Keeping your external surfaces looking clean and new isn’t always easy, especially in areas that get a lot of use. Whether it’s a patio, driveway or garden path, it’s important to protect your surfaces from the elements, extending their lifespan and making the most out of your investment.
This article outlines the three main areas of how to protect your patio and other external surfaces.
Keeping your patio or driveway protected starts before it has even been laid. If an external surface is poorly installed or lacks effective drainage, it could lead to long term damage that can be expensive to fix.
Remember: Think about what your surface will be used for and its surroundings so you can choose a material that looks right and will be durable enough to stand the test of time.
Use our Pavetuf jointing options table to find the best material for your needs and see what kind of finish to expect:
Sealing your surface with a good quality patio sealer is an effective way of protecting your patio and extending its lifespan. These formulas are designed to create a protective layer across the surface of your paving stones, delaying the penetration of water and oils, reducing stains and making them easier to clean.
Not all paving products need to be sealed, for example porcelain products which have a very low porosity do not require sealing. There are a range of sealers available that offer different finishes such as satin or invisible. You can choose a sealer depending on the type of surface material you have.
Top Tip: Be sure to check how long you should wait before applying your sealer. Pavetuf sealers are breathable and can be applied before or immediately after installation.
Patios and driveways will get a lot of use over the years which can cause noticeable wear. Here are some ways you can reduce the amount of damage to your patio or driveway.
Regularly cleaning your patio is essential for maximising its lifespan and keeping it looking newer for longer. Here are some of our top patio cleaning tips:
Use a high-quality patio cleaner suitable for your paving type to get a deep clean and clear away any oils or stubborn stains. Remember paving is just like any other product type in that using the right cleaning product for the right kind of stain will make the cleaning process so much easier. Imagine trying to clean your car with just water, it will most likely not get all bodywork clean, yet using the correct shampoo will actually make the cleaning effortless.
If you choose to seal your natural stone, it can degrade or become dull after years of usage and weathering. Resealing can help to give it a clean, new appearance and extend its lifespan.
Maintaining your patio or driveway takes regular care and attention but having the right products makes it a lot easier. The range of landscape solutions from Pavetuf includes a variety of high quality cleaners, sealers, drainage systems and installation solutions that are designed to keep your external surfaces looking their best for years.