One thing is for sure. More and more homeowners are choosing to install pavers, rather than concrete, to finish outdoor surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks, and porches. Pavers enhance the beauty of the property and can actually increase the value of your home. Because pavers come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, homeowners can work with their paver to create a unique design or pattern. This will make their outdoor hardscaping unique to their home. But this leads to the question, should I seal the pavers in my driveway (and other areas)?
When considering the costs of a paver install, keep in mind that most types of paver surfaces will require routine maintenance to maintain their beautiful finish. Routine cleaning includes sweeping dirt and debris from walkways. This is necessary as grit can deteriorate pavers over time. If liquids or oils spill onto pavers, address that immediately by placing cat litter over the affected area. Do not wash it down as that will spread the potentially discoloring liquid even further.
Be Smart…Get Sealed
But if you really want to to be smart and keep ahead of the game, have your pavers sealed. It will help create a more durable structure as the sealing product solidifies joint sands and locks the pavers together. Paver sealing also stops joint sand erosion by creating a weather barrier. It will also keep your pavers cleaner, as the sealer fills up the pores keeping dirt from penetrating the paver surface.
Sealing pavers is an art unto itself. You really should rely on a professional like Broward Landscape of Parkland, Florida, to maximize the benefits and effectiveness of the protective seal. Even if an old layer of seal is still on the brick paving, we will remove the old layer before applying a fresh coating. An old layer of sealant will ruin the chances of a long-lasting result.
Sealed pavers resist oil and dirt penetration; inhibit the growth of weeds, moss, and mold; resist UV rays and the cycle of freezing and thawing; and helps to prevent insect intrusion. In the end, the process rejuvenates, strengthens, protects, and enhances the beauty of the pavers.
How Often Do I Maintenance
Pavers should be resealed every three to four years on average. You will know when your pavers need to be resealed. Water will stop beading on the surface and the sheen will start to diminish. In addition, you will notice weeds starting to grow in between joints and the pavers will start to lose their color. The investment in proper maintenance of your pavers has a great rate of return as your pavers can last a lifetime with the right care.
When resealing pavers, it is very important to clean the pavers very well in advance, before applying any sealant. If there is any dirt left on the surface, it too will get sealed into place if left on the paver. It is also important to make sure the pavers are completely dry and free of moisture or humidity. Choose the daytime to seal pavers when it is dry and not too hot, and where there is no likelihood of rain.
When considering sealing options, there is a choice between the natural look, a matte look, or a wet look. These sealers are lacquer based and applied with a commercial roller. When speaking to a contractor or supplier, ask them to see a sample of the finishes, as each finish can alter the appearance of your pavers, and ultimately the exterior look of your home.
When considering sealing or resealing your pavers, it is always recommended that you consult with a licensed and insured professional like Broward Landscape. Whether you hire Bange or do it yourself, it is important that you use the right materials and equipment to ensure the job gets done right the first time.
We highly recommend that you contact Broward Landscape for a quote on sealing your pavers. We will be more than happy to provide a quote for the area of pavers you need treated. Please call now.