Should you have brick pavers sealed right after installation?
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 responsible for the efflorescence and it is not covered under warranty. However, often times, the brick paver manufacturers who abide by ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, www.icpi.org) standards will offer free replacement paves for each individual brick paver effected by this process. Which will also benefit the paver installer who now will charge you to remove the effected pavers, and install new. Costing the home owner more money. Don’t get me wrong, your brick pavers need to be sealed! You just want to wait between 4 & 6 weeks after install (in Florida) before you have them sealed. The reason why it is different in central and south Florida (draw a line between Citrus county and Daytona Beach and everywhere south from there) is because of our subtropical climate. Our climate in these areas have a lot of ground moisture which permeates through the soil, and into the brick pavers from the bottom. As the brick pavers heat up throughout the morning and hot afternoon and that moisture evaporates out of the pavers, it draws that efflorescence out along with it much quicker than in states further north, where you may have to wait up to 3 months before sealing. If the brick pavers do go un-sealed however, aside from cosmetic issues and possible staining and absorption of oils and rust, your new brick paver installation will quickly become loose, wobbly and uneven as the aggregate material that the brick pavers float on erodes out through a process called “degradation” or “Sub Surface
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