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Whether you recently had new pavers installed for your patio, sidewalk, driveway, or another area around your home or business, it is important that they are properly cared for to provide years of use. There are all sorts of pavers one could have installed, including brick, concrete, heavy ceramic tile, and bluestone. Part of paver maintenance and care involves paver sealing to help the pavers look their best all the time.

The use of paver sealants helps protect the surface of the pavers. It makes removing dirt, debris, and other grime from them much easier. The sealants also help prevent substances from staining and discoloring the pavers. For instance, oil, grease, tree sap, and bird droppings are all substances that can stain and discolor pavers.

Furthermore, sealing the pavers helps slow aging and fading from the UV rays of sunlight. Properly sealed pavers even prevent the growth of moss, weeds, and grass in between each individual paver.

Do Older Pavers Need to Be Sealed, Too?

If you have older pavers, these can also benefit from being sealed. The process to seal them is similar to sealing newly installed pavers. There can be a few additional steps, depending on the age, level of staining, and other factors. In general, the steps will include the following:

  • Paver Sealing Preparation: All weeds, moss, and grass in between pavers have to be removed. Once it is, then the pavers should be swept with a broom to remove as much surface dirt as possible.
  • Paver Cleaning: The pavers are power washed until they are clean. If there are stains, special stain removers can be applied before they are power washed. After they are cleaned, the pavers need to be fully dry before sealant can be applied.
  • Paver Restoration and Repair: Prior to applying the sealant, it is highly recommended to have any broken or damaged pavers removed and replaced.

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  • Final Cleaning: Once all restoration and repairs are made, any loose dirt or sand needs to be removed before the sealant can be applied. The sealant will bind any debris and sand to the pavers if it isn’t removed.
  • Sealant Application: There are different types of sealants, depending on the type of paver. It is important to use a professional paver cleaning and sealing company to ensure the right sealant is applied and applied correctly.
  • Sealant Drying: The sealant has to remain undisturbed for at least 24 hours to set and dry. During this time, all foot and vehicle traffic should remain off the pavers. Once the sealant is dried, the pavers should be inspected to verify none were missed.

Paver Sealant After-Care

Once your pavers are sealed, it does not mean you can neglect them. You should make sure to sweep them off on a regular basis to remove dirt and debris. You can use a garden hose to hose them down, but you should avoid using a power washer, as this can remove the sealant.

Additionally, a new coating of sealant will need to be reapplied every few years or so, depending on the volume of traffic. For higher traffic areas, reapplications may need to be done annually. For further information about sealing new or existing pavers at your home or business in the greater Sacramento area, please feel free to contact California Paver Restorations at (916) 886-0336 today!