Pavers can be brick, concrete, natural cut stones, or another type of stone product used to create a driveway, pool deck, or patio. They are installed mainly by brick pavers using joint sand. Left alone, these pavers look great, but they are not long-lasting. They can undergo sand erosion; the sand joints can have mildew growth and weed growth. Some parts of the paver surface can become unleveled over time. For this reason, pavers need to be sealed.
The sealing process will involve choosing the correct sealer used for sealing brick pavers. Sealing creates a protective barrier over the brick paver, keeping UV rays from damaging the brick. Finding the suitable sealer will depend on the look you want for your driveway, patio, or pool decks. You can go for two main looks: a matte finish or a wet look. Each of these will use a different sealer combination, and there are differences in the coat. You can either get professionals like Ohio Power Washing to help you seal brick pavers or do it yourself.
How to Pick the Right Supplies
There are two leading sealers available; you can either use a water-based sealer or a solvent-based sealer. You should choose a water-based sealer if your pavers are laid with joint sand. The water-based sealer penetrates between the pavers and hardens the joint sand Solvent-based sealers are used if the paver surface of your brick patio is packed tightly with no space in between the bricks.
A quality sealant is best for attaining a matte finish. Water-based sealers do not give a significant shine and do not darken the bricks. It would help if you used water-based sealers on porous bricks that are not expected to shine.
- You can consult Ohio Power Washing on what type of sealer to use on your paver patio if you are unsure. You do not want to use the wrong sealer.
- A water-based sealer will often require that you apply at least two coats to the entire area of the paver patio.
- A water-based sealer is more environmentally friendly than a solvent and oil-based sealer.
- If you want a wet-look finish, solvent sealers are the go-to option. However, they do not harden sand joints like water-based sealers.
- A solvent-based sealer is an excellent choice for non-porous smooth stones.
- A solvent-based sealer will usually be thicker than a water-based sealer, so you might have to use a sponge-type roller instead of a pump sprayer.
Sealers can be applied using a nap roller or sprayed on by a pump sprayer, or you can combine both methods. It would be best to follow the instructions on the sealer you buy for the best results.
It can be sprayed on if the sealer is thin, a faster application method. Sealers that are thick will need a slower roller, and it does not spread out as evenly. Some sealers can be sprayed on the entire surface and need a roller to even out the coat.
Use an Adjustable Sprayer Nozzle
A wide fan spray or a sprayer with an adjustable nozzle is the best to apply the sealer. It would help avoid a sprayer with a narrow stream to apply the sealer. A narrow stream does not ensure an even coat on the paver.
A good option for a sprayer for the sealer is a bug sprayer. It is available in hardware stores, and it is not as expensive.
Use The Correct Roller
Some sealers will require you to use a roller. In this case, you must find a roller with the correct thickness. The sealer will most often have instructions for this.
The correct thickness of the roller will ensure that the sealer gets into the cracks of the paver surface. It will seal the paver surface correctly. It might coat the sealer too thickly if the roller is too thick. This will cause the coat to be uneven.
Helpful Ways to Apply the Sealer
Clean the pavers
Cleaning the driveway or patio should be the first thing you do before sealing brick pavers. This is unless they are new pavers. When you seal the patio or driveway without cleaning, you will seal dirt and grime.
It is like staining the wood on your deck when prep work for sealing a brick paver. How well you prepare the brick paver surface will dictate the final quality of the paver sealing. Therefore, cleaning is paramount to paver sealing.
To clean, you can use a pressure washer for the patio. However, a pressure wash might cause some sand loss. You can call in professionals like Peters Pressure Washing to help you clean the patio correctly. If you are doing it yourself, first, you will use the leaf blower to get rid of any leaves on the surface. Next, you can use dish soap to get rid of the stains on the pavers. You can then use the pressure washer to rinse the pavers.
To ensure no water is trapped under the bricks, you should let the pavers dry for about 24 hours or a few days.
When you use the leaf blower to get rid of the leaves on the patio, they might leave some stubborn stains. The furniture on the patio may also leave some rust stains on the pavers. The most effective way of getting rid of stains is using an acid cleaner. You will need to get rid of these stains before applying the sealer, or they will be sealed in.
One of the most common acid cleaners for a brick paver is muriatic acid. However, it has terrible fumes, and it burns your skin. You can use a safer masonry cleaner to get rid of stains and dirt. For severe stains on the paver, our out a little cleaner in full strength and wait a while before rinsing.
Level Crooked Pavers
When some pavers have settled wrongly, you should level them before you seal. You can lift the uneven pavers, then refill and level the spot with sand. A little hammering with a rubber mallet will help the pavers settle well.
If your pavers and tightly packed with barely any sand joints, it might be difficult to lift them. This is because sealing is more effective when the pavers are level. In this case, a professional like Ohio Power Washing might be of help.
Re-sand the Joints
One of the most important things to prepare before sealing brick pavers is to re-sand the paver joints. Re-sanding the brick pavers is not tricky, but it takes some time. You will need play box sand which is a fine grade. Pour the sand onto the patio and sweep it into the sand joints using a push broom. Sweep the sand in all directions to ensure that the joints between the brick pavers fill up.
Pour more sand onto the brick pavers as they get used up. You will need to sweep over the brick pavers severally to ensure that all the joints fill up correctly.
Seal the Pavers in Sections
To ensure that you can cover the whole patio surface effectively, divide it into sections. You can start by working the outer edge of the patio covering the pavers evenly. Then you can divide the rest of the paver surface into 4-6 sections.
It would help if you used a consistent circular motion when sealing your pavers. This motion is best to apply an even coat on the pavers. The sealer will make the stones seem darker when it is used.
You will want to give one liberal coat of the sealer so that one part does not have more sealer than another. So, you should pay close attention to the brick pavers you cover. Try not to use a lot of sealer on the pavers as it will take longer to dry.
More is not Better
It is easy to think that the more brick paver sealing you use, the better it is. This is not true. Too much brick paver sealing can have a counter effect on the look of the patio. When water is trapped under the bricks, it can cause the sealant to have a white-blushed look. It can also cause the sealer to peel off.
If you have used excess sealer, you can use a dry roller to clean it up. All you need is one even coat at first. When the first coat is dry, you can apply a second coat to the pavers. A second coat will ensure that the sealing on the pavers is highly durable. A solvent-based sealer is the best option for a wet look, but a water-based sealer is best for a matte finish.
Sealing pavers are something that you want to get right. When sealing pavers, you want to finish the job and not break it into parts. This will help track how much sealer you have used on the pavers and the sections. Sealing a small patio will take about 20 minutes, but filling a whole driveway can take a few hours.
For Great Results, Contact Our Pressure Washing Company in Central Ohio
If you have never sealed pavers on your brick patio before, call Ohio Power Washing to do the sealing for you. We have a lot of experience doing this job, and we have many satisfied customers.