Getting pavers sealed right after paver restoration is the best way to guarantee they not only last longer but also maintain the renewed look for longer. However, the results you get will depend on the product used and how well you apply the sealant. In this post, we shall be taking a look at the steps you should take when getting your pavers sealed.
The first step is to get the pavers cleaned. The purpose of applying a sealant is to make the paver restoration results last longer. If you seal over dirty or damaged pavers, the results will not be as great. That is why the first step in any project is to hire a professional paver to clean and repair the pavers.
Use an appropriate cleaning agent to remove oils, mold and mildew and other dirt from the pavers. You should never apply the sealant over efflorescence. Doing so will only seal the efflorescence to the surface. If your pavers have already been sealed and you see efflorescence, you will need to remove the old sealant. This is because efflorescence will appear after you seal the pavers arise. This is because efflorescence rises up from within the sealers.
It is imperative that you grade sand into the joints and fill to the required level. The extra sand needs to be removed from the top of the pavers. You can use a broom or a leaf blower for this. Removing sand and other debris will ensure the final results after applying the sealant is amazing.
Apply the coat
Now that the pavers are clean, the next step is to apply the sealant. Start by applying a single coat of sealer over the pavers. Pay attention not to put too much sealer into the joints. For the joints, you should consider spraying the sealer into them rather than pouring it in. Any excess sealer should be back rolled or back brushed into the joints. You will need an additional coat to offer maximum protection and increase the gloss.
These are the steps you should take when sealing your pavers. It is important that you never apply sealers when there is inclement weather or under direct sunlight. Temperatures that exceed 90 degrees F will cause fast drying which may not give you enough time to remove bumps. You also need to invest in high-quality sealant, especially for the driveway and patio. Keep in mind that a cheap sealer will have to be reapplied more often and may cause problems when you switch to another sealer.