Sealing Your Patio – Pros and Cons

Patio pavers are a popular outdoor hardscaping material because they come in many different materials and create a traditional or modern look.  Once the pavers are installed, whether or not to seal them is an important decision. 

The pros of sealing pavers include appearance, durability and protection.  Applying a sealer can help protect porous materials against staining and prolong the life of the material.  It won’t just preserve the beauty of the paver, but can enhance the look by providing a glossy finish and highlight the hue of the paver.  All pavers are susceptible to weather elements and, over time, they can fade, stain, grow mildew and become dirty looking.  The sealer can help prevent the stains and other signs of weather damage from occurring and when washed, won’t allow residual effects to settle into the pavers.  Weather can also cause actual damage to the pavers as moisture enters a non-sealed surface.  Water freezing in cold weather could expand and crack the paver.  Sealer will help prevent this as it works its way into the pores of the paver, keeping water out and extending the lifespan.

There are some possible drawbacks to sealing pavers, particularly cost and maintenance.  Once sealed, pavers need to be resealed regularly.  The material of the paver and the brand of the sealer are factors in determining how often this needs to be done. It’s also important to note that the application of the sealant itself has to be done very carefully.  It can be harmful to surrounding plants and the person applying the sealant if they are not careful.  In addition, a quality sealant must be chosen to maintain the lifespan of the pavers.  Quality sealant is thicker and more durable but can cost more.  Once a surface is sealed, the possible yearly resealing cost must be taken into consideration as well.  Another drawback that must be addressed is the potential slippery surface sealing can create, especially in wet climates.

Using pavers around your home can elevate the curb appeal and adds years of beauty.  Whether to seal or not depends on your individual factors.  Sealing them prevents weeds, makes it easier to clean and protects the pavers.  If a paved space is not used that much and not likely to get stained, you may want to skip the sealing process there and showcase the raw beauty of the pavers instead.

Consider getting an expert opinion when it comes to designing your paver area and whether to seal them or not.  The Concrete Service offers design service and experts who know stone, pavers and landscape.  The Concrete Service, the designer’s choice and the choice for a designer!

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