Your paver driveway will last you more than 30 years, but only if you take proper care of it! By deep cleaning and sealing your paver driveway every 2 years, your driveway will better resist dirt and oil, keep weeds from growing and prevent cracks from forming.
Note: You many want to consider hiring a professional landscaping contractor for this job to pressure wash, clean and seal your driveway in one visit. Contractor prices will vary depending on your location, but usually charge by the square foot.
Free up your driveway. Several of these steps require lengthy waiting times when you cannot use your driveway. Before beginning this maintenance process, make sure you have another place to put your cars!
Check the weather. It’s best to perform repairs to your driveway on a day that’s 55 degrees or warmer – your sealing materials will form a stronger bond with the existing paver at these temperatures. Also check the weather to make sure it isn’t going to rain, which will weaken the seal.
Purchase your sealer. To prolong the life of your driveway, you should reseal it every two years. If you decide to seal your driveway yourself, first choose the appropriate paver sealer. Paver materials can be clay, brick or concrete, and each requires a different sealer. You can find paver sealer at your local home improvement store. Note: Make sure you purchase a solvent-based sealant as opposed to a water-based sealant, this will hold up better against the elements. Before you leave the house, measure the square footage of your driveway to see how much sealant you will need.
Clean your driveway. To seal your driveway, it must be completely clean and completely dry. Sweep your driveway with a regular broom to clear away any dirt and debris.
Pressure wash your driveway. Make sure you are using the correct setting on your pressure washer. This will vary depending on the make and model of the pressure washer and the type of paver material you have. Note: Many homeowners make the mistake of using too high of a setting on their pressure washer or using too harsh of detergents to remove stains and actually damage the pavers. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners and never use sandblasters on a paver driveway. This will actually harm the surface of your driveway by making it more susceptible to water damage and cracking. Wait until your driveway is completely dry before you begin sealing.
Apply the sealer. Read over the label of the sealant for any instructions and safety precautions before you begin. Take your sponge paint roller and start in the far corner of your driveway, working backwards so that you don’t box yourself in. Apply the sealer as evenly as possible.
Let it dry. Wait at least three or four hours before walking on your newly sealed driveway, and at least 24 hours before driving on it. For more humid climates, allow twice as much time for the sealant to dry.