When to Seal Brick Pavers
Sealing brick or stone pavers is an important step in installing a new patio or driveway for your Oakland County home. You’ve made a big investment by deciding to have a beautiful new brick or stone hardscape installed, the first step to properly maintaining your new paver surface is to have it sealed. Sealing pavers protects them from wear and tear, damage from tools, debris, and falling objects, protects against stains and keeps them looking new longer. But, when is the right time to seal a paver surface?
Let it Settle
A new paver patio or driveway may need to wait a little bit before sealing. No matter how hard we work at getting the surface nice and level, it is likely to shift a little, from being walked on or driven on. It’s a lot of work to seal a surface, only to have to pull up pavers to add more sand and relevel. We often recommend that after having a new paver hardscape installed, you wait two to three months before having your pavers sealed. This allows for that shifting and any adjustments that may be necessary before it is set and sealed.
Before the Weather
Michigan weather can be really tough on paver surfaces. The water, snow, and ice of winter can cause settling and heaving if it gets between the cracks of your pavers. The exception to the rule about letting your pavers settle before sealing is if you are installing your new brick or stone hardscape right before the winter. If it is late summer or fall and you have just installed your paver patio or driveway, you may want to consider sealing right away. The cost to completely repair weather-related shifting and sinking is a lot costlier than resetting a few sealed bricks.
After a Good Cleaning
Even a well-sealed patio or driveway will need a good cleaning at some point. If you are going to take the time to clean and scrub your pavers, removing any existing dirt, debris and stains, you will probably also scrub off some amount of your old sealant as well. Once you’ve cleaned your pavers, and they have been allowed to dry completely, reapply a quality sealant to ensure that pavers stay clean and stain free for as long as possible.
Normal Maintenance for an Older Surface
If your paver surface isn’t new, even if it has been sealed before, it’s a good idea to have it resealed periodically. Just like paint or stain on a wood deck, eventually your sealant will break down and you will start to notice bricks and sand shifting and your bricks won’t look as nice. This is a good indication that your pavers should be resealed. Before you do the work to reseal your patio or driveway, it’s a good idea to make sure that any uneven bricks are reset and any damaged pavers are replaced. Then, remember to have your bricks resealed periodically as recommended by your maintenance contractor.
Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape knows that your new brick or stone paver patio is an important investment for your home. We love helping our customers keep their brick and stone hardscapes looking great for years to come. So, not only will we install a great hardscape for your home, we can help you maintain it as well. To schedule spring paver maintenance or a consultation for a new installation, call us today at (586) 739-6646 or (248) 650-3600.