What is the best sealer to seal my pavers?



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Protective paver sealer repels water, dirt and stains while making routine maintenance easier than ever!

 

One of the number one issues with pavers is not using the right sealer for your pavers. With so many different types and finishes of sealers on the market, it can often be difficult deciding which is the best sealer for your project. Ultimately, it really comes down to one question, solvent or water based sealer? After 10 years in the industry, Paver Wash are the experts on the best paver cleaners and paver sealers for your project. So the answer is simple: water based with your selected gloss finish.

Many solvent based sealers contain harsh ingredients known as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) that not only produce strong odor during installation, but can also cause extreme damage to plants, clothing and equipment which is quite often unrepairable. Water-based sealers are not only better for your health and the environment, but are also easier and faster to work with.

“At PaverWash, we want nothing but the best for all of our customers, which is why we choose to work with some of the top names in the industry, such as Alliance Gator and BP Pro.”

 

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With solvent based sealers, there are many limitations that can delay project completion such as moisture and low temperatures that are not an issue when working with water-based sealers. Compared to solvent based, water-based sealers are also much more user-friendly, making it easier to avoid over sealing your pavers which can result in peeling, staining and permanent damage to your pavers. Once installation is complete, water-based paver sealers are a breeze to clean up quickly. This cuts down on project time and allows you to enjoy your beautiful, newly restored pavers that much sooner!

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Paver sealer not only stabilizes your paver system, but also enhances paver color and texture and is available in different finishes.

At Paver Wash, we want nothing but the best for all of our customers, which is why we choose to work with some of the top names in the industry, such as Alliance Gator and BP Pro. Although there are several top sealer companies around, we choose only to work with companies that provide nothing less than amazing customer service. Both Alliance and BP Pro are known not only for their high quality products that produce the highest quality results, but for offering outstanding support for our customers over the last 10 years.

“We pride ourselves in knowing we use only the best, environmentally friendly, water-based sealers in your home.”

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Driveway paver project in the process of sealer application

We pride ourselves in knowing we use only the best, environmentally friendly, water-based sealers in your home. Every sealer we use contains specialized joint stabilizing agents that not only ensure optimal stability, but are also available in a wide array of different finishes. Choose between styles such natural, enhanced, low gloss and high gloss to give you customisable results that will help your home stand out from the rest.

Paver Wash 3 Stage Restoration System – The Most Cost Effective Way



At PaverWash, we have perfected the most cost-effective and efficient way to restore and maintain your pavers to ensure vibrancy, stability and longevity of your investment with our three stage restoration system. Unlike generic pressure washing companies, we offer a full-service restoration solution to clean, seal and maintain your pavers from your driveway, patio, pool deck and walkways.

Each project begins with advanced pressure washing using top of the line cleaning agents that are specifically designed for pavers. We then move forward to refilling any missing joint sand to further stabilize your system and finish with a protective sealer that not only enhances the color and finish of your pavers, but makes routine maintenance easier than ever.

During stage one, we will pressure wash your pavers using the the best tools, equipment and pavers cleaning products available. Each cleaning agent we use are specifically designed for pavers and are formulated to clean and remove tough stains, efflorescence, white haze, dirt, oils, tire marks and more (results may vary depending on your pavers conditions). Most generic pressure washing companies are using hoses with jet style tips that leave streaks or trails overtop your pavers and distribute an incorrect amount of pressure, creating irreparable damage to your paver surface.

Stage two is the most crucial part of paver restoration as it promotes optimal stability throughout the entirety of your paver system. During this process, we refill all missing joint sand between each paver to ensure all gaps are eliminated and all joints are secure. Overtime, joint sand is tend to removed or washed away by natural elements such as wind, rain, water sprinkles and traffic. Joint Sand can also be removed when pavers have been pressure washed, leaving your pavers vulnerable to shifting after being cleaned. You must always be sure joint sand is refilled to keep your pavers in place and help to keep your pavers looking their best!

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Missing joint sand not only devastates the look of your pavers, but also destabilizes the entire pavers system.

The final step and third stage of our cost-effective restoration system is sealing your pavers. Applying a protective, paver sealer to your driveway, patio, pool deck, and walkways not only enhances vibrancy of each paver stone, but you are also able to choose between a wide variety of sealer finishes such as natural, high-gloss, or low-gloss that help further accentuate the beauty of your home. Paver sealers also act as a protective layer overtop your pavers which help to repel water, dirt, oil and other impurities. This in turn makes routine cleaning and maintenance simple and easier than before. Simply blow away dirt and grime with a leaf blower or broom or even wash away with water. Sealing your pavers also helps to further bind your new joint sand together to create a beautiful and stable paver system.

“Protect your investment while saving time and money!”

Protect your investment while saving time and money! As the paver cleaning experts, we have mastered the most cost-effective and efficient paver restoration process by using our three stage system.

Sealer is best applied in a circular motion in order to help prevent streaks.

Can Anyone Clean and Seal My Pavers



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It is always important to finish the paver restoration process with a layer of protective sealer to protect your paver system, enhance paver color and texture and make routine maintenance easier.

There are many companies out there who offer paver cleaning services, but lack the experience and knowledge on how to properly restore your pavers. Proper paver restoration goes beyond just pressure washing the surface. Incorrect amount of water pressure, improper pressure tools, harsh chemicals and generic sealers can all result in irreparable damage to your pavers.

Generic pressure wash companies are generally not familiar with the intricacies of the interlocking paver system and may inadvertently damage your pavers. These types of companies usually just clean the top surface of your pavers, not addressing missing joint sand or protective paver sealer.

“Proper paver restoration goes beyond just pressure washing the surface.”

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1. Incorrect Amount of Water Pressure and Incorrect Tools

Trails and Streaks – Often times, generic pressure washing companies will use a water hose to begin the cleaning process. Most often than not, these hoses are using a jet style tip which applies an incorrect amount of water pressure in small concentrated areas which makes it very difficult for the operator to apply an even amount of pressure throughout your entire system. This results in white streaks or trails, indicating exactly where water was sprayed and cannot be removed. This is due to the degradation of aggregates within the paver stone, leading to the deterioration of color and even missing pieces of the surface. At PaverWash, we always use a flat, round cleaning tool which ensures even distribution and easily controllable amounts pressure.

Missing Joint Sand – Another common issue with incorrect amount of water pressure is the removal of joint sand and damage to the paver surface. When joint sand is removed, this leaves your pavers very unstable and at a high risk for shifting. Missing joint sand also allows room for weeds to grow in between your pavers or water to penetrate below the joint sand. Joint sand is a crucial part of your paver system and it is always necessary to ensure your joint sand is refilled after pressure washing to ensure maximum stability. Unfortunately, this service is not always offered or prioritized by generic pressure washing companies.

2. Harsh Cleaners

Cleaning chemicals that are not specifically designed for use on pavers can cause permanent discoloration and other unsightly interactions. Generic cleaning products are often too harsh for pavers and can eat away at the aggregates and color pigments, leaving you with a more stained or uneven surface than before.

3. Generic and Uneven Sealers

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At PaverWash, we use top of the line, powerful flat surface machines specifically designs for pavers.

Aside from generic pressure washing companies, many people like to take on a “DIY” approach to their paver maintenance. This type of technique will almost always result in the same issues as above, creating irreparable damage or your pavers may not get clean at all. Only a professional paver cleaner who understands the delicacy and intricacy of your paver system should be trusted to truly protect and restore your paver system.

6 Tips To Avoid Pavers Sealer Disaster



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Sealers make maintenance easier, adding an extra layer of protection to help prevent serious stains.

1. Choosing The Right Sealer For Your Project

The number one issue when it comes to paver sealer goes wrong is not using the right sealer for your pavers. There are many different types of sealers on the market and most are not design for pavers. Buying your own sealer in local hardware stores such as Lowes or Home Depot to seal your pavers is not a good idea and can often result in irreparable damage. Paver Wash uses top of the line sealers from the BEST sealer manufacturers in America, Alliance Gator and BP Pro.

2. Shelf Life

Many contractors who do not use sealer regularly are often working with expired sealer. As paver sealer nears it’s shelf life, the performance of the sealer decreases as well. Even the best sealers on the market such as Alliance Gator and BP Pro have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months, if it is stored in a cool area and out of direct sunlight.

3. Application

Applying paver sealer is like an art. The beauty and finished look of your paver sealer is determined by so many factors, all of which must be executed precisely. These factors range from operator consistency, the performance of the spraying equipment, the type of sprayer tip, the amount of gallons per minute and many more. Unless you are someone who is sealing pavers on a daily basis, sealing pavers is not the job for you. For the best results and the most cost-effective and efficient process, your pavers should only be sealed by the paver experts.

This image shows how poor sealer application can create uneven consistency on the surface of your pavers.

4. Too Much Sealer

One very common problem when it comes to sealing pavers is over application. When applying paver sealer, you must always be sure to remove any excess sealer on the pavers. Whenever there is a puddle of sealer on the pavers, this will result in white bubbles or milky, white stains once the sealer as dried. These bubbles and stains can quite often be irreparable or if so, the cost of the repair will be very expensive. Aside from stains and blemishes, if sealer is over-applied, the inconsistency will be very noticeable. You will see overlapping lines on your pavers, variations in color and even different finishes.

5. Curing Time

Many inexperienced contractors forget to tell their customers to turn off automatic water sprinklers for at least 24 hours after sealer has been applied. Customers must also allow at least a 24-48 hours of dry weather after sealer has been applied.If the sealer is not cured correctly, water can cause white marks or stains on your pavers and can even be trapped beneath the layer of sealer. It is very important not to walk or drive on sealed pavers at least 24-48 hours after application.

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A protective sealer enhances the natural color and beauty of your pavers.

6. Temperature

Paver sealer should only be applied when paver temperature is between 40 to 75 degrees fahrenheit. Paver temperature can be controlled with water, however it takes an experienced professional to use this technique as it takes the utmost expertise to perform correctly. As with other sealing errors, if sealer is applied to pavers that are too hot, your pavers will be become stained, experience flashing from uneven application and may often start to peel and age prematurely resulting in expensive repair costs.

Why Should I Clean, Seal and Maintain My Pavers



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Protect your investment by cleaning, sealing, and restoring your pavers.

Although requiring less maintenance than concrete, you still need to maintain your pavers, despite common misconceptions. Everyday your pavers are exposed to Earth’s natural elements, weather, dirt, dust and traffic, all of which contribute to wear on your pavers. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you are protecting your investment, keeping your system in place and keeping your driveway, patio, pool deck and walkways looking beautiful!

Pavers maintenance goes beyond cleaning just the surface. It is crucial to attend and refill your joint sand and seal your pavers to keep your system in place and prevent joint sand from washing away. Not only does this ensure stability, but by sealing your pavers and filling joint sand, you are also preventing the growth of weeds and moss which can ultimately damage your pavers.

“Pavers maintenance goes beyond cleaning just the surface.”

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Moss growth between paver joint
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White haze on pavers and overfilled joint sand

Our top of the line, water-based paver sealers are available in a variety of finishes from natural to enhanced or low gloss and high gloss. Not only does sealing your pavers further stabilize your system, it also restores your pavers and brings back color and life, making your home look better than ever! Sealing your pavers will also make daily cleaning and maintenance easier, saving you time and money. Just like a layer of wax on your car, paver sealer helps to repel water, dirt, debris and stops impurities from sticking to your pavers. Although cleaning is just a simple as brushing away dirt and debris, your pavers should be cleaned and sealed every three to five years to ensure best results and optimal stability.

“We go beyond what most generic pressure washing companies can do, simply because we know pavers. ”

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PaverWash has perfected the most efficient and cost-effective way to clean, seal and restore your pavers, without wasting your time or money. By using our three-stage system, you are ensuring the best quality and life from your investment.

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Our pavers restoration experts are available to help you determine which sealer is best for your project.