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76 INTERIORS; LANDSCAPING & EXTERNAL WORKS


PROTECTING OUTDOOR SURFACES OFFERS MANY BENEFITS – AND THE NEW BREED OF SEALERS MAKES TREATMENT COMPLETELY FEASIBLE


require protection – but for different reasons. While most matt porcelains are stain-resistant, they can still be marked during the fixing process. This is often caused by grouts or joint sealing compounds, which have an oily resin that can be very hard to remove. In order to prevent this, a sacrificial seal should be applied before fixing.


containers. Also, as a general rule, water- based sealers tend to go further, with a typical extra coverage of between 10 and 20 per cent on most surfaces. It’s also worth mentioning that sealing, as opposed to not sealing, provides its own environmental advantages. The main one being that a sealed surface requires much less cleaning. This, in turn, reduces associated waste and water consumption,


and eliminates the need for more drastic intervention with harsh chemicals.


OTHER EXTERNAL SURFACES Advances in stone-effect porcelain finishes have resulted in wider specification – and as well as installation in homes, these surfaces are now being continued onto patios.


Just like stone, external porcelain does


Protecting outdoor surfaces offers many benefits – and the new breed of sealers makes treatment completely feasible, whatever the weather and whatever the finish. In terms of the ‘seamless surface’ it’s a must. And having reassessed this area – armed with a new arsenal of eco-treat- ments – maybe it’s time to look at other external surfaces too?


Richard Osborne is director of LTP Ecoprotec


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