A Stone Sealing Service Revived the Look of This Slate Driveway in Fort Myers, FL
September 27, 2016This homeowner from sunny Fort Myers, Florida wanted to spruce up his once-beautiful slate driveway a bit. It had been installed when the house was built and had never been thoroughly cleaned since then. Initially, he thought he could do a deep cleaning himself with the help of his hydro jet – a water pressure cleaner that has become a common household appliance in today's homes – but upon doing some online research, he realized it was probably best to hire professionals to do the job. It was a long driveway and given Florida's weather, hiring experts was probably the safest decision. He didn't want to risk ruining his driveway in an attempt to save money and end up having to pay more later. He searched online for Fort Myers stone sealing to find a reputable, local company that could do the job. That's how he found Sir Grout SW Florida. After browsing our website and reading some of the before and after blog posts and some of the reviews from satisfied customers, he decided to contact us to get a free evaluation. He was pleased with both the knowledge we shared and the estimate for the job, so he hired us to do it a couple of days later.
The driveway was not exceedingly dirty – it had the normal wear and tear due to tire marks and foot traffic. However, it looked quite dull and the original color of the slate had faded under all the dirt. Slate is a natural stone that has been used for centuries in the building industry. Nowadays, it is frequently used for countertops and floors, but it was originally used for roofing and was even used as a building material. It is a popular driveway material for many reasons, such as its non-slip, high temperature resistance and high traction qualities. All these characteristics make slate safe and durable. Additionally, since this beautiful stone comes in different textures and a variety of amazing colors, using this type of stone to pave a driveway offers a wide range of possibilities for a unique design. Slate can be smooth or have a rough finish, and its colors can vary from black to red, green, blue, and brown.
However, there are some disadvantages to using slate to pave your driveway. Since it is highly porous, it's hard to keep clean. As time goes by, the stone's surface will accumulate dirt and, in some cases, will become etched or scratched. It is not recommended for areas with heavy rain or snow, as these elements might cause the stone to easily crack over time.
To bring back the original, natural look of the stone and boost the color of this slate driveway, our team proceeded to clean all the pavers. After that, a stone sealing service was carried out to enhance the stones' original color and protect it from future dirt buildup. This client could not believe his eyes when he saw his driveway. He couldn't remember what it looked like originally, he just knew it looked different. When he saw the results, he remembered why he had chosen slate to pave his driveway.
If you live in Fort Myers or any of its surrounding areas, and you need your slate pavers or any other hard surface in your home revamped, contact us for a free evaluation. Our stone sealing and cleaning experts are professionally trained to restore any hard surface, saving you time and money on costly remodeling jobs. For any service related to hard surface restoration, call Sir Grout SW Florida or fill out the contact form.
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