CONCRETE PAVER CLEANING & SEALING

Concrete pavers are durable and add beauty & character to outdoor decking, driveways and pathways. Concrete pavers are subject to fade in the Arizona sun and require maintenance to protect their color and maintain a fresh and clean appearance. We have developed Paver Protector Pro sealer specifically to do just that.

Owner Tom Baker talks about his system and why he developed Paver Protector Pro sealer

Pavers on top half of the picture look washed out and dull compared to the freshly cleaned and sealed pavers in the bottom half of the image.

Cleaning concrete pavers requires care to avoid damage

First a deep clean with buffers and truck mounted hot rinse. Cleaner the better so sealer can soak in effectively

Application of Paver Protector Pro to concrete pavers in Phoenix area

Concrete paver crew sealing with Paver Protector Pro

Benefits of Paver Protector Pro
  • Natural enhancement to protect color & slow erosion
  • Helps reduce or eliminate permanent stains
  • Much easier to maintain against common tire marks, bird dropping, tree stains–hose/brush off.
Image shows pavers before treatment Image shows vibrant color of concrete paver after treatment

 

Before (left) and After: The concrete pavers are clean and naturally enhanced with clear Paver Protector Pro sealer

Advantages of Penetrating Sealer

  • Concrete Paver Pro (CPP) adds a natural enhancing appearance that is usually considered much more attractive than untreated pavers. The sealer provides a very subtle shine.
  • CPP penetrating sealer can breathe. Water transmission from inside te paver is important to prevent the trapping of corrosive minerals.
  • CPP penetrating sealer provides excellent ultraviolet light protections, similar to when we use sunblock on our skin.
  • CPP is very effective at preventing or reducing permanent staining from plant material, rust, oil stains, and it makes cleaning tire marks off much easier.
  • CPP does not stop efflorescence, but helps to protect from its damaging effects.
  • CPP performance depends on the conditions, but CPP is very effective from 2 to 5 years before requiring reapplication.
  • My CPP penetrating sealer never needs to be stripped. Often, if maintenance of our service is done within 2 to 5 years, it makes it easier for us to clean it, so we can offer a discounted service.

Coating Sealer Negatives

  • Coating sealers do not breathe and will trap water in the pavers. This can be damaging by allowing corrosive minerals to eat the pavers from the inside.
  • Trapped minerals can deposit underneath the coating and discolor it and cause delimitation.
  • Coating sealers are very susceptible to damage from the sun. Yellowing or blushing is a result of the coating sealer changing color, resulting in and unattractive appearance.
  • If a coating sealer becomes stained from plant material, rust, oil, etc., large areas — or sometimes the entire project will have to be stripped to make repairs or match resealing. These, and other reasons, can result in a coating sealer needing to be stripped.

Depending on what sealer is used, stripping may be impossible, and permanent damage is the result. If stripping is possible, the sealer might be removed, but can still leave permanent damage to the appearance of the pavers. A very common area of misinformation in the industry is the claim that a coating sealer can be redone by rubbing more sealer on it. The claim is that the previous sealer is remulsified and doesn’t need to be stripped. This is a huge problem. It just doesn’t work, and it makes the coating thicker!

Concrete pavers before with mineral ring on pavers around fountain Concrete pavers after with mineral rings removed
Before: Mineral build up around the fountain.
After: Cleaned, mineral ring removed, sealed with Paver Protect Pro sealer.
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