Nothing is harder on your pavers than the Florida sun. It can bleach out the color of your pavers in less than 24 months. But one way to bring back the color to your pavers is by sealing them with a "wet look" sealer to bring back the color. If you splash water on your pavers and they darken and become richer, then they could probably benefit from a wet look sealer. If your pavers don't darken when you wet them, then most likely, your old sealer is still working.
But the sun doesn't just bleach out the color. It also causes surface damage that can give your pavers a rough feel where they become like sponges and just soak up any spills or stains making them virtually impossible to keep clean. Sealing your pavers will not only protect them from the sun, it will help protect them from stains as it becomes a the sacrificial barrier. Most of the time, we are unaware of stains until after the cookout or dinner party so sealing really just gives you more time to clean up the mess.
Along with sealing, you may also wish to have your pavers "sanded". Sanding your pavers will provide support to keep your pavers in place while also reducing the probability of weeds in the joints. While most sanding jobs hold up quite well, there may be instances where the sanding application may fail. Most notably when pavers shift due to either settling of the foundation or quite often, tree roots. Movement of pavers cannot always be stopped and will often cause the sand to collapse. But one advantage of using Scrubbing Bubbles is that since all paver pool decks need an annual cleaning - if we seal and sand your pavers - as long as you use us to clean your pavers, we will always resand any areas that need it at no charge so your pavers will always look their best.
These are pictures of a recent job where the pavers were beginning to fade and lose their color from the sun. This acrylic sealer brought back the color and it has a very, very slight sheen to it, rather than a gloss. It is not recommended to have a glossy finish near your pool, but if you absolutely prefer it, then we can add polymers to the sealer to make it slip resistant.
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One of our favorites, is a high performace acrylic sealer that is locally made specifically for Florida's harsh climate. There are lots of acrylic sealers available, but the secret to finding one that is less likely to "haze" or discolor, is by avoiding "cheap" sealers. When it comes to acrylic sealers, there are two kinds of acrylic particles used. The cheaper sealers use acrylic "chips". As the sealer dries, these acrylic chips begin to overlap and once cured, the chips seal moisture under the sealer and can cause cloudy or hazy areas. The sealer we use utilizes "perforated" acrylic particles. On the other hand, perforated particles allow your sealer to "breathe" so it allows moisture to escape, reducing the chance of a "haze" or "cloudiness" being trapped under your sealer. Water based sealers are notorious for being cloudy and hazey. The problem is that once they become cloudy, then the only way to resolve it, is to strip the sealer from the pavers and then reseal it. While it is rare, if our sealer clouds up due to excessive moisture from under your pavers, we can instantly remove it by re-softening the sealer and allowing the moisture to escape, after which, it will instantly become clear as if newly sealed.
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