Can Outdoor Pavers Be Stained? | Euro House Tile & Marble

Can Outdoor Pavers Be Stained?

April 22, 2020

One of the benefits of using pavers outdoors is that they are highly customizable to give you the exact look you want for your hardscaping. But can outdoor pavers be stained in Brooklyn, NY? Even if you already have pavers installed outdoors, you can change their appearance by staining them.

That’s right—you can stain outdoor pavers, and you have several options for doing so. If the pavers have already previously been sealed, you can find special concrete stains that you will follow up with a solvent-based acrylic sealer. An antiquing stain may serve your purposes well for already-finished pavers. Otherwise, if the paver has not yet been stained, you’ll have an even broader variety of options.

Think of how many colors of stain you can find for wood. You’ll be able to find at least a few dozen designed specifically for brick pavers, and when you pair them with different tinted sealers, you can get a very customized color for your property. Just remember that if the paver isn’t gray when you start out, the final color will be different from what you see on the product color charts.

How do you know if the pavers have been sealed?

As previously stated, whether or not the pavers have already been sealed will influence the steps you take to stain them. It may be difficult for you to determine just by looking at the pavers if they have been sealed at some point in the past.

There are a few steps you can take to determine if the pavers have been sealed. First, pour some water on the surface of the paver, then watch what happens to that water. If it easily absorbs into the surface of the paver, then it has not been sealed before. But if it beads on the surface or absorbs very slowly, then the concrete has been previously sealed. Pavers that have been previously sealed are best stained with an antiquing stain first.

Acid stains

Among the various options available to you. when staining your pavers are acid stains. If you have previously unsealed concrete pavers, you can use any technique you want with acid stain to modify the color of the pavers—you’ll just need to make sure the concrete is clean and free of any stains on the surface, like oil or debris stains.

Many concrete surfaces are more porous than what you’d see in a standard concrete slab, which means you’re likely going to need more stain than you think to give yourself enough coverage. You should plan to budget at least 20 percent extra volume.

After using the stain, you should seal the pavers to make sure the color is protected from the elements for years to come. Be sure to choose a sealant that is durable and will not create slip hazards on the surface of the pavers.

For more information about stained outdoor pavers in Brooklyn, NY, we encourage you to contact the team at Euro House Tile & Marble today.

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