After you restore pavers San Diego, the next thing you should do is get them sealed. Sealing pavers make them retain their good condition longer as well as make maintenance easier. However, anyone that has been in the paver sealing industry will tell you that the old ways of sealing pavers no longer work. This is because the paver manufacturing process has significantly evolved. Consequently, new ways of sealing pavers have also been created.
With an ever-increasing demand for paver installations, the demand for sealing products is ever on the rise. It is up to you to find the sealer to use after you restore pavers San Diego. In this post, we will be taking a look at some of the key things you should do to effectively seal dense and porous pavers.
Paver quality standards
The standards for the manufacturing of concrete pavers are set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. The standards apply to the regular thick pavers and not the thin pavers that are used as an overlay on patios, pool decks, and walkways. As a homeowner, you should insist on installing pavers that meet the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. They will be more durable and require less maintenance.
Sealing porous pavers
Historically, contractors would approach a paver sealing project knowing all that will be needed is two coats of the film-forming sealer. The first coat would soak into the paver while the second delivers the desired level of shine. When working with porous pavers, the challenge is these pavers keep absorbing the sealer and in no time, your pavers will start looking dull. This is why contractors today vary their techniques and sealer usage to account for paver porosity. There are sealers that have been engineered to fill the pores of pavers without forming a film. Always pick a sealant that is designed for porous pavers.
Sealing dense pavers
Dense pavers are also challenging to seal. Dense pavers are mostly manufactured for commercial applications. The manufactured stone is very dense and should be treated in the same way you treat natural stone when sealing. To avoid adverse problems like having to use an excess sealer, you should go for sealers that are designed for dense pavers. When sealing dense pavers, you have to understand that it doesn’t absorb as much of the sealer. Consequently, applying less sealant is the way to go.
Whether you are sealing porous or dense pavers, the best way to go is to hire a professional to help with the work. An expert will know which sealer to use and how much of it to use. They will also prepare the pavers properly to ensure the best results.