Applying a paver sealer early can help to prevent deterioration and staining to the paver surface. If you haven’t already sealed your pavers, you should consider it!
Sealed pavers are more resistant to:
Deterioration caused by water absorption, snow and ice, and salt.
Cracking, spalling, and pitting caused by water absorption.
The growth of mold, mildew, and algae on the surface.
Staining and discoloration.
Types of Paver Sealers
There are two types of sealers that can be used to seal pavers. The first type is a penetrating sealer and the second is a wet look to high gloss coating.
Penetrating Paver Sealers: Penetrating sealers are great to use if you are looking for a long term sealer that will maintain the natural, unsealed look of the pavers. They do not leave behind a surface film or coating, and can last for up to 10 years. Under the category of penetrating sealers there are densifiers and water repellent sealers. While densifiers will help to increase the strength and density of pavers, they can also cause issues (such as the formation of crystals on the surface) when not properly applied. The best type of sealer to use on pavers is a Silane-Siloxane water repellent sealer. This type of sealer will cause water and other liquids to bead off the surface, and will provide up to 10 years of life before the need to be resealed.
Wet Look to High Gloss Paver Sealers: Wet look and high gloss paver sealers are great to use if you are looking to darken or enhance the surface of the pavers with a wet look or high gloss finish. This type of coating is an acrylic sealer. Under the category of acrylic sealers you have solvent and water based acrylics. Solvent based sealers are easy to apply and maintain, while water based acrylic sealers require more work when it comes time to repair or reseal.
Things to Consider When Applying Paver Sealers:
While most pavers can be sealed soon after install, several paver manufacturers require customers to wait anywhere from 60 days to a full year before sealing. If pavers are sealed before the manufacturer’s suggested date, it could cause damage to the pavers, the sealer or the coating.
Pavers are very porous and tend to require more material. Whether you are using a penetrating water repellent sealer, or a wet look to high gloss coating, it is important to apply 2 coats to achieve a consistent finish.
Penetrating sealers can be applied to both pavers and joints, but acrylic coatings should only be applied to pavers, or pavers that have a hardened polymeric sand or cementitious material in the joints.
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