More and more homeowners are choosing to install pavers, rather than concrete, to finish outdoor surfaces like patios, porches, pool decks, sidewalks and driveways. Pavers enhance the beauty of your property and can increase your home’s value. Because they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, homeowners can work with their contractor to create a unique design or pattern, making the outdoor hardscaping unique to their home.
When considering the cost of a paver installation, keep in mind that most types of paver surfaces will require routine maintenance to maintain their beautiful finish. Routine cleaning includes sweeping dirt and debris from walkways, as grit can deteriorate pavers over time. When liquids or oils spill onto pavers, address it immediately by placing a little cat litter over the affected area – do not wash it down as that will just spread the potentially discoloring liquid even further.
To keep ahead of the game, have your pavers sealed. It will help create a more durable structure as the sealing product solidifies joint sands and locks the pavers together. Paver sealing also retards joint sand erosion by creating a weather barrier. It will also keep your pavers cleaner, as the sealer fills up the pores keeping dirt from penetrating the paver surface.
Sealing pavers is an art unto itself; rely on a professional to maximize the benefits and effectiveness of the protective seal. Even if an old layer is still on the brick paving, the contractor will remove the old layer before applying a fresh coating. An old or uneven layer of sealant will ruin the chances of a long-lasting result.
The typical process for sealing pavers first involves properly cleaning and re-sanding the surface, which is why it is most effective to have a contractor provide this service. They can provide the right materials and equipment and properly apply the sealant.
Sealed pavers resist oil and dirt penetration; inhibit the growth of weeds, moss, and mold; resist UV rays and the cycle of freezing and thawing; and helps to prevent insect intrusion. In the end, the process rejuvenates, strengthens, protects, and enhances the beauty of the pavers.
Pavers should be resealed every 3 to 4 years on average. You will know when your pavers need to be resealed because water will stop beading on the surface and the sheen will diminish. In addition, you may notice weeds starting to grow in between joints and the pavers may start to lose their color. The investment in proper maintenance of your pavers has a great rate of return as your pavers can last a lifetime with the right care.
When resealing pavers, it is extremely important to clean the pavers very well in advance, before applying sealant. Any dirt left on the surface will get sealed into place if left on the paver. It is also important to make sure the pavers are completely dry and free of moisture or humidity. Choose a day to seal pavers when it is dry and not too hot, and where rain is not in the forecast.
When considering sealing options, there is a choice between the natural look, a matt look and a wet look. These sealers are lacquer based and applied with a commercial roller. When speaking to a contractor or supplier, ask them to see a sample of the finishes, as each finish can alter the appearance of your pavers, and ultimately the exterior look of your home.
When considering sealing or resealing your pavers, it is always recommended that you consult with a licensed and insured professional. Whether you hire a contractor or do it yourself, It is important that you use the right materials and equipment to ensure the job gets done right the first time.
John Amabile, Owner – A&J Powerwashing and More
(718) 966-6802 aj_powerwashing.com