Are you thinking about sealing your walkways, patios, or pool decks this summer? If you’re new to the practice, you probably have a lot of questions — and we have the answers!
As the leading provider of paver sealing services in our area, we gladly offer insightful advice and correct common misconceptions so you can make an informed decision.
What’s Paver Sealing?
Many people assume that paver sealing is all about aesthetics. While it does help keep your outdoor surfaces looking pristine, it also effectively preserves their structural integrity.
The process works by forming a hardy barrier between the material and the elements that can cause damage, including:
- UV radiation
- Weed growth
- Dirt and grime
Do I Have to Seal My Pavers?
The truth is, sealing isn’t strictly necessary. However, the many advantages it brings make it a worthwhile upgrade. Aside from safeguarding your surfaces from wear and tear and saving you thousands on repair costs, it also:
- Makes maintenance a breeze
- Increases the value of your property
- Inhibits mold and mildew growth
- Minimizes the risk of nasty slips and falls (with a non-skid additive)
How Long Does the Process Take?
If you’re worried about taking too much time away from your regular routine, don’t be! When handled by veteran technicians, paver sealing only requires a single visit in most cases. The area will be ready for light use in just a few hours, and you can drive over them after a day.
When Will My Paver Surface Need Re-Sealing?
That largely depends on the quality of the product used and its application. Most sealants come with warranties that last between two and five years, so you can expect your surfaces to stay protected during this time.
One easy way to test its integrity is to let water sit on it for about 20 minutes. When it beads up and leaves no stain, that’s a sign of a strong seal.
Can I Use This Treatment for My Brand-New Concrete Pavers?
Certain materials like concrete or masonry have efflorescence, a white, powdery substance that appears on the surface over time. We recommend waiting between 60 to 90 days after a new installation and letting all the salts rise to remove them. Otherwise, you risk trapping them in with the sealer and creating an unsightly finish.
What Are the Types of Sealants?
In the past, people only had the option of using solvent-based sealers, which contained volatile organic compounds and often turned white or milky from trapped moisture. Today, we have water-based sealers. They’re not only safer for human and animal health but also much more durable and less prone to discoloration.
Have More Questions?
We hope we’ve shed some light on paver sealing and addressed some of your concerns. If you have more questions about the process, from the associated costs to the purpose of joint sand, please call (904) 881-9743. Our paver sealing experts will be more than happy to provide additional advice.