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Do I Need To Seal Crazy Paving?

You want your paving to look the best it can be, which may have had you pondering the question, do I need to seal crazy paving? The answer is no. After installing crazy paving, you don’t have to seal it, but you can if you want to, as there are several benefits.

Is Sealing Crazy Paving Recommended?

Although not compulsory, it is highly recommended that you have your crazy paving sealed if you want it to last years and look great. Sealing protects it from the elements and moss, algae, and other weeds that try to form through the cracks.

You always want your garden to look its best when you have people around, and crazy stone paving costs aren’t cheap, so by using a sealant, you can extend the lifespan of your patio.

It’s similar to looking at the best Indian sandstone sealer options. It’s all about choosing the proper protection for the material. Just like with sandstone, a suitable sealer can make all the difference.

Benefits Of Adding A Sealer To Crazy Pavers 

Enhances the look

One of the significant benefits of adding a sealant is that it makes the colours of your crazy paving pop due to the seal. They stay more vibrant and brighter throughout the year, and you don’t see as much colour distortion as you would if you didn’t have a seal.

Protects pavers from staining & fading

Another critical component is protection from the elements, whether rain, snow, ice or excessive sunlight. It stops the stones from fading or stained and allows them to hold their original colour for many years.

Makes cleaning easier 

Sealing also makes cleaning the paving far easier. Due to the sealant, nowhere near as much grim, dirt, or moss lands on the stones, so you don’t have to rub it down as hard. Sealing isn’t just about protection; it’s like giving your paving a new lease of life. It’s all about keeping it looking great and maintenance-free, as we discuss when considering whether you should seal your patio.

Below are five tips that we recommend using when applying a crazy paving sealer:

5 Tips For DIY Crazing Paving Sealing 

Apply sealer in small sections

It would be best if you did small sections at a time. This way, you don’t miss any sections. If you do a large area at a time, you may miss spots and leave little gaps, and then when you come to an end, you may have missed a certain percentage of the whole surface area.

By working in a smaller space, bit by bit, you ensure this doesn’t happen. 

Always use a soft brush or cloth to prevent streaks 

The type of tool you use when using the seal is also imperative. We always advise using a soft brush or a cloth. This prevents any streaks from appearing, and if you used a stiff brush, you could cause marks in the sealer, which would be difficult to iron out. You can distribute the sealer evenly and smoothly using a soft brush.

Make sure the surface is dry before applying sealer 

Another top tip is ensuring the crazy paving is ultimately dry. Applying the sealer, even if damp, can cause the sealant to bead up, which means it won’t be absorbed evenly and will leave streaks all over the stone. It could also trap moisture under the sealant, which will cause long-term damage to your stones. 

Allow time to cure after sealing properly. 

Once you’ve finished sealing the paving, you must allow it time to cure fully. Several factors can affect this, including the environmental conditions and the type of product you use. Still, we advise between 24 and 48 hours for acrylic sealers and up to five days if you use a concrete sealer.

This page will walk you through average drying times for paving sealants.

Re-seal every few years as needed

If you want your crazy paving to the last years and years and always look vibrant with a personality to your garden, then you need to reseal every few years. If you think about how much moisture, dirt, and UV rays hit your crazy paving daily, it’s no wonder it must be regularly resealed to keep it looking excellent.

Jointed gaps are required.

Most people have patios carefully jointed at the end of the installation; if you have chosen gravel between the crazy paving, then sealing is not an option.