Paving Sealers. What Are The Benefits thereof?

Before and after sealing

Paving Sealers are used to protect the surface of driveway & patio paving. They are easily applied and provide a cost-effective way to not only enhance the look of your paving but to also provide a protective coat to prolong the life of your paving.

What are the Benefits?

There is a multitude of benefits of applying a sealer to your paving. These can include stopping unsightly stains from oil, diesel and petrol stains penetrating the surface of paving. They can prevent weeds and mould from growing in the paving joints by making your paving waterproof. They allow the surface to be easily cleaned.  Applying a block sealer can also prevent the loss of sand from being lost from the joints between the pavers by setting the sand hard.

Besides the protection, they also give excellent colour enhancing qualities. Dull and flat looking paving can be brightened up when a clear sealant is applied. This allows the natural colours of the paving to shine through. This especially the case when sealers are applied to block paving, concrete slabs and Indian stone paving slabs.

Before and after paving sealing

Sealers with an added colour dye can bring old and faded paving back to life

If you have old concrete block paving that has faded with the suns UV light or just wear & tear, you can apply coloured paving sealers. They contain colour pigments mixed with the sealer. They will completely cover the old colour giving your concrete paving a new lease of life. Another popular use is when they are used to reseal concrete pattern imprinted concrete. Popular coloured sealers include red and black.

Different Kinds of Paving Sealers

Not all paving sealers are the same! There are many different kinds of them-+, with prices ranging from cheap to expensive and anywhere in between to buy them.

The different kinds include sealants made with water or solvent-based sealers. Some paving sealers are mixed with soft acrylic or hard polyurethane resins. You should also consider what finish do you want to have once dry. Available choices of paving sealers include invisible, as with impregnating ones. Matt, low sheen, or gloss.

It is well worth researching which is the best sealer to apply because getting this wrong can be costly. It may also not give you the look you want from your paving sealer. Some paving sealers are difficult to remove once applied. Whilst some sealants will not adhere to a previously sealed surface.

How to Apply.

You don’t need a degree in rocket science to apply a sealer to your paving. As long as you follow the manufacturers’ instructions, you should find applying a sealer quite a simple process.

But there is one very important factor and it applies to all methods of application no matter what kind of sealer you decide to buy. And that is to make sure your paving is dry when you apply the sealer and that it’s allowed to fully dry after application. Follow this simple rule and you shouldn’t have too many problems when applying your product.

Application tools

Sealants for paving can be applied with various application tools. These can include the simple to use roller & tray. Or an efficient spraying unit or suitable brush.

How Mold Can Affect Your Family Health

Stairway full of mold

Many property owners ignore it, some take it as part of greening your yard. Few are aware that any type of household mold can create serious health risks to their family. It is so serious that it warrants immediate action when you see it grow on the surface of the concrete. The best way in mold prevention is by regular driveway cleaning, which can help to manage the problem. How does health and mold relate?

Dangers

Mold spores can cause many types of health risks, especially to those susceptible to allergies and respiratory problems. They can cause inflammatory rashes, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms. If anyone in the house is experiencing these symptoms it may be an indicator of mold. So have your house professionally inspected because mold can be deceiving. You don’t have to see it for it to exist. Most of the mold is not obvious (dark black splotches, rotting grey), it is invisible and hides in some areas. In your pavement, it can be slippery when wet, thus causing preventable injuries. This is more critical for the elderly and infirm. According to the US Council of Aging, every 19 minutes, an elderly person dies from a fall. So, it is important to have it checked and treated at least once a year. Just as you treat your car to a valet, your house needs it too!

Prevention

Mold is often caused by excess condensation or sitting water, and often occurs after flooding or leakage. The first step in mold prevention is home inspection & remediation, to identify and fix any leaks and remove any standing water. Also, you may want to seal your concrete by using special products that are out on the market. To prevent condensation, add extra insulation and create plenty of circulation in dark, damp areas like basements and garages. Use fans, dehumidifiers, or other ventilation systems to avoid moisture build-up.

Basements generate concrete mold, so it may be best not to carpet since it easily builds up in the fibers. Make sure all piping and gutter systems are properly working so water is always diverted away from the house. It may be ideal to put plastic over crawlspaces leading to a basement, to prevent ground-level water from coming in. Also, avoid storing papers, clothing, or other forms of “mold fodder” in these danker areas.

Before and After treatment

Removing Mold

Most concrete mold can be cleaned with strong solutions of bleach, which come with their own risks and irritations. And even after using cleaning products, a lot of it may still be able to thrive in those spaces. Therefore, the best way to get rid of it is to call professional contractors like us. We inspect and treat such problem areas to prevent unnecessary future buildup. Call us now at Tel 010534 8472