How to Prevent and Fix Faded Brick & Concrete Pavers

Courtesy Masonry Cosmetics, Inc.

Try Concrete Stain

The simplest path to reviving tired pavers is to apply an acrylic-based semitransparent concrete stain, such as Behr Premium Semi-transparent Concrete Stain ($27/gal.; Home Depot) or Valspar Semi-transparent Concrete Stain ($28/gal.; Lowe’s). These go on like paint, with a brush or roller, but also leave a shiny coating.

How to Restore Color to Faded Pavers

To restore color below the surface, Indiana-based Masonry Cosmetics offers a DIY paver-coloring kit that infuses mineral pigments back into the masonry itself without the need for a sealer.

The Restore Paver Color System kit ($76, Amazon; results shown above) employs natural pigments originally developed to color-match bricks. The powdered pigments are mixed in a solution and hand-brushed onto each paver; expect it to take about 30 minutes to coat 20 square feet.

Call in a Pro

Want to hire it out? Masonry Cosmetics offers referrals to professional sealing companies across the country that will apply their product for you. National Sealing Co. offers finishes that replicate pavers’ original coloring with a penetrating dye that does not lift off as a result of heat or vehicular traffic.

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House Prices Fall for Third Consecutive Month, Halifax Reports

House prices fell for the third consecutive month in May, according to Halifax, as the coronavirus lockdown continues to notably affect the housing market.

The average price of a house is now £237,808, which dropped 0.2% in May (£506), following dips of 0.6% in April and 0.3% in March. 

Experts have predicted overall price drops of between 3% and 30% (a worst case scenario) through the year, as the full effects of Covid-19 takes its toll on the economy. 

Halifax’s forecast is less severe than Nationwide’s house price index, released earlier this month, which reported that prices have plummeted at the fastest rate since the financial crisis in 2009. 

In fact, Halifax’s data suggests that market activity could actually be poised to pick up. May’s house prices are 2.6% higher than in the same period in 2019. 

Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said: “Looking ahead, we expect market activity to increase progressively as restrictions are eased further across the whole of the UK and we continue to have confidence in the underlying health of the housing market over the long term.”

Hard to Predict

Experts still believe that the housing market is difficult to predict, especially as the full