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The Importance of Sealing Your Patio Flooring

If you’re like many southwest Florida-area homeowners, your home includes an outdoor patio area that helps your family take full advantage of your yard for entertaining. Your patio likely experiences plenty of wear and tear from heavy usage and constant exposure to the elements. And yet, you may not have considered protecting your patio’s flooring with a quality sealant unless it’s constructed with wood deck tiling, which most people recognize as needing to be sealed.

Many homeowners need to pay more attention to sealing outdoor patio flooring made from stonework because they mistakenly believe the materials are impervious to damage. Indeed, the numerous natural and man-made stonework and masonry used for outdoor patio flooring are robust. However, the professional painters at Naples-based FCI Painting will advise you that day-to-day wear and exposure to the elements will degrade even the strongest flooring materials over time. A properly applied sealer, though, can prevent this slow degradation and help maintain the like-new look of your patio flooring.

Factors that Degrade Patio Flooring

Everyone knows that water and UV rays from the sun will discolor and break down outdoor wooden structures unless coated with paint or another sealant. While stone-based tiles, pavers, and masonry are far more robust than wood, water and UV rays can also slowly break them down. Concrete, slate, granite, porcelain, quarry, and other stone-based patio floorings all have some degree of porosity, which means they absorb moisture. The water your patio flooring might absorb from rain, dew, irrigation, and other sources isn’t the problem; it’s the potential contaminants that might come with it, such as:

  • Chemicals
  • Acids
  • Salts
  • Pollutants
  • Organic matter
  • Oils
  • Microscopic debris

These contaminants can cause staining, break down the structural integrity of your tiling, and promote the growth of damaging mold, mildew, and bacteria. Meanwhile, those UV rays from the sun will slowly but surely cause the colors of your tiling to fade.

Protect Your Patio Flooring with the Right Sealer

You can avoid the slow but inevitable degradation of your patio flooring by coating it with a quality sealer. The right sealer can impede the natural absorbency of your tiling no matter what it’s made from, and some also enhance the material’s natural look. With numerous sealer options, you should seek advice from a surface coating expert, like those at FCI Painting. Some sealers can change the appearance of the tiling, while others might make some flooring too slippery. A sealer that might work perfectly with slate might not provide the same level of protection if used for concrete. Or the perfect concrete sealer may prove too viscous for applying to porcelain. Basic sealant types that you will need to consider include:

  • Penetrating sealers—deliver resins deep into the pores of concrete and masonry tiles, where they chemically react to seal from within, leaving limited surface film.
  • Solvent-based sealers—similar to penetrating sealers but rely on strong chemicals to form deeper bonds within denser materials, such as porcelain and granite.
  • Water-based sealers—mix with water to deliver polymers into the pores, which then bond and form an interior coating as the water evaporates.
  • Topical sealers—primarily used for protective surface coating and to create high-glass finishes and other aesthetic effects.

Rely on FCI Painting to Seal Your Naples-Area Patio Flooring

To learn more about how to seal your outdoor patio flooring effectively, consult with the experts at FCI Painting. With more than 25 years of professional interior and exterior painting experience in Naples, Florida, we can pick the perfect sealer for your patio flooring. You can contact us online or call (239) 435-1001.

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We have a three unit, two story condo building that needed an exterior painting job we awarded to FCI Painting. Their proposal was reasonably priced and very detailed. Richard Foden’s came to estimate the job and took the time to explain the process, answer questions and provide recommendations (that help us in our process). We received four proposals and FCI’s stood out making our decision straight forward. FCI crew was professional and the foreman ‘Eduardo’ exceptional. On a daily basis’s he communicated what to expect, what they would be achieving and the crews next steps. Crew was courteous and cleaned up the grounds every evening. We highly recommend FCI Painting company. Thanks

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Jeremy S

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Richard and his team were great to work with. They were polite, cleaned up and did an awesome job! I have already recommended them to people and would definitely use them again.

Helen R

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Very professional, prompt… even ahead of schedule. I will always use them from now on.

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I can’t recommend FCI Painting enough! Owner Richard Foden runs one of the finest painting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When my business moved into our new office, we started researching painters in Naples, FL and FCI came highly recommended. The commercial painters that Richard works with are prompt, thorough and professional. After working with them in a business setting, I’ll be certain to give Richard a call next time I’m in need of house painters as well.

Martin V

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Had my condo painted by FCI Painting and they did an outstanding job! They were professional and friendly.

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FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

Donna C

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Neil S

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FCI Painting did a fantastic job on my driveway. They were swift, neat, and very sharp eye on quality. I would highly suggest there work and I would call them again.

Tom D

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FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

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My family has used FCI in our homes and businesses. They have always done an outstanding job, neat and clean and Richard is wonderful accommodating owner to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

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