Sealing a stone patio is an important part of the job when it comes to caring for and maintaining a stone surface. Sealing the surface ensures that it retains its color or pattern and helps to keep the floor always looking good. Without appropriate sealing, the stone patio will eventually lose its color and look worn. Sealing a stone patio is a fairly easy job that does not require any special knowledge or DIY skills provided that you follow a few simple instructions. Doing it yourself will also save you money. The products that you need to carry out the job can be found at any garden center or home improvement store.
Tools and Materials
- Paint tray
- Paint roller
- Stone sealer with color enhancement properties
Step 1 – Prepare the Surface
The first thing to do is make sure that the surface is completely clear and clean. Remove any furniture form the patio as well as plants or anything else that will get in the way. After the patio is clear, sweep away any dust and debris with a fine broom. The surface needs to be as clear as possible for the sealant to work effectively otherwise it will not be able to adhere and soak in.
Step 2 – Apply the Stone Sealer
Purchase a sealant product which is specifically designed for stone pavers and outdoor use. It should also be a sealant which has color enhancing properties as this will greatly rejuvenate the appearance of your patio. For further instructions on using the particular product that your purchased, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Pour the sealant into the paint tray when you are ready. Apply a thorough coat of sealant over the clean patio surface using a paint roller. Start from one end and work your way towards the edge. It is often best to start at the house and work towards the garden side of the pavement. Be sure not to miss any spots and carry out the job systematically. Allow the sealant coating to dry for the amount of time directed to by the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Step 3 – Apply a Second Coat
When the patio is completely dry, apply anther coat of the sealant. This will provide an important level of extra protection as well as make the end result look better. In some parts of the country, particularly in the south where summers are longer and the patio gets more usage, it is a good idea to apply a third coat of the sealant for extra durability. Be sure that the coat is dry before applying the next one.
Step 4 – Finishing Up
When the job is done, check to confirm that the surface is completely dry before walking on it. If it is, you can put back any plants and furniture. Look after the patio carefully in future, regularly cleaning it and sealing it every few years as required in your local climate.