Sealing your pavers protects them from the elements
So the sealer will offer a level of UV rate protection. It's kind of like sunscreen for your skin. So you should reseal about every two years is the norm. Sometimes three years, depending on how much coverage you get in the area in question. This will definitely help protect it. Makes it stain resistant as a lot of people like to barbecue in their backyards. Suntan lotion; lot of different stains can end up getting onto your pavers. So when you seal your pavers, that does make 'em stain resistant, lets you get some of those stains out...most of them, if you act quickly.
And we actually had a case where in a neighborhood, (it was a community when they had done new asphalt on the streets) and somebody's stray cat ran through the asphalt and up somebody's driveway, leaving paw prints. It was cute looking, but the homeowner wasn't too crazy about it. So being that it was sealed, we got out there swiftly and with a little chemical that we have and a little bit of elbow grease, we were able to get those cat prints out. Had it not been sealed, those would have been pretty much permanent in the pores of the bricks.
Sealed pavers resist mold, dirt, and grime
The sand between your pavers is stabilized when sealer is applied
To a lesser extent, the sand stabilization will also help with insect intrusion. It doesn't stop it completely, but you will find that you get a lot less ant mines and that sort of thing, when that sand is stabilized and hardened in the joints.
Sealing pavers enhances the bricks' color
Now, when it comes to coloring, there are options available for additional color enhancement, which is called tinting. There are a lot of companies out there that have specialized in tinting your pavers, which means say, if you've got a light gray paver and you would rather it be red, they can change the color of the brick. I'm not a real big fan of it because I have found with tinting, a lot of times you will see some discoloration. You'll see some blotchiness. Some companies have mastered it pretty well, and it's not as noticeable. But because of that, you're actually trying to change the color of the brick. We're not big fans of it, only because to the trained eye, it just doesn't look as nice as the natural enhancement. But that is an option that's available to you. So depending on where you're at in the country, you may have a professional that does that sort of thing. So if you don't like the color of your bricks, tinting them is definitely an option and it is cheaper than replacing them.
Sealers make bricks shine
Now, a lot of that depends on the part of the country that you're in. If you're up North and you don't have high humidity, high water tables, you can definitely use these types of sealers without the risk of them trapping moisture. You would have to do a test spot area and see how that turns out. So the slipperiness and the whiting issue...stay away from the high gloss, unless you're in those areas and you do a test spot.
So that's going to wrap it up for today. If you have any questions, particularly about the protection, the color enhancement, that sort of thing, please feel free to reach out to me. If you're doing a project on your own and do it yourself, reach out to your local professional. Ask some good quality questions and most companies are very eager to help. They want you to make the right decisions. No question is a dumb question. We urge customers and clients and people that are out there doing this yourself. Just ask a professional. We're here to help. And that's what we do. That's the main reason for this podcast. So thank you for tuning in and we'll see you next time.
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