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Pressure Cleaning & Sealing Pavers

What does sealing do for pavers?

Clean & Seal Before & After
Sealing is meant to protect pavers from the elements (i.e. rain, sun, etc...) and anything foreign that were to fall on them. It creates an invisible barrier on top of the pavers that repels water, oil, and anything else that might accidentally drop on your pavers. You should wash it clean as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage. Sealing also preserves natural beauty of the pavers for years to come. Unfortunately, sealing does not prevent weeds from sprouting up due to seeds in the air. Other products may take care of those issues for you, like a good weed killer.

Will sealing make my pavers shine?

Sealing is made to protect the pavers and also to preserve their beauty. When a sealer is applied, it enhances the original colors. Sometimes this can cause the pavers to shine, but it depends on the color of your pavers. Darker colors tend to have a more noticeable sheen than lighter ones. Again, this is a bonus that comes with sealing and is not the main purpose.

How do I know if I need to reseal my pavers?

A simple test can help you tell if your pavers need to be resealed, but it's not the only test. Turn on your water hose and watch water bead up on the surface. If water is not beading, you might need a fresh coat of sealer.

How often do I need to seal my pavers?

Your sealer should last between 12 and 18 months depending on the care, traffic, and elements to which your pavers are exposed.

How long does the process of pressure cleaning and sealing take?

It's usually a 1 or 2 day process, weather permitting. The first day, a chemical wash is done if necessary, followed by pressure cleaning. Stubborn and penetrating stains like oil and rust may not come out. The second day, given that the surface to be sealed is completely dry, a sealer is applied to the pavers.

One or two coats are applied depending on the need. Pavers may be driven on 24 hours after sealing is completed. Pedestrians may walk on the sealed surface after just a couple of hours.

When do my pavers need re-sanding?

Fine sand is the finishing touch of any paver job. It fills the spaces between the pavers and secures them, preventing them from moving or shifting. Sand is sometimes blasted out of place during pressure cleaning. Re-sanding is recommended where necessary.

I had my pavers sealed before, but there's a white, cloudy film on the surface. Can it be fixed?

Your pavers are porous. When sealer is applied, the pavers absorb it. There are two main reasons for the white spots or film on your pavers.

The first is moisture. If after pressure cleaning, the job is not given time enough to dry completely, the sealer traps moisture inside the paver itself. When that moisture tries to escape, it is blocked by the barrier set up by the sealer and causes the white look. It is possible to improve the look of your pavers if this happens, but the results vary.

The second is saturation. Because the pavers are porous, if too much sealer is applied, the paver becomes saturated with the product. Your pavers will not only become white, but they will also become very slippery and dangerous. If this happens, improving the look of your pavers can very difficult and costly.

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