There are some obvious reasons why you should have paver sealing done (e.g., maintaining your property’s appearance and removing unwanted dirt and debris) after you have your new pavers installed. While you may think that you could avoid this by simply doing a proper cleaning, such is not the case. Instead, you really do need to have your pavers sealed by an expert and cleaned by a professional.
Here’s what you should know about paver sealing…
Before you can understand its importance, you must first understand what it is. Sealing your pavers simply means applying a chemical to them that will permeate and seal them with a protective coating. This is important because your pavers are composed of porous materials (e.g., concrete). Therefore, they have very small interstices throughout them,which things like water or air may pass.
Allowing anything to pass through your pavers is risky, especially if it’s something like dirt, oil, contaminants, pollutants, or other substances and materials. These things will significantly impact how your pavers look and what their lifespan will be. Of course, there are also many other benefits to this process, including the fact that it:
- Makes your pavers easier to clean.
- Stops mold and grout haze from occurring.
- Reduces the wear and tear on your pavers.
- Protects your pavers from harsh elements like the sun.
- Significantly deters pests from coming up through them.
- Protects them from spills, stains, and other marks.
DIY paver sealing is dangerous.
While you may think that this is just a myth, it’s not. The longer your pavers lay there without being treated, the more of a toll that things like environmental pollutants, dirt, grime, and direct sunlight will have upon them. These things can’t simply be removed by a high-pressure cleaner. Instead, this method can result in more harm than good. Additionally, when you do DIY resealing, you run the risk of exposing yourself to chemicals and acids that you aren’t accustomed to using. This is just one of the many reasons that you should have professional paver sealing and cleaning done for you instead.
You should also note that depending on what type of pavers you have, using a high-pressure water cleaner on them may prove too harsh. When they become damaged, porous cavities begin to form in them. This leaves space for things like weeds, mold, fungus, pollutants, pests, insects, stains, and water to get into them. While some of these things only compromise the pavers’ aesthetics, others may compromise their structural integrity, thus shortening their lifespan. Sometimes these things (especially excess water runoff) will also result in the foundation on which your pavers have been laid becoming damaged or destroyed.
Leave paver sealing to the professionals.
When you hire a professional paver sealing company to clean your pavers, you won’t need to worry about anything harming your pavers. This is because these companies use state-of-the-art pressure cleaning technology that’s been specifically designed for this job. They also utilize environmentally friendly cleaning products so that you, your family, and the rest of your yard are all kept safe and protected. What’s even more important here, though, is that by taking these important steps, sizeable financial losses are kept from happening as the damage that could’ve been avoided happens in the future.
So, while there are many home projects that should be left to the professionals, and this just happens to be one of them. At Unreal Paver Seal Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL, we understand this. It’s why we believe that you should call us so that you can save yourself both time and money by ensuring that your pavers are sealed the first time properly.