How to Seal Clay Pavers. Tips and advice on the Best Clay Paver Sealers
Clay pavers have been used in hardscape designs for many years. They can transform a garden path, driveway, sidewalk, or patio to an elegant looking surface. Clay pavers left to the elements will weather over time. Moisture and ultraviolet rays are the two worst enemies of clay pavers.
Clay pavers can be sealed to delay the effects of weathering and also to enhance the beauty of the pavers. The pavers should first be cleaned using a pressure washer. Remove any dirt, grime, moss, or weeds growing in between the pavers. Be sure to wear personal protection equipment especially safety glasses. Pressure washing pavers is messy and flying debris is common. Once the pavers are clean, allow them to dry for a day or two. Install new joint sand if necessary.
Not all paver sealers will work on clay pavers. Use a siloxane based sealer like SuperSeal M or Masonry Saver Heavy Duty Water Repellent that will provide protection but will not change the appearance of the bricks. Stay away from shiny paver sealers as they do not seal evenly and will result in a blotchy finish. You can use a "wet look" sealer that will ehance the color as long as it does not create a gloss. Surebond SB-6000 would be a good example.
When sealing clay pavers use a quality pump sprayer. A brush or roller can be used but a pump sprayer is best. Seal all the clay pavers and all the sand joints as well. This helps lock the whole clay paver system together by solidifying the sand. Locking moisture out and deterring weeds and moss from growing is the key to keeping your clay paver areas looking good.
All types of clay paver designs can be sealed to increase their longevity and help keep a clean appearance. Whether it is a paver patio, landscape wall, driveway, or sidewalk, sealed clay pavers will last for awhile without weathering. Protect your clay paver investment and perform regular maintenance as needed and you will enjoy them for many years.
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