Should you seal new pavers?
Hey, it’s Mark with Perfect Paver Co here in the Boca Raton area. I wanted to discuss the question, should I seal my newly installed pavers or should I seal my pavers that were just installed? So this is a customer who just recently had these pavers installed maybe six months ago. They probably could have had us here a little bit sooner, but they’re doing the right thing and that’s getting them sealed early. Now a lot of people think that sealing pavers is more of an aesthetic improvement. You know, it’s kind of like cars. For example. The main purpose of a car is for transportation. The beauty of the car, how you look in the car, that’s secondary. When it comes to sealing pavers, most people think that sealing them is just for aesthetics. The aesthetics is the secondary reason why you seal. The most important reason you want to seal your pavers when they’re newly installed is to protect them, protect the color, protect the surface from deteriorating.
Why should you seal new pavers?
As soon as you install pavers, the dyes and pigments that give the paver color start deteriorating from the sun’s UV rays that’s hitting them. Especially here in south Florida, you’re really gonna lose your color quick. So the sealer that we apply on pavers when they’re new acts like sunblock to the paver. It’s going to protect the paver from the sun soaking out the color. It’s also going to put a nice coat of protection on the paver that prevents the acid in the rain, and the deteriorating effect from the rain constantly pelting the surface.
How long should you wait before sealing new pavers?
So, it’s very important to seal your pavers right away. Now we suggest maybe waiting 30 to 60 days, to let the rain really hit it, and wash off the construction debris, let that stone sit and breathe a little bit. But at that 60 day point, its ready to be sealed. So today, we’re going to be doing a light clean on this project, install polymeric sand and seal it.
Sealing new pavers can also help keep mold away
You can see these pavers are starting to get some mold growth already occurring in the joints. So we’re going to steam clean it. We’re going to be getting all of that organic build-up out of the joints. We use steam because steam is actually one of the only effective ways at killing mold. Bleach does not kill mold. Chlorine does not kill mold. Bleach and chlorine simply remove the leaf from the microscopic mold spore and leaves the spore still intact to grow back. So the only effective way to kill the mold spore is with very hot water, which is why we steam clean, or with acid. And actually, when we finish your project, we’re going to be giving you some aftercare instructions on how to maintain your pavers with the usage of a special high acidity level white vinegar.
Seal your new pavers for the right reasons
So that’s that. But, it’s extremely important. Seal your pavers right away. Seal for the right reasons. It’s going to look, you know, enhanced when we’re done, assuming you go with our wet look sealer. And in fact, a lot of people are choosing not to seal their pavers because they don’t want them to look wet, they don’t want them to look glossy. And that’s okay too. You still need to protect them. We can use a natural look sealer, and it’s not going to change the way the paver looks, but the pavers are going to be protected. Your investment is going to be protected and they’re going to stay looking great for a long time. So again, Mark with Perfect Paver Co.