How Often Do You Seal Pavers?

How Often Do You Seal Pavers?

Like all exterior surfaces having to handle Minnesota weather, your paver walkways, patios, fire pits, and pool decks need regular upkeep to ensure their beauty, longevity, and safety. Sealing is the finishing step to complete your perfect outdoor space.

You already know the importance of sealing your pavers and the lasting advantages that sealing provides to your exterior surfaces. But how often should paver sealing be done?

The general recommendation by experts is to seal pavers every 3-5 years. However, our Clean ‘N Seal pros have some tips on what to watch for to ensure your pavers always look and perform at their best.

Seal After Installing New Pavers

Most paver installers consider the job done once the pavers are in place, but to keep them looking as good as they do on day one, you should have them sealed professionally one or two months later.

Allow a rain or two to wash off dust and debris from the construction, and let the pavers breathe and settle into place for a few weeks. Then seal them for long-lasting protection.

Seal After Cleaning or Paver Restoration

Cleaning often strips pavers of old sealant, leaving them susceptible to damage and worse stains. When restoring a patio or driveway, new pavers may need to be added or used to replace heavily damaged ones.

Once you’ve cleaned and stabilized your pavers with fresh joint sand, seal in their bright color and protect them from stains, damage, weeds, and insects with a high-quality sealant.

Seal as Part of General Maintenance

As stated above, three to five years is the average most property owners go between sealing their pavers. Over time sealant breaks down from general wear and tear and loses its effectiveness.

But consider where your pavers are and how much traction they see. Pavers in full sun may fade sooner than in the shade. Pavers in areas that get wet or stay damp for longer might grow mold. Pavers that are driven on frequently or experience higher volumes of traffic may lose sealant more quickly than a less used walking path.

If you notice changes to your pavers that are unsightly or unsafe, you may need to seal them more often or consult with our experts on a more effective sealant for your surfaces.

Seal When You Notice Discoloration

With film-forming sealants, you’ll be able to see the sealant barrier breaking down on your pavers, indicating that it’s time to re-seal.

For sealants that don’t form a film over your pavers, you’ll notice color changes on your pavers where the sealant is wearing thin. Pay close attention after it rains. If your pavers don’t return to their usual bright color after getting wet but stay dark and dull, that’s a sign you need to re-seal.

Seal the Deal for a Free Estimate on Paver Sealing

When you’re ready to start your next paver sealing or restoration project, call Clean ‘N Seal for a free estimate! Our complete paver and concrete restoration process brings back the beautiful look of your exterior surfaces no matter how old and protects them from future wear and tear.

Contact us today at 952.393.9588 or connect with us online.