Sealing and Sanding

Sanding 

Kiln-dried sand is very dry sand that contains no moisture. We use kiln dried sand to fill the joints of block paving and paving slabs. Why? - It is important to fill in the joints after cleaning is to keep the structure of the paving rigid and strong. It also stops the ingress of water and the paving becoming loose and moving.

Why use kiln dried sand with block paving?

By using kiln dried sand you strengthen and stabilise the paving. It helps lock individual paving blocks together. It is best to sand your paving when dry for the best results and stability.

The sand in between the joints of block paving prevents water from penetrating the paved area and locks the individual pavers together stopping them from moving. If the joints of block paving are left without kiln dried sand, they may sink due to water penetration and the blocks will become loose over time.

Sealing

It is important to protect your investment. Sealing can be compared to waxing your car, or wearing sunscreen. By having a sealer applied it will keep out the UV rays that cause it to fade as well as improve the appearance of your driveway.

A sealed driveway can have a rich colour and glossy finish if desired. Sealers are available in many different gloss levels ranging from no gloss to high gloss. A slip-resistant sealer is also recommended for sloped driveways.

Stain protection is another benefit of sealing your driveway. Your driveway will come across many things that will leave stains on the surface. With the right sealer applied it will help to stop the penetration of dirt and tyre tracks from leaving an unsightly stain.

A third reason to seal your driveway is that it will reduce the chance of frost damage. This can cause the surface to flake or even crack entirely which will allow water to penetrate through the surface of the concrete which then freezes and expands. Using a sealer will prevent this from happening.

How would you know when your driveway needs resealing. If the seal is ok then the water on top will bead on the surface. When this stops happening you may want to think about resealing.

Advantages

• Protects the surface from staining
• Eliminates the growth of algae
• Significantly reduces the chances of weed growth
• Prolongs the lifespan of your paving
• Binds together jointing sand, which increases the strength
• Enhances the colouring and prevents fading

 

 

 

 

 

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