After a new installation or paver restoration, sealing the pavers is always recommended. This is because getting them sealed is the safest way to protect your money and time from unnecessary repairs and replacements. Your pavers will also be much easier to maintain once they are sealed. However, sealing the pavers is not for every paver. There are a few facts you need to get familiar with.
Types of Sealers
There are two types of sealers available: penetrating sealer and wet look sealer. With the penetrating sealer, you will give your pavers a protective coat without altering the aesthetics. Wet sealers, on the other hand, will not only add a protective coat to the pavers but also give them a shiny finishing touch. Wet sealers are also capable of altering the general feel and color of your pavers.
Following a paver restoration, it is always good to discuss your options with your contractor. At times it is better to leave the pavers unsealed. This is more so if sealing them will cause them to be slippery. You also need to check the adherence level of the sealer to the paver. You can get this information from the manufacturer information. The best thing is to discuss your options with an experienced paver installation and restoration expert.
Costs Money to Get Pavers Sealed
While it will not cost you as much as installing new pavers or tackling restorations, it costs money to get pavers sealed. While it is something that is recommended and not required, getting your pavers sealed is one of the best investments you can make. The key is to make sure the investment you make is worth the money. Choose a sealing product that has a great reputation.
Work with the Pros
Getting pavers sealed seems like a pretty straightforward task. The truth is it is not always so. To get the best results, you need to get the pavers cleaned thoroughly. The pavers must also be allowed to dry completely before the sealing product is applied.
Hiring a professional to help with sealing is recommended because the sealing product can easily contaminate nearby plants. Additionally, if the pavers are not covered properly, problems like weeds growing through the spaces between the pavers will occur. A professional will ensure the right sealer is applied, in the right amount and properly.
Maintenance will be Needed
While the work of a sealer is to keep the pavers protected, you will have to maintain the pavers. In addition to keeping the pavers clean, you will need to reapply the sealer every year.
There is a lot to learn about paver restoration and sealing. Discuss your options with a professional will help take the guesswork out of the way.