Pavers should be maintained through regular sealing, to ensure your outdoor space looks great despite exposure to the elements. However, many homeowners are unsure of the steps necessary for sealing pavers.
Before applying sealer on pavers, be sure to clean it thoroughly by removing stains and using a high pressure washer. Apply the sealant using a low-pressure sprayer followed by a dry roller working your way from top to bottom, then allow it to dry completely for 24 hours before walking on it.
Applying sealant on pavers is easy, but there are other things to keep in mind. Read on below to learn more.
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How to Apply Paver Sealer
Whether you are applying sealer for the first time on your pavers, or the time has come to reseal it, the proper way to apply remains the same.
Here is a list of tools you will be needing to seal your pavers, as well as links to recommended products from Amazon:
1. Stiff bristled broom for sweeping dirt, debris, or fallen leaves from the paver surface
- Yocanda Heavy-Duty Broom
- Boomjoy Floor Scrub Brush
- Alpine Heavy Duty Push Broom
2. Mild cleaning solution for gently cleaning stubborn dirt from paver surfaces
- Simple Green Oxy Solve Total Outdoor Pressure Washer Cleaner
- Wet & Forget Multi-Surface Outdoor Cleaner
- Calyptus 45% Pure Super Concentrated Vinegar Cleaner
3. Pressure washer for removing tough stains on pavers
- Sun Joe High Pressure Washer
- Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer
- Karcher K5 Premium Electric Power Washer
4. Low pressure sprayer for sealer application
- Chapin Multi-Purpose Sprayer
- Chapin Poly Sprayer
- Vivosun Pump Sprayer
5. Roller brush for reapplying sealer after spraying
- Precision Defined Self-Lock Paint Roller
- Sandegoo Paint Roller Brush Kit
- Bates Paint Roller Set
These are the steps you need to follow:
Before getting started with application, cleaning the paver surface is important to uniform application. Simply sweep any dirt and debris off using a stiff bristled broom followed by a solution using mild detergent or water, or a ready-to-use cleaning solution. If there is some vegetation that has grown between bricks, cut and remove it.
Should you notice any tough stains on the surface, the use of a pressure washer together with a cleaning solution is recommended. Make sure the paver surface is completely dry before applying sealer, so leaving it out for 24 hours is recommended. However, keep in mind that the paver should not be touched or walked on while drying to keep it clean for application.
The most important thing to keep in mind when applying sealer is to follow the directions provided on the can.
Generally speaking, it’s best to use a low-pressure sprayer to apply sealers which is effective in getting a uniform coating especially within the crevices. Afterwards, reapply using a dry roller which will absorb any excess sealer while also eliminating drip marks and lines especially if you are applying on a wall, working your way from top to bottom.
Check the manufacturer’s directions on how many coats are recommended as well as the temperature in which you should be applying.
Paver surfaces must be completely dry before use.
For best results, let the sealer dry for at least 24 hours before allowing foot traffic and up to 4 days before wheeled traffic.
Sealing pavers should be done every 3-5 years, and knowing how to apply sealer on paver correctly will make all the difference in ensuring that your pavers look and perform well for years on end.