Learn The Facts On Sealing Concrete Pavers For Patios and Walkways
Professional Advice On Sealing Concrete Pavers
Concrete pavers are an excellent choice for beautifying your outdoor living space. Whether you use them to create a fabulous outdoor kitchen, a patio where friends and family gather, walkways through your garden, or a classic and elegant driveway, concrete pavers can enhance your home's curb appeal, and increase it's value.
Their popularity stems from their durability, low-maintenance and the nearly unlimited variety of sizes, styles, colors, textures and patterns available. When properly installed, pavers can last a lifetime, however you will need to perform periodic maintenance to keep them stain free and prevent fading over time.
Extending the beauty and lifespan of your concrete pavers may require periodic resealing of the surface. If you have or are planning to add concrete paver hardscaping to your property, here's some helpful information on why, how, and when you should seal your concrete pavers.
Why You Should Seal Your Pavers
While pavers look great in almost any application, it's important to properly seal them to keep them looking their best for the long-term. Some of the benefits of periodically sealing your concrete pavers include:
Protection from Fading
While many pavers are fade resistant, sealing them can protect them from damaging UV rays which can make pavers fade over many years of exposure. Periodically sealing your pavers can keep the color vibrant, even in bright sun.
Stabilize Interlocking Joint Sand
Joint stabilizer sealers not only seal the pavers but also harden the joint sand in between the pavers, which can help prevent displacement or shifting from wind, rain, and insects. This is especially important and effective for sealing pool decks and keeping the joint sand out of the pool. Joint stabilizing sealers can also help reduce weed growth between paver joints.
Enhance The Color of Your Pavers
Much like varnish on wood, paver sealer can draw out the colors, contrasts, and texture of your pavers to create more visual interest. Some sealers offer a “wet” look that can enhance your patio or walkways. Your contractor can help you to choose the best sealer for your unique needs.
Easier Stain Removal
Sealing reduces paver's porosity which can keep materials like dirt, oil or grease from soaking into your pavers. Sealing pavers makes cleaning up spills easier when they happen and keep your paver surface looking like new.
How To Seal Your Pavers
Proper preparation before sealing will ensure a solid bond. Professional installation of your paver surface typically includes sealing as the last step of the installation process. Here are some tips for preparing your paver surface for re-sealing.
• Make sure that there is no rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours. Make sure the surface is dry before you start.
• Clean the surface and remove debris and stains. Sweep with a firm bristle brush, or us a leaf blower to remove dirt. Just be careful not to blow the sand out of the paver joints.
• Pull weeds or grass from between the pavers.
Sealing your Pavers
• Apply sealer using a low-pressure sprayer. Cover the entire surface.
• Use a squeegee to make sure the material penetrates the joints and then remove excess sealer from the surface.
• Stay entirely off the surface for at least two or three hours until the surface is dry.
• Allow 24 hours for the sealer to fully dry before using your hardscape.
Choosing The Right Sealer
The sealer you choose depends on several factors including your personal preference and what you're looking for in terms of appearance. There are two varieties of “film-forming” sealers; water based and solvent based. Each has different performance and aesthetic qualities.
• are low glass
• provide minimal darkening of the surface
• offer increased chemical resistance
• are high gloss
• Darken the surface they're applied to
• Increase color development
The best solution is to speak with your hardscaping contractor. They can help you to choose the finish to best meet your needs.
When and How Often Should You Seal Your Concrete Pavers
Some manufacturers require that you wait one year after installation before applying a sealer to allow the natural process of efflorescence to occur. Efflorescence is the natural release of salts from your pavers. It appears as a white, dusty looking build-up. It does not harm your pavers and can be removed by sweeping. Some pavers do not require any waiting period and can be sealed immediately after installation. Your contractor will know the requirements for the paver you choose.
After the first year, you can seal your pavers. Generally, once you've applied a sealer, you're covered for 3 to 5 years before you'll need to reapply them. Again. Consult with your contractor. If your pavers were sealed upon installation, they will know which product you should use for subsequent 3 to 5-year sealing
If you have any questions about maintaining your paver surfaces, or if you're planning a hardscaping project for your Sonoma County home, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at 1-866-287-2837. We can help you design the perfect outdoor space to meet your family's unique needs.
If you're in the San Francisco Bay area, our location in Concord, CA at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K, services East Bay and South Bay homeowners. Our Santa Rosa, CA location at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 can help you with your North Bay hardscaping projects.