When you’ve invested thousands of dollars and loads of time on an immaculate hardscape, protecting it makes sense. Pavers can fade and degrade over time with exposure to the elements. Regular sealing using water-based paver sealer can help reduce the impact of daily sun and frigid winters.
You’ve got some options for sealants, solvent-based and water-based. Today, we’re looking at the reasons why water-based is our favorite.
Let’s get down to business!
The benefits of water-based sealers
Sealed pavers are protected from dirt, stains, and water. Over time, these elements can take the shine off your patio or driveway. Grimey joints and filmy pavers aren’t impossible to clean, but the job’s easier when you’ve protected your investment.
The primary difference between solvent and water-based sealers is the base of the solution. Solvents are more costly and have many other drawbacks, including odor and a complex application process. Water-based products are more affordable, have less of a smell, and are easy to apply.
Water-based sealers are safer to apply, both for you and your tools. They have lower levels of dangerous VOCs commonly found in solvent-based compounds. During application, you won’t be exposed to these cancer-causing agents.
Once applied, cleaning your tools is easy! And water-based sealants have a shorter drying time so that you can enjoy your patio sooner.
Easier to apply correctly
One of the worst things that can happen when applying any sealer is improper application. You can use a roller or sprayer to apply the solution to your pavers. Make sure to follow any temperature restrictions to avoid things like bubbles and chipping in the final finish. And, on a hot day, you won’t have to worry about flash drying like solvent-based options.
Doesn’t darken your pavers
Water-based sealants won’t stain your concrete pavers. While you can get any of the typical finishes in this type of sealer, you’ll get a more natural look with water-based sealers. By far, our most popular request is a wet-look finish!
It’s the only sealer that lasts in humidity
Concrete pavers absorb moisture from the environment. A breathable sealer is essential for the longevity and durability of your hardscape. Water-based sealers can hold up for three to five years in the right conditions. Considered durable and tough, they’re more likely to hold up to humid environments than their competitors.
Water-based sealer can be applied in rain
While you don’t want to apply your water-based sealer in a hurricane, wet on wet application is fine. Polymers are suspended in water in this product, so some extra water prolongs the curing time. They’re also designed to allow your pavers to breathe, and any excess moisture will evaporate with time.
Odor is mild and cleanup is easy
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in solvent-based paver sealers are a headache. The lower levels in water-based sealant make it easier to apply in closed environments or tight spaces. Once applied, cleanup is a snap. You won’t need special cleaning solutions; simple soap and water are all it takes!
That’s great news if you’re using a spray gun to apply your sealant. A cheap plastic sprayer works with water-based products. Thankfully, you won’t need to buy an expensive metal sprayer for the job.
Common questions about water-based paver sealing
With so many different products on the market, getting lost in the details is easy. We’ve answered some of the most common questions about water-based paver sealer here!
How long does a water-based sealer last?
As we mentioned, water-based sealers can last between three to five years in the right conditions. With the right maintenance and the appropriate product, you’ll enjoy gorgeous pavers without much upkeep.
If you’re in a particularly harsh environment, you’ll want to consider reapplying more frequently for best results. Regular, twice-a-year maintenance helps preserve the life of your pavers.
How much does paver sealing with a water-based sealant cost?
Before applying any sealer, you’ll need to factor in the cost of cleaning as well. Dirty pavers make it nearly impossible for the water-repellant sealants to adhere properly.
Then, you’ll need to consider the cost of your sealer. As with any product, there are cheaper and more expensive varieties. For best results, purchase on the upper limit of your budget to get the most out of the process.
On average, applying a water-based paver sealer costs between $1 to $3 per square foot.
What kind of maintenance is required with water-based sealers?
Regular maintenance ensures that your pavers look their best at all times. You should keep them swept to keep grit and dust from settling into the crevices. Rinsing them off with a hose attachment is fine, but pressure washing can damage them if done incorrectly.
Remove any spills or stains as quickly as possible using a mild cleaning agent and a damp mop.
What’s the main difference between water-based and solvent-based sealers?
As we mentioned, the base material is the most significant difference between the two types of sealant. Water-based uses water as the primary method for transporting the polymer coating. As it evaporates, particles settle, forming a coating that protects your hardscape.
Solvent-based sealers don’t have polymer particles; instead, they are suspended in the solution. It must dry and cure fully before the coating forms.
Premier Pro Wash & Seal only uses water-based sealer for every project
Premier Pro Wash & Seal is here to answer all of your questions about the right paver sealer for you. Because of the humid Florida climate, we only use water-based sealers in our projects. We’ll work with you to find the perfect finish! If you want a wet look or something more natural, there’s a water-based product for you.
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