Sealant for brick paving is an essential part of any major project, whether you’re creating a new front walkway, designing an extensive backyard patio, or hoping to redo your driveway. Although there are plenty of questions you’ll have to answer as you work on your project, from what material you’ll use to what the overall design will look like, one of the most important things you’ll need to determine is how you’ll take advantage of sealant for brick paving.
If you’ve never used sealant for brick paving before, you may have questions about what it is, why you need it, and how to use it. If that’s the case, then this article is for you. So, get right down to it…
What is Sealant for Brick Paving?
Sealant for brick paving is a chemical compound that you can apply to your brick pavers after you’ve installed them. There are several different kinds of sealant (gloss, semi-gloss, matte; water-based, solvent-based) but they all work in a similar fashion. They protect your pavers from potential future problems.
Why is Sealant for Brick Paving Important?
Once you’ve laid your brick pavers, your job isn’t finished. Without a quality sealant over the top of it, your pavers will be susceptible to a number of issues, including…
- Unwanted movement. If rain or other water runoff is able to penetrate the paver joints, it can easily wash out your aggregate base and lead to your sealers shifting and getting out of alignment.
- Unwanted weeds. Without a sealer protecting your paver joints, they’ll be much more likely to become a home for weeds, mold, and other unwanted plant growth.
- Unwanted stains. No one likes a stain, whether we’re talking about a big blob of barbecue on a brand-new t-shirt or a glob of grease on your newly paved driveway. Without a quality sealant, all those grease, oil, and food stains will get into the pores of your pavers and become impossible to remove.
In other words, sealant for brick paving is essential for the long-term health of your new paver area.
How Do You Apply Sealant for Brick Paving?
Applying sealant for brick paving isn’t as complicated as you might think. It really comes down to the following simple steps…
- Clean your brick paving. The first thing you’ll want to do is completely clean your brick pavers with a power washer or stiff-bristle brush. Remember, any contaminants you leave on your pavers will be sealed into your pavers if you don’t clean them first.
- Apply your sealant. Once your space is clean and dry, you can apply your sealant with a roller or sprayer. Although either method will work, we generally recommend using a sprayer so that your coat will be more even.
- Re-coat if necessary and allow to cure. After your first coat is on, let it dry and, if it looks like you’ll need another coat to get the finish you want, apply a second coat. Once you’ve finished applying your sealant for brick paving, let it cure for at least 24 hours before resuming normal foot traffic.