Lately, patios, porches, driveways and pathways lined with pavers have shot to fame. This has become a common practice as it adds to the beauty of the house or the landscape. Though these pavers can be long-lasting, they need constant renewing in the form of polishing, to prevent them from getting damaged. This is done by sealing. Sealing enhances the overall appeal of the pathways, driveways, etc. However, even though sealing seems to be a solution, it does come with a share of its pros and cons.
Listed below are the pros and cons of sealing:
Pros of sealing:
Sealing provides a nice finish and a nice shine to the pavers. Apart from making it lustrous, it also protects the pavers from the harmful UV rays, protecting color fading of the paver stones. It allows the colors of the paver stones to stand out, and also gives a squeaky clean finish by disallowing the stains or grease from settling on it.
Shield from the natural forces.
Sealing protects the pavers from normal to extreme forces of nature ranging from heat and water, to ice and snow. Sealants have the ability to withstand such conditions and protect the pavers for as long as it can. Moreover, sealing also protects the pavers from staining, fading, mildew and change in weather.
Robustness is a bonus.
Sealants protect the pavers from harsh weather conditions, proving their durability and robustness. A good quality sealant will protect the pavers even from acid rain or soil erosion, thus, increasing longevity. Moreover, it also averts the growth of weeds.
Cons of sealing:
Extortionate cost of sealing.
This goes without saying that higher the price of the sealant, better will the quality be. Investing is cheaper sealant could be a mistake, as it would be thinner and less effective. On the other hand, an expensive sealant would obviously be thicker and have ingredients of a higher quality. This could be heavy on your pockets, which is definitely a drawback.
Refashioning is a necessity.
Though sealing increases the life of the pavers, it also needs reapplications. After a short span of 1-2 years, re-sealing is required as the pavers tend to age. However, if no reapplication is done, the sealants can break down.
Thorough safety is mandatory.
Sealants contain chemicals that cause the surface to become slippery, in the rainy and snowy seasons. Also, acrylic and urethane based sealants can be lethal in case of a fire. Moreover, while sealing, safety gears have to be worn, like mask, gloves and shoe covers, because if the sealant is gets stuck to any of these, it can lead to inconvenience.
Therefore, though initially, sealing seems to be the savior of mankind and his abode, however, it has a set of disadvantages too and awareness is the key. Make sure you know all about sealing: the equipment, materials and finish provided.