We frequently are asked, “Why is it important to seal a paver patio or driveway?” Paver stones are porous and require ongoing maintenance. Sealing is an important part of paver that provides five key benefits:
- Creates an impermeable protective surface on the paver stones that protects the stones and resists stains caused by dirt, fallen leaves, mold, moss and spills.
- Prevents weeds, mold and moss from growing on or between the pavers.
- Prolongs the life of the pavers by protecting against UV-rays and winter ice-melting salt.
- Reinforces the joints which prevents the pavers from shifting.
- Enhances paver texture, color and brightness to provide long-lasting beauty and value.
How frequently should I seal my paver patio or driveway?
In general, paver stones should be sealed every three years to keep them looking their best and preserve the life of the pavers.
What steps are involved in the sealing process?
The first step to for paver maintenance and restoration is to thoroughly clean the pavers. Paver Rescue’s trained technicians use a pressure washer and commercial-grade scrubber to remove all dirt, moss, mold, stains and weeds. Next, the polymeric sand between the paver stones should be replenished to stabilize the joints. Vibrating the sand with a compactor is key to allow the joint to fill with sand removing any air pocket/gaps that can cause sand failure. The sand should fill to 1/8” below the outer edge of the paver. Only then is the area ready to be sealed. Our paver experts will apply the sealer that is optimal for your style of pavers, and you will need to stay off of the area for 24 hours. Once cured, your pavers will look new.
What type of sealant does Paver Rescue use?
We use state-of-the-art sealers specifically designed for each type of paver or concrete surface. Our team members are specially trained in sealer application and know how to maximize effectiveness.
Why should I have my paver stones professionally sealed?
While you may be tempted to do-it-yourself (DIY), improperly applied paver sealant can damage the color or make the pavers slippery (a safety hazard). In addition, applying sealer too heavy can cause it to dry unevenly and leave an unsightly white, milky appearance.
Another advantage to hiring Paver Rescue to professional seal your pavers is that you get to enjoy your outdoor space instead of toiling over it.