Top Tips of Caring for Natural Pool and Paving Stones
Pavers are wonderful for creating the perfect look for a backyard, driveway, garden or pathway in a house. Choosing the right paver stone to match the style and look of your home can be overwhelming but it is better to invest time in and go for the appropriate paver to avoid costly repairs later.
Natural stone is one of the best flooring surfaces for use around a swimming pool. Not only does it look great, but it performs extremely well too but the key is maintaining natural stone all year round. Essentially, you want to ensure that your stone is sealed and kept clean. This will help in maintaining natural stone year upon year.
Granites and Bluestones, in particular, are extremely dense and hard-wearing, so are ideal for use around a pool that will be exposed to water, sun and a lot of use. However, some Limestones and Sandstones are also suitable. But at the top of this list is Aspen Blue as durable as Bluestone and works much more beautifully in exterior design.
Maintaining Natural Stone Around Your Pool
Keeping your natural stone paving clean is just as important as cleaning the water of your pool. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when maintaining natural stone around your pool that will ensure longevity.
We always advise sealing your stone following installation. In certain environments, it may be appropriate to dip seal (on all six sides of the stone tile) with a consolidator sealer. This would be highly recommended for pool coping. To best protect the stone, it is also recommended that re-sealing occur every 2-3 years to mitigate the water ingress into the stone.
2. WATER LEVEL MANAGEMENT
It is recommended to keep your pool water level around 10cm below the pool’s coping to avoid constant submersion or constant saturating and drying.
3. REMOVING DEBRIS
If your pool is located underneath any sort of foliage that may stain the stone, ensure it is cleaned and removed before it gets a chance to. A quick sweep every couple of days will be sufficient along with a gentle hose down.
4. PH-NEUTRAL CLEANER
Use a pH-neutral cleaner for regular cleaning and maintenance for the stone. Avoid using acids or strong alkali products to clean as these will reduce the effectiveness of the sealer and may damage the stone.