Which Sand is Used for Pavers? Hint: NO Play Sand


This is Jeremy with Premier Pro Wash & Seal. I thought I’d make a short video on the type of sand that’s needed for paver sealing. This is an area that doesn’t get touched on enough because people need to realize how important the quality of the sand that you are using when it comes to paver sealing is. A lot of times, when we go out for quotes, one of the main reasons we get called out in the first place is because the homeowners are fed-up with all the mold and mildew and algae that is growing on their pavers and between their pavers.

The wrong and right kind of sand

Here in Florida, with all of our rainfall and humidity, it’s a big problem. And some of these joint spaces that are filled with the wrong type of sand, the mold, the mildew are literally overtaking the pavers. They are what we call “paver poop”, really, because of long strands of this moldy, nasty mildew stuff, again, that’s overtaking their whole pavers. You can’t even focus on the pavers because this mold and mildew in between the joints take your eyes right to it.

One of the biggest culprits of that circumstance is poor sand quality. A lot of contractors use play sand or thin sand or the wrong type of polymeric sand. And when we say it’s the wrong type – those play sands and thin sands, they like to retain water, they hold in the water. And another issue is, they have a lot of nutrients in the sand, they have not been filtered at all. And when we get into our rainy season and we are facing all that rain and humidity. And that sand is just holding in the water and it’s got nutrients in it, that’s why that stuff just takes off, that’s why it starts taking over your pavers. Therefore you need the right sand to go in-between those joints.

Personally, at Premier Pro Wash & Seal, we use a filtered sand that’s called “silica sand.” It really greatly reduces this problem.

Not too much, and not too little sand

Another thing that people have to realize when it comes to sand: Too much sand is also a problem. When we are looking out at your pavers, and if it’s even like what you would see inside of a house, like with tile and grout, that’s not the way that the pavers are supposed to be at all. There’s an edge on the pavers, it’s called a CHAMFER edge. Ideally, you want the sand about 1/8 of an edge below that Chamfer edge. And the reason you want that, it’s for draining issues, it’s also to allow the pavers to somewhat shift a little bit, interlocking pavers.

Too much sand is a problem, and on the other side of that spectrum, not enough sand is a problem, because if you don’t have enough sand, then your pavers are going to be susceptible to shifting or collapsing, being really wobbly. Therefore, the correct amount of sand is just as important as the type of sand.

Call the pros at Premier Pro Wash & Seal to get it right from the start

So, therefore give us a call or text on our business line at 813-335-2869. If you would like to have a quote or if your pavers are in this dire situation of having a lot of mold and mildew in between, we can help. We can give you a solution that will reduce that problem dramatically, if we can root out that sand and get in the right type of sand. And plus, our sealer as an extra bonus – once we put our sand in place, it will lock that sand hard as a rock. So so are not going to have a lot of washout, and you are not going to have a lot of weeds poking up, because that sand is going to be hard as a rock.

We will go over those things during the quote.

Again, if you would like a quote, reach us at that number 813-3352869. Or you can contact us through our website.

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