Paver & Concrete Sealers – Don’t Leave Your Hardscapes Unprotected
If you are getting a beautiful new patio or already have one, using paver or concrete sealers can enhance and protect the appearance of your hardscape. Whether you have brick pavers, concrete or paver stones, or just a concrete slab, there’s a sealant for it. The sealant will improve your hardscape’s appearance, keep it from fading due to UV exposure and protect it from stains. Unfortunately there are a number of things that can leave unsightly stains on the surface of your patio or driveway– leaves, dirt, pet urine, oil, and much more. The appropriate sealer for your type of surface will keep all of the above from penetrating the surface and leaving an unattractive stain. In addition, it will enhance the overall color and look of your patio or driveway.
There are two different types of sealers that can be used, which are water-based or solvent-based sealers. Both types of sealants offer long-term protection for your driveway or patio, but with a slight difference in appearance. Solvent-based sealants generally provide a glossier finish than water-based sealants. The decision of which sealer to use comes down to customer preference. Unless, your patio or driveway has already been sealed in the past. In which case, we recommend doing a test to determine the type of sealant that should be used. For instance, a patio that has been previously sealed using a water-based product should not be sealed with a solvent-based sealant because it will not adhere to the surface properly and will most likely begin to peel off. However, if the opposite is true and a solvent-based product was previously used, then a water-based sealant may be applied on top of it.
These sealers also come in a variety of finishes so it is easy to achieve the look you desire. The finishes include the wet look (very shinny), semi-gloss, matte, the natural look, zero gloss, and even colored sealants. Colored sealers are a great way to revamp your concrete hardscapes and give them new life. In addition to the different finishes, a slip resistant additive can also be used for areas that require a bit more grip, such as pool patios or ramps.
The lifespan of your sealer will vary based on a number of factors, but is generally between one and four years. Some of these factors include weather, type of sealant, the traffic in that area and also the maintenance. The climate in south Florida is not particularly helpful when it comes to the lifespan of your sealer, so we recommend resealing every 2 years. Of course that could vary depending on the traffic the area gets, but generally speaking, the sealer will last about 2 years. You know your sealer is working when water beads on the surface. When you notice that water is starting to actually penetrate into the surface, it is time for a reseal.
Sealing your hardscapes will definitely increase their lifespan while also enhancing their appearance. When in doubt regarding which sealer is best for your specific application, consult with your contractor or painting company. At PhD Painting we do our best to come up with the ideal solution for sealing your surfaces properly and ensuring their continued beauty and durability. If you live in the Broward or Palm Beach counties and are thinking about sealing your hardscapes, give us a call at (561)516-9062. We provide free estimates and will answer any questions you might have.
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