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The Pros and Cons of Sealing Pavers That'll Totally Surprise You

Pros and Cons of Sealing Pavers
The walkways and driveways just beautify the entrances to your home. Sealing will help you in maintaining the pavers. But is sealing pavers really necessary? If you want them to look flawless and shining, then yes! The main purpose of sealing pavers is to protect them. Find out the pros and cons of sealing pavers in this Gardenerdy post.
Tanaya Navalkar
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018
Seal the pavers every 1-2 years using a sealant that is specially designed for pavers of each material type.
Patios with pavers have become an increasingly popular part of landscaping in the last 10-15 years. They are mostly used in pathways, driveways, patios, porches, etc., because they simply enhance the beauty of your home or any other landscape. But how do you maintain and keep them from getting damaged? Yes, sealing is the answer!
However durable and tough the pavers may seem, they will be susceptible to damage by fading, mildew, weather change, staining, etc. Sealing the pavers will keep your paving stones looking new and shiny for a longer time. Be it any kind of pavers, sealing the paving stones improve the aesthetics of the pathways or driveways, and overall, the home. However, it is optional, but not doing so will make your pavers prone to damage.

Below are some advantages and disadvantages that will help you decide whether to seal the pavers or not.
Sealing will make the pavers look shiny and give them a glossy finish. The sealant blocks the harmful UV rays and prevents the colors of the paving stones from fading. It often makes the colors of the pavers stand out, giving them a clean look. It also helps remove stains and grease from the pathways or driveways easily.
Shiny pavers
Protection from Weather
Sealants can withstand harsh weather and climate, and thus save the pavers from getting damaged by ice and snow. If the water seeps in through the unsealed driveway, then it may lead to the formation of puddles below the surface, causing cracks and frost heaves. Sealants fill the pores and repel water by preserving the sand dust in the joints.
Pavers in rain
Durability and Longevity
It promotes durability and ensures longer life of the paving stones. A quality sealant will protect the pavers from all kinds of damages including the damages caused by acid rain and erosion. It also prevents the weeds from growing in the joints of the paving stones.
Weeds on paving stones
Cost of Sealing
The cheaper the sealant gets, the thinner it will be. Therefore, it is better to go for a reliable and quality sealant if you want maximum protection. The more expensive and thicker sealants contain quality ingredients. However, it may burn a slight hole in your pocket. Sealants for concrete driveways tend to cost more than that of the sealants for asphalt driveways, but will definitely last longer.
It reduces regular maintenance, but increases the number of reapplications. As the pavers age, it may be required to seal them again and again after a span of 1-2 years. If not applied properly to the stones, the sealants can break down.
Cracked paving stones
Safety Measures
Man fitting paving stones
Before sealing the pavers, there are certain safety measures that you should take care of. You will need to wear safety equipment like gloves, mask, and shoe covers since the sealant can be difficult to remove if you come in contact with it.

The chemicals in sealant tend to make the surface more slippery, especially during rains and snow. Acrylic and urethane based sealants tend to be hazardous in case of fire.
Inhaling the chemicals can be harmful, especially if you have breathing problems and lung issues. Be careful not to work on sealing in a poorly-ventilated area.
If the pavers are new, then wait for 2-3 weeks before sealing them. Now that you know why you should seal the pavers, we hope that you keep your home looking new and attractive.
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