What type of sand is swept between the joints in block paving?
Kiln dried sand is always recommended. This ensures the joints of the block paving are completely filled. This type of sand solidifies and bonds more effectively with the block paving sealer giving maximum protection against weed growth and the future loss of jointing sand.
I do not have the time for DIY restoration of my paving , will you come and do all the work for me?
Yes, Smartseal approved driveway and patio cleaning contractors cover most parts of the country.
Does applying the block paving sealer kill all weeds?
We cannot guarantee that this will be the case. After the ‘cleaning’ process we suggest applying a ‘weed killer’. After re-sanding, the acrylic block paving sealer will ‘sand bind’ and protect the sanded joints, this will help reduce and make it a lot more difficult for weeds to put down their roots again. But further growth can always occur unless a small amount of general 'upkeep' is maintained*
* Please see 'application guide' supplied with block paving sealer.
After my driveway has had block paving sealer applied, how easy is it to clean off new oil and dirty stains?
Once sealer has been applied the block paving will be far less porous so any further staining will be easily removed. In most cases undiluted washing up liquid will be sufficient. In bad cases we advise the use of Oil Stain Remover available from Smartseal to solve the problem.
How many coats of block paving sealer would you recommend?
Dependent on the type of block paving laid 2 coats recommended*, then "top up"coats can be applied periodically as required.
* For technical advice on your specific type of surface and the number of coats required please call Smartseal on 01277 829743.
Can you restore the original colouring of Pattern Imprinted Concrete (PIC)?
As a general rule the appearance of pattern imprinted concrete when damp is how it will look once is it cleaned and a clear paving sealer has been re-applied.
If additional colour is required Smartseal can supply a full range of sealer tints.
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