You’ve done a lot of work on your driveway; you want to make sure it’s protected. You’ve picked out the pavers you want, but sealing them in is the hard part. Applying a paver sealer can be intimidating, but with the right tools and preparation, you can have a beautiful sealed driveway without any stress. And here are some tips for making sure your sealer application goes off without a hitch:
Consider the Surface Area
As you may have noticed, there are many different kinds of paver sealers on the market. They come in various sizes and price points and can be applied using differing methods. So, while choosing a product that fits your budget and application needs is essential, you also want to make sure that it’s large enough for what you need it for. A larger area will ensure better coverage and protection from wear and tear and UV rays damaging your pavers over time.
Meanwhile, if you have a lot of space but aren’t sure how much sealer would be best for that particular space, consider calling up your local paving professional for advice about the quantity before making any purchases.
Purchase Quality Sealer
When buying a sealer, purchase a product designed for paver surfaces. These products typically have a plastic handle and come in a spray can. They are also labelled “paver sealer” or “porous concrete.”
The best way to apply sealer is by starting at one end of your patio area and applying sweeping motions towards opposite ends of where you started. This will ensure even coverage throughout all areas of your patio surface without too much over spraying into other areas where it’s not needed (like on top of stone pavers). And as with any application process using chemicals like sealers, safety precautions must always be considered. Hence, wear eye protection and gloves when working with them.
Pick Your Colour
When it comes to the colour of your sealer, consider how the paver’s current colour will look when sealed. If you don’t want a shiny finish, you can order a matte or low gloss sealer to give your pavers a softer appearance.
Don’t choose too light or dark a shade for your paver sealing project if you want to keep things subtle. Going too dark may make some colours appear darker than others in comparison and vice versa if you choose a light shade.
Know How to Prepare
To get the best results from your sealer, you must adequately prepare the surface before applying it. So, the first step is cleaning loose materials and debris surfaces. You can do this with a broom or a push broom—just don’t use sharp objects like metal scrapers or wire brushes, as they could damage your pavers!
Next, remove any loose pieces of concrete that may be sticking out of the joints between pavers (this is where weeds and grass grow). This can quickly be done by hand with a small trowel or shovel.
Prepare for Sealing Day
It’s essential to prepare for sealing day by cleaning and drying the surface of your pavers. Remove any excess debris from the pavers, including soil or leaves that may have lodged in the cracks.
Prepare your sealer by mixing it with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure you read this information thoroughly before applying sealer to your pavers, as it will help ensure they are correctly sealed.