Paving Sealers. What Are The Benefits thereof?

Before and after sealing

Paving Sealers are used to protect the surface of driveway & patio paving. They are easily applied and provide a cost-effective way to not only enhance the look of your paving but to also provide a protective coat to prolong the life of your paving.

What are the Benefits?

There is a multitude of benefits of applying a sealer to your paving. These can include stopping unsightly stains from oil, diesel and petrol stains penetrating the surface of paving. They can prevent weeds and mould from growing in the paving joints by making your paving waterproof. They allow the surface to be easily cleaned.  Applying a block sealer can also prevent the loss of sand from being lost from the joints between the pavers by setting the sand hard.

Besides the protection, they also give excellent colour enhancing qualities. Dull and flat looking paving can be brightened up when a clear sealant is applied. This allows the natural colours of the paving to shine through. This especially the case when sealers are applied to block paving, concrete slabs and Indian stone paving slabs.

Before and after paving sealing

Sealers with an added colour dye can bring old and faded paving back to life

If you have old concrete block paving that has faded with the suns UV light or just wear & tear, you can apply coloured paving sealers. They contain colour pigments mixed with the sealer. They will completely cover the old colour giving your concrete paving a new lease of life. Another popular use is when they are used to reseal concrete pattern imprinted concrete. Popular coloured sealers include red and black.

Different Kinds of Paving Sealers

Not all paving sealers are the same! There are many different kinds of them-+, with prices ranging from cheap to expensive and anywhere in between to buy them.

The different kinds include sealants made with water or solvent-based sealers. Some paving sealers are mixed with soft acrylic or hard polyurethane resins. You should also consider what finish do you want to have once dry. Available choices of paving sealers include invisible, as with impregnating ones. Matt, low sheen, or gloss.

It is well worth researching which is the best sealer to apply because getting this wrong can be costly. It may also not give you the look you want from your paving sealer. Some paving sealers are difficult to remove once applied. Whilst some sealants will not adhere to a previously sealed surface.

How to Apply.

You don’t need a degree in rocket science to apply a sealer to your paving. As long as you follow the manufacturers’ instructions, you should find applying a sealer quite a simple process.

But there is one very important factor and it applies to all methods of application no matter what kind of sealer you decide to buy. And that is to make sure your paving is dry when you apply the sealer and that it’s allowed to fully dry after application. Follow this simple rule and you shouldn’t have too many problems when applying your product.

Application tools

Sealants for paving can be applied with various application tools. These can include the simple to use roller & tray. Or an efficient spraying unit or suitable brush.