Sealing the drive way
There are many reasons you should seal your block paved drive way, appearance, maintenance, all to increase the life span of the drive way. This can include the prevention of staining of the drive way, stop ant hills from forming in the joints, stop weeds from protruding through the joins in the blocks to preventing the fading of the the colours of the drive over time. This is also to protect the investment you have made to improving the drive of your home or property if you had it with the intention of increasing the value of your home or property. There are numerous products available from stockists such as Resiblock, Wickes quick drying drive sealer and Cementone to name but a few.
When you should use products like resiblock
If you are thinking of sealing the drive way to future proof this investment, you should wait for a minimum of around six months, this lets the sand between the blocks settle and do it’s required job properly and to allow any efflorescence to disappear that may have formed in this six month period. If you do seal the drive way within this six month window you may be setting your self up for problems in the future, once the application of a sealer has been applied it is irreversible. This could result in the worst case scenario of you having to take up the drive way and replace altogether to solve any issues the original drive had during the initial six months period.
The take away of sealing
This is to ultimately protect the drive from wear and tear that it is going to endure in the years to come. Before fully committing to the application of any type of Ronseal Patio & Block Paving Sealer, Resiblock or Cromar Block & Paving Sealer you should first test this out on a small and inconspicuous area that is not really visible. This is due to the fact some sealers can in fact impart a gloss like finish that you may not like, and again, once the application has been made it is unlikely you can reverse the finish. As many will tell you, test, test, test before fully diving into this procedure.