Below are reasons you should seal stamped concrete and pavers:
Protection. Sealing stamped concrete and pavers can be compared to waxing your car, wearing sunscreen or using stain guard when you wash your clothes. A sealer will prevent fading caused by UV rays and protect it from stains and harmful chemicals. Stamped concrete and pavers can become stained from many elements in our environment, including chlorine, salt, other chemicals, leaves, dirt, fertilizer, pet waste, and more. Sealants form a barrier on your stamped concrete, preventing these elements from penetrating to the concrete below.
Appearance. A sealer will improve the appearance of stamped concrete and pavers and will keep them looking great for many years. Furthermore, a stamped concrete sealer can rejuvenate an old, existing stamped surface. Stamped concrete and pavers that have been sealed have a rich color and, depending on the sealant, a glossy sheen. Sealers for stamped concrete and pavers come in many different gloss levels, including no-gloss to high-gloss and everywhere in-between. If you opt for a tinted sealer, the stamped concrete or pavers’ color can be additionally enhanced.
Prevent Efflorescence. Efflorescence is a white, powdery residue that can build-up on the surface on concrete. If you have an outdoor pool, you may want to consider slip resistant sealers if your concrete or pavers are not textured.
Prevent Freeze Damage. Here in New York, the winters can be quite cold, with many days dropping below freezing. Sealed stamped concrete and pavers will reduce the chance of freeze thaw damage, which can cause cracks or flaking of the concrete surface. This happens when water seeps into the concrete surface and then expands as it freezes. A sealer keeps the water and water beads on the surface of the sealant. If you notice that water is not beading, this is a sign your pavers or stamped concrete need to be resealed.