Paver Sealant: Protecting and Enhancing your Pavers

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There are many paver sealants available on the market, but not all paver sealants are created equal. A paver sealant protects pavers from stains and mold, provides deep color enhancement, provides joint stabilization, inhibits weed growth and ant mines. Water-based paver sealants should be used as they do not trap moisture which can cause a variety of problems for your paver installation including whiting, blushing, or hazing. In this article, we will discuss how to protect your pavers using a water-based paver sealant that is right for you!

You can use our guide below on choosing the best water-based paver sealant for you! We have also included helpful tips about applying the product in order to get the most out of it. Finally, we have provided some information about maintaining your new sealed pavers so they look their best year after year. This includes cleaning them with mild detergents and avoiding harsh chemicals like bleach when cleaning them up. If you follow these simple steps then there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy beautiful looking sealed pavers forever!

What are pavers and what is the difference between them and other types of paving stones?

Pavers or paving stones are designed to mimic different types of natural stones or bricks. They typically have the appearance and feel of natural stone but are much more durable. The paver stones may be flat or textured and there are different colors and sizes available to match your specific paver project.

Pavers are made from concrete, clay, or stone and paver sealants help protect them as well as enhance their appearance with a deep color.

How do paver sealants protect pavers?

Sealing the pavers protects them from stains and mold, enhances their color, helps to maintain joint integrity to prevent movement and settling while inhibiting weed growth and ant mines. Water-based paver sealants, such as SealThane, are ideal for your installation since they do not retain water, which can cause blushing or haziness.

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How to clean a paver?

With the appropriate paver sealant and some simple upkeep, your paver project may endure all year. Never use bleach on pavers since it will harm them! Cleaning up any dirt or debris that falls upon the surface might be sufficient with a mild detergent and warm water. Using a paver cleaner or stone soap, on the other hand, can help you get more out of your paver sealant since it is specifically designed to clean and protect the paver surface.

How do paver sealants enhance paver color?

While paver sealants do not change the color of your paver, they can help restore it through deep cleaning and sealing with a good deep color-enhancing paver sealant. With a good cleaner meant for pavers, you are able to remove any staining that inhibits the natural color of pavers including mold and mildew. Do not use chlorine to clean pavers! It will damage them. Once these stains have been removed with the appropriate paver cleaner, the surface cleaned thoroughly, and the joints properly sanded, then you may use a water-based paver sealant. The paver sealer enhances the pavers by penetrating the pores of the concrete or natural stone while leaving a clear protective coating that enhances the color of the paver.

Why is paver joint stabilization important?

Paver joints that are not stabilized can shift and settle, which causes the pavers to crack or break over time or move and settle. Joint stabilization helps keep your pavers together as a cohesive unit so they last longer while also improving their appearance by giving them uniformity throughout. A water-based paver sealant will not trap moisture, which also helps the paver joints to dry out and maintain their stability.

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What type of joint sand to use?

The proper joint sand is a medium-coarse fractured angular sand. Mesh 30/20 media blasting sand works well or a sand that meets ASTM-C144 specifications. It allows the sealer to penetrate the joints locking the sand in providing joint stabilization. Do not use play sand or mason sand as it is too fine and will not allow the sealer to trickle down into the joint. Round sand butts up against each other and will not allow the sealer to penetrate the joints either. Medium coarse fractured angular sand must be used with a water-based paver sealant to achieve sand lock and joint stabilization.

What are some tips for applying paver sealants?

Water-based pavers need only require a simple application process that can be done by hand with a pump-up sprayer or with a low-pressure electric sprayer using an adjustable nozzle. Spread the paver sealant evenly across the paver surface and use the head weight of a push broom or a leaf blower to move the sealer around for consistency. Back rolling is not necessary but can be done.

Two coats of the paver sealant are applied. The first coat is a flood coat and is diluted higher than the finish coat or top coat. The purpose of the flood coat is to flood the joints providing joint stabilization. The top coat provides a protective barrier and provides enhancement. Allow time, at least 24 hours, for the paver surfaces to dry before walking on them! And at least 72 hours before driving and parking on a freshly sealed surface!

What are some tips for maintaining paved areas?

It is important that you only use mild detergents when cleaning the pavers, like those found in dish soap and laundry detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach since they can damage paver surfaces. Make sure to sweep frequently and always use a paver brush for better results when cleaning pavers!

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What are some additional benefits of water-based paver sealants?

A water-based paver sealant is an excellent choice because it does not trap moisture, which can cause blushing or haziness, and paver sealants provide a protective coating that increases longevity and joint stabilization that inhibits weed growth and ant mines.

What are some other tips for paver sealing?

Paver sealer must be applied evenly to all pavers using a pump-up or electric sprayer, before allowing them to dry completely. For best results, we recommend applying two coats of paver sealant, a flood coat and a top coat, which can be done on the same paver area. Each paver should dry for at least 24 hours and 48 hours is better. After you apply the paver sealant, wait a minimum of 72 hours before driving or parking on it because tires can cause marking to the surfaces if they are placed too soon. Once applied, pavers may be walked on by foot after 24 hours but will not be able to withstand significant vehicle traffic for at least 72 hours.

What paver sealant should you use?

Water-based paver sealants are the best choice because they do not trap moisture and are applied as a flood coat and top coat. For paver sealing, we recommend using SealThane a two-component urethane paver sealant. It is a high solids, deep color enhancing paver sealant that will provide years of longevity. SealThane provides ultimate protection and long-lasting gloss to resist foot traffic and vehicle traffic alike. Sealthane’s unique formula binds joint sand in-between the brick pavers inhibiting weed growth and ant mines from joint sand loss!  

SealThane may be applied to damp surfaces which allows for same-day cleaning and sealing. There is no need to wait for paver surfaces to dry before sealing.  SealThane has a long open time of four hours and can be applied in ambient temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit. SealThane sets up quickly but allows enough working time ensuring uniformity throughout the paver surface.

Interested in learning more about SealThane? Click here. If you are looking for a company that specializes in paver sealants and other paver products, look no further than The Paver Sealer Store. Our team of experts will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your project. You can contact us by phone at 813-308-9202 or via email at info@thepaversealerstore.com. We provide solutions for all types of projects including residential driveways, commercial properties, and large-scale sites like hotels and resorts!

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