Thursday February 13, 2020
It’s a big investment to pay for an expensive paver driveway! Then you run into the problem of them just looking lifeless! Sealing brings life back to them and looks professional and clean. Yours are still looking dull though, even after you sealed them. You’re probably doing paver sealing wrong. Here’s why:
You’re choosing the wrong sealer.
Your intention was good - to seal your pavers and to keep them looking brand new - but the execution didn’t show for it. You probably chose the wrong sealer. While doing your paver sealing, it’s important to know which one is right for you.
There are tons of paver sealing sealers on the market and a lot of them aren’t made for pavers specifically. Knowing which sealer is right for your job is crucial to getting that sleek look you desire. Make sure to consult your local paver sealing professionals to figure out what solvent-based sealant will work the best for the material your pavers are made of.
You’re putting on way too much sealer.
Less is more, especially when you are doing paver sealing. It might seem like a good idea to do layer upon layer of sealant on your pavers because it will be more shiny and protect your pavers even more! That’s not the case.
When you are applying sealant, apply two coats only- the first coat and the top coat. To properly do your paver sealing, you must remove any puddling of the sealant. Puddling and overapplication can lead to bubbles and stains speckled around on your previously beautiful pavers.
You’re applying sealant over efflorescence.
Your first question is probably, “what is efflorescence?” Efflorescence is the chalk-like substance that coats the top of your pavers after they’ve been exposed to the sun. This usually is found on newly installed pavers, and can you can use pressure washing to get the substance off. After the pavers have dried and the efflorescence has been removed, it is then a good time to start doing your paver sealing.
You’re putting the sealer on when it’s too hot or cold.
So what if it’s too hot or too cold, right? You probably haven’t considered this factor when doing your paver sealing. Well, it’s actually more important than you thought.
When the pavers are too hot or too cold, the sealant doesn’t penetrate through the surface in order to give you the best seal and ends up making the whole process a waste of time. Doing your paver sealing in temperatures from 40 degrees-75 degrees fahrenheit. This allows the sealant to get deep through the surface and gives the longest lifespan to the pavers.
Doing any type of paver sealing is tedious and requires a lot of work and planning, so leave it to the paver sealing professionals to get it done right the first time. Contact us at Beacon Cleaning to bring the life back into your pavers!