Seal Your Stone, Tile And Glass Surfaces For Preventative Maintenance
Has the stone façade on your home developed a gritty, whitish deposit over time? Is the concrete on your driveway showing signs of pitting? Is the grout around your tile work stained? Then you need to consider sealing your stone, concrete and grout surfaces to prevent further damage.
Andy’s Services provides expert services in sealing, including:
- Stone Sealing
- House Sealing
- Driveway Sealing
- Floor Sealing
- Glass Sealing
- Grout and Tile Sealing
All of these surfaces are prone to staining, pitting and other forms of damage from contact with harmful elements in the environment. We can help you protect your home’s surfaces through sealing.
The Importance of Sealing for Protection and Preventative Maintenance
Stone is a natural material riddled with crannies and crevices that will absorb water, gases, dissolved salts and chemicals from the environment. Because of its porous nature, it is vulnerable to damage if left unsealed. Stone is popular in kitchen countertops and floors, bathrooms, for walls and on house facades. Very porous stones like limestone and sandstone are especially vulnerable to damage.
Stains are by far the most common problem. Salt dissolved in water vapor and absorbed by stone (especially near the sea) causes damage like efflorescence and spalling. Efflorescence produces that white, gritty surface on stone facades. Spalling is the crumbling and deterioration of rock.
Acid attack is another danger. Acid-soluble materials in the stone themselves (such as the calcite in travertine, marble and limestone) absorb acid-producing gases from pollution in the air. Acid erosion leaves dull marks on what were polished surfaces and eventually leads to pitting. Mild household acids such as lemon juice, colas, vinegar and wine damage certain types of stone used in countertops and floors over time. There are stronger acids that only need seconds to cause irreparable damage.
Methods of Sealing
Topical sealers made from acrylic, polyurethanes and natural wax prevent stains but have a short life and have to be renewed on a regular basis. Stone in kitchen countertops, for example, usually has to be resealed once or twice a year to keep its shine and protection.
Penetrating sealers made from fluoro-polymers, siliconates and siloxanes all repel liquids from stones’ surfaces and penetrate surfaces to anchor to them. These longer-lasting sealers don’t alter stone’s appearance. They often require special cleaners on their surfaces however. Impregnating sealers use silanes and are the only ones that protect stone from efflorescence and spalling.
Contact Andy’s Services for Your Free Estimate
Andy’s invites you to go online today to receive your free call back and quote. Your stone surfaces were selected for a lifetime of use and beautiful appearance. Without a doubt, effective sealing by Andy’s Services protects the usefulness, appearance and longevity of your stone surfaces.