Sealing your pavers doesn't have to be an expensive or time consuming project. In fact, most pavers can easily be sealed in less than an hour with a bottle of sealer and a garden sprayer! In this article we are going to show you how you can quickly and easily seal your outdoor pavers.
The easiest, and most cost effective, sealer to apply to pavers is a water repellent sealer, like the Armor SX5000 WB. Designed for unsealed pavers, it will penetrate into the pores and chemically react to form a hydrophobic barrier within the pores. It won't change the look or color of the pavers, and it won't leave a surface film. It protects the pavers by reducing water absorption by up to 95%. By reducing water absorption, damage and deterioration caused by water absorption is also reduced. Mold and mildew growth, cracking and spalling, and staining will all be reduces as a result of the pavers being sealed with a water repellent sealer. Another great feature of the Armor SX5000 WB is how easy it is to apply. Using a garden sprayer, apply two back to back coats of the sealer. Once dry, the sealer will continue to work below the surface for up to 7-10 years.
The second most popular sealer for pavers requires a little more work, but the results make it all worth it! If you have dull and faded pavers, and want to bring out the color, or add a gloss, then you want a solvent based acrylic sealer. The three most popular types of solvent based acrylic sealers are as follows:
- Armor AR350 - The Armor AR350 is a wet look sealer. It will darken the pavers to give them a similiar appearance to being wet, and protect them with a low gloss finish.
- Armor AR500 - The Armor AR500 is a wet look sealer. It will darken the pavers to give them a similiar appearance to being wet, and protect them with a high gloss finish.
- Armor WL550 - The Armor WL550 is a wet look sealer. It will slightly darken the pavers to give them a matte wet look finish. The Armor WL550 will not leave behind a surface film.
Wet look sealers are just as easy to apply as a water repellent sealer, in that you simply apply two coats to a clean, unsealed surface. Typically you need to re-apply acrylic sealers every 1-3 years to maintain a consistant gloss finish. The best part about solvent based acrylics is how easy they are to recoat. When it comes time to recoat, you simply apply a fresh coat to a clean and dry surface.
Many of the benefits are the same when it comes to comparing water repellent sealers to acrylics, but you get more protection against surface abrasion and staining with the Armor AR350 and Armor AR500 simply because the surface coating left behind is designed to take all of the abuse.
Now, in addition to solvent based acrylics, there are water based acrylics. The Armor WB15 and Armor WB25 are fantastic options for those looking for a gloss without the wet look, and for those looking to avoid odors during application. While many of the application instructions and benefits are the same, where solvent and water based acrylics differ is re-application. Water based acrylics require a little more maintenance when it comes to repairing and reapplying a fresh coat. Often times, screen sanding the surface is required.
For more detailed information about how to apply, each product listing has a How-To video that demonstrates how easy sealing your own pavers can be!