Use A Block Paving Sealer on Your Patio
If you have a brick or paver patio, you need to become acquainted with how important a block paving sealer is. This is a special type of floor treatment that gives each paver a protective layer of coating material to keep the moisture from penetrating the surface and causing wear and tear. It takes about a day or so to completely apply the sealer, but the sacrifice is well worth it. The reason why is because sealed pavers offer more benefits than unsealed ones. In addition to being more attractive, they are easier to maintain and they last longer. This is assuming you get the right sealer to begin with.
The best block paving sealer should make the surface more attractive without releasing harmful chemicals into the air. It should also create a powerful coating that is hard to penetrate. Water-based sealers address both of these concerns, provided that they come with a stain. For the environment, these sealers are a healthier choice because they do not contain VOCs, compounds that harm the Earth’s ozone layer. For coating, water-based sealers contain a special resin which binds itself to the brick or concrete. And then there is the stain, which gives the surface a hint of color. The stain may also give the surface the classy “wet” look often associated with brick or concrete patios.
In terms of application, stick to DIY sealers, as they are easier to use. These kits are distributed as either a liquid like a paint or for use in sprayers. The paint versions will require a roller for application, while the sprayers can be squirted from a pump garden type sprayer found at any hardware or home improvement store. Best of all, if you get a water-based sprayer, you will not have to worry about any preparation; you can start spraying immediately. With other solvent-based sealers, you need a units that are vitron-equipped. This keeps the container from getting dissolved by the powerful chemicals within the sealer.
In any case, after you have applied your first coat, you should get in the habit of resealing once a year. The process of resealing is pretty much the same, in that you roll or spray the solution onto your patio. However, if moss or other vegetation has grown on your patio, you must first treat the area with weed killer and/or fungicide. Afterword, you should hose it down with a medium stream of water. Try to avoid using pressure washers, which exert a more forceful stream. While pavers can withstand a pressure washing every now and then, too much of it will disrupt the sand joints underneath. When this happens, the pavers will start to come a loose, forcing you to have to put down a new set.
In conclusion, if you want your brick or concrete patio to last many decades, you will want to get accustomed to applying a block paver sealer each year. The process is incredibly easy, and if you get water-based solutions, you will not harm the environment. Also, with these sealants, your patio will look like it did the first day it was laid down. It might even look better, as sealants give patios a glossy finish. Brick and concrete cannot do that in their natural state… it does not matter how well-constructed they are. Indeed, if you want to achieve a patio that is worthy of a model home, you will not be able to negotiate the process of using a sealant.
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