If you have brick pavers in your yard, then you know how important it is to protect them from staining and fading. Sealing pavers is the best way to achieve this goal, and it’s not difficult to do. There are only a few different types of quality sealers available, so be sure to choose the one that is best suited for your needs. Most sealers can be applied with a brush, roller, pump sprayer or battery powered sprayer, and they will dry quickly. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions for best results.
Paver sealer comes in both solvent and water-based formulas, and it is important to choose the right one for the surface you are sealing. If your pavers are new, then a water-based sealer is a good option, but if they are older or have been previously sealed with a solvent based sealer, then a solvent-based sealer is recommended or using a paver sealer stripper such as Bio-Based QuickStripper prior to application of a water based paver sealer is recommended.
Solvent-based Paver Sealers
Typical solvents include Xylene and Toluene. This is the type of solvent based paver sealer that has been used since its invention. Acrylics are frequently utilized in this sealer, which darkens the color, is film forming and can provide a wet look. Available in high gloss or matte varnishes. Due to changing VOC regulations in most states, it’s difficult to obtain a solvent sealant from a local store or over the internet.
Benefits of Using Water-based Paver Sealers
Acrylics and polyurethanes are the most common ingredients found in water-based paver sealers and are most common film forming sealers although penetrating sealers are available but most penetrating sealers do not provide a wet look. Acrylics are generally a single component and provide a durable coating with either a matte or gloss finish and provide a wet look.
This type of sealant is easy to apply with a sprayer, roller or brush and is safe for both new and old pavers. It is also non-flammable and will not harm plants, pets, or people. Water based paver sealers are generally low VOC’s, are environmentally friendly and available in all 50 states.
Polyurethane paver sealers are generally two component sealers and provide the most durability. They are available in both gloss and matte finishes, with gloss being the most +common and will provide a wet look once sealed if desired. Polyurethane based paver sealers will darken the pavers and provide a wet look. This type of sealer is also easy to apply, but special care must be taken when mixing the two components together prior to application.
A water based paver sealer is the best option for sealing concrete pavers and provides the following benefits as it will bind the sand joints – providing joint stabilization, protection of the paver surface, resist stains, provide UV protection against fading and will inhibit weeds, weed growth, and ant mines.
After careful review we have selected Ultra Seal Classic gloss Wet Look Paver Sealer as the best two component acrylic urethane on the market and Paver Seal RX as the best acrylic single component on the market today!
Silicone Paver Sealers
This is the newest type of brick paver sealer on the market and provides a natural finish. It is a penetrating sealer and will not darken the pavers like other types of sealers, and it will not provide a wet look but a natural untouched appearance. This type of paver sealer is also easy to apply. Generally, one coat is only needed with this type of sealer to protect the concrete paver. The disadvantage to a silicone paver sealer is it will not bind the joint sand nor inhibit ant mines, weeds and weed growth.
Wet Look Paver Sealer
A Wet look paver sealer can be confused with a glossy finish. Using a pavers sealant that leaves a “wet appearance” means it will deeply enhance the color of the concrete pavers as if they had been wet by water. A gloss can be achieved by applying multiple coats of sealer.
When Pavers Are Sealed, Porosity Is Extremely Important!
In real terms, porosity of concrete pavers vary considerably, and porosity matters when selecting a sealer! A paver with high porosity will allow the sealer to penetrate better but will need more sealer and a paver with low porosity will have the sealer sitting on top of the surface and where it needs to be to form a protective barrier and deeply enhance the color of the pavers.
Porosity can be determined by doing a simple water droplet test. Place a few drops of water on the surface of the pavers and if the water droplets sit on top of the pavers, then the paver has low porosity. If the water droplets penetrate the surface of the pavers, then the paver has high porosity.
Sealing Concrete Pavers
- Live and die by the weather. Make sure there is no rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours.
- Clean the pavers with a pressure washer and a flat surface cleaner. Be sure to remove all dirt, moss, mildew, and other debris. A wand with a turbo tip is needed to remove all old joint sand – at least an 1 1/2 down or almost to the bedding sand. It can also be used to remove any stubborn stains.
- Chlorine can be used to remove any organic stain.
- After using a pressure washer and once the pavers are cleaned, fresh sand must be placed into the joints. Following ICPI specifications (ASTM-C144) use a mesh 20/30 medium coarse fractured angular sand.
- Joint sand can either be swept in with a push broom once the concrete pavers are completely dry or for same day sealing a wet sanding method can be used. Read this article for more information on how to wet sand.
- A water based sealer can be applied to damp paver surfaces. Ultra Seal Classic Gloss Wet Look Paver Sealer can be applied with either a battery operated or pump sprayer. For best results we suggest applying two coats – a flood coat to stabilize the joints and a top coat to provide protection of the paver surface and darken the appearance of the pavers resulting in a wet look. A Higher dilution and multiple coats can provide more of a natural look and less of a gloss.
- A broom can be used to move the excess sealer around for consistency in the appearance of the seal.
- We do not suggest using a roller as it does not allow enough sealer to penetrate the joints. But if you must roll the sealer, use a roller with a short nap roller cover. Apply the sealer in a crosshatch pattern and be sure to overlap each stroke by at least 6 inches. A coat of sealer should be applied for every 10-12 square feet.
- Paver Seal RX can be applied with a pump sprayer. The advantage to using Paver Seal RX is it can be applied in direct sunlight and will not leave behind any residue. It can also be applied to a damp surface.
- Multiple coats of sealer can be applied to achieve a gloss.
- Make sure to stay off the freshly sealed concrete pavers for at least 24 hours for foot traffic and at least 72 hours for vehicular traffic.
- When sealing concrete pavers, paver sealing is not a do-it-yourself project. It should be performed by a professional with the proper equipment and expertise. However, if you are planning to do it yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions carefully. sealing your pavers will help to protect them from stains and fading and will make them easier to clean. With a little bit of care and maintenance, your pavers will last for many years to come.
Do concrete pavers need to be sealed?
Aside from the paver’s potential issues, shifting sinking, slipping unevenness, ponding, and poorly installed materials have all been long-standing problems. It is a good idea to seal the outside of your landscape to keep it looking nice. Consider how freeze-thaw damage, shoveling, deicing salt substances, chemicals might harm the outdoor paver patio or driveway surfaces.
Seal Your Brick or Concrete Pavers Today and Save Tomorrow
If you’ve never sealed your driveway or patio, it’s easy to overlook the importance of getting it done. It’s important to remember that sealing a pavers driveway or paver patio might not be a priority for you; nevertheless, it must be mentally recorded! Slipping, unevenness puddling, and a sloppy installation are all typical problems associated with pavers.
If you bought a new home with a paver driveway or paver patio and didn’t know about the cost of neglecting your concrete pavers, now you do! The problem is unavoidable, but it may be detected very swiftly. Applying Ultra Seal Classic Gloss Wet Look Paver Sealer or Paver Seal Rx to your concrete paver is the most cost-effective and way to keep your investment safe for years to come.
What is Efflorescence?
Efflorescence is calcium carbonate that comes to the surface after the pavers cycle and naturally occurs in concrete. It generally takes 18-24 months for pavers in the elements to cycle and allow enough efflorescence or calcium carbonate to fill the pores of the concrete and stop coming to the surface. Efflorescence must be treated prior to sealing and special care must be taken under overhangs and concrete paver overlays.
After the brick or concrete pavers are installed at the site allow at least 60 days before applying a sealer to allow the naturally occurring, white, dusty looking build up (known as efflorescence) to escape from the concrete pavers.
There is no definitive answer to this question since the cost to maintain pavers can vary greatly depending on the size and scope of the project, as well as the materials used. However, you can expect to spend anywhere from $0.50 to $2.00 per square foot on maintenance costs such as cleaning, repair, and sealing.
Concrete pavers are long-lasting, low-maintenance, and available in a wide range of sizes and colors. Pavers can endure a life time if properly maintained, but stains or fading may diminish the visual appeal of your investment over time if they are not cared for.
It is always best to consult with a professional when it comes to sealing your pavers. A professional will be able to properly assess the type of sealer that is best suited for your needs and will have the experience and equipment necessary to apply it correctly. Sealing your pavers is an important part of maintaining them and will help to extend their lifespan.
Does a Pavers Sealer Prevent Mold & Scratches?
Yes, a pavers sealer can help prevent mold and scratches. Paver sealer provides a barrier between your pavers and the elements, helping to protect them from damage. They also add shine and beauty to your outdoor space.
Sealing concrete pavers is a great way to protect them from staining and fading. It also makes them easier to clean. There are a few different type of quality sealers available, so be sure to choose the one that is best suited for your needs. Be sure to follow the manufacturers brand instructions before you seal for best results.
Is it Worth it to Seal Pavers?
It depends on the pavers. If they are made of concrete, then sealing is great at protecting them from staining and fading. If they are made of natural stone, then sealing will help in protecting the surface and blocks from dirt, weathering, UV rays, and staining, but it won’t necessarily make them look better. In fact, if the sealer is applied too thick, it can actually make the stones or blocks look darker and mossier.
If you have a pavers blocks patio, driveway, or walkway, it’s important to seal them regularly. Sealing your concrete pavers is great for protecting them from dirt and staining, weathering, erosion, UV rays damage, and frost damage. It will also help keep them looking new for years to come.
Which Sealers Work the Best?
There are a lot of different paver sealers on the market, but not all of them work equally well. Some sealers just sit on top of the pavers and don’t really penetrate the surface, while others can actually cause staining or discoloration.
Choosing the right paver sealer is important if you want to get the best results. The best way to find out which sealer works best for your pavers is to ask around or do some research online. There are a lot of forums and review websites where people have shared their experiences with different paver sealers.
Once you’ve found a sealer that you like, be sure to read the instructions carefully before using it!
Ultra Seal Classic Gloss Wet Look Paver Sealer and Paver Seal Rx are the two best paver sealers on the market. They both work extremely well in protecting your pavers from staining, fading, and weathering.
Ultra Seal Classic Gloss Wet Look Paver Sealer is a water-based sealer that is easy to apply and produces a high-gloss finish. It dries quickly and is safe for use on all types of pavers, including concrete, brick, stone, tile, and can be used in place of polyaspartic as a top coat for epoxy garage floors.
Paver Seal Rx paver sealer is an acrylic sealer that also produces a high-gloss finish. It forms a tough barrier that protects against oil and water-based stains, UV damage, and freeze/thaw cycles. It is also safe for use on all types of pavers.
By sealing your pavers, you can keep them looking beautiful for years to come. We offer a wide variety of sealers that are perfect for any type of paver, and we have the tools and expertise to help you get the job done right.
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