Read These 8 Things First Before Concrete Paver Sealing
Concrete paver sealing is an important step in the life-cycle of the paver. This will protect against salt and other chemicals in the environment, as well as preventing stains from grease and oil. When sealing your pavers, you should clean them thoroughly with a strong cleaner to remove any dirt or grime that may be present on its surface.
Concrete pavers are a popular choice for outdoor paving, thanks to their durability and low-maintenance requirements. However, like all surfaces, they require occasional cleaning and sealing to maintain their appearance and protect them from staining and weathering. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of sealing your concrete pavers and how to do it properly.
Why should you seal your pavers?
Concrete and unsealed pavers tend to be porous, which makes it easier for stains and liquids to absorb into the surface of the stone. When you seal your pavers, you create a water resistant barrier that prevents dirt from being absorbed and stains from forming.
How often should you seal your pavers?
Most paver blocks are pre-sealed when they’re manufactured, but it’s still a good idea to reseal them every one or two years. If you live in an area that experiences salt conditions, rain, snow, ice and/or high humidity levels, you may need to seal your pavers more often.
What is the difference between penetrating and topical sealers?
Penetrating sealers soak into the pores of the paver, providing a deeper level of protection than topical sealers can provide. Topical sealers sit on top of the pavers’ surface, so they don’t protect your pavers as well and they tend to wear off more easily. However, topical sealers offer an easier application process, they don’t require cleaning before sealing and can be applied with a spray bottle or mop.
Will the color of my pavers change if I apply a penetrating sealer?
Some penetrating sealers can tint the pavers slightly, but not to the point where they’re noticeable. If you’re worried about color change, testing a small area with water first is recommended. You can also speak to your sealer’s manufacturer if you have questions about potential color changes.
What other surfaces can I apply penetrating sealer to?
Sealers work well with most types of pavers, but they can also be applied to natural stone surfaces, concrete countertops and glass tables. They can even be used on some fabrics, so you don’t have to worry about discoloring your patio furniture.
What do I need to know before sealing my pavers?
Most sealers will recommend that you clean your pavers before sealing, but there’s a specific way to go about it. You should use a strong cleaner and a paver brush to completely remove dirt and any other substances from the surface of the stones. If there are any stains on your pavers, they will need to be removed prior to sealing, usually by scrubbing them with a paver-safe solution.
How do I clean my pavers before sealing?
Using a stiff brush, scrub your pavers using detergent and water. You can use a pressure washer to remove tough stains or dirt if necessary, but it’s important not to damage the seals of your pavers with high-pressure water. After pressure washing, rinse your pavers with clean water to remove any residue that may be left behind.
For porous surfaces like pavers, how can I avoid staining?
Since most stains are from oils and dirt, the best way to avoid staining is to regularly sweep or wash down your pavers. This will prevent snow, rain and leaves from collecting on your pavers’ surface and keeping it wet for extended periods of time.
Now that you know all there is to know about sealing your concrete pavers, it’s time to get started! Make sure to clean them thoroughly before applying any sealant and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Sealing your pavers can help protect them from staining and extend their lifespan, so it’s definitely a step worth taking. Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment or contact professional sealing company for more information.
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