Can You Change the Color of Brick Pavers?
Even though brick pavers come in several styles, forms and shapes, every one of them is prone to wearing over time. Especially the ones under constant sun and climate exposure – which is the case for most driveways and patios – they will eventually turn discolored and dull and may even crack here and there. Among the best solutions for this problem is, of course, replacing them with brand new ones, but sometimes that’s not a thing you’re willing to do nor is it necessary. In the end, a common doubt you might face is whether or not you can change the color of brick pavers.
Well, we’re glad to say that the answer is yes. In fact, changing their color is also a viable choice when you want to spice up your project without taking it apart. Maybe because you don’t have the budget to buy new pavers, maybe because your own pavers are perfectly fine and sturdy, maybe because of a multitude of reasons.
Should you really do it, though? Well, there are pros and cons. In this article we’ll teach you, step by step, how to do this process the simplest way so you can decide for yourself.
Keep reading to find out how to change the color of brick pavers – or click here if you want to simply brighten them and restore the original look.
How can brick pavers be stained?
Given the proper methods and products, brick pavers can be stained with a new coloration within mere 24 hours. For that, you will need to get your hands on:
- a masonry stain of your preferred aesthetic
- a roller or paintbrush to do the manual work
- some gloves for skin protection
- a hose with a pressure washer
Keep in mind that staining is a slightly different process than painting. Painting pavers in general is not recommended because it wears off their porous surface, leading to trapped moisture and chipping. On the other hand, staining is not a favorable word either – but it gets the job done.
With that said, masonry stains are generally not hard to find, but make sure to get the right one for bricks. Professional assistance may come in handy here. You won’t be spending too much money, by the way, and the results are very straightforward, so it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth your time. It will be cheaper than buying a whole new pallet of pavers, at least, but the eventual cost-benefit is something you should consider among all your options.
How to change the color of brick pavers: step by step
If you’re still eager to choose to stain your pavers, follow the next steps carefully.
- STEP 1: Clean the surface
First and foremost, your brick pavers should be entirely clean of dust, dirt, stains and other residue that might compromise your project. You can do this with a broom or with a pressure washer.
- STEP 2: Get the stain ready
Pour the stain or tinted sealer into a pump sprayer or paint tray, whichever you see fit. Then, distribute the substance in a circular motion on the surface of the brick pavers, rolling it carefully in even layers.
- STEP 3: Apply layers
Repeat this process until you’ve covered the whole thing. Let it dry for a few minutes; if it still does not look the way you want, start applying more layers of stain until your preferred tone turns up.
- STEP 4: Seal the surface
With all said and done, all that’s left for you is to apply a sealer onto your dry brick pavers. You can do this yourself or contract a professional to do so. Either way, you can read our complete guide on sealing by clicking here.
Tips and warnings
Before you start applying the stain, try out the color you bought on an inconspicuous area to ensure you will like the final results. Not only that, but the stain will get into the grout unless you seal it first, so a nice precaution comes with painter’s tape.
Don’t forget to let it sit for at least a day – it’s important to let your pavers breathe for a while. We know it’s quite hard not to use your home driveway after a long day of work, but that’s the only way to bring the new paver color to the fullest.
Get your own brick patio with Eagle Pavers!
You already know you can count on our expert staff to take care of your paver supply and installation services. Be it patios or pool decks, backyards or driveways, you name it. As a branch of Eagle Stones, we’ve been serving the city of Sarasota and its surrounding counties for over a decade – so don’t hesitate to contact us! We’ll be waiting for you and your dream project.
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