Re-Sanding brick pavers is extremely important as it keeps your bricks separate from each other and saves the paver from external stimuli such as weeds. Furthermore, sanding allows your paver to smoothen out even if there are foundational issues such as uneven brick layering.
However, the question that arises is what we should do about re-sanding an old paver? Is it worth it, or should you go for a new paver? You do not have to waste your money on installing a new paver; a simple restoration could make your paver look brand new. All you need to do is get it cleaned, sealed, and re-sanded.
What Kind of Sand to Use?
There has been an ongoing debate on regular sand versus polymeric sand. There are some drawbacks of using polymeric sand, such as staining your pavers. However, the advantages of polymeric sand offer so much that it becomes the better choice:
Stops Weeds and Ants
Polymeric sand doesn’t guarantee complete weed protection, but it makes it extremely difficult for weeds to penetrate compared to regular sand. The same thing applies to ants; it becomes challenging for them to colonize in this type of sand versus regular sand.
The additives in polymeric sand make it difficult for water from heavy rains to reach the foundation of a paver. The additives also help bind the sand, which offers longevity and durability to your paver.
You have the option to choose the kind of color and shade that will look good with your paver. You don’t get such options with regular sand.
How Often Should You Re-Sand?
With regular sand, you should re-sand your pavers at least once in two years. Polymeric sand is usually good for about ten years, so re-sanding costs are saved when using this type of sand. However, this is a very basic estimate, and it actually depends on the conditions faced by your paver, such as weather. You should regularly inspect your paver to see if there are any issues with the sanding. For example, if you notice any open joints, cracks, or gaps, then you should go for re-sanding to ensure your bricks stay in place.
If you are thinking about the costs associated with re-sanding, you do not have to worry. Regular sand can cost you around $3 for a fifty-pound bag, whereas polymeric sand costs around $30 for a fifty-pound bag. If you are worried about the excess cost of polymeric sand, think of the benefits and long-term savings that it offers.
Another important consideration is to seal your paver after sanding. Sealing can extend the life of your pavers significantly. If you are not too sure of how to re-sand on your own, we recommend using the services of Kingsway Paver Sealing.