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Sealers, learn how to use them properly and they are an added benefit to most paving jobs but get that wrong and you will be in a world of grief!
Fortunately, Azpects Ltd are not happy if their customers experience problems and see it as their moral duty to help find solutions to problems. Two recent applications of EASYSeal SSP and EASYSeal Ultimate ended in near disaster for the contractors for the simple fact that they didn't understand how to apply them and what the consequences would be for getting it wrong.
Both paved areas were laid with six side sawn Indian Sandstone, calibrated to 22mm. Both areas formed parts of very high calibre designed gardens which had both had extensive landscaping to very high standards. The final job on both was to seal the paving to protect its appearance and make it easier to maintain in the future. Unfortunately, on both occasions the contractors left excess sealer on the surface which dried to leave ‘tide marks’ which showed up terribly and spoilt the whole look of the garden.
An artist's impression of the Wizard
As you can imagine, both contractor and client weren't happy bunnies and the finger of blame swung round to the sealer supplier…Us! As previously mentioned we at Azpects don’t like fingers being pointed so we jumped straight on the phone and started to sort it out. Firstly we showed our Wizard the photos and the Wizard confirmed what we thought to be the problem. They then proceeded to mix up a magic potion for us and we trotted off to see the unhappy people. The first patio looked very sad but with a splash of the potion we soon saw that all was not lost and the excess sealer could be removed. We left the remaining potion and trotted away to have a cup of coffee-feeling very pleased with ourselves.
I visited the second site on my own, armed with more magic potion but upon arrival I found there were more than excess sealer problems. The reported ‘tide marks’ had virtually faded away and were difficult to see due to the very light sandstone sucking up dust and dirt and leaving what I call ‘shadow marks’ over some of the slabs. The big downfall with thin paving is that you can almost see through it and any voids under the paving will be very noticeable after a few weeks. (Especially if it’s kept wet due to rain or general watering) With this job I opted to leave the contractor with a bottle of EASY Patio & Deck cleaner. The concentrated formula will help remove any surplus sealer residue (as it’s only lightly built up) and the diluted product will help to clean the shadow marks and go on to help keep things cleaner for months to come.
What’s interesting is that out of these mishaps we get to learn new methods and the quality of the workmanship improves as you can’t get away with cutting corners without being caught out. That’s great news for consumers who pay a lot of hard earned money to get their dream gardens.
Personally I really enjoy the detective work involved in finding the causes of problems and I am in the fortunate position to be working for a great company who’s ethics are the same as mine. We don’t turn our backs on people and we endeavour to help to find solutions when things go wrong. It’s not a case of playing the blame game; it’s about being professional and sorting things out.
Azpects are excited to announce our new tub calculators for single and multiple slab jobs
One of the most common requests we get via email and the phones is how many tubs will be needed for a job or simply the coverage with EASYJoint, we've therefore developed a system which estimates* this very thing.
Bookmark, try them out and use them today and please let us know what you think!
*These calculators only estimate the number of tubs of EASYJoint required to complete a job and therefore no responsibility can be taken by Azpects Ltd to the accuracy of the figure given.
There are several factors that can effect coverage and you should consider these before limiting the number of tubs to purchase. For further assistance feel free to call the Azpects helpline on 01473 760777.
Azpects are proud to launch our new YouTube channel with three brand new EASYJoint videos, we hope you like them!
I'm sure you've seen the old EASYJoint video which whilst informative is starting to show it's age.
Whether it's fresh new graphics, better wording, modern filming techniques or new fangled technology like 'HD'; we have been working hard to refresh our video content and we hope you appreciate the results!
Have a watch and let us know what you think, we are aiming to offer more video content in the future months so watch this space.
Enriches and stabilises colour especially black, does not form a 'skin' on the surface, delivers good levels of protection from oil and stain substances, allows the stone to breathe, improves slip resistance and helps to keep algae away.
A high performance water repellent for all porous building materials. The product can be applied to already damp surfaces which will then, over time dry out, as the coating allows water to escape out and not penetrate in. EASYSeal Water Defence uses technology which is proven to increase Thermal Efficiency, so reducing heating bills.