Sealing new pavers is an important step in creating a durable and attractive outdoor space. It solidifies the sand for joints and binds the pavers together, while also providing a weather barrier that slows the erosion of sand from joints. In addition, sealant can enhance the natural beauty of paving stones, making them look even better. But when is the best time to seal new pavers?Generally speaking, you can seal new pavers as soon as the surface and soil around them are dry.
This means that you can seal them immediately after installation, as long as you use a breathable sealer that cures and seals. However, it is common to wait a few weeks to ensure that there are no efflorescences. Efflorescence is the release of salts on paving stones, which can seep from the surface and create a white haze. If efflorescence appears, it is important to clean the pavers with an efflorescence cleaner before sealing them. The ideal time to seal pavers is on a sunny day with temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you use a solvent-based sealer, you may have to wait for the temperatures to drop since these sealants evaporate easily. If you're not sure about something, it's always a good idea to ask an expert for help. Most manufacturers and contractors recommend sealing pavers for a reason. The materials from which paving stones are made are porous, meaning that they will absorb liquids and stain easily. This is why it's important to wait at least 30 days after installation before sealing them.
During this time, the concrete pavers need to be cured and any moisture inside needs to be eliminated. To prepare them for sealing, you can clean them with Techniseal Paver Prep, which will remove accumulated dirt from the installation and allow for maximum sealant penetration. It's also important to note that you should remove any efflorescence before sealing with a cleaner such as Techniseal Paver Prep. Sealing your pavers when they are newly installed will protect them from staining and deterioration over time. You can use a natural-looking sealer that won't change the look of the paving stone but will still provide protection.
With proper maintenance and regular sealing, your pavers can last for many years.