May Handy Homeowner Tip

As we approach summer, here are a few tips on cleaning patios and protecting your home during grill season.

Patio Care & Grill Tips

Memorial Day weekend is a time when people are looking to pull out the grill and enjoy the outdoors. 

As we approach summer, many may choose to pressure wash their patio and sweep new sand into the joints. Typically people will pay a premium price to get polymeric paver sand. Patio professionals have advised sweeping in conventional construction sand instead of polymeric sand. Construction sand is about $7 a bag as opposed to $40 a bucket. Patio professionals recommend regular sand because polymeric paver sand is temperamental, so if you get it wet, then the glue dust will leave a film on your patio. You can save yourself time and money by using regular sand compared to polymeric.

If you’re looking for a quicker less messy solution, you can spray your concrete or paver patio with Wet & Forget. Depending on the surface you are wanting to clean, a ? bleach to water mixture in a pump sprayer works well too. 

Every year we show homes with vinyl siding, and a part of the siding will be melted in a specific spot. Unfortunately, somebody warmed the grill too close to the house. If you have vinyl siding, you need to be sure to move the grill at least 3 feet away, so you don’t overheat your siding. It’s tough to match vinyl once it gets melted, so better be proactive and move your grill!

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