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Paving stones are an amazing addition to any property. Whether it is a walkway, driveway, or patio, they will eventually begin to harbour weeds. This is caused by the weakening of the polymeric sand in between the pavers, which over time loses its "barrier" strength, thus allowing for weed growth. Starting the regular sealing process soon after getting your new interlocking installed is vital in ensuring that it remains as weed-free as possible, as opposed to waiting until the weeds are completely out of control. This will not only save you lots in additional labour fees to get all those extra weeds out, but it will keep your property looking beautiful and maintained! Regular seal coating of your interlocking will keep the sand cured longer, and therefore the weeds, out! Regular sealing also restores the faded colour of the stones to their original appearance and waterproofs it against damage such as cracks.

 

A professionally-finished interlock seal coating job is one that is done by using the right product and corresponding procedures! What's worse? Having the right product, but following the wrong procedures, or, following the right procedures, but having the wrong product? Of course, both are just as bad. Read on to learn more!

 

Type of sealers

Different products, different results. Therefore, the worst mistake one can make when sealing is using the wrong product -- one that does not offer any benefits such as waterproofing and colour enhancement.  Even worse, is using the right product, but with the wrong procedures! Let's look at acrylic sealers vs. water-based sealers. Although both are readily available for purchase at the local hardware store, water-based sealers have no waterproofing capabilities and tend not to enhance the colour of the stone. Also, if applied incorrectly, they may often leave a "milky" and/or patchy appearance. On the other hand, acrylic sealers are fully waterproof sealers that when applied correctly, enhance the stone back to it's original colour. However, if applied incorrectly, such as by rolling on rather than spraying, in the wrong quantities and/or in the wrong weather, acrylic sealers may also lead to "milky" appearance and bubbling. Common issues such as these can be in some cases extremely difficult to reverse as they require hazardous chemicals and significant effort to remove. 

Pros:

  • Waterproof protection

  • Slip-resistant

  • If applied correctly and by using a sprayer, allows for:

    • colour enhancement​

    • even application

    • clean job, keeping the sealer where it belongs

  • DIY-compatible (available at local hardware stores)

  • Lasts at least 2 years 

Cons:

  • None! But, if applied incorrectly, may cause:

    • patchy, "milky" appearance

    • bubbling

    • messy job

Finish:

  • Natural look

  • Semi-gloss

  • High-gloss

Water-Based

Pros:

  • DIY-compatible (available at local hardware stores)

  • Inexpensive compared to Acrylic

Cons:

  • Virtually no benefits:

    • no colour enhancement​; almost no visible difference between before & after

    • not waterproof

  • Often applied incorrectly, causing: 

    • patchy, "milky" appearance

    • bubbling

    • messy job

  • Slippery when wet 

  • Does not last nearly as long as Acrylic

 

Finish:

  • Natural look

Before
After
Why Seal?

Protect your investment 

Landscaping your property is a costly investment, sometimes as much as several thousands of dollars. Regular preventative maintenance and upkeep prolongs its longevity, saving you from potentially having to replace it entirely if it gets to the point of beyond repair.

As with most things overtime, your landscaping will also begin to lose its natural look of when it was brand new. With time, discoloration and fading begin to become prominent. A simple sealcoating will enhance and beautify it to a brand new look.

Enhance & Beautify

Curb Appeal

Nothing says more than a well-maintained property. From your lawn and garden to your driveway and patio, first impressions are what count the most! Spice up your property with a simple seal coating solution!

Tremendous looking landscaping will obviously add value to your home, especially when it has been regularly maintained, and therefore is always looking up-to-date. Additionally, if you are planning to sell your home then sealcoating is a quick and affordable way to boost your property with an eye-catchy appeal.

Increase Property Value

 
 
 

Due to its relatively inexpensive price, compared with that of interlocking and concrete, asphalt remains quite a popular choice among homeowners considering different options for their driveway. However, as it ages, asphalt tends to "dry out" and lose its flexible properties, leading to cracks and deformations. This is especially evident after extreme weather conditions that cause the asphalt to expand. Depending on the type of sealer used, regular seal coating of asphalt fully waterproofs it and replenishes the elastic properties back into it so that it may expand in extreme temperatures without cracking, giving it the natural flexibility it needs to breathe. There are lots of products readily available on the market today - each with their own designated set of advantages and disadvantages. Read on to learn more about the different types of sealers!

Type of sealers

Different products, different results. Therefore, the worst mistake one can make when sealing is using the wrong product -- one that will cause more harm than good. A great example of this is Acrylic/Latex sealers vs. Oil-Based sealers. Acrylic sealers tend to last longer since they are much thicker than oil based sealers, often the reason why they are a popular choice among DIYers. However, the fact of the material being too thick is the reason it could do more harm than good in the long run. Instead of restoring the flexible properties back into the driveway, acrylic sealers tend to dry out asphalt even more, causing significantly more damage than there was to begin with. On the other hand, oil-based sealers are of composed of a consistency  thick-enough to replenish the elastic properties into and waterproof the asphalt, therefore protecting it. In this case, less is more!

Acrylic/Latex "Airport Grade"

Pros:

  • Lasts longer (3 to 5 years)

  • DIY-compatible (available at local hardware stores)

  • Inexpensive 

 

Cons:

  • Material too thick, causing more harm than good

  • Applied using a roller, often causing:

    • more material applied than recommended, 

    • uneven look, streaks​

    • messier job 

  • Often slippery when wet

Finish:

  • Matte

Pros:

  • Full protection

  • Waterproof 

  • Slip-resistant

  • Applied professionally and by using a sprayer, allowing for:

    • an even application​

    • enhanced look

    • clean job, keeping the sealer where it belongs

Cons:

  • Not DIY-compatible (not available for consumer purchase) 

 

 

 

 

Finish:

  • Matte

Coal Tar Emulsion

Pros:

  • Lasts longer (3 to 5 years)

Cons:

  • The most hazardous sealer to the environment

  • Applied using a brush, often causing:

    • more material applied than recommended, 

    • uneven look, streaks​

    • messier job 

  • Not DIY-compatible (not available for consumer purchase) 

  • Often slippery when wet

 

 

Finish:

  • Matte

Before
After
 
 
Patterned/Stamped Concrete
Flagstone
Regular Concrete
Natural stone

Although it is typically quite costly, patterned concrete remains one of the most popular options for homeowners considering different possibilities for their driveway, patio or backyard, due to its natural elegance, versatility, and uniqueness in different design options. Regular sealing prolongs its longevity, protecting your valuable investment. 

Type of sealers

There are primarily two different types of sealers that may be used on stamped concrete: acrylic sealers and water-based sealers. Although both are readily available for purchase at the local hardware store, water-based sealers have no waterproof properties and tend not to enhance the colour of the concrete. Also, if applied incorrectly, they may leave a "milky" and/or patchy appearance. On the other hand, acrylic sealers are fully waterproof sealers that when applied correctly, enhance the concrete back to it's original colour. However, if applied incorrectly, such as by rolling on rather than spraying, in the wrong quantities and/or in the wrong weather, acrylic sealers may also lead to "milky" appearance and bubbling. Common issues such as these can be in some cases extremely difficult to reverse as they require hazardous chemicals and significant effort to remove. 

Pros:

  • Waterproof protection

  • Slip-resistant

  • If applied correctly and by using a sprayer, allows for:

    • colour enhancement​

    • even application

    • clean job, keeping the sealer where it belongs

  • DIY-compatible (available at local hardware stores)

  • Lasts at least 2 years 

Cons:

  • None! But, if applied incorrectly, may cause:

    • patchy, "milky" appearance

    • bubbling

    • messy job

 

Finish:

  • Natural look

  • Semi-gloss

  • High-gloss

Before

Water-Based

Pros:

  • DIY-compatible (available at local hardware stores)

  • Inexpensive compared to Acrylic

Cons:

  • Virtually no benefits:

    • no colour enhancement​; almost no visible difference between before & after

    • not waterproof

  • Often applied incorrectly, causing: 

    • patchy, "milky" appearance

    • bubbling

    • messy job

  • Slippery when wet 

  • Does not last nearly as long as Acrylic

 

Finish:

  • Natural look

After
 
 

Of course if we all lived in a perfect world, everything would naturally last forever, but in reality, this is not the case. Wear and tear becomes quite prevalent on our landscaping - from cracks and potholes in asphalt to the sinking and/or raising of paving stones - these things are usually inevitable and  bound to happen, especially with the harshness of our Canadian winters. Tackling these issues while they are still minor prevents them from becoming major problems, potentially saving you from the fortune of having to replace the entire thing. 

Below you will find a list of some of the most common issues associated with each type of landscaping. If you are noticing one or more of the following common problems, be sure to contact us for a free repair quote!

Asphalt
  • Major cracks (over 1/2 inch thick)

  • Sinking/dipping by the garage

  • Pot holes

interlock
Interlock
  • Uneven pavers - low spots; sinking

  • Little to virtually no polymeric sand between pavers 

Concrete
  • Visible cracks

  • Severe discoloration

  • Chipped and/or broken concrete

Why Choose us?

At SIPS, we lead by using only the highest quality commercial-grade sealants and materials, as well as follow all proper procedures and protocol from start to finish, ensuring a professional end-result! Our highly trained team of professionals has completed thousands of jobs to date, knowing all the tricks of the trade, so you can count on SIPS for help with any of your projects, small or large. All our sealants are applied using a high pressurized spray system, allowing for an even application, enhanced look and long-lasting finish. Also, be rest assured with our mess-free guarantee! Using state-of-the-art masking technology, we ensure the sealer stays where it belongs, rather than ending up on your curbs, walls, or garage doors.

Professional

Professional is what we are. Highest quality materials, procedures and workmanship --- from start to finish. Guaranteed.

Pride & Passion

As professionals, we take pride and passion in everything we do for our customer. Count on us to deliver exceptional service each and every time.

Customer Satisfaction

Above all, customer satisfaction remains our top priority. We stay focused on constantly improving our customer experience, so be sure to provide us with your feedback! 

Insured

All SIPS employees are insured for full liability including Property Damage, Public Liability and Worker's Compensation--- to provide you and us with extra peace of mind!

Comprehensive Warranty

Stay rest assured  with our comprehensive written warranty on all our work!

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