13 Jan Should you seal your patio before pointing?
Here at Swiss Seal, we understand how difficult it is to keep your patio in tip-top condition, especially with the harsh weather we experience throughout the year here in the UK. Rain and freezing temperatures can leave your patio cracked but riddled with weeds, causing gaps which allow water in, and making the weeds flourish in the spring. Homeowners, therefore, use a process called “pointing” to fill in the gaps in between each paving stone with mortar or grout.
While pointing can help restore the look and functionality of your patio, it’s essential to consider whether you should seal your patio before pointing. Sealing a patio involves applying a protective coating to the surface to prevent moisture and other elements from penetrating moisture and other elements from penetrating the stone or concrete. There are many factors you need to consider, with the first being how long has your patio been installed.
If you have recently installed a new patio and is still in good condition, you probably won’t need to seal it before pointing. However, if your patio has been installed for at least a couple of years, it could be slightly damaged, or prone to moisture buildup. Sealing it before pointing can help you protect it from further damage. Additionally, if you plan to use a dry mix of mortar or grout, sealing the patio beforehand may not be necessary, as the mixture will not absorb into the surface as much.
When deciding whether to seal your patio before pointing, it’s essential to consult with a professional contractor. Most professional contractors would recommend sealing until at least 8-12 weeks after the paving has been installed. They can assess the condition of your patio and recommend the best course of action to restore its look and functionality.
Sealing a patio involves applying a protective coating to the surface to prevent moisture and other elements from penetrating the stone or concrete. This process can provide several benefits, including:
- Protection against the weather: Choosing to seal your patio can help protect it from weather damage, such as rain, snow, and sunlight. This protection can prevent the surface from cracking, fading, or discolouring.
- Stain resistance: Sealed patios are resistant to stains and spills, making them easy to clean and maintain.
- Durability: Sealing your patio can help prolong its lifespan by preventing damage from moisture and other environmental factors.
In conclusion, sealing your patio before pointing can provide many benefits, including protection against weather damage, stain resistance, and increased durability. However, whether you should seal your patio depends on its condition and the type of pointing you plan to use.