Interlocking pavers and patio stones continue to be a top choice for homeowners looking to add texture and beauty to their hardscaping. However, to get the most out of your pavers and patio stones you might want to consider using a sealer to protect them and help them maintain their beauty for years to come. Here is our complete guide explaining how to seal patio pavers to make the job easier.
Sealers offer many benefits including:
It is well worth the effort to help protect your pavers and patio stones while also helping them maintain their appearance.
We recommend a professional grade sealer for your interlocking pavers. There are two main types of sealer to choose from; water based, and solvent based. Water based sealers are penetrating sealers that will penetrate the porous areas of the paver providing protection through the surface of the paver. Solvent based sealers are film forming which create an acrylic based barrier over the surface of your pavers preventing stains from penetrating through. It is important to use the correct type of sealer for the correct stone:
This depends on the type of sealer used. For water-based sealers, it would be every two to three years, while acrylic sealers need to be applied every three to five years.
Do you have questions about sealing interlocking pavers? Contact our experts at Grand River Natural Stone today.
Pavers can only be sealed after the “efflorescence” evaporates. Concrete-based stones and pavers contain a salt which can appear as a white residue on the surface of the stone after installation. This process could take 30 days up to a year to complete after the stone is manufactured. It is generally recommended to wait 30-90 days after installing pavers before sealing, to see if any efflo comes to the surface. If you apply sealant too soon, the salt is sealed into the stone creating a dusty look on the pavers while also preventing a proper seal. It is recommended to clean your pavers with efflorescence cleaner before applying sealer to your stone.
To seal patio pavers follow these steps:
Once finished, do not attempt to add an additional coat once the sealant dries. This can cause delamination that negatively impacts your pavers’ lifespan.
If you have a natural stone patio or walkways, you can follow these steps to apply sealer:
These steps will provide an even coat and finish for your stone.
For concrete stepping stones follow these steps:
These steps will ensure your concrete stepping stones are sealed.
Are you looking for help sealing interlocking pavers and patio stones? Contact our experts at Grand River Natural Stone today.