Paver Sealing & Pressure Washing FAQs
The best approach to safeguard the investment you’ve made in your pathways, patios, driveways, pool decks, retaining walls, and other hardscapes is to seal your pavers.
UV Rays – The hot Florida sun, fresh salt water in the air and harsh humidity wear on the aggregate of your pavers. This will cause the pavers to fade and degrade overtime. Sealing helps protect from this.
Weeds, Moss, and insects – Sealer helps protect from weed growth by binding the joint sand together making it harder for weed, moss, and insect infestation.
Stains – Sealant is a great protector of stains. Unsealed pavers can be porous and can hold more dirt and stains. Paver sealing adds a protective layer so that the pavers cannot soak up anything unwanted. This will help keep your expensive investment fresh, clean and stain free!
Sealing your pavers will enhance the color and bring out the vibrancy in your pavers. Creating a sheen and color enhancement adds a luxurious look to your home. If you want to know what they might look like sealed, poor water on them and that is typically a good indicator of the color enhancement and sheen our sealer provides. Sealing enhances color, texture, and brightness.
Sealing pavers interlocks the joint sand in between the pavers helping to keep the sand in the joints. This interlocking joint sand hardens allowing the entire paver system to be more secure and stable.
Lets weigh the pros and the cons.
You could go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a pressure washer for $250 keep it taking up space in your garage and spend 3-4 hours every year cleaning your driveway. Without a professional pressure washer it is tedious and takes forever. The problem with this is when you pressure clean a driveway the aggregate wears out from the water power on the concrete and you can damage the driveway and sidewalk (repair/replacement is expensive). Also, black mold will not come off concrete or houses no matter how much you pressure wash. You have to treat that with specific chemicals. And most home owners don’t want to mess with the chemicals needed to remove rust stains off houses or driveways.
Pressure washing your house or roof with residential pressure cleaner is not recommended and could cause damage that costs thousands.
Invest in your home, hire the professionals to take care of what we are good at.
At Sealer Pro LLC, we use specific soaps to treat your driveway/house/fence/roof so that we don’t have to use as much pressure to clean. We use a variety of soft wash techniques and different chemicals to treat algae, oil stains, sap and dirt. We also have extra services like rust stain removal on concrete and buildings and exterior black mold removal.
Every three to five years is the general guideline. Depending on what kind of sealer was used will depend greatly on this. A water based sealer will slowly degrade on its own over time and you will notice your pavers will be more porous and likely look dull. A solvent based sealer will start to peel or fade. We choose to use a water based sealer as they are more adaptable with Florida’s weather.
We typically wait 45 days after install to allow for the humidity in the pavers to surface also called Efflorescence. We treat all new installed pavers for Efflorescence.
Commonly known as Calcium Carbonate, efflorescence is a water and salt mixture that appears on your concrete products. Most pavers already have some sort of water-soluble salt mixed in the cement, and when moisture is combined, the paver will secrete Calcium Hydroxide to its surface. Once there, it has a chemical reaction with the carbon dioxide in the air, creating efflorescence, the white cloud to your block surface, which is water insoluble making it harder to remove. As the water evaporates, that white cloud becomes more prominent and harder to remove. Sealant protects against this white haze known as efflorescence.
Yes. Concrete is permeable and, if not sealed, will collect stains. Additionally, sealants help stop paver color fading and protects against normal wear and tear from walking and driving and the strong Florida UV rays.
Im a DIY’er myself. Unfortunately to remove irrigation rust stains you will need to hire a professional. We are able to remove MOST rust stains with certain chemicals, dilution rates and equipment. Irrigation statins on houses, buildings and fences come completely off after the first treatment 99% of the time. Irrigation stains on concrete take a few more treatments and alot more chemicals.
Yes, we follow the warranty of our supplier, TridentProtects which is a 2 year no fading, peeling or discoloration out of the realm of normal living conditions.
There’s an old saying, if its fast and cheap, it wont be good.
We price our services to be competitive with other companies while maintaining high quality products and high quality work.
Yes you can go buy cheap solvent based sealer from Lowes or Home Depot and seal your pavers yourself or higher the cheaper company to do it. We often see in a year or less that sealer will start to peel and discolor and it will have to be stripped which is double the price of just hiring us to do it correctly the first time.
We recommend annually.
Keep the mold, algae and dirt from penetrating into your homes paint and have to pay thousands to having your home repainted.
Protect your expensive fence from algae and black mold so that you don’t have to replace panels or the whole fence.
Protect the shingles and clay tiles on your roof from mold, dirt and algae infestation which makes your roof weaker and causes them to wear out and breakdown more over time.
An annual cleaning of your driveway and walkways ensures your home looks fresh and new year round and protects from staining of black mold and algae.
Paver Sealing is a process where we Clean, Re-sand, and applied a water based sealant onto your pavers. It is important to protect the pavers from eroding from the harsh Florida weather, UV rays, stains, mold and algae. Pavers are an expensive investment and they deserve to be protected.
We recommend for new pavers you seal them after 30-45 days of installation. We recommend re-sealing them every 2-3 years.
We use a water based sealer that is manufactured in Florida and specifically designed for the Florida weather. Our climate, with the humidity, heat, UV Rays and rain, is a lot different from the climate in other parts of the country. We do not recommend using Acrylic based sealer in Florida Climate.
Pressure washing can damage your pavers if you hire someone that doesn’t know what they are doing or try to do it yourself. We always recommend you leave the pressure washing to professionals.
The paver sealing process is typically a 1-2 day job based upon weather, where your pavers are located, how much sun light they receive for drying time, and our schedule alignment. We recommend 1 day before walking, 2 days before placing anything back on the pavers and 3 days before driving on pavers.
Concrete, vinyl, wood, plank, tile, pavers, travertine, natural stone, aluminum, metal, shingle and much more.
Yes, pressure washing is safe for homes. We use a style called “soft washing” that’s uses less pressure to complete the job correctly and not damage anything. If the wrong individual is hired that does not know what they are doing, the exterior of homes can and will be damaged. Using excessive pressure can damage anything, knowing how much pressure to use to get the job done correctly is why we are the professionals.
We recommend annually – mold and algae are very prevalent in Florida and can damage any surface they remain on. Paint, shingles, fences, wood, brick, stucco, and plank siding – these can all be damaged or stained by long term mold and algae. It will cost a lot more to re-paint a house or building than to have it cleaned once a year.
Soft washing using a technique where we utilize our soap to remove the dirt, mold, or algae rather that pressure from the water. We spray our soap onto the surface, let it dwell for 5-15 minutes, then rinse it off with 40-80 psi (about as much as a garden hose nozzle). Traditional pressure washers can be rated from 2000-4000 psi and is not necessary for MOST exterior cleanings.
We recommend you hire a professional so that you don’t damage your home. A lot of home owner mistakenly think the pressure from the pressure washer is what cleans when in fact that is what does the most damage. We utilize our soap and soft wash techniques to clean surfaces to cause the least amount of damage.
Depending on the size of the job, pricing starts at $75. Reach out to us for a free estimate.
Our pricing starts at $1.50/sq ft for basic sealing of driveways and walkways. The cost can increase depending on your project needs and what we are sealing. If your pavers have been sealed before, we have to strip the old sealer, pressure wash, re-sand, and re-seal. Stripping old sealer adds an additional cost.
Pools areas can be difficult and the price can increase to $1.75/sq ft around lenai. The price of our 6 different sand colors also differ depending on project needs and details.
Stabilization – When pavers are first installed the sand is loose and the pavers can shift. Sealing the pavers solidifies the joint sand and strengthens pavers overall.
Protection – Protect from weeds, Algae, UV, fading, and aggregate wearing. Pavers have a tendencies to fade from UV over time, especially in Florida, and can get flooded with weeds and algae if not sealed.
Enhancing Aesthetics – Brings out the colors of the pavers and creates a nice sheen to make them look new for an extended amount of time.
Our team is made up of high-character individuals who are not only reliable, but experts in paver sealing and pressure washing. We offer competitive prices and guarantee our work to keep our customers happy.
Why Sealer Pro?
When not sealed, paver joint sand is loose. This can cause joint sand to easily be removed and pavers to shift. Sealing the pavers solidifies the joint sand and provides overall joint sand and paver stability.
Protect from weeds, algae, UV rays, fading, stains, and aggregate wearing. Pavers have a tendencies to fade from UV over time, especially in Florida, and can get flooded with weeds and algae if not sealed.
3. Enhancing Aesthetics
Brings out the color, texture and brightness of the pavers and creates a new paver look for an extended amount of time. We offer a WET look or a natural MATTE look.