Paver Sealing and Cleaning
Looking for a paver maintenance company to care for your stone patio, flooring, or walls? We’re here to help. Flagstone, also known as sandstone, Arizona flagstone, Santa Fe flagstone, Lueder’s, or Oklahoma sandstone, as well as concrete pavers are one of the most popular material choices for paving. Flagstone, and concrete, is a type of sedimentary rock that contains quartz and feldspar. Because of this, flagstone and concrete are prone to weathering and erosion overtime, and are susceptible to efflorescence, which is why sealing flagstone and concrete patios, tiles, flooring, or pool decking is highly recommended. Flagstone and concrete pavers are beautiful, but they require maintenance and care to prevent permanent erosion, crumbling, and staining.
Paver Vulnerabilities & How to Prevent Damage
The biggest vulnerability of flagstone and concrete pavers is its tendency to develop water stains. The damage can be even more severe if the moisture contains minerals, or is alkaline. As such, pool decks, pond walkways, and patios are especially susceptible. Stained flagstone and concrete pavers do does not need to be replaced in most cases, but requires a professional, high pressure chemical before a protective sealant is applied to prevent future damage.
Because of its versatility and generally inexpensive cost, flagstone and concrete pavers are a very popular type of sandstone. But, like all other types of stone, flagstone and concrete pavers are is vulnerable to wear and tear caused by the natural elements.
What Can Damage Pavers and Flagstone Decks, Pools, and Tiles?
- Water Impregnation
- Calcium Deposits
- Mold & Mildew
- Harsh Cleaning Chemicals
- Prolonged Sun Exposure
- Extreme Temperature Variations
- Bird Feces
- Dog & Pet Waste
Flagstone and concrete pavers are susceptible to water damage, sun damage, efflorescence, and erosion from bird feces. Outdoor flagstone and concrete paver patios and walls are also vulnerable to the natural elements. Flagstone and concrete paver pool decks are vulnerable to the elements in addition to chlorine or saltwater, and must be professionally treated and cleaned before a protective sealant is applied to protect it against its unique environmental elements.
Types of Flagstone Damage
- Mold & Mildew Growth
Flagstone and concrete pavers are is used for a variety of different needs, ranging from patios and stone walls to pool decks. Flagstone and concrete pavers are very vulnerable to a type of erosion known as spalling. Spalling occurs when the flagstone or concrete is overexposed to water, and erosion of the bonding molecules occurs. As a result, the flagstone or concrete spalls, and begins to break off in sandy and gritty pieces.
The Benefits of Sealing Pavers
Flagstone and concrete pavers that is are outdoors and is are exposed to wind, rain, saltwater, chlorine, or any other harsh materials and/or natural elements need to be sealed for optimal longevity. Because flagstone and concrete is a porous material, a sealer will fill in the pores in the stone and provide it with a gorgeous finish. A matte finish is typically ideal, as this preserves the natural beauty of the stone. However, either finish type – matte or glossy – will provide the flagstone and concrete pavers with the protection from moisture and staining that it needs.