There is a chance that after a few weeks or months pass, a white haze may
appear on the surface of the pavers. This is known as efflorescence. It may
appear randomly or in certain areas, and will be more pronounced on dark
colored pavers. The white haze may give the impression that the color of the
brick pavers are fading. When wet, the white disappears and the color of the
pavers are enhanced. When they dry, the white haze reappears.
Efflorescence is completely natural, and will disappear with time.
There is no reason to be concerned that your pavers are damaged or defective. The concrete pavers are experiencing a natural process. It is a condition in all cement-based products, as well as in many other paving products. But the condition will usually correct itself with time and exposure to the elements. Here in Florida it only takes between 2-4 weeks after installation depending on the season. The reason it is season dependent will be explained in the next section.
DO NOT SEAL PAVERS SOONER THAN 2 (two) WEEKS AFTER INSTALL IN FLORIDA!
Sealing your newly installed brick pavers prior to them having the opportunity to release any efflorescence that may be within each individual brick paver, that paver sealant can prevent the calcium carbonate to evaporate into the air, and the sealer will trap that white haze into the pavers. Leaving you with a very unsightly mess which will now require a costly stripping of the new sealant, chemical removal of the efflorescence, and correct re-seal using a high quality, commercial grade brick paver sealant like UreSeal H2o
Most reputable brick paver installation companies know about the efflorescence process, but will still offer brick paver sealing services in order to put a few hundred more dollars into their pockets. We have had our customers tell us that once the efflorescence was trapped under the sealer, brick paver installation companies will tell the home owner that it is a natural process and they are not...
Brick pavers absolutely, 100% need to be re-sanded prior to sealing. The sand in the brick paver joints serves MANY integral purposes. Keeps joints stable, pavers level, insects out, plant life from growing between the joints and deters mold and mildew.
Please read and educate yourself in this small write up before you let another brick paver sealing contractor talk you out of re-sanding your brick pavers…
Joint stabilization – If you don’t have sand in the joints, rain water or pool water will run between the brick paver joints, and wash out the base aggregate sand material your brick pavers float on, (usually a 1.5” – 2” sand base) making your brick pavers loose, wobbly, uneven, sunken in or even raised up in some areas. Commonly called “sub surface erosion” or “Degradation”.
Once the joint sand has been activated by the urethane in our Ure Seal h2o brick paver sealant, the 4 grain silica sand will become extremely hard, comparable to the consistency of concrete. Once its hard lik...
Here's another big one. 8000 square ft brick paver driveway and 2000 sq ft brick paver Pool deck (Total of 10,000 sq ft) another brick paver sealing contractor sealed a year ago, using a cheap, solvent-based brick paver sealant.
These types of sealants act as a very thick coating that goes over the top of the brick paver surface rather than soaking in to the pores like a penetrating brick paver s...ealant would do. This thick coating does not allow the ground moisture that we have here in Florida's subtropical climate to evaporate out of the brick Pavers once that ground moisture has permeated through the ground soil and aggregate material the brick pavers float on.
You can see that the moisture that gets trapped underneath that type of sealant becomes white and cloudy (refer to "before photo" on left).
The only way to remove that white cloudiness is to have a brick paver sealing company like Dura Guard Paver sealing perform a very expensive, labor intensive costly stripping of the fai...
Brick paver cleaning and brick paver sealing in New Port Richey, Florida.
This brick paver driveway and patio came out great after our 3 coat process - where we include, on every job, a weed & mold inhibitor, 4 grain silica paver joint sand, 3 heavy 'flood coats' of UreSeal h2o Paver sealant and a non-slip additive called 'Shark Grip' blended in with our 3rd coat of sealer.
While other companies charge extra for 3 coats or even charge extra to put new sand in the joints! We are able to complete these paver sealing projects with a 1 day process and back our work up with an unbeatable 3 year warranty.
Most applications can expect a 5-7 year life span!
When you need your brick pavers sealed correctly the first time, contact the experts at 727-218-4221
Services available in Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Bradenton, Sarasota, Orlando and all surrounding Tampa Bay Florida areas