Pavers are durable and long-lasting, but over time they can weather and stain. If you have paver bricks that need a refresh, consider sealing paver bricks. Sealing pavers will protect them from staining, discoloration, and fading. Here are some tips to help you apply the best sealer for your specific situation:
Clean and Dry
You can dry the pavers by running them in the sun for a few days and then letting them dry out for another day or two. Or you may want to use an air compressor with a low-pressure nozzle to blow off any remaining moisture from between the cracks in your bricks. Just be careful not to use too much water so that it pools up around your patio’s edges and causes erosion issues there!
Test the Bricks
- Test the bricks before you seal them.
- Test the bricks to see if they are porous
- Test the bricks to see if they are cracked
- Test the bricks to see if they are damaged
- Test the bricks to see if they are discolored
Apply a Primer
When applying the sealer, consider applying a primer first. The sealer will stick better to the bricks, and it will last longer. Primer can be applied by brush or roller; it can also be sprayed on with an airless sprayer or power washer.
Wait for the Primer to Dry
When you do sealing paver bricks, be sure to wait for them to thoroughly dry before walking on them. Too much traffic can cause damage and also affect the quality of your sealer. If possible, avoid rain or other wet weather for at least 24 hours after applying your sealer. This gives ample time for the product to set properly and avoid issues with seepage or puddling that could lead to uneven surfaces down the road.
Use an Applicator to Apply Sealer
The applicator you use to apply sealer depends on the size of the area.
- For small areas, use a paintbrush or roller. A paintbrush is best for small areas, like around windows or doors. For larger areas, like your front walkway or driveway, a roller works well because it covers more surface area faster than using a brush alone.
- For medium-sized areas, consider using either a sponge or rag to spread the sealer around until you’ve reached all sides of your pavers’ edges (like you did with water). Sponges tend to be easier than rags in this regard because they hold their shape better when pressed against hard surfaces as concrete pavers do. Rags also work well but may require more effort from users since they have no rigid structure like sponges do; however, this can be offset by how inexpensive rags are relative to sponges!
Add Coats as Desired
Once you’ve applied your initial coat of sealer, you’ll want to apply a second coat. This is called “sealing in” the first coat, which will help protect it from weathering and sun damage.
As with any other project, applying more than one coat of sealer is always better than applying just one; however, we recommend that you apply only two or three coats at most. If you add too much sealer to your bricks at once, it can get very messy in a hurry!
It’s also important to let each layer dry before adding another one. Failure to do so could result in spots where there isn’t enough moisture for the next layer of sealer (or paint) to stick properly—and nobody likes ugly streaks on their brickwork!
Remove Excess Sealer
After you have allowed the sealer to dry, use a brush or roller to remove excess sealer. If there is too much left on the pavers and your broom won’t do it, then use a wet rag. If you still can’t get all of it off, try using a power washer instead of a broom. Finally, if those methods don’t work for you and your pavers are looking still messy with too much sealer left over after two days or more of drying time (depending on weather conditions), then consider using a garden hose to remove excess sealer from them!
Consider Anti-Static Clear Sealers
Anti-static sealers are particularly useful if you want to avoid the appearance of dust on your pavers. These sealers are not as shiny as clear sealers and are more expensive, but they do deliver on their promise of being less attractive to dirt clumps and other allergens that can collect on paver bricks.
Seal Your Pavers Right After Laying Them
If you wait too long, the sealer may not be as effective, so sealing as soon as possible is best. If you seal your pavers too early, they may get damaged by the weather before they’re completely dry (which could also cause peeling and cracking).
Brick pavers should be set in place and allowed to cure for at least one week before sealing paver bricks.
Avoid Scrubbing or Power Washing Pavers After Sealing
If you do choose to clean your pavers with a pressure washer, make sure that you are using a low-pressure nozzle. A high-pressure nozzle can damage the surface of your paving bricks and may cause them to wear prematurely. It’s also important not to apply too much pressure when cleaning your paver bricks with a garden hose. Pressure hoses can cause water damage if they aren’t used properly, so be sure to monitor how much pressure is being applied while cleaning your pavers.
Apply Sealant in the Spring or Summer
As with any paving project, the best time to seal pavers is in the spring or summer. Avoid applying a sealant if there is any chance of rain or snow as it can cause premature failure of a sealant. In addition, if you apply your sealant in the winter or early spring, you may find that it has not fully cured before cold weather sets in.
While this may seem like common sense, we receive calls every year from customers who applied their sealants too early in the season and then experienced problems with them later on. For example:
- The customer applied their sealant when it was still quite cool outside (under 60 degrees F). As soon as they finished laying down their new pavers and left for vacation over Christmas break they returned home to find that while some parts of their driveway looked great—other areas had started cracking underfoot because they hadn’t allowed enough time for the pavement underneath to cure properly!
- Another customer called us after sealing his driveway with an acrylic-based product only two months before winter set in leaving him with multiple spots where frost pushed through his paving stones causing them to crack open at random intervals throughout his property!
Sealing paver bricks easily
Sealing paver bricks is easy and can be done by anyone. Once you finish applying a sealant to your pavers, they will last longer than they normally would and they will look great!
The best time to do sealing paver bricks is in the springtime when temperatures are rising but before the extreme heat of summer sets in. This gives you enough time to do all of your outdoor chores and it also gives you an ideal window for sealing your pavers so that when winter comes around again, they’ll be protected from all sorts of elements including rain, snow, sleet, etc.
When you’re ready in sealing paver bricks, it’s a good idea to do some research and find out as much about the process as possible. The more you know, the easier it will be to get the results you want and avoid any problems that could come up along the way.
To learn more visit Apex Paver Sealing!