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Maintaining pavers is essential to keep the pristine presentation of your landscape. A beautiful pavement will add a whole new dimension to an outdoor area. Pavers require little maintenance and will last a life time if they are properly looked after. Maintaining your pavers will surely assist in keeping the appearance and prolonging the usable life of your outdoor living space.

Apply a Sealant

The first step that will ensure the maintenance of pavers is to apply a sealant to the surface once the pavement is complete. Applying a coat of sealant to your pavers will intensify the color and pattern and add a beautiful shine to the surface. A sealant will protect the surface making it much easier to remove any stains that can occur from use and traffic of the area. Applying a quality sealant will also prevent the concrete dust from spreading over the surface and entering the home.

Maintain Color and Wear

Applying a sealant to your pavers will also preserve the color and wear of the pavement. When concrete pavers are manufactured, pigmentation is used to create the different colors and the concrete holds the pigments in place. The color will not fade or discolor, however, overtime the material will wear and may begin to erode from the wear and traffic. Therefore the pavers should be cleaned and sealed to prevent the build up of dirt and the chance of erosion.

Some may ask do pavers really need to be sealed. Well the answer is that with the many benefits associated with sealing your pavers, you would be crazy not to!

Benefits of Sealing Pavers

Pavers are generally used for applications such as patios, driveways, walkways, pool surrounds, courtyards and garden pathways. There is also a range of paver materials on the market today, such as; concrete pavers, brick pavers and natural stone pavers. These are the most commonly used type of paver materials which will perform best if they are sealed.

Here is a list of the benefits associated with sealing your pavers:

1. Enhance the Look of your Pavers

Sealers can provide a top coat that will enhance the color and texture of your pavers. Letís say you have installed stunning natural stone pavers and you want to enhance all the natural colors in the veining and specks of the stone, a sealer can do this!

2. Protect your Pavers

Sealers can also provide a protective layer for your pavers. This will help maintain your pavers in harsh weather conditions or high traffic areas. Sealants can protect pavers from the effects of wear and tear.

3. Remove Stains

Applying a sealer to your pavers can make removing stubborn stains such as oil, grease and rubber stains so much easier. If your pavers are sealed these substances do not have the ability to soak into the surface of the pavers, therefore all you need to do is wipe them off with a rag as soon as you notice them, and thatís it! If your pavers were not sealed your paved driveway could start to look very tired and dirty after a short while.

Types of Sealers

To make sure that you purchase the right type of sealer for your type of paver, visit your local supplier and ask for assistance. This is so important because different types of materials need specific types of sealants for best results. Here are just some of the sealers you will find on the market:

  • Acrylic Sealers
  • Stain Prevention sealers
  • Glossy Sealers
  • General Sealers
  • Color Protection Sealers.
  • High Gloss Sealers
It is also a good idea to tell the service assistant where your pavers have been applied, for instance are they driveway pavers, patio pavers or pool pavers, this way they can take into account the needs of that particular application and the kinds of things the pavers will be exposed to, so as to choose the right type of sealant protection.

How to Seal Your Pavers!

  • Make sure the surface is set and dry. Do not seal until 24 hours after installation has been completed.
  • Clean surface and remove all dirt and debris.
  • For stubborn stains purchase a cleaning solution and follow instructions.
  • Apply sealer with a roller or a large paint brush, depending on the size of your paved area. Start in one corner and work your way backwards. Then leave to dry.
  • If your pavers require a second coat, wait until the first coat if completely dry and then proceed.
  • It is recommended that most pavers are sealed every 1 to 2 years depending on the needs of the area they have been installed.
Application Warnings

Do not apply coating sealers to pavers with a joint sand stabilizer such as SANDLOCK in the joints. It is NOT recommended to use coating sealers on or near pool decks. Coating sealers can make for a slippery surface when wet.

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