After cleaning and re-sanding your driveway brushing in fine kiln dried sand you can then apply a sealant to your drive. We recommend using Resiblock or Smartseal sealants as these are two of the best sealers on the market and are available in a couple of different finishes - matt or a silk finish for your block paving.
Not only do these enhance your driveway and patios appearance but also seal the paving to prevent stains and eliminates weed and grass growth.
The application of a sealer to your driveway and patio has the following benefits:
Inhibits weeds, moss and algae
Prevents penetration of dirt, oil and fuel
Sets joint sand hard preventing sand loss
Enhances surface colour
Increases life span of drive
Protects from frost
Enhances curb appeal
Strengthens & maintains paving performance, as the sand is bonded by the sealant
Reduces surface porosity thereby resisting the penetration of stains
Helps to prevent the colonisation of ants nests
Renders the area easier to maintain in the future
Enhances the appearance, especially older paving blocks
Block Paving Sealers
Once you have had your driveway or patio either professionally cleaned or carried out a DIY clean, it is worthwhile considering having the cleaned area treated with a sealant.
There are a choice of different types of sealant; these are either a basic matt acrylic finish or a more durable pre-polymer urethane sealant, in either matt or silk form.
There are a variety of sealants available and we will recommend the most suitable, which is chosen on the basis of economy and the wear characteristics needed in the expected use of the surface being treated.
Sealant Types -
1. Acrylic Block Paving Sealants
Acrylic sealant is the low cost option and is a two-coat process using a solution of an acrylic polymer in xylene. The polymer solution soaks into the jointing sand and the blocks, then after solvent evaporation it is left firmly bonded and coated. This has a stabilising effect on the driveway, preventing loss of the actual jointing sand and inhibiting the growth of weeds and grass in the joints. This sealing process also helps to prevent the colonisation of ant nests. The matt-look finish given to the surface enhances the appearance of the driveway considerably and has a life expectancy of 1 to 3 years dependent on local conditions.
2. Pre-Polymer Urethane Sealants Gloss or Matt
The more expensive Pre-Polymer Urethane Sealants perform a similar function to the acrylic option, but they are more durable and last typically twice as long between full treatments. As with the acrylic coating process the Pre-Polymer Urethane soaks into the jointing sand, to bind the particles and sides of the blocks or paving stones together. Then after this penetration actual polymerisation of the urethane takes place in-situ as a result of solvent evaporation, atmospheric and residual moisture. The urethane plastic is therefore effectively cured in place producing a very strong stable bond, which retains the normal flexural properties of the pavement. Once sealed with the urethane treatment, the coated driveway will withstand washing with a normal jet washer.
The gloss version of the urethane polymer known as Gloss Resiblock Superior is a two-coat process and is therefore more expensive since it uses more material. The properties are similar, except that the surface of the blocks remains coated and are normally somewhat darker than the original colour. The two-coat process means that it can only be applied in a period of good weather to ensure a consistent finish. In addition to the gloss version of Resiblock Superior, there is also a Matt Resiblock Superior option which is also a two-coat process. The surface coating remains on the surface of the blocks unlike the matt Resiblock-22 sealant. The price for the Matt Resiblock Superior is usually the same as the gloss version and is chosen by those customers who like the blocks coated but with a matt appearance.
3. Resiblock 22 Driveway Sealing
The matt Resiblock 22 product is a single coat application sealant, this sealant bonds the jointing sand strongly and seals the overall surface.
After some time the surface coating is lost returning the paving blocks to their original colour. The block paving is nevertheless sealed, because the blocks have been impregnated and the sand is bonded
Check our other pages for guides on how to:
Remove stains from your driveway
Apply sealant to your driveway