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Hampshire, Huntley, Woodstock, Sycamore, Dekalb, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Inverness, Palatine, Schaumburg, Dundee and nearby areas.


For over 30 years, Surebond sealers and cleaners have been maintaining and protecting the most demanding hardscape installations. Surebond has been a leader in innovative sealer products, including introducing the industry to the "joint stabilizing sealer".

Surebond's certified applicator program insures that those who are applying cleaners and sealers to brick pavers and hardscapes are qualified to do so through training in the classroom and hands on applications. All Surebond Certified Applicators are required to pass an exam on the proper use of their products and hardscape cleaning and sealing in general.

Paver Protector Inc., a Gilberts, IL based brick paver maintenance provider recently had 2 employees go through the Surebond's Certified Applicator program. The certificates are below.




Paver Protector takes hardscape maintenance and installation seriously and is at the forefront of this industry. We feel that education in our field is part of what makes us the best at what we do. In the communities served, the Paver Protector team has the most experience as well as the most education in hardscape maintenance.

Paver Protector Inc. is also a Techniseal certified applciator and also holds certificates and recognition from industry associations like ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institue) certified brick paver installers, NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Assocation) Certified segmental retaining wall installers, are graduates from SASP (School for Advanced Segmental Paving) among others.

Paver Protector Provides, cleaning, joint resanding, sealing and repairs to brick pavers and hardscape in the following areas- Barrington, Inverness, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, Wasco, Elburn, Wayne, Bartlett, Gilberts, Huntley, Hampshire, Elgin, South Elgin, Dundee, Schaumburg, Palatine, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake and surrounding communities. Call Paver Protector at 630-488-0069 or email at info@PaverProtector.com for a free hardscape evaluation.



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