At Brickstone Pavers & Design in New Orleans, one of the questions we get asked most frequently involves sealing. Specifically, homeowners wonder whether we recommend sealing pavers after the job is done.
The short and sweet answer is that it’s completely personal preference. The reality, however, is that choosing to seal your paver designers or not comes with implications for both choices.
If you’re deciding whether or not to seal your pavers, take a look at this overview of the advantages and disadvantages from our Top Rated Local® pavers company in New Orleans.
Advantages To Sealing Pavers
Choosing to seal your pavers isn’t a bad decision; in fact, it comes with a plethora of benefits for your outdoor space, including:
A polished final look — you can work with the best paver designs in the world, and it’s still hard to secure the polished and clean aesthetic you desire without sealing. When you seal your pavers, you add a degree of polish that makes them truly shine. Plus, you can choose whichever look you want, so you can give your pavers a wet, rainy look, or you can opt for a textured finish.
Weather-resistance — want to ensure your paver designs last for years to come? The New Orleans climate can be rough on pavers thanks to the combination of heat and humidity, but the sealing process protects the surface against weather. Whether you’re worried about erosion, freezes, sliding, or other weather-related phenomena, applying sealant is one of the best steps of preventative maintenance.
Crack prevention — with sealed pavers, it’s less likely for your pavers to develop cracks over time. That’s because the pavers are less likely to loosen and shift when they’re sealed. The additional benefit is that sealing deters organic growth, such as weeds, from embedding itself between your pavers.
Stain prevention — if you opt for concrete pavers, you’re choosing a material that’s notoriously porous. If you leave concrete pavers unsealed, they’re much more likely to keep stains at bay.
Disadvantages To Sealing Pavers
While sealing pavers comes with a host of advantages, it’s still worth considering the disadvantages you might run into.
More maintenance — sealing your pavers might reduce some maintenance needs, but it comes with its own set of demands. You must apply multiple rounds of the sealant at the get-go, and then more layers as the surface of your pavers breaks down. Expect to re-seal your pavers every year or so to keep them in healthy condition.
Setting up for success — the process of sealing is temperamental. It requires just-right weather and set-up to be effective. You need a calm and sunny weather window so that the sealant can dry and set. Additionally, you want to avoid a windy day to avoid the risk of the sealant spraying into nearby plants, lawns, and neighbor’s yards.
Use of chemicals — if remaining green is one of the goals of your project, using sealant can compromise how environmentally friendly your construction project is. While you only have to spray sealant every year or so, you run the risk of overspraying and contaminating nearby areas of your backyard.
About Brickstone Pavers and Drivers, LLC
If you’re unsure as to whether sealing is the right option for your New Orleans home, feel free to reach out to our team at Brickstone Pavers and Design, LLC. We’re happy to speak with you about your project and offer advice about paver designs. We specialize in walkways and patios, driveways, custom fire pits and outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, and bobcat rentals.