When it comes to protecting your pavers from stains and other damage, sealing them is a great option. But before you decide if you want to seal your pavers, you need to know the pros and cons of doing so. Sealing pavers can take more time to apply, and you may need to reapply the sealant every one to two years. Poor application can also create haze and white films, or even trap dirt underneath the sealant.
On the other hand, sealing pavers can help protect them from stains, salt, heavy rains, floods, and bright sun. It can also make them easier to clean and maintain. Before you apply a paving stone sealer, you'll need to make sure you've cleaned your pavers thoroughly. This will not only clean the surface of the paving stones, but it will also clean the pores of the paving stone, allowing better penetration of the sealant.
If you don't have the necessary experience, a lot can go wrong with sealing pavers. In this case, it may be best to hire a paver contractor who can install and seal the pavers for you. Sealing agents can be safely applied to clay pavers, granite, concrete (even stamped), blocks, stone and slate. However, in some cases, depending on the purpose and material of your installation, you may prefer not to seal your pavers.
When it comes down to it, the pros and cons of sealing your pavers have to do with how you want the final product to look when you're finished with it. If you want your pavers to last longer and look better for longer periods of time, then sealing them is a great option. But if you'd rather spend your weekend planning that garden party instead of applying sealant, then hiring a paver contractor may be the best option for you.