Published Friday 6th of December 2013 // Updated Wednesday 8th of February 2017
If you live in a place in a warmer climate, such as Florida, then you likely have some sort of structure made up of pavers. Pavers are a ubiquitous material found throughout places like California and Florida, making up driveways, patios, and pool decks in a wide variety of homes. They are inexpensive, aesthetically appealing, and fairly easy to maintain, all of which makes them a decidedly attractive option for installation. However, as pavers are typically made up of concrete, they are susceptible to a myriad of problems that can weaken their structurally integrity and visual appeal over time. For instance, if you have pavers in your driveway, patio, or pool deck, too much exposure to water and moisture can cause them to degrade, corrode, and crack, which can lead to costly repairs.
Fortunately, there is an easy and cost-effective way to prevent these issues. A concrete sealer, such as the Siloxa-Tek 8500 will provide ample protection for your pavers. It leaves a natural finish and provides the longest lasting protection with a guarantee to never peel, flake or delaminate. It is also able to hold up to deicing salt damage, and freeze-thaw cycles unlike acrylic based products.
On the other hand if you are looking to enhance the look, feel and texture of the pavers the best sealer to use is the Cryli-Tek 5500 (water based, low sheen) or Cryli-Tek 5505 (solvent based, gloss/wet look). While solvent-based sealers tend to last longer, the water-based variety are safer for personal application, environmentally friendly, and legal in most places with their low VOC contents. The Cryli-Tek 5500 is the water-based offering that functions just as well as the solvent-based cousin it features excellent longevity, comprehensive protection, and a variety of other benefits, such as increased slip-resistance, which can be a necessity if you have kids running around the pool deck. Acrylic sealers feature large particles of sealant that cannot penetrate past the small surface pores of the concrete. Instead, the sealant will remain on the surface to be spread out evenly. These sealers will function like raincoats, keeping the water on the surface of the concrete rather than allowing it to penetrate past the surface. They also have the great side benefit of resisting UV rays and discoloration, making sure the aesthetic appeal of your pavers remain as bright and vibrant as when they were installed.