Pavers Sealing Procedures
PAVER SEALER APPLICATION
Benefits of Using a Sealer on Your Paved Area
- Helps ease the removal of oil and grease, which can arise on driveways.
- Removes snow and ice stains.
- Improves the look of old age pavers.
- Brightens up rich colors.
- Makes concrete pavers water resistant.
- Enhances slip resistance on some pavers. making them ideal for use around the pool area.
- Applying the sealer is simple.
|Many products are available today, to help with the maintenance of brick, concrete, natural stone, slate, granite, marble, and flagstone pavers. It is important to maintain them by using Cleaners and Sealers.|
Applying a Sealer to Your Pavers
Note: Before applying any type of Sealer to any new or existing paved areas, it is recommended that you always consult the advice of the manufacturers on the right type of sealer for your project!!
Step 1: Cleaning and Preparation
Once you have chosen the appropriate sealer for your the paved area, it is very important for the pavers to be cleaned free of dust, leaves, dirt and debris.
Removing hard stains, like oil and grease is quite simple when using a cleaning agent specifically for oil and grease. The pavers must then be dried free of any water.
Under some circumstances where the pavers have not been left to dry properly cracking and lifting can occur, because the sealer was not able to penetrate through and instead, it just lie on top of the pavers.
Also, make sure that your pavers are free of cleaning agents before the application of a sealer.
Step 2: Apply the First Coat of Sealer
Seal away! Brushes or rollers can be used to apply sealers. Make sure you check the manufacturer’s guides before using their products.
Some types of freshly paved areas may need to cure before applying sealers, especially where cement has been used. However, most pavers can be sealed right after being installed.
Step 3: Applying the Second Coat
Once the first coat has been left to dry for some time you can then apply a second coat. This will help ensure that the sealer has done its job. There is no limit, or guideline to how many coats should be applied.
Different products work different ways. And different paver types have different absorption rates.
Deep penetration of the sealer is most important, so keep your eye on the pavers, as the color starts to dim that’s when you’ll know it’s penetrating through.
If you have decided to use a film former sealer, this will only protect the surface whereas penetrates, deeply penetrate about 1 to 4 mils through the pavers.
Step 4: Drying Time
|Leave the area to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours before walking on. You can test the pavers to see if they have dried with your fingers. Always make sure you read the manufactures instruction and important information on all sealing products. Remembering to that different stone types need different sealants.|