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Should I seal the pavers at my patio and driveway or not?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Applying a sealer to pavers offers benefits such as resistance to color fading and stains, along with increased protection from surface deterioration. If you decide to apply a sealer, experts recommend waiting about a year before application, to allow any efflorescence (dissolved minerals) to rise to the surface and evaporate from the paver.  

    A “wet look” gloss sealer is available that will make the colors more intense, but decreases surface traction. Slip-resistant grit can be added, but sealers are not recommended for pool decks because they may make them dangerously slippery when wet. 

    “The thing about sealing your pavers is that it’s like plucking your eyebrows or dying you hair,” according to one of our customers. “Once you start, you have to keep up with it.” The paver seal surface lasts 2 to 5 years, depending on the chemical composition and sun exposure, before needing another coat.

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What is a flag lot?

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• What is a chimney sinkhole? How do I recognize structural problems in a retaining wall?  

What are the warning signs of a sinkhole? 

What causes sinkholes? How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?  

What should I do about a tree with roots running under my house?

Will the electric company trim branches rubbing against the overhead service lines to my house?

How can trees damage a house? 

•  What causes cracks in a driveway?

• What is my chance of buying a Florida home over a sinkhole? 

Which trees are most likely to fall over on your house in a hurricane? 
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