Brick pavers have become increasingly popular among homeowners in recent years. Areas around the home such as patios, porches, sidewalks, and driveways can be created with brick pavers and can certainly enhance the beauty of your property.
It is however important to note that like concrete, wood, and other surfaces, brick pavers will last longer if they are maintained regularly. The most beneficial thing you can do for your brick paver areas is to apply a brick paver sealer. When pavers are not sealed they can suffer from effects of erosion, weed growth, mold/mildew buildup, sun fading, ant activity, and discoloring. In extreme cases, brick pavers can shift, become loose, or settle causing low areas where water can puddle.
Brick pavers are normally laid on a bed of special sand (polymeric sand) that keeps them level and somewhat stable. The bricks are spaced evenly apart leaving a small gap in between. Additional sand is then poured onto the laid brick pavers and swept around to fill in the spaces and gaps. The excess sand is blown off and the new brick paver area is installed.
After a new paver installation, or after pressure washing an older paver area and re-sanding, a brick paver sealer should be applied to waterproof the surface. Applying a brick paver sealer will solidify the sand joints and help to lock the bricks in place. A brick paver sealant will also reduce weeds trying to grow up between the bricks. Because water beads up and will not be able to penetrate, mold and mildew are less likely to occur.
Another benefit or reason to apply a brick paver sealer can be to enhance the appearance. Though there are brick paver sealers that will protect the pavers without altering their appearance at all, there are some that can enhance it. Some brick paver sealers can provide a glossy sheen or “wet” look which many homeowners are in favor of. Not only do these brick paver sealing products enhance the natural beauty of the pavers with a shiny gloss look, but they too waterproof and protect against the elements.
Sealing brick pavers can be a do-it-yourself project if you feel comfortable or it can also be hired out. The important matter is that the brick pavers and sand joints are protected from harsh weather conditions, water damage, weed growth, mold/mildew, anthill activity, and sun fading. Sealing brick paver areas and keeping them maintained will ensure prolonged beauty and many years of use.