When it comes to sealing pavers, timing is everything. Rain can wash away the sealant if it rains immediately after application, so it's best to wait at least 24 hours before sealing new pavers after installation. If necessary, additives can be used to accelerate the curing process. However, if it has rained a lot or if the forecast indicates that it will rain in the near future, it is best to wait to seal the pavers.
When sealing pavers, it's important to consider a few factors. The temperature should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results. Different types of pavers require different types of sealers; for example, travertine pavers are much more porous than granite or concrete pavers. Additionally, it's better to apply several thin coats of sealant than to cover the pavers with a thick layer, as this will cause the pavers to become slippery.
Areas such as entrances and outdoor facilities with high traffic will need to be sealed every one to two years, while pavers in areas with low traffic can go three to five years without being sealed again. Sealing pavers when wet will cause the sealant to build up and even run down the pavers, which would be a waste of money. If you live in an area with a lot of rain or snow, it's best to wait even longer to seal the pavers. Understanding when to seal pavers after installation is vital to keeping your investment in good shape.