The Pros and Cons of Sealing Your Paver Stones

Using paver stones to finish off your landscaping or trim your garden, even lining a patio or creating a driveway or walkway is popular these days. This material comes in various materials, with the concrete, brick or stone being the most common.  And the sizes vary from small to large, choosing the size that fits your project the best.

They are durable and tough, but the elements of weather can cause them to fade, mildew, or stain. That is why professional masons will always recommend using a sealant on them. This will keep them new with that shiny look you adore.  It is suggested to use the sealant that is designed specifically for the type of paver stones you have. And wait 2 to 3 weeks after they are installed before applying the sealant.

Some people still choose to leave them “natural” and not apply a sealant, which is fine, but you should be aware of the pros and cons of sealing or not sealing before making that decision:

The Pros

  • Provides protection against the elements and weather. Ice and snow can damage paver stones but with a sealant, they are protected and will handle those weather perils better. When they aren’t sealed, the water from the melted ice and snow will penetrate through the paver stones and create puddles under them. They then have the potential of frosting over as the temps cool back down and crack the stones.
  • Sealant will make your paver stones durable and have longevity, giving you a longer ROI. Sealant also keeps weeds at bay in the joints.
  • Using a sealant on your paver stones will keep the appearance new looking longer as it protects them from the sun’s UV rays.

The Cons

  • Sealants have various price points, but keep in mind the less expensive ones are usually thinner and won’t give your paver stones the highest quality of protection possible. To get the maximum protection, spend the money to get the best sealant possible, especially if they are in high traffic areas such as the driveway or walkway.
  • Sealant is a chemical product, so take the needed safety measures to avoid it touching your skin or breathing in the fumes.
  • After you have applied the sealant, plan to reapply after they have been exposed to the normal use they will have.