When it comes to sealing your pavers, it's important to know how long you should wait before walking or driving on them. Generally, it's recommended to wait at least 12 hours before walking on the surface and 24 hours before driving. To ensure the best results, it's best to keep vehicle traffic off the surface for at least 48 hours after applying the sealant. Foot traffic is usually safe after 3-4 hours.
The drying time for sealants can vary from 4 to 12 hours, but they will continue to harden for up to 48 hours after application. Concrete sealed with an acrylic sealer must not be stepped on (except for one layer), crawled, or wet for at least 36 to 48 hours. Depending on the type and brand of sealant used, it can take 3 to 5 days for the sealant to completely dry. It may feel dry to the touch, but the sealant will harden over time.
Many people choose not to seal their pavers because they don't want them to look wet or shiny. However, sealing your pavers when they are newly installed is important in order to protect them and prevent the surface from deteriorating. JSBrick has more than 20 years of experience providing paving stone installation, cleaning and sealing services in Sarasota and surrounding cities. When it comes to choosing a sealant, it's important to use the right one for your pavers.
Buying your own sealant from local hardware stores such as Lowes or Home Depot is not recommended as it can often cause irreparable damage.