Installing pavers around your home improves its curb appeal and space. The natural porous surface is filled in, preventing stains and giving the pavers an overall shine. Using a high-quality sealant can help extend the life of the hardscape, prevent the growth of weeds, and make it easier to maintain.
Backyard decks and driveways can significantly benefit from sealers that are applied to areas that are frequently used.
3 Benefits of Brick Paver Sealing
Brick pavers are frequently sealed, and many people wonder whether it is worthwhile. Going the extra mile does have several benefits, even though it is not required. The following are some benefits of sealing brick pavers:
It improves appearance.
Pavers are chosen based on how they appear at first glance. In addition to preserving the beauty of the paver, applying a sealer when it is first installed can enhance the appearance of the paver by providing a glossy finish, depending on the type of sealer used.
The sealer will not change the color of the material, but it will aid in bringing out the hue of the material’s natural color. Because sealers provide protection against UV rays that cause fading, the color you love will remain vibrant for a more extended period.
It provides protection.
To a certain extent, each type of paver is subjected to the elements. Over time, they may fade or become stained by rust, dirt, or other items that decorate the hardscaped area.
It helps to protect the surface from staining and other signs of aging. The sealer helps remove dirt, grease, and grime from the pavers to be washed clean without leaving any lingering effects.
The weather isn’t the only factor that can affect the appearance of pavers over time; dirt and stains aren’t the only factors. Moisture can seep into the paver’s pores without a sealer. That water expands and cracks the paver if it freezes in cold weather. The sealer penetrates the paver’s pores, preventing water from settling and causing harm.
It boosts durability.
The durability of the pavers can vary greatly depending on the material used to construct the paver.
Every paver has a predicted lifespan once it has been installed. In addition to making the material more durable, applying a sealer to its natural surface can significantly extend its life span by extending its durability.
Particularly important in some of the softer paver materials, such as travertine, is the ability to absorb moisture. Weed growth is one of the most serious threats to the integrity of a paved surface. Because sealer is applied to both the surface of the paver and the cracks between it, it has the effect of inhibiting weed growth on both surfaces.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Brick Paver Sealing
How much does it cost to seal a brick paver?
If your pavers are porous, the final cost per square foot will be higher because you will have to use more sealer to cover a more porous paver, increasing the cost per square foot. Furthermore, more sealer equals more money.
When should paver sealer be reapplied?
It is generally recommended to replace it every three to five years. You can tell when a film-forming sealant is beginning to show wear and tear when the physical barrier begins to tear.
The color of pavers will begin to change significantly during a rainstorm when the sealant is beginning to wear thin. This is especially true for non-film-forming sealants. Even properly sealed pavers may turn dark for a few days after a heavy downpour until the water has evaporated completely. This is not an indication of sealant failure and should not be taken as such.
Contact Paragon Remodeling if you need help with brick paver sealing.
Hiring qualified masonry contractors is the only way to provide high-quality brick paver sealing services. If you have any questions concerning the issues discussed above, you can ask a reputable contractor to help you figure out the best course of action.