FAQ

Q: How Do I Apply Joint Stabilizing Sealer?
A: Check Out the Video Presentations Page for viewing how to do the Application process

Q: Is there Training to become a Block Paving Professional?
A: Read the Training Kit Document and educate yourself to help understand more of how to get involved.

Glossary of Terms

Acid based cleaners

Acid based cleaners are generally used to remove efflorescence prior to applying sealers on pavments where this problem exists (picture of efflorescence)

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Acid Rain

Acid Rain that is created by air borne pollution will cause severe damage to concrete

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Adhesives

We manufacturer specialty adhesives for bonding precast concrete to a variety of surfaces

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Apartment communities

Apartment communities often utilize our products to improve the performance and reduce maintenance costs on many portions of their projects including walkways and other common areas like pool decks (Picture of Apartment communities)

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Bedding sand

Bedding sand is the 1 to 1.5 inch setting course of un-compacted specially graded sand, screeded with a straight edge. The pavers are then installed on the bedding sand and compacted with a plate compactor, which compacts the bedding sand, forcing some the sand up into the joints starting the intial lock-up of the pavers (picture of pavement section)

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Benefit of a sealer

The benefit of a sealer is based on the fact that the protective coating reduces penetration of materials into the substate improving performance and making maintenance easier

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Benefits of Joint Sand Stabilizer

The Benefits of Joint Sand Stabilizer have been long established to increase and maintain the integrity of block pavements and reduce penetration of moisture into the sub-base

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Biodegradable

Biodegradable products are broken down relatively quickly by biological means

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Block paving

Block paving is a flexible pavement system where solid concrete, clay or natural stone units are laid on bedding sand and jointed with sand all on a standard road base in such a way that they interlock to form a durable hardscape

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Block Paving System

The Block Paving System was first developed in Europe in the middle of the last century as a practical and cost efficient improvement over the centuries old cobble paving that still performs in many of the old European cities today using current concrete technologies. Block Paving Systems incorporate elements like unit pavers, laid on bedding sand and jointed with sand with edge restraints all installed on a aggregate base and provide a durable, long lasting maintenance free pavement system (Photo of Old Pavements)

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BP Pro

BP Pro is the trademark for a range of products specially manufactured for block paving industry.

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BP Pro Looks

BP Pro Looks are defined by our product selector chart as Invisible, Natural, Enhanced and Wet look

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Breathable

Breathable sealers are the core of our business allowing immediate applications without you running the risk of trapping efflorescence

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Business parks

Business parks will be easier to maintain if all the hardscaping is sealed with our technologically advanced sealers for sidewalks and entry ways (picture of Business park)

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Cast-in-place concrete

Cast-in-place concrete is concrete that is mixed, poured and floated at the final location where the hardscape is constructed.

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Clay

Clay brick pavers used generally in high profile projects need to have chamfers and spacer lugs to ensure that they have sufficient space to admit the jointing sand and create a good interlock (Picture of Clay Pictures)

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Cleaners

Cleaners products include a General Cleaner, Effolrescence Remover and our EcoNew specialty cleaners

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Cleaning

Cleaning needs to be carried out as soon as specific staining occurs and should also be carried out periodically to potect surfaces from staining and from being damaged by having to do aggressive cleaning

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Choose the right product for the project

Choose the right product for the project is a philosophy that we have adopted because this is important to provide our customers with the options that they seek once they know the options and the features and benefits of these products

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Color enhancement

Color enhancement occurs when enhancing and wet look sealers are applied to the pavement surface.

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Complete line

We have a complete line of sealers, cleaners and adhesives for the hardscape industry

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Concentrate

Concentrate – a product that is provided in a undilute form that is mixed to its recommended strength per the product instructions

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Construction

We manufacture products for the construction industry both new and the renovation or improvement markets.

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Customers

Our customers include design professional, contractors, homeowners and maintenance professionals.

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Darken

BP Pros’ Wet Look sealers darken the pavement surface and provide a semi-gloss finish.

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Direct customer liaison

Direct customer liaison is provided by BP Pro for all their products to ensure that our customers get the help that they need when they need it

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Driveways

Driveways on residential and commercial projects will benefit by being sealed to protect the concrete pavers to inhibit staining and bond up the jointing sand to reinforce the structural integrity of the pavement (picture of driveway)

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Easy to install

Our goal is educate our customers on correct installation techniques and also make sure that we offer products that are easy to install.

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Eco-friendly

eco friendly
VANNinc is committed to offering solutions that reduce our impact on the environment and increase the longevity of the systems for which we produce products making us eco-friendly.

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Efflorescence

Efflorescence is a term applied to the production of natural salts that can occur on the surface of many concrete or clay materials (picture of efflorescence)

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Enhanced sealer

Enhanced sealer applied to concrete pavers will slightly change their natural look and crete a semi-gloss finish

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Enriches

Enriches the colors by making them deeper and stronger.

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Environment

Our Environment protection policy dictates that we manufacture products that are eco-friendly sealers are being routinely specified by design consultants and used by contractors to get more sustainability out of their pavements

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Equipment

We offer specialty equipment to apply our products and maintain pavements made from interlocking pavingstones

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Etching of aluminum, doors, windows

Etching of aluminum, doors, windows can result from use of certain acids and sovents

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Every product has it’s advantages and disadvantages

Every product has it’s advantages and disadvantages so you need to be sure that you review these facts to make an educated decision that gets you the result that you want

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Flat

Flat finish does not change the surface sheen because the material penetrates into the substrate.

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Flexibility

Flexibility of the stabilized joint sand matrix is important to allow the normal flexing of the pavement under traffic loading and is a unique feature of BP Pro

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Food and beverage staining

Food and beverage staining is greatly inhibited by using our technologically advanced sealers

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Four Looks

Four Looks are defined by our product selector chart as Invisible, Natural, Enhanced and Wet look

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Freeze Thaw damage

Freeze Thaw damage occurs when water that can infiltrate concrete particularly during winter storms freezes causing this latent expansion to damage the material

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General stains

General stains are best removed by cleaning the stain as soon as it occurs and by using our general cleaner to spot clean the stain

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Griprite

Griprite is the name given to an additive that increases traction on the surfaces when a sealer is applied.

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Hard water stains

Hard water stains are deposits from hard water that develop from constant water flow and can be removed by our cleaners

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Hardscape

Hardscape is the term given to surfaces that are constructed of concrete or other hard materials to carry various types of loadings and variety of uses such as concrete pavingstone roads, driveways, patios and walkways

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High traffic

High traffic hardscaping needs particular protection that will be achieved by the application of our technologically advanced sealers

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Immediate applications

Immediate applications can be carried out using our advanced technology sealers that have a very high degree of permeability and that do not trap efflorescence and moisture and whiten

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Inhibiting water penetration

Joint sand stabilization helps by inhibiting water penetration into the sub base by bonding the sand particles together.

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Insect infestation

Insect infestation is reduced by joint stabilization as the process makes it more difficult for the insects to carry out their mining operations in the tough electrometric matrix

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Interlocking pavingstone systems

Interlocking pavingstone systems are being specified more and more because of their aesthetic appeal, durability and maintenance free longevity

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Joint Sand Stabilizers

Joint Sand Stabilizers are products that bind sand particles together to stabilize the jointing sand between the blocks in interlock paver systems.

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Joint Stabilizing Sealers

Joint Stabilizing Sealers are liquid products that are used to seal the pavement surface and bind the sand particles together to stabilize the jointing sand.

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Landscape

The landscape industry includes both softscape like lawn, trees and plants and hardscape like concrete driveways, pavingstone patios and wood decks.

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Low Maintenance

Low Maintenance can be achieved if an interlocking concrete or clay block pavement is sealed and joint stabilized with our advanced technology sealers

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Maintenance costs

Maintenance costs are greatly reduced by the application of our advanced technology sealers and joint stabilizing sealers

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Minerals

Minerals are deposited on the surface by external sources like hard water staining.

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Moisture

Moisture control is achieved by the application of our technologically advanced sealers.

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Natural Look

Natural Look products may be specified when the designer wants to maintain a natural antique look which requires little or no maintenance

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Natural stone

Natural stone paving constructed of units bedded on sand that have the correct aspect ratio of not more than 5 to 1 should be stabilized in order to bond up the jointing sand

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Neutralizes

Neutralizes or balances the pH of the liquid to return it to a neutral pH so it does not damage plants or building materials

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No harming of animal or plant life

No harming of animal or plant life is our motto and our environmentally friendly product line is built around this goal

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Non-toxic

Non-toxic products mean that there is little or no risk of damage to plant or animal life

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Onsite application assistance

Onsite application assistance is offered to our customers to train contractors and to advise them on the best application practices.

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Parking lots

Parking lots can be better maintained and enhanced by the application of our technologically advanced sealers

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Patios

Patios particularly if they are used as entertainment areas will greatly benefit by being sealed to inhibit food and drink staining damaging the surfaces and will make routine cleaning a lot easier

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Pavement colors

Pavement colors will be greatly enhanced by our sealers and help maintain their appearance for a far longer period than unsealed pavements

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Pavingstone professionals

Our products are designed for people who specialize and focus on installing interlocking paving and other pavingstone professionals.

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Personal preference

Personal preference with regards to the degree of enhancement of the pavement and benefits that you wish to achieve

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Pool decks

Pool decks should be sealed with a joint stabilizing sealer to ensure that the sand is bonded up and not eroded by water splashing and washing it down into the pool to be caught up and contaminate the filtration system

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Pre-cast walling

Pre-cast walling, included tilt up walls, is manufactured on site in forms and then set in place

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Professional Contractors

We generally service professional contractors that install the systems that are complimented by out products.

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Professional Service

Professional Service backed by over a decade of hands-on experience that covers knowledgeable phone support and onsite meetings.

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Property Maintenance

Our products serve the property maintenance industry including companies that specialize in cleaning and maintaining hardscape surfaces.

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Protection

Protection to all hardscape surfaces are provided by selecting one of our wide range of sealers

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Protective Surface Seal

Protective Surface Seal is essential to maintain the aesthetic appearance of colored concrete pavements

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Protects

Sealing with the appropriate sealer protects the surfaces of any materials used in hardscape pavements

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Quality Specialty Products

Our Quality Specialty Products have been selected for their performance after exhaustive World wide research over many years by an experienced civil engineering consultant.

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Re-sanding

Re-sanding maintenance may be necessary in a harsh environment or where aggressive washing has eroded the jointing sand

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Resealing

Resealing may be necessary in instances where owners want to maintain the fresh clean aesthetic appearance

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Recommended sealing

Recommended sealing methods are described in all of our brochures and can be confirmed by calling any of our friendly well trained consultants

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Roadways

The performance and integrity of Roadways will be greatly improved by the application of our joint stabilizing sealers

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Salt

Salt that is used to inhibit ice forming during harsh Winter conditions can erode and damage the surface of pavers.

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Salt damage

Salt damage that can be seen particulary in the cold climates where it is regularly applied to pavements to inhibit ice forming. This damage can be largely avoided by the use of our advanced sealers

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Satin sheen

Satin sheen is a finish on the pavement surface somewhere between the flat or invisible finishes and the semi-gloss finish.

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Sealing

Sealing will have the effect of reducing staining by inhibiting the ingress of oil and food staining into the surface leaving stains that remain on the surface

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Semi-gloss finish

Semi-gloss finish is a term given to the finish on the pavement surface that provides a greater shine on the surface than both satin sheen and the flat or invisible finish.

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Settling period

Settling period is the term given to the initial period after which the pavement is subjected to traffic loading during which time the bedding sand is further compacted allowing the pavers to “settle” to their final elevations.

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Shrinking and cracking

Shrinking and cracking of the sealer in a joint stabilized matrix causes the sand joints to separate compromising the integrity of the pavement

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Sidewalks

Sidewalks will be easier to maintain and protect by the application of our technologically advanced sealers

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Solvent based sealers

Solvent based sealers apart from being expensive are toxic and need to be applied using protective clothing and in environments where no other persons or animals are likely to be present during applications

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Specialty products

Specialty products are the core of our business and have been especially researched Worldwide to give you the best available

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Stabilizing joint sand

Stabilizing joint sand between the interlocking pavers is process by which a material is introduced into the jointing sand to bond it up to ensure that it is retained in the joints so as to maintain the interlock and thereby enhance the integrity of the pavement. It also reduces moisture penetration into the sub-base which ensures the long term performance of the pavement.

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Stain protection

Stain protection is provided by the sealer products that BP Pro manufacturers

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Stain resistance

Stain resistance can be greatly enhanced by sealing particularly if complemented by our sealers

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Staining

Staining tends to occur as a matter of course on all surfaces and can be greatly inhibited by selecting the appropriate sealer for the particular type of surface

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Stains

Stains occur on pavements when foreign materials such as food or oil are deposited on the surface.

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Stripper

Stripper may be needed in rare cases where an over spray has occurred or to remove excessive applications of products

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Structural Integrity

Structural Integrity of a correctly designed and installed pavement is largely maintained if excess water penetration is inhibited

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Support

We provide support from the product selection phase right through the maintenance of these hardscapes and supply the products that enhance them.

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Surface Abrasion

Surface Abrasion is a measure of the durability of the sealer on the surface

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