Painting Brick and Concrete pavers has become a huge DIY trend! Is it really the best choice for turning your paver patios new again? If you want your pavers to have a fresh look, this is article is for you!
Can Pavers Be Painted?
The short answer is yes! Yes, they can. Should you do it? Well, there are pros and cons to it, we will give you all the info to decide for yourself.
Most people decide to paint pavers when they are not satisfied with the way they look anymore. Be it because they lost color due to sun exposition, or because they look aged.
When that does happen, painting is a way to make they look better, however, it’s not the only way.
Truth be told, well-maintained pavers are supposed to last for decades. Out of experience we found out that most of the times pavers can be made to look like new again, and even regain their old color by cleaning and sealing.
With that in mind, it’s only really worth it to paint pavers if you, the homeowner, is uncomfortable with their original color, and would like something completely different.
If that’s your goal, then painting might be the solution. However, you should keep in mind the cons of painting as well before moving forward.
Cons of Painting Pavers
When you choose to paint pavers a few compromises are made in terms of structural integrity, aesthetic appeal, and even durability.
Painting creates an artificial colored film over the pavers, which succeeds in changing its color, however, it also creates a membrane that prevents moisture from escaping the pavers.
With time, painting layers are bound to peel, especially if the pavers are heavily used, such as a driveway, for instance.
Also, the finishing one can obtain from painting pavers is heavily dependent on one’s own talent for it.
With all those factors considered, it’s nice to know that if you’re not satisfied with your pavers you have options other than painting.
Alternatives To Painting Pavers
Yes, pavers can be painted, but as you’ve probably noticed there are a lot of downsides to it. Here are the alternatives you should consider.
Cleaning & Sealing
You might be thinking we’re crazy, but we’re not. Most of the times, your pavers did not discolor, they have just been dulled by a membrane of dust. With pressure-washing, we are able to give them a fresh look and remove some of the deepest stains.
When you add a color enhancing sealer to that, the end result is nothing short of amazing.
Cleaning & Sealing are the right choice 9 out of 10 times, especially if there’s less than 10 years since you’ve added pavers.
Although staining is normally something a homeowner does not want, in this case, we’re talking about controlled staining that changes your paver colors. The application process is very similar to painting, the difference lies on how each option works.
Staining products don’t coat the pavers, they penetrate it, that means they grant a more natural look that won’t peel off, and is actually easier to apply.
If you’re dead set into changing your paver colors, staining should be your choice rather than painting.
Nevertheless, whichever you choose, you should get a pressure washing service first, since you don’t want to paint or stain over dirt.
Get New Pavers
There are hundreds of options of concrete pavers that look beautiful and are incredibly cheaper than brick or natural stone. If you’re tired of how your paver look, get a quote for laying new ones.
Since there will be no need for digging and leveling again, the price will be way cheaper than you’re expecting. Check out our pavers catalog to see amazing, not expensive, options.
We know you came here to know more about how to paint pavers. However, working with them every day as we do, we couldn’t let you continue searching without telling you that maybe cleaning is all you need. Trust us, it is that way 90% of the time.
Do you want our free professional advice on the matter? Call us if you live in Sarasota or Manatee counties. We will drive by and let you know if pressure washing can achieve the results you’re expecting, plus we can give you a free estimate for that.
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