09 Mar Should Pavers be Sealed?
In order to keep pavers looking good and to keep them from wearing down from exposure to the elements, they should be sealed. The sealing process for pavers can restore them to the original look when you first had them installed. Sealing extends their life, improves the look and protects the pavers from staining.
The sealing process does not take long and if handled by experienced professionals should be completed successfully in a few steps. The steps include:
- Cleaning the surface that is to be sealed to remove any weeds and stains and inspect for shifting that may have occurred.
- If there has been structural damage, the damaged area will be removed. The area will then be re-stabilized and pavers will once again be installed in that space.
- After repairs are complete, the paver area is pressure washed and joints are re-sanded where it is necessary.
- Two coats of sealer are then applied. One coat is meant to penetrate the joints and the second coat is the finish coat.
Typically, when new pavers have been installed, there should be a period of a few months that is allowed for the pavers to settle prior to sealing the first time.
Sealing pavers every few years is usually sufficient, although it depends on the traffic in the paver area and the wear and tear it has experienced.
It is typically preferred that the area to be sealed is dry and that there is not rain in the forecast when aiming to seal the pavers. Also, after the area has been sealed, it is best to attempt to leave the area without moisture from sprinkler systems and such to allow it to dry and settle.