Paver Sealing And Cleaning: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: 20 April 2023

You love the concrete pavers lining your backyard or the pavers that make up your patio or driveway. However, in order to properly care for your pavers, you should have them sealed professionally periodically to prevent wear and damage. If you have recently had concrete pavers installed in your backyard or simply want to learn more about the ins and outs of sealing concrete pavers, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about paver sealing.

What Are the Advantages of Paver Sealing? 

In addition to extending the life of your pavers, there are several other advantages to having your concrete pavers periodically sealed. For example, if you have colored pavers, the sealant can actually help bring out the color and make it more vibrant. Sealing also helps prevent wear and tear and deters the formation of mold on the pavers.

If you have an issue with weeds growing between the pavers, which is a common problem, the sealant can help fill this gap and prevent weeds from sprouting up and taking over your yard.

Why Do Pavers Sometimes Turn White After Sealing?

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for pavers to turn white after they are sealed, especially if you apply the sealant on your own and do not follow the steps properly. The white specks are actually water and moisture that becomes trapped under the sealant. If the pavers are not completely dry or you use the wrong product, the trapped moisture can lead to noticeable staining.

The best way to ensure that there is no white residue on your sealed pavers is to leave this job to the professional who understands how to not only properly prep the pavers but also which is the best type of sealant to use.

When Should You Have Your Pavers Professionally Sealed After Installation?

Whether you installed the pavers yourself or had the pavers professionally installed, it is important to wait several weeks before you have the pavers professionally sealed. This time will allow the pavers to settle and for the moisture that is trapped inside the porous pavers to dissipate.

How Should You Care for Your Sealed Pavers?

Wait several hours before you walk on the pavers and several days before you put any furniture on a sealed pavers patio. Clean the pavers every few weeks with a product that is intended for use on sealed pavers. If you notice the sealant is failing or your pavers are starting to look discolored, you might need to have them sealed again.

Sealing your concrete pavers can help extend the life of your patio, driveway, or walkway. Contact a professional with any further questions.