With colder weather just on the horizon, no homeowner should be without the knowledge of how to protect their flagstone walkways, patios, and paths.
Flagstone, like any other stone, does require a small bit of maintenance from time to time to keep it in pristine condition.
Seal Your Flagstone
Although stone is durable and long-lasting, it needs to be protected. The first thing you should do is seal your flagstone. This is particularly important to protect it from staining. So as soon as the flagstone is ready to be walked on, it’s time to add a sealant. A quality sealer will fill pores and cracks and protect it from harsh alkaline and minerals.
What Sealant Should You Use
There are a lot of products on the market that make promises of protection, and many of them will complete the task provided that they have similar active ingredients.
Two things to look out for.
- If the product advertises that it will add a glossy finish, avoid application. These sorts of products aren’t designed for new flagstone and will often compromise its natural beauty.
- Check the ingredients. Make sure the sealer has an acrylic product that only fills pores and adds a simple matte finish. Protect your flagstone without deflating its beauty.
How to Apply
Depending on the area of application, your tools may vary. For small areas where flagstone was added as an accent or under grills, you may only require a disposable brush. If, for instance, you are sealing a pathway around a pool, you will want to invest in a few rollers to save time and ease application.
With just a little bit of pre-planning, and a few hours a year, your flagstone will retain its beauty for as long as you own your home.
Looking for a trusted flagstone supplier in the Washington metro area? Then look no further. Contact us to discuss how we can help to beautify your home. Irwin’s commitment to quality ensures the finest products and services in the industry.