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Why is sealing so important for your patio?

Gmoscape Contractor

Sealing your patio or walkway is essential to the maintenance, well-being, and longevity of your pavers. 

The variety of sealers throughout the industry may be overwhelming at first, but don’t worry we will share our knowledge with you!

A common item of discussion with pavers and sealing is efflorescence.  This is a crystal like or powdery deposit of salts that is often visible on the surface of many masonry materials such as concrete, brick, stucco, or natural stone surfaces. It occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits on the materials’ surface.

Keeping efflorescence in mind, sealing should be completed 3-6 months after your new patio or walkway is installed.  This time allows the efflorescence to work its way out of your pavers. Once your pavers are ready for sealing, contact Gmoscape for your quote and to discuss the next phase of your project.  A professional should always complete sealing as it is essential to choose the appropriate sealer for your patio and it is crucial to follow the proper application process! 

 

Each type of sealer is unique and is determined by the type of paver you are looking to protect. 

 

We can guide you to the right sealer for your patio or walkway as choosing the correct sealer is essential to the protection of your investment.  Sealers come in a variety of looks and finishes such as wet look and satin finish.  Knowing the material you have on the ground is crucial as using the incorrect sealer can damage your pavers! 

 

We will need to determine your material before we begin your next project as some pavers come pre-sealed from the manufacturer.  The normal maintenance cycle for these pavers begins after they are 3-5 years old. 

 

Starting a maintenance schedule for your walkway or patio is a great way to protect your investment! Cleaning and sealing pavers should be done every 3-5 years depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.  This regular maintenance will also address any issues you may be experiencing with polymeric sand. 

 

Sealing your pavers not only seals the pavers themselves but also the polymeric sand between the joints of your pavers.  This process will add an extended life on top of the existing 15-year warranty on the polymeric sand itself.  Sealing helps to preserve the color and prevent dimpling. Dimpling often occurs over time when the topcoat of the paver has eroded showing the aggregate of the concrete beneath it.   

 

The best way to properly seal your patio is to use a professional sprayer opposed to using a roller.  If you have a patio or walkway area at your home or business contact Gmoscape to discuss sealing & protecting your investment!

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