If you have stone veneer on your home or have recently decided to install it, you may be wondering if the stone needs to be sealed like other types of natural stone building products. Stone veneer adds a luxurious, rich look to the outside of your home and you want to be sure that it looks just as good years from now as it did the day it was installed.
There are sealants avaialble that can help protect your stone. The sealant is usually brushed over the stone to protect it from weather, moisture and stains. In areas where the air may carry salt, such as near the ocean, a sealant can also protect from salt damage. They can be purchased at almost any home improvement store and it is possible to add the sealant yourself. Avoid products that have acid and it is best not to use products with silane or siloxane as they penetrate but allow the stone to breathe, encouraging bacteria and mold.
Sealer Plus Enhancer
If you want to also bring out the natural character of the stone and make it more vibrant, consider adding an enhancer as well as a sealant. Make sure it is safe for manufactured stone and try the product in an inconspicuous location to determine how it reacts with your stone.
Benefits of Sealant
Manufacturers say that if a drop of water darkens the stone, other materials can also affect it. Oil, dirt or plant residue may cause damage to your stone veneer. In addition, the sealant makes it easier to clean your stone and add a layer of protection. It does not take long to add the sealant, so the protection it provides to your stone is worth the little time it takes. Most manufacturers do say that stone veneer does not need sealing so the option to seal your stone is a personal choice.
Keep in Mind
There are things to keep in mind when it comes to sealers. These include:
- Sealers can make your stone appear wet, while others may make it more vibrant. Still others can slightly darken the veneer.
- Whether applying a sealer alone or a sealer with an enhancer, it is critical that you test the product in an inconspicuous spot.
- The more porous your stone veneer, the more coats you will need.
- Your supplier can tell you if the product you are planning to use is recommended for your stone.
- You will need to reapply the sealer and/or enhancer periodically.
- Weather is a factor so be sure to read directions regarding the best weather to apply the product you choose.
If you have questions about your stone veneer, contact us today by telephone or complete the easy query form online. Our staff can guide you and recommend the best options for your stone.