Guidance Booklet by Outside Rooms

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aftercare paving flagstones oil stains ag recommend regular seasonal maintenance at least three times a year. a good rule of thumb is to commence at the start of the growing season april  the middle of the growing season july and at the end of the growing season september this may vary depending on weather conditions oil will readily penetrate into most surfaces and once staining occurs it can be difficult to remove. if the staining is substantial it may be necessary to replace the products in the damaged area. do not attempt to wipe the spilt oil as this only drives the oil deeper into the surface. soak up stains promptly using absorbent material such as a paper towel then use a non-acid based proprietary cleaner in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions general wear newly completed areas of paving or flagstones should only receive a light brushing in the first few months to allow joints to settle naturally. from then on, general maintenance should be carried out regularly. using a bristle brush with mild detergent and hot water is normally all you need to remove any build-up of dirt and grime weeds moss lichen unwanted plants, moss and fungi are easily controlled. the trick is to tackle them as soon as they appear - don’t allow them to get established use a proprietary weed killer on weeds and grass and a water-based fungicide or algicide on moss and lichen. as well as stocking all the products you need, your local builders merchant will also be able to offer you impartial advice and answer any questions you might have.  top tip use a separate spray to wash as combined sprays aren’t as effective heavy staining to remove hard to shift stains use a non-acid based proprietary cleaner. always test a small area first and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. avoid acid based cleaners as they may damage the paving.  14 power washing we don’t recommend using a power hose to clean your paving as high pressure hoses can damage the surface of products and remove the jointing sand or grout which holds them in place.  if you carry out the simple, regular maintenance as recommended previously  power washing shouldn’t be necessary. however, if you do decide to use a power washer you can help minimise the risk of damage by observing the following guidance 1 paving contractors simple advice on how to keep outside space looking fantastic remove loose debris with a broom 2 test a small area first 3 use a medium pressure or low pressure setting 4 hold the hose at not more than a 30º angle 5 after the paving has dried, replace any jointing sand which has been removed sealing of paving flags a variety of sealers and cleaners are available through your local builders merchant. however please note that applying sealant may affect the colour of paving. be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and check the product’s suitability by testing on a small area first. responsibility for the performance of sealers and cleaners lies with the user and manufacturer of the product abrasion assistance abrasions marks maybe present on pavers with undulating surfaces, these marks are a superficial effect from the slight movement of the product during transit and will disappear after a few weeks weathering garden walling concrete adhesive regal stone, bayfield and diamond are all mortarless systems requiring no cement to hold them together. cap stones should be applied using a concrete adhesive thus eliminating the need for mortar and the associated risk of mortar stains power washing using a power-hose is not recommended as it may damage the surface of the product general wear clean using a stiff bristle brush, mild detergent and water from a low pressure hose remedial work any type of remedial work should first be tested on a small area. remedial cleaning procedures may affect the appearance of  the masonry.  general information check out our  website for  your local ag approved layer ag.uk.com choosing the right contractor is an important decision follow these simple suggestions to ensure a good quality job advice and assistance to achieve a quality finish to your project always choose a reputable installer, builder or hard landscaping contractor. take time to look at previous jobs they have worked on and don’t be afraid to ask to see examples of their work in situ. if you need advice, your local builders merchant will be able to suggest a number of specialist companies in your area plan early good contractors are in demand and are often booked up weeks or months in advance. be wary of contractors who can start immediately always get more than one quotation we recommend getting at least three but make sure they are like-for-like for a true price comparison these should be dated with details of how long the quotation is valid for and must be on headed paper with the contractors contact information efflorescence efflorescence  white  crystals also known as ‘white bloom’ can appear on newly installed walls paving  and  flagstones  which have a high cement content. it is hard  to  predict  how  long efflorescence  will  last  due  to varying  factors  such  as  climate conditions, location and aspect in some cases it can take around a year to disappear completely. it is  in  no  way  detrimental  to  the performance of the product. ag cannot  be  held  responsible  for this natural phenomenon check them out ask if they have the relevant public and employer liability insurance and if they are members of any trade associations. ask for references from previous customers and details of where their work can be viewed. contact these references and perhaps go and see the job they’re currently working on ask their advice the added bonus of contacting more than one contractor is that you often get a range of valuable free design advice. many will have a photograph album of previous jobs that can help you visualise how our products will look in your plan don’t decide purely on price we know that this will be at the forefront of any decision but it’s important that you feel comfortable with your contractor, that they understand your needs and that you are confident in their abilities once you have made your decision get an estimated start and completion date. these dates should be a little flexible as they can often change due to weather conditions and extended time spent on earlier jobs make any changes or amendments from the initial quotation and have an up-to-date quotation agreed and drawn up make sure you understand the plan fully and that the area measurements and order quantities are correct take an ongoing interest in the work and if there are any variations to what has been agreed deal with them face-to-face to avoid wastage get your contractor to accurately measure areas onsite before placing an order. it is important to note that some builders merchants do not accept returns on materials nb ag cannot be responsible for the quality 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