Sealing your paver patio – the good, the bad and the necessary

So you just made a significant investment in a beautiful paver patio or poolscape – the question now is whether to seal it to protect it from wear and tear, and keep those colors vibrant.  There are several factors that should help you decide whether you want to seal them or not.  Either way, you should not consider sealing your pavers for about a year after their initial installation.

Sealing was designed to protect pavers from rain, snow, ice and even sun (although most pavers are designed to be UV resistant).  Sealing can also protect your pavers from anything foreign that might fall on them – staining from oil, leaves, spills.  Sealing creates an invisible layer on top of your pavers that repels water, oil and anything else you might accidentally drop, as long as you wash it away as soon as you notice it.  Sealing also helps to preserve the pavers’ natural color and beauty for years to come.  The easiest way to tell if pavers are sealed is to inspect them – if water beads up on the surface, they are sealed.

Sealant is available in a gloss finish which will make your pavers tend to look “wet”, bringing out their coloring, but is also available in a more natural matte finish, which will still protect the pavers from the elements.  This is a personal preference and you should see pictures both ways before deciding what is going to work for you.  In general, darker colors tend to have a more noticeable sheen than lighter colors.

The necessary of sealing is that once you start, you need to continue, approximately every 2-4 years if you have a glossy finish applied and every 2-3 years if you go matte.  Of course this is wholly dependent on climate, traffic, and general care of the pavers.  The sealant also plays an important role in longevity – a generic store brand will never hold up as long as a sealant manufactured by a company that specializes in paver sealants.  Lesser quality sealants result in a white cloudy film that appears on the pavers so use caution when choosing a sealer. There are several outstanding manufacturers on the market and a knowledgeable masonry company will be able to guide you in the right direction.

While the process of sealing is specific yet not complicated, a qualified company is always your best bet to help protect your investment.  Temperature and weather also play a role in the correct application of sealer so be sure to ask your professional about optimal conditions.

Sealing your paver poolscape or patio can be an outstanding way to help protect your project for many years and provide a different aesthetic appeal to your property.  For more information or to get a customized free estimate on sealing your pavers, call Long Island’s premier masonry company, Flawless Masonry at (631) 366-3512.

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