When should you seal Seal New Pavers?
Having pavers installed is a good way to boost your home’s curb appeal and property value. Paver designs and ideas are can seem endless. Most commonly, pavers are used for driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks, and more. The type, shape, look, size, and color of pavers can also vary widely in choice. There are so many varieties of pavers in today’s market but that can be part of the fun. After spending a lot of time and money picking your paver design and once the pavers are installed, it is important to protect your investment.
Sealing new pavers will help create a more durable structure because the sealer solidifies joint sands and locks the pavers together. Paver sealer also retards joint sand erosion by creating a weather barrier. Depending on the sealer, it can also enhance the natural beauty of the pavers really increasing the overall appearance.
There has been some debate about when to seal new pavers. Generally speaking, you can seal new pavers as soon as the surface and ground around the pavers is dry. In other words, new pavers can be sealed immediately after the surface dries following installation as long you use a "cure and seal" paver sealer that is breathable.
However, waiting a few weeks to make sure there is no efflorescence is a common occurrence and is recommended by some experts. Efflorescence is the releasing of salts in the pavers. Salts can seep from the surface and create a white haze on the pavers. If efflorescence does show up, it is important to clean the pavers with efflorescence cleaner prior to sealing them.
Breathable Paver Sealers
- SuperSeal25, SuperSeal30, SuperSeal Matte
- Surebond SB-6000
Sealing new pavers is a good idea and knowing when to seal new pavers is the key to a successful project. Sealed pavers can last many years and give you a prolonged time of use if they are well kept and maintained regularly.