Q1. How does your jointing material differ from Polymeric Sand?
The primary difference between our jointing material landscape design products and Polymeric Sand is that our Organic-Lock is a biologically-based binder as opposed to the chemically-based polymeric binder. The organic material that makes up the Organic-Lock will establish self-healing biological bonds upon activation of the Organic-Lock, which will allow all segmental systems to remain flexible. The chemical polymer that is used to make up the polymeric binder will establish permanent bonds that will not self-heal when cracked. The permanent polymeric binder will not allow a paver or flagstone application to remain segmental and will actually create a monolithic paving system which is prone to cracking. In addition to self-healing, the biological bonds established by the Organic-Lock are reusable in that the bonds can be broken apart and will effectively re-establish when water is applied to the broken bonds. This is very beneficial when a section of a paver or flagstone application must be replaced or re-laid; our jointing material can be easily removed from a joint in a saturated state and replaced in the joint to achieve stability once again upon saturation. Aside from the difficulty that may arise when attempting to remove polymeric sand from the joints, the polymeric sand will not achieve stability a second time and will have to be replaced with new material.
Q2. Are the Envirobond products supposed to harden like concrete?
Q3. Should I store your jointing product indoors or can I leave it outdoors?
Q4. Why are there loosened particles from the EnviroSTONE on the surface of my flagstones?
Q5. Why is there a weed growing in the EnviroSAND/EnviroSTONE?
Q6. Why is there moss growing on the EnviroSAND/EnviroSTONE?
Q7. Why are ants burrowing in the EnviroSAND/EnviroSTONE?
Rare occasions can arise where ants will find a void in the joint, which will facilitate the burrowing process. The glue component in the Envirobond products makes it very difficult for ants to detach sand particles and create burrows. Any activity can further be minimized by ensuring that the joints in your application are properly filled with EnviroSAND/EnviroSTONE, leaving no void spaces.
Q8. How long will your product last before I have to follow up with maintenance procedures?
Q9. How do I get excess material off the surface of my pavers after it has dried?
Q10. What type of traffic can your product withstand after installation?
Q11. Can I use a sealer on your jointing product?
Sealers can be used on our jointing products, but be aware that a sealer will remove some of our product’s natural features, including permeability, reusability, and self-healing nature.
Q12. Can I use a dye on your product?
No, we do not recommend using a dye to colour any of our products. The colour that is provided by our products is the natural colour of the aggregate, which will always remain intact.
Q13. Can I use your product in an area where there is heavy runoff when it rains?
Yes, our product can be installed in an area where there is heavy runoff flow when it rains so long as an effective watershed management plan is in place. Avoid having downspouts or other sources of concentrated water (i.e. drip edges) output directly onto the joint material.
Q14. Can I power-wash areas where your product is installed?
A power-washer can be used to clean off the surface of pavers where an Envirobond product has been installed as long as the water jet is not applied directly on the joints. Please be sure to apply the water jet using a constant back-and-forth motion at a very low angle.
Q15. Can I install your jointing product around my pool?
Yes, our product(s) can be installed around a pool, however be aware that constant wetting of our products can lead to premature breakdown and loosening of sand particles. For this reason we do not recommend the use of our product in large jointed systems around pools. Ensure that there is a minimum three-foot concrete skirt around the perimeter of the pool so that splashing and constant wetting will not heavily disturb the jointing material that is closest to the pool. Additionally, many pool areas are built on a concrete base which does not allow water to properly drain. Envirobond products should not be installed on a concrete base.