Natural stone possesses a timeless elegance and durability that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any space, whether indoors or outdoors. That is one of the reasons it is so popular for decorating. However, over time, exposure to the elements and regular use can cause damage and wear to these beautiful surfaces. This is where natural stone sealing services come into play, offering an effective solution to restore, protect, and extend the lifespan of your stone features. Here are a few reasons why you should consider natural stone sealing and a look into the process involved.
Preserve and enhance the stone’s appearance
Natural stone has unique colors, textures, and patterns that make it a popular choice for various applications. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance, the stone can fade, become dull, and lose its visual appeal. Sealing treatments revitalize the stone’s colors, enhance its natural beauty and ensure it remains visually appealing for years to come.
Protection against stains and spills
One of the major benefits of natural stone sealing is its ability to repel liquids and resist staining. Sealing creates a protective barrier on the stone’s surface, preventing spills from penetrating and causing unsightly stains. Whether it’s in your kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor patio, sealing helps maintain the pristine condition of your natural stone surfaces.
Prevent damage from moisture and the weather
We love our climate here in Southwest Florida, but it can be tough on our homes. Natural stone is susceptible to damage caused by moisture, such as cracking or chipping. A sealant effectively seals its pores, reducing water absorption and minimizing the risk of damage from weather. By creating a barrier against moisture and weathering, sealing helps prolong the lifespan of your natural stone.
The Natural Stone Sealing Process
- Assessment and preparation: Our professional services begin with a thorough assessment of the stone’s condition, identifying any existing damage or issues. The stone is then prepared by cleaning it to remove dirt, grime, and any existing sealant residues. This ensures optimal adhesion and penetration of the new sealant.
- Selection of appropriate sealant: Different types of natural stone require specific sealants to achieve the best results. We recommend a high-quality sealant, such as Cobble Loc stone sealant. This will ensure long-lasting performance.
- Application of the sealant: Once the stone is clean and dry, the sealant is applied using specialized tools and techniques. The sealant is evenly spread over the surface, allowing it to penetrate the stone and create a protective layer. Depending on the specific sealant used, multiple coats may be applied to achieve the desired level of protection.
- Drying and curing: After the sealant is applied, it needs time to dry and cure properly. Normally, the sealant is dry in 2-3 hours, but it does need about 24-36 hours to cure. We recommend the area stay closed to foot traffic for at least 2-3 hours and no vehicular traffic until curing is complete.
- Periodic maintenance: While natural stone sealing provides long-lasting protection, regular maintenance is essential to preserve its beauty and durability. It is recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care. Periodic resealing may also be necessary, depending on the wear and tear and the specific sealant used.
A Guarantee Too
The Cobble Loc sealant comes with a 2-year warranty. These are just a few reasons you should consider natural stone sealing services. With proper maintenance, your sealed natural stone will continue to provide an elegant and durable feature that enhances your living or working space for years to come. Contact us to get more information or to set up an estimate.