Concrete pavers are one of the most common and versatile materials used in the construction industry. They can be used on any type of surface, including roads, parking lots and even patios. Pavers can also add a lot of value to your property because they can help improve curb appeal and provide a more durable foundation for other elements such as fences or driveways.
However, over time, pavers can start to look old and worn out. To make your pavers look brand new again and to make them last a long time, you’ll need to seal them. By sealing your pavers, you can keep driveway, walkways, patios, and pool decks looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to seal your concrete pavers:
Preparing for Sealing
Preparing for sealing is the most important part of the process. You’ll want to make sure that you have all of your tools, materials and equipment ready before starting this step. Once all preparations are done and you have all the tools you need, it’s time to take the first step.
STEP 1: Clean the Pavers
To seal your pavers, you’ll need to clean them and prepare the surface. If your pavers are dirty or have any damage, this process may take longer than usual because you’ll need to scrub the surface well with a stiff brush before applying the sealer.
First off, you’ll need to make sure that your pavers are clean and that there is no debris on it. A simple sweep should do to remove any loose debris or dust from your paver surfaces before applying sealer so that it doesn’t get on top of them later. Once you’ve taken care of the big debris on the pavers, it’s time for a deeper clean.
For the more stubborn dirt and stains, you’ll want to use a high-pressure washer to get rid of them. This will make it easy to get rid of stubborn stains and dirt in hard to reach places.
STEP 2: Let It Dry
The next step is to let the water dry. This is important because it prevents water from being trapped in the pores of your concrete and causing stains or discoloration. If you don’t let the water dry, it could cause problems with your concrete pavers.
Letting the moisture evaporate takes time, so it’s best to leave it overnight or longer to ensure that its completely dry before applying the sealer.
STEP 3: Apply Sealer
Once you’re certain that the pavers are dry, you can start applying your sealer. Before adding some sealer to the paint tray, thoroughly swirl the sealant. Use a brush to make cuts all the way around the paver edges. Apply the remaining sealer using a roller after that.
Masking off surrounding areas is vital to the success of your sealer application. If you’re using painter’s tape or masking paper, use a brush to apply the sealer directly onto pavers in those areas. Otherwise, a roller will give you better control over where you want to apply it and how much you want on each paver.
Be careful not to get too much on any one area because this could cause problems later down the road when refinishing or repairing those spots with sandpaper. If you’re using a roller, make sure that when rolling over pavers with sealer on them, they’re not too close together; otherwise, they’ll get stuck together in one big clump and won’t move freely. If this happens during application or cleaning up after installation, simply take off some of the excess sealer with an old brush until things are back under control again
And that’s how you seal concrete pavers. All that’s left to do is wait a few hours for the pavers to cure before using them to walk on. The steps are easy but depending on the size of the area you’re working on, it may take some time to do everything. To recap on how to seal your pavers, you’ll need to clean and rinse the pavers, let it dry, and apply the sealer once you’re sure that your pavers are completely dry.