My Pavers Were Just Installed. How Long Do I Need to Wait Before Sealing Them?
If you've just installed some new pavers, you're probably excited to finish the project. However, sealing the pavers is one of the final steps you must go through before you can fully enjoy your beautiful new outdoor space. Sealing pavers is a critical step that ensures they remain in optimal condition for years, but how long do you need to wait before sealing them?
We need to consider a few factors when deciding when to seal new pavers:
1. Efflorescence can occur.
At the time of installation, stone or concrete pavers contain natural minerals. The compounds are water-soluble salts that can sometimes rise to the surface of the pavers through efflorescence. Several factors can contribute to the occurrence of efflorescence in pavers.
The presence of excess moisture present in the pavers can dissolve the salts and cause them to migrate to the surface. Many factors can contribute to this problem, including:
- Poor drainage or the presence of water sources such as sprinklers or rain
- Improper installation techniques
- Mortar or grout with a high-water content
While efflorescence is not harmful to the pavers themselves, it can be unsightly and detract from the appearance of your outdoor space. Additionally, if you seal your pavers too soon after installation, the efflorescence can become trapped under the sealer, resulting in a splotchy or uneven appearance.
This process is natural, but it may take some time for these minerals to work their way out of the newly installed stone. At Surface Logix, we recommend waiting 30 to 60 days after a new installation before sealing your pavers. This waiting period allows the natural minerals to migrate from the stone and minimize staining. We also provide on-site training to contractors, teaching proper sealing practices.
2. The type of pavers installed
The type of pavers you have installed is a key factor to consider before sealing. There are different types of pavers, including travertine, granite, and concrete pavers. Travertine pavers contain natural stone that is more porous than other pavers.
Granite pavers are more durable and less porous, while concrete pavers are the most common and are relatively easy to maintain. The type of paver you have installed can impact the sealer you use and how frequently you need to seal them. Luckily, the experts at Surface Logix can easily help you pick the ideal sealer for any specific type of paver.
3. Weather conditions
The weather conditions in your area can also impact when you should seal pavers. Sealing your pavers under humid or rainy conditions can affect the sealer's ability to bond correctly, resulting in uneven or patchy surfaces. It is best to wait until the weather is dry, with low humidity, to ensure optimal results.
Temperature is another critical factor to consider before sealing your pavers. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause expansion and contraction in the pavers, leading to cracks or damage. It is best to avoid sealing your pavers during extremely hot or cold weather.
Choose Surface Logix
Sealing pavers is crucial in maintaining longevity and aesthetic appeal. Before sealing pavers, though, consider efflorescence, the type of paver installed, and prevailing weather conditions. With careful consideration of these factors, you can ensure that your pavers remain in top condition for years. Contact us at Surface Logix for further inquiries about concrete coatings, cleaners, and sealers for your exterior surfaces and substrates.