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Got a patio? I bet you want it to last.
Your patio, as a major landscaping perk in your yard, will see every ray of sun and every drop of rain, every day of the year. It can be buried under piles of snow, or subjected to scorching winds, and expected to withstand every kind of weather in between.
It’ll also be busy holding down the earth under all kinds of feet, shoes, and paws, not to mention the wheels of the backyard grill and the legs of the outdoor furniture.
Your patio is going to get a workout.
You’d better seal it.

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There are three basic kinds of patios that are used in landscaping, and all three need to be sealed.
The first kind of patio is a concrete patio. It’s a solid slab of concrete that may be plain gray, or it may be dyed and pressed, or stamped, with patterns. If you live in an area that experiences freezing and thawing, your stamped concrete should have expansion joints to lessen the stress that the concrete will experience during freezes and thaws. If it doesn’t, all the sealant in the world isn’t going to help it because of the expansion and contraction that concrete will experience during weather changes.
So let’s assume your stamped, dyed concrete patio has expansion joints.
To seal it, which you will want to do every two or three years, scrub the concrete with a push broom and a little bit of dish soap. Rinse the surface very well with a garden hose and let it air dry for at least 24 hours. You can accelerate the drying process by using a leaf blower.
Once the concrete is completely dry, apply the sealer using a nap roller, not a sprayer, during a dry day where the weather is between 55F and 90F. A second coat can be applied once the first coat is dry to the touch.
Sealing this kind of concrete will protect the patios color from any kind of fading whatsoever.
But what if you have a patio made from pavers? Pavers are a popular landscaping choice and come in a large assortment of sizes and colors, and all the colors will eventually fade if you do not seal them. Unless you put garish red pavers next to your red brick house and have been horrified, ever since, that your reds clash, then chances are you don’t want your pavers to fade.
The first step, as with the concrete, is cleaning the pavers. Patio furniture and even fall leaves can stain the pavers, so removing the stains by using an acid masonry cleaner is crucial. Also make sure all moss, mildew, and algae are scrubbed away. Then, regrout the joints by sweeping sand into the cracks, and make sure the patio gets a few days to dry in the hot sun, otherwise you’ll end up sealing moisture in.
Use a water-based sealer to seal the pavers, because that will harden the sand in the joints and lock the pavers into place. Spray the sealer on the pavers, and if you end up with a puddle, use a brush to disperse it. Once it’s dry, do a second coat. Never do more than two coats or the sealant could peel.
Now your pavers will keep their color and be protected from staining.
The last kind of patio that’s common in landscaping is the natural stone patio. There are many types of natural stone, so the sealing process could vary from stone to stone.
However, regardless of the type of stone, using an impregnating sealer is recommended, because they are absorbed very deep into the stone without changing the natural color.

Sealing natural stone is advisable, to protect it against stains and deterioration from rain and sun. The best sealers for this purpose are impregnating sealers. They absorb deep into the stone, last a long time and don't change the appearance of the stone.

Special thanks to Carroll-landscaping at Maryland Landscaping
and Thelandscapingwizard.com the helpful article database at Landscaping Ideas.

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