Should I seal the pavers at my patio and driveway or not?
Tuesday, June 19, 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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