Yes, you need to seal your pavers. That is if you want them to keep looking good, resist weed growth, and last longer. That’s just the start of the benefits that sealing offers. While sealing pavers may sound like a lot of work, the process actually prevents you from doing more maintenance down the road. You will have to occasionally reseal, but you can limit how often you need to by using a high-quality paver in the first place. Here are a few reasons why you need to seal your pavers and a few other tips you may want to know.

Thwart UV Exposure

The sun’s intense rays can fade many different materials, including fabric and wood. But did you know that it can also fade paver stones over enough time? Depending on the sun exposure on your property, the effects of UV may even create odd lines or patches of faded stone on your pavers. Sealing with a sealant designed to repel most UV rays can significantly reduce fading, especially if you reseal it every few years.

Protect the Joint Sand

Between every joint in your pavers, you have special sand tamped into place. This sand repels weeds and is too tightly compacted for most to break into. But water and wind will erode the sand overtime, and then weeds will strike. You should seal the pavers in order to keep the joint sand in position for longer. With regular sealing, you may never need to refill the joints with more sand.

Resist Staining

When you spill some things on your unsealed pavers, they can absorb into the material, which can create stains that you can never get out. In that case, your only solution is to remove the stained pavers and put in new ones, unless you’d like to just live with the stain. Sealant prevents anything you spill on the pavers from sinking in. Instead, you can easily absorb it with rags or kitty litter before it ends up marring your pavers forever.

Clean Easier

It’s simpler to sweep and clean pavers that have been sealed. They have dramatically less staining, and the smooth surface of the sealant is easier to work on in order to remove what surface stains there may be.

Other Notes on Sealing

Sealing is also highly beneficial change the look of your pavers. There are many different sealant options that can change the appearance of your pavers and highlight what you like best about them. For example, if you like the undertones in your stones, then adding color boost can help bring them out. Or, you can add a wet look sealant to make your stones look as vibrant as they do after a rain.

Although, if neither of those are your style, you can add simple gloss or matte sealants that simply protect your pavers and maybe add a bit of shine.

Ready for reach for the sealant? Not so fast. When you seal your pavers matters a great deal. Sealing too early after installation can lock in effervescence. Work with a professional to know when you should seal your pavers.