Block Paving / Pavers
MOSS MONSTER research and apply best practices on advice and experience of tried and tested methods. You can be sure we want what is best for you and we will support you each step of the way through the process of cleaning and sealing your driveway.
Remove the dirt
Apply new sand
Seal in and protect
Do pavers need to be sealed regularly?
The walkways and driveways just beautify the entrances to your home. Sealing will help you in maintaining the pavers. But is sealing pavers really necessary? If you want them to look flawless and shining, then yes! The main purpose of sealing pavers is to protect them. Find out the pros and cons of sealing pavers with MOSS MONSTER Ltd
Seal the pavers every 1-2 years using a sealant that is specially designed for pavers of each material type.
Patios with pavers have become an increasingly popular part of landscaping in the last 10-15 years. They are mostly used in pathways, driveways, patios, porches, etc., because they simply enhance the beauty of your home or any other landscape. But how do you maintain and keep them from getting damaged? Yes, sealing is the answer!
However durable and tough the pavers may seem, they will be susceptible to damage by fading, mildew, weather change, staining, etc. Sealing the pavers will keep your paving stones looking new and shiny for a longer time. Be it any kind of pavers, sealing the paving stones improve the aesthetics of the pathways or driveways, and overall, the home. However, it is optional, but not doing so will make your pavers prone to damage.
Below are some advantages that will help you decide whether to seal the pavers or not:
Sealing will make the pavers look shiny and give them a glossy finish. Sealing the pavers blocks the harmful UV rays and prevents the colours of the paving stones from fading. It often makes the colours of the pavers stand out, giving them a clean look. It also helps remove stains and grease from the pathways or driveways easily.
Protection from Weather
Sealants can withstand harsh weather and climate, and thus save the pavers from getting damaged by ice and snow. If the water seeps in through the unsealed driveway, then it may lead to the formation of puddles below the surface, causing cracks and frost heaves. Sealants fill the pores and repel water by preserving the sand dust in the joints.
Regarding this, how often should you seal block paving?
Similarly, can you seal block paving to stop weeds?
Just so, what is the best sealant for block paving?
Do you need to seal the driveway?
Good quality block paving sealers are designed to be re-applied as and when required. To keep in optimum condition a top up coat is generally advisable every 3-5 years. The paving should be clean and free of grease or oil before any application.
In simple terms, the process of sealing your block paving to stop weed growth is all about first de-weeding the area, then giving it a good clean, placing sand between the block paving and then you’re ready to seal with a quality sealant.
Polyurethane paving sealers are easily the best type of sealer for use with block paving. Not only do they seal the block paving surface, they also stick the kiln dried sand particles together and also it sticks the sand to the sides of the blocks. Therefore, increasing the strength of the paving will provide optimum results.
As a general rule you should seal your driveway every 1 to 3 years. More specifically, if you can see the colour of the individual stones that make up your asphalt surface, you know it’s time to seal it up. Ideally you want your sealer to be on your driveway for at least 48 hours before any rain comes down on it.
There are products that provide the following;
- RENEWS & REFRESHES ANY EXISTING TARMAC DRIVEWAY
Tarmac driveway restorer sealer is a unique, hard wearing, long lasting, tarmac asphalt sealer. Quickly transforms the tired, dull worn look of your drive or pathway, returning it to a good as new look. Tarmac driveway restorer sealer is more than a tarmac paint, its unique formula contains a blend of technical acrylic resins which restore the original colour, flexibility and weather resistance of the tarmac surface.
Replaces lost resin from tarmac
Covers unsightly cement & oil stains
Recreates original rich colour of tarmac
No need for expensive asphalt replacement
Long lasting protection
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Ensure the surface is thoroughly cleaned and loose stones etc. are thoroughly swept off. For best results it may be necessary to clean the tarmac by power washing the surface, if algae or moss is present a pre-treatment will be necessary 4-5 days prior to applying the sealer.
Make sure the surface is completely clean and dry...
Apply Tarmac driveway restorer sealer neat generously and evenly using a good quality floor roller.
After 1-2 hours...
Apply a second coat, repeating the process applying the sealer in the opposite direction for even distribution of the sealer.
Allow a minimum of 3-4 hours drying time...
Before driving or parking cars on the surface, if possible it would be best to leave over-night before using the surface.
2. TARMAC SEALER
Application of a tarmac sealer is the best and easiest way to protect tarmac or asphalt from loss of colour, fretting stones and cracking.
Simple to apply by roller or brush, our tarmac sealer restores colour and re-introduces lost protective resins. It is the resins within freshly laid tarmac that help bind the stone aggregate together and protect tarmac against deterioration.
IT’S NOT A CHEAP TARMAC SEALER!
Once a tarmac driveway has been laid for a few years, it is generally accepted that it is beneficial to consider protecting it with a tarmac sealer. The best sealer for tarmac is a hardwearing tarmac driveway sealer that can coat and protect the surface for a number of years. A tarmac sealer should be used to extend the life of a tarmac surface. However, if a tarmac surface is left too long without general maintenance a tarmac sealer will not be very effective at rectifying underlying problems.
Tarmac is relatively inexpensive to lay and maintain compared to other surfaces such as block paving or imprinted concrete. However, it can lose colour. This is because relatively quickly it frequently becomes evident that the surface has started to change colour from black to various shades of grey. This change of colour is an indication that the protective resins or ‘black glue’ within the material are deteriorating and overall protection of the substrate is inevitably reducing.
Tarmac is meant to be porous to a degree to allow surface water to drain away. However, if surface deterioration is allowed to continue, water will start to permeate through the tarmac into the subbase. At this point, if there are any faults within the construction of the subbase, this water can become trapped and contribute towards cracking and general movement. Left untreated, the process of freeze and thaw spread over several winters will contribute to various forms of damage to the tarmac. This will be easily identified by the gradual disintegration of the surface with holes forming and edges breaking away.
Things to watch for before applying a tarmac driveway sealer
Identifying whether tarmac is reaching the point when it needs a tarmac sealer for further protection is a simple process. Upon inspection, if a noticeable visible change of colour is apparent, it is overdue sealing. Tarmac that has remained unprotected for a number of years might well also show signs of aggregate or stones becoming exposed on the surface, this again is a very strong indication that a degree of deterioration has set in. In this scenario, when large amounts of exposed aggregate are obvious on the surface, the substrate would certainly benefit from the application of a tarmac sealer. However, it is unlikely the material can be fully restored to its original condition.
The application of a good quality tarmac driveway sealer will provide a significant long-lasting barrier and protect the tarmac. This helps to mitigate the various factors that contribute to the breaking down of the material. The sealer for tarmac will help stabilise, preserve and protect the redeeming ingredients within the tarmac. By its very nature, the tarmac driveway sealer will also protect against the effects damaging moisture, UV light and vehicular use.
MOSS MONSTER LTD will provide advice and best practice to give you ‘peace of mind’ in producing results for an excellently clean and as good as new driveway*
*We will seal the originally laid substrate that exists unless broken pavers are replaced prior to sealing or tarmac is in need of repair and has been repaired prior to sealing.
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