Asphalt and concrete driveways are common choices, but pavers offer an enhanced look that lasts longer with less upkeep. However, to ensure your pavers stay in good condition, sealing them is crucial. Here’s why sealing your pavers is essential and how often you should do it.
WHY SHOULD YOU SEAL YOUR PAVERS?
The harsh weather, including extreme heat, sun, and heavy rain, can damage pavers over time. Additionally, regular use of your driveway can cause wear and tear on the pavers. Sealing them provides the following benefits:
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Installing pavers can be expensive, so protecting your investment is crucial. Sealing your driveway can help ensure that it lasts for decades.
PRESERVE YOUR PAVERS’ CONDITION
Unsealed pavers are prone to sun bleaching, stains, chips, and cracks, but sealing can prevent these issues.
PREVENT GROWTH AND GRIME
Sealing pavers prevents mold, mildew, algae, and moss growth and guards against dirt and mud accumulation.
KEEP WEEDS AWAY
Cracks between tiles can attract weeds and other plant growth, but sealing can prevent them from taking root.
SHIELD AGAINST SPILLS
Paver sealant can protect against discoloration caused by oil, wine, and other substances that may spill on your driveway.
IMPROVE DRAINAGE CAPABILITIES
Sealing can help your driveway drain better after heavy rain and reduce slipperiness when wet.
HOW OFTEN DO PAVERS NEED SEALING?
Pavers should be sealed every three to five years, depending on factors like traffic, weather, and signs of damage. Film-forming sealants show damage through cracks or peeling, while non-film-forming sealants cause patches of the pavers to darken after rain.