Using bricks for your new patio, walkway, or driveway offers options that are simply unattainable with certain other materials (like concrete). They’re durable, easy to install, and easy to maintain. In fact, brick pavers are some of the best all-around material you’ll ever find for an outdoor project. But in order to enjoy them to their fullest and to ensure that they last for as long as possible, you’ll want to add sealer for your brick pavers.
By adding a sealer to your brick pavers, you’ll ensure that they remain stain-free and continue looking their best despite being in the elements. In addition, sealer will minimize the number of weeds and other unwanted plants that might grow between your pavers. But that’s not all. A high-quality sealant can also enhance the overall look of your brick pavers by adding a high sheen or tint. In other words, sealer for your brick pavers can take their protection and look to the next level.
A quality sealer is essential for any brick paver space.
So, when should you seal your brick pavers? And do you need to seal them more than once?
You should seal your brick patio or walkway right after installation. There’s simply no reason not to take advantage of the protection and visual enhancement that a high-quality sealer offers. And if your bricks have already been in place for a while without being sealed, there’s no time like the present.
You’ll want to re-seal your pavers every few years or so. The easiest way to determine whether your protective coat is still effective is to take a cup of water and pour some on the bricks. If water beads up on the surface, your sealant is still working as it should. If, on the other hand, it’s immediately absorbed into the pores of your brick then you’ll likely want to add a new coat.
How to Add Sealer For Brick Pavers…
1. Prepare Your Brick Pavers
The first thing that you’ll want to do before sealing your pavers, is to wash them down with a mild soap and water. If there’s any caked-on dirt or stains, you can use a scrub brush to remove them. After you get everything loosened up, use a pressure washer or high-pressure nozzle for your hose and spray the area off, removing any excess dirt or other matter. Do not add sealer until your bricks have completely dried. If you do, you’ll end up with moisture under the sealant which can cause your bricks to end up with an off-color appearance.
2. Add Any Necessary Sand
Examine the joints between your bricks and note whether there are any spaces that don’t have sand. If needed, add sand by pouring some on the space and sweeping the excess away. Then use a hose to lightly wash down the area, letting the water pull the sand down between the bricks. Repeat this process as needed until every joint has the sand it needs.
3. Spray or Roll on Your Sealer for Brick Pavers
Once your bricks are completely dry and every joint is packed with sand, it’s time to add your sealer. Depending on the kind of sealer, you’ll either want to spray it on with a garden sprayer (or a battery operated pail pump spray system) or roll it on using a roller. As you apply the sealer, make sure that it doesn’t pool up or become uneven. An even coat will leave you with far better-looking brick pavers than if you have spots with heavy coverage mixed with areas that have little or no sealer.
Once you’re finished, let it dry for a few hours. Then, you can return and determine whether you need to add a second or third coat. And before you get back to walking on it like normal, let it cure for a solid 24-hours. This will ensure that it lasts as long as possible and looks its very best.
Use our Super Wet Look Paver Sealer for the most enhancment on your brick pavers!