Is sealing your stone floor a job you can do yourself, or should you hire a qualified professional to do it for you? Take into consideration the following pros and cons before making your decision.
A do it yourself job will allow you to save on labour costs. However, you must consider the size of the job and how comfortable you feel with doing the project. Are you willing to get on your hands and knees to seal a floor? Are you prepared to apply multiple applications of product to get your desired look if needed?
If you choose to do it yourself, has the floor or surface been completely and thoroughly cleaned? If not, you could potentially seal in dirt and debris. Furthermore, any sealer that is not efficiently removed from the surface of the stone may cause problems, including a haze on the stone that can develop as the sealer dries. Once it has dried on the surface, sealer can be very difficult to remove.
Keep in mind, different sealers perform diversely in different environments and on different stones.
A stone must be resealed when it is allowing liquid to penetrate its sealant. This will cause stains, etches, and even possibly cracks to the floor. Floors take a heavy beating – especially in high traffic areas, so a proper seal is imperative. To reseal, the area must first be properly cleaned of all dirt and impurities, which could be sealed into the floor if not removed. The sealant then needs to be applied in right amount and type for a proper seal, this may require more than one application.
Consider these important points before deciding on DIY or professional sealing:
Hiring a pro might be more costly, however, it may end up saving you in the end. Our employees know which is the best sealer for the job and will use equipment and techniques that allow them to get the job done effectively and admirably. It is wise to get a professional opinion on your stone surface before beginning a DIY sealing job, as a professional may spot some issues with the stone or sealant that you may miss.
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