Is Sealing Natural Stone Necessary?

Is Sealing Natural Stone Necessary?

Sealing natural stone is often necessary to protect the stone from damage and wear. Sealing helps fill in small pores and cracks, which can trap dirt and grime, making it easier to clean. Sealing also prevents staining, which is important especially if you’re using the stone outdoors or in places where food or drink might come into contact with the surface.
Sealing also helps protect it from water damage and keeps it looking new for many years to come. The type of sealant used will depend on the type of stone you’re using, so be sure to do your research before purchasing one of our products.

Pros & Cons of sealing natural stone

The pros of sealing your natural stone are that it is a great way to protect the surface from staining, scuffing, and other damage. It also enhances the beauty and durability of the stone, making it look new and shiny again.

Sealing can also extend the life of your stone, providing years of protection from wear and tear. Sealed stone surfaces are also easier to clean than unsealed ones, as dirt and debris won’t be able to penetrate the pores of the stone.

Another advantage is that natural stone is porous, which helps prevent water from pooling and creating puddles on the surface of the stone, as this can be dangerous and cause slips. It also allows for water drainage, which is vital for preventing flooding, and standing water could lead to damage to the structure or foundation of your property.

However, there are cons attached too, as sealing natural stone can be expensive and time-consuming. If you do not apply the natural stone sealer correctly or you don’t re-seal your surface, it can cause more harm than good.

How often does natural stone need to be sealed?

Natural stone needs sealing shortly after installation to protect against stains, dirt and other contaminants that may penetrate the porous material. It is also important to note that some stones are more absorbent than others, so it’s best to consult a professional for advice about when and how often you should seal your specific type of stone.
If you decide not to seal your natural stone, it can become discoloured or stained over time from everyday use. Sealing will ensure that your stone paving stays looking beautiful for years to come.
Whereas if you seal the stone, you will need to re-seal it every 6 – 12 months to keep the appearance of your surface looking new and shiny. Choosing not to re-seal your natural stone can cause more harm than good by trapping moisture can lead to mold growth and other problems.

What is the best sealer for natural stone?

Here at Swiss Seal, we supply a range of quality sealers suitable for natural stone surfaces, however, the best product we supply for this process is the ‘Invisi-Seal Patio Protector. This product is a Flouro-chemical with fantastic properties such as its repellent qualities. It is an eco-friendly option, clear in colour and when applied correctly it leaves no visible difference on the patio or driveway. The product is particularly suited to protecting Indian Stone, Block Paving and Concrete/Natural Stone patio flags.

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