Cracks are Whack: Proper Polysand Installation for your Walkway or Patio

Cracks are Whack: Proper Polysand Installation for your Walkway or Patio

Polysanding your walkway or patio can give it a professional and long-lasting finish, but it can also be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step guide to help you achieve a beautiful and durable surface that will last for years to come.

What is Polymeric Sand?

Polymeric sand is a special type of sand that is mixed with polymer additives to create a strong, flexible, and durable material that is ideal for use as a flooring material. Unlike regular sand, polymeric sand will not wash away or erode over time, making it an ideal choice for outdoor surfaces such as walkways and patios.

Preparing for Polysanding

Before you begin, you’ll need to gather the following materials:

  • Polymeric sand
  • Garden hose
  • Tamper
  • Broom or brush
  • Sealant (optional)
  • Colorant (optional)

Next, you’ll need to prepare the surface by removing any old sand, weeds, or debris. It’s also important to ensure that the surface is clean and dry before you begin the polysanding process.

Safety precautions should also be taken to ensure that you’re working in a safe and secure environment. This may include wearing gloves and protective eyewear, and ensuring that the surface you’re working on is level and stable.

Polysanding Process

Step 1: Cleaning the Surface

The first step in the polysanding process is to clean the surface. This may involve sweeping the surface with a broom, or using a pressure washer to remove any dirt or debris. Once the surface is clean, you’re ready to begin the polysanding process.

Step 2: Applying the Polysand

Next, you’ll need to apply the polysand to the surface. This can be done by spreading a thin layer of sand over the surface, or by using a drop spreader to apply the sand more evenly.

Step 3: Spraying Water and Spreading the Polysand Evenly

Once you’ve applied the polysand, you’ll need to spray water over the surface to activate the polymer additives. This will cause the sand to bind together, creating a strong and durable surface. You should then use a tamper to compact the sand and ensure that it’s spread evenly over the surface.

Step 4: Compacting the Polysand with a Tamper

Using a tamper, you’ll need to compact the polysand to ensure that it’s spread evenly and that there are no gaps or air pockets. You should continue to compact the sand until you’ve achieved the desired finish.

Step 5: Repeating the Process Until the Desired Finish is Achieved

Repeat the process of applying water, spreading the polysand evenly, and compacting the sand until you’ve achieved the desired finish. You may need to repeat this process several times to achieve the desired finish, but it’s important to be patient and take your time to ensure that the end result is perfect.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve achieved the desired finish, you can add the finishing touches to your polysand surface. This may include sealing the polysand to protect it from the elements, adding color to the sand for a custom look, or finishing the surface with a broom or brush.

Maintenance and Upkeep

To ensure that your polysand surface lasts for years to come, it’s important to follow a regular maintenance and upkeep routine. This may include cleaning the surface regularly, sealing the polysand to protect it from the elements, and repairing any cracks or damage that may occur over time.

If you are looking for a professional and experienced team to help you polysand your walkway or patio, look no further than J and R. Our team of experts has years of experience in the flooring industry and can help you achieve the perfect finish for your outdoor space. Whether you are starting from scratch or need help maintaining your existing polysand surface, J and R has the expertise and tools to get the job done. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you create the beautiful, long-lasting outdoor space you’ve always wanted.

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