As you design and build your paver walkway, driveway, or patio, you likely have a lot on your mind. What will its overall look be? What colors and materials will work best to complement the current look of your home and yard? What equipment will you need to get the job done? Can you do all the work yourself or will you need to hire someone to take care of part of the job?
All of these are important questions that need answers. However, there’s another question you may want to consider as you begin your paver installation journey: What paving bricks sealer should I use?
Although the kind of paving bricks sealer you’re going to use is probably one of the last things on your mind, it’s an important decision that can make or break the final look of your paver space. So, here are a few things you should consider as you decide which paving bricks sealer to choose for your project…
What Can You Afford?
“You get what you pay for,” is a maxim that’s almost always true. If you find an almost unbelievably good ‘deal’ on a sealant, there’s a good chance that it might not be the deal you’re expecting. One of the first questions you’ll need to answer when looking for the right paving bricks sealer is, “What can I afford?”
Your budget will be the primary determining factor for what kind of sealer you end up going with because if you can’t afford anything better, then all of the pros and cons won’t matter. Answering this will make all of your subsequent decisions much easier to make.
What Look Am I Going For?
After you decide on a firm amount you can spend, the next question you’ll want to answer is: “What kind of look do I want my paving bricks sealer to provide?”
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of sealant finishes: gloss/semi-gloss and matte. Neither kind of sealant is technically ‘better’ than the other. They simply work (and look) a little differently. Gloss and semi-gloss finishes create a layer on the top of your pavers, offering slightly greater protection than matte finishes. Matte finishes, on the other hand, are formed by sealants that penetrate the surface of your sealers. And while matte finishes might not offer quite the same protection as gloss finishes (they still offer quality protection), they will last slightly longer.
Honestly, the quality of protection and length of these two finishes are less important than what look you’re going for. If you want a shiny, gloss look then you’ll want to opt for a film-forming paving bricks sealer. If you want a plainer, matte look, then you should opt for the matte finish.
What Kind of Protection Do I need?
The final question you should consider when looking for a paving bricks sealer is “What kind of protection do I need?” Different kinds of sealant will offer different levels and kinds of protection. As you decide which brand and product to go with, think through the potential dangers of your paver location… Might food get on it? Grease? Is there a danger of weeds growing up between the pavers? What about water runoff? All of these are important questions to ask when deciding on the sealant you decide on.
After you’ve thought these things through, make sure to check the sealant information by clicking here, so you can be confident that the product you select will offer the precise protection, look, and price point you need.