Monday November 16, 2020
To Seal...or Not to Seal?
That is the question! So you’ve had these beautiful pavers installed, but now you may be wondering if it’s worth it to go through the trouble of sealing them.
We recommend paver sealing, at the very least with a joint stabilizing sealer. It penetrates not only the surface of the pavers, but the sand as well, causing it to hard and bind together. This creates a much more structured and secure support for your pavers.
Reasons to Seal Pavers
Give your pavers a longer lifespan with routine paver sealing. It keeps a healthy protective coat over your investment.
Protect Against Stains
Oil, dirt and other debris can stain if your pavers are not protected by a paver sealing.
Resist UV Rays
By having a paver sealing helps protect surfaces against the rays of the sun, which can reduce the natural coloring of pavers over time. Adding paver sealing helps maintain their beautiful coloring for longer.
There are a variety of sealant styles available on the market for your paver sealing, including matte and semi-gloss. With paver sealing you can give your pavers a ‘wet’ look so they appear more vibrant. Or maybe you like a more classic, matte appearance. Generally speaking with paver sealing, darker paver colors will obtain a more pronounced color after you apply a glossy sealant. A glossy sealant is easier to apply to less porous stone than a highly porous stone. It’s important to consider the materials you are sealing before selecting the best sealant option.
Protects Against Weed Growth
Joint stabilizing sealants help prevent weeds from growing through the paver joints, which can compromise your pavers structurally. In addition, since paver sealing hardens the joint sand, it helps the sand in the joint resist displacement caused by wind, insects and rain.
Ready to get Started? Quick Tips for Paver Sealing:
- It is important to reseal pavers using the same type of sealant that was applied previously. We recommend testing out the new sealant on a small strip of the paver to ensure that it looks good and blends in well before applying all over.
- If you apply sealant and decide it’s not what you want, it is possible to strip surfaces and remove the sealant; leaving pavers in their natural and unsealed state.
- Before you begin the paver sealing process, make sure to sweep and power wash surfaces, as well as pull weeds that are growing within paver joints.
- Application method matters – having a professional install sealant is going to yield the best results. If you utilize a roll-on applicant instead of a spray-on applicator, opt for a sponge roller.
- Give your paver sealing at least 24 hours to set in place before walking or driving over freshly sealed surfaces.
Wait a year after installing pavers before you apply your pavers first sealant. You should reseal pavers every 3 - 5 years for water based sealants, and 2 - 3 years if you use an acrylic sealant. When resealing pavers, be sure to use the same paver sealing that was originally applied. Different sealers use different formulas, and a chemical reaction may occur if two types of sealers come into contact with each other. This generally creates a cloudy, white appearance. If you cannot remember what sealer was originally used, test the new sealer on a small area or strip the original sealer from the pavers before applying the new coat.
You don’t have to go at it alone, give the experts at Beacon a call to get your pavers beautifully sealed and protected!