Published Thursday 10th of April 2014 // Updated Wednesday 1st of February 2017
Pavers are, in fact, a type of concrete that is used primarily in warmer climates, such as in California or Florida. This type of concrete is somewhat more delicate and prone to extreme damage in colder climates that suffer through harsh winters, making it a popular choice for warmer areas. Pavers are found to comprise 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 can fall prey to a wide variety of potential problems that can harm their structural integrity and visual aesthetic charm. For instance, if you have pavers in your driveway, patio, or pool deck, excessive exposure to moisture and water can lead to degradation, corrosion, and cracking, all of which will likely result in costly repairs.
When treating pavers you can choose to apply a natural finish product that is going to give you the longest lasting protection, or a decorative finish product that will enhance the look, finish and textures of the pavers.
If you are looking for a natural finish product the best sealers to use are the Siloxa-Tek 8500 or the Siloxa-Tek 8505 (if you are looking for additional protection from staining from grease, leaves or oils). Natural finish, penetrating sealers are going to give the longest lasting protection and can last upwards of ten years before another application is required. (In comparison, acylic sealers do need to be reapplied more frequently than penetrating sealers, about every one to three years). The Siloxa-Tek products are also deicing salt and freeze-thaw cycle resistant so they will protect a pave driveway against spalling, pitting, cracking and degradation.
If you are looking for a decorative finish the best sealer to use would be an acrylic which is made up of large particles of sealant and 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 added benefit of resisting UV rays and the discoloration they wreak on your concrete, making youre your pavers remain bright and fresh. Cryli-Tek 5500 or Cryli-Tek 5505, will provide more than enough protection for your structure made out of pavers. The two sealers mentioned above are acrylic sealers, respectively of the water- and solvent-based kind. Cryli-Tek 5505 gives pavers a high gloss, wet look finish enhancing the color and texture. Cryli-Tek 5500 gives pavers a satin, low sheen finish slightly enhancing the colors and textures.