EASYJoint

Overview

EASYJoint is the original sweep-in jointing Compound and still the best truly "All Weather Paving Joint Compound" available and made in the UK. Do not be fooled by others making similar claims. Azpects sells tens of thousands of tubs of EASYJoint every month to satisfied customers all over the UK and to parts of Europe.

EASYJoint grout or jointing compound is a very quick, effective and aesthetically pleasing way to fill joints between paving, be it natural stone or concrete flags. It is suitable for all types of paving material provided there is a gap of at least 3mm wide and 25mm deep (narrow joint compound). As the name implies, EASYJoint is easy to use – simply soak the paving with water before commencing and then simultaneously sweep and wash the jointing compound into the joints, letting the water take the strain. Full instructions on how to joint paving and a demonstration video showing how to joint a patio can be found on this web site. If you cannot find what you are looking for on the Azpects site and need help on how to joint a patio or need any assistance with choosing the right hard landscaping product or how to use an EASY Range product, call our dedicated hard landscaping helpline where our trained staff will assist you.

The result of using EASYJoint, to joint your paving, will be a paving gap that is completely filled without the need for kneeling and compressing the material by hand that will last for years. A strong joint that will resist the elements and stand the test of time - better than traditional jointing methods.

Demonstration Video

Available in 5 excellent colours

EASYJoint is available to buy in 5 colours as shown below. Colours may vary slightly due to colour differences on monitors and may not be a true reflection of the final product.

Mushroom

Mushroom

Buff

Buff

Stone Grey

Stone Grey

Basalt

Basalt

Jet Black

Jet Black

EASYJoint

Visit our instructional site

Coverage - How many tubs will it take to joint my patio?

Usage, of our grout for paving, depends on paving size, joint depth and width between slabs.

Click here to vist our online EASYJoint Calculator

Note: EASYJoint - for jointing paving - continues to harden for several weeks and achieves its full strength after approximately 1 month. For more information of how to lay a patio and the best way to joint paving click here

Features & Benefits

Features

Truly an all weather jointing compound
An all year round hard landscaping product to point your paving that can be used whatever the weather conditions are before, during or after application

Very fast to use
The use of water to wash and fill the joints between the paving is a breakthrough in jointing methodology. It assists the paving grout to compact into the joints so there is no need to ‘strike’ or ‘tool’ the joints unless you want a smooth finish.

Less Effort
The wash and sweep in application method makes it easy to use and jointing paving is faster than traditional methods

Technically advanced
Years of research and continuous development of our jointing compound makes this a market leader. We sell tens of thousands of EASYJoint tubs every month throughout the UK and in Europe.

No staining or framing
When used correctly and the EASYJoint instructions are followed there will be no staining or framing to the paving. EASYJoint is safe to use with natural stone as well as being ideal for concrete paving. If you make an error however don’t worry, the only stain our jointing compound might leave is linseed oil which will disappear and fade over time. Use lots of water when using the jointing grout and any linseed oil will sit on top of it and get washed away! Detailed instructions on how to joint paving with our sweep in sand can be found on this site or in the EASYJoint tub.

No Waste
Opened tubs of EASYJoint, if not fully used, can be kept for later use providing they are covered by a minimum of 2" (50mm) or more of water. – There is no waste with our jointing compound, EASYJoint is an environmentally friendly product.

Benefits

In conclusion:

For the DIY user of EASYJoint it means that you do the work, the jointing of the paving, when you planned to. For the professional user of EASYJoint, it improves cash flow - get the paving job done and get paid without delay

Using our sweep in compound is 10 to 20 times faster than conventional mortar based jointing methods

The sweep in application method means there is no need to kneel and compress the product into the joint – much less wear and tear on the back and knees

You can be sure that provided the EASYJoint instructions are followed you will have a solid joint that will last for years

The use of water is also a protector for the paving material – correct use will ensure a clean, mark free paving surface.

FAQs

Where can I buy EASYJoint - 'the all weather jointing compound'?

We have Stockists of our EASY Range 'all weather jointing compound' all over the UK and in parts of Europe, to find your nearest EASY Range stockist call us with your postcode and we will direct you to your closest EASYJoint stockist. However if your local EASY Range supplier has run out of our paving compound we can normally get it to them within a couple of working days or we can direct you to another stockist who does hold stock. Alternatively there are on-line 'internet' companies that you could contact. Our phone number is 01473 760777 - call us and our EASY Range support team will be pleased to assist you.


Can I use a power washer to clean the paving and joints?

Yes, you can clean our paving joints with a pressure washer but it must be done cautiously and after the EASYJoint sweep in sand has set hard. We recommend leaving newly laid EASYJoint for at least 4 weeks before cleaning it. When you clean the patio hold the power washer at an angle of about 45⁰ degrees and using a fan spray from no closer than 150mm from the paving joint. For stubborn stains and dirty paving, use our EASY Care Patio & Deck cleaner - for extremely contaminated areas of paving, natural stone or garden ornaments use EASY Care Masonry Cleaner. EASYJoint paving compound sets hard on contact with air but remains permeable. As water drains through the joints contaminants in the water will collect at the surface of the paving joint but these can easily cleaned & washed away, leaving the paving joint looking like new.


How deep do the paving joints need to be?

The recommended minimum depth of the paving joint is 25mm. It needs to be this deep to ensure the jointing compound has the correct strength to be a long lasting paving joint.


What is the minimum width a paving joint can be?

The paving joint needs to be a minimum of 3mm wide, (what is described as a narrow paving joint) however care should be taken measuring this as with some 'V' shaped paving the joints at the bottom edge can be narrower than the top. EASYJoint is designed to be a narrow joint filler and is probably the best on the market. Note there is no maximum paving joint width, feel free to use as much EASYJoint as you like!


Can EASYJoint be used with any base mix? (Base mix or the bedding mixture - parts or ratio of 'sand to cement' that the paving sits on).

We recommend a 6:1 bedding mix, six parts sharp sand to one cement. At this strength your bedding mix will remain permeable and allow water to drain through it. A stronger mix may cause the base to become impermeable and this will mean that water does not drain away. EASYJoint goes hard on contact with air, our EASYJoint needs to sufficiently dry out to allow it to cure properly. When using the wet method - the water is used to assist our jointing compound into the joints, it will self-compact and fill any voids. It also makes it easier to move around the paving and prevents staining. NOTE: You can still use EASYJoint on a stronger base mix but you will need to use the 'dry application method', remember EASYJoint does not need water to harden but is makes it easier to use. For the dry application or the method to joint a driveway - please refer to our instructions and follow the advice given on domestic driveways.


Does EASYJoint come in different colours?

Yes, our paving compound comes in five great colours. Mushroom, Buff Sand, Stone Grey, Basalt and Jet Black. Our range of EASYJoint paving joint colours enables you to individually design your patio. You can be as bold or refined as you like with your patio styling! EASYJoint - 'all weather' jointing compound is made in the UK. Rain or shine EASYJoint goes in fine!


How does EASYJoint go hard?

Simply on contact with air. To ensure EASYJoint reaches our customers in tip top condition at the end of the manufacturing process air is removed from the bag holding the EASYJoint and replaced with nitrogen. As EASYJoint needs oxygen to cure - once the bag is opened, and air gets to it, the curing process commences. EASYJoint can be stored in the tub once the bag is opened by keeping it covered with at least 2 inches of water and replacing the lid - it will keep for up to 12 months.


It was raining when I put in the EASYJoint and we are still getting showers, will it affect the drying time or appearance of the finished look?

EASYJoint will not harden until it has dried out - if it stays wet it will remain soft. Heavy rain may disturb the sand grains on the surface of the joint. If the joint has been 'striked' or 'tooled' this process may have to be repeated to achieve the desired finish. EASYJoint will go rock hard when it is exposed to air and allowed to dry - this may take 3 to 5 days (depending on weather). If the paving joints only partially dry out and then are repeatedly allowed to get wet, partially dry out etc, over a period of time, the curing process may fail altogether. See notes on permeable bases.


Why do you need to soak the paving before using EASYJoint?

There are three key reasons why using plenty of water with EASYJoint is essential. Water helps the user to sweep our paving compound around the patio, it also allows the compound to compact itself into the joints. There is no need to push EASYJoint into the joints, our paving compound does the hard work for you, falling into the paving gaps, filling voids and compacting. Lastly is contains linseed oil, a vital ingredient to create a strong bond in the paving joint however to avoid this oil penetrating the paving stone the EASYJoint instructions inform you to thoroughly soak the paving, this keeps the linseed oil 'floating' on the surface of the water, rather than penetrating the stone. It is important to note that linseed oil staining is only a temporary stain and exposure to sunlight, will over time, lift the marks.


Will EASYJoint mark my paving?

If used correctly in line with our instructions it should not, however there is always a chance that the Linseed oil will seep into the paving, linseed oil. Linseed oil is a vital ingredient which creates a strong bond in our paving joint. It is important to note that linseed oil staining is only a temporary stain and exposure to sunlight, will over time, lift the marks and fade away. Do not be tempted to use brick acid on natural stone, it will damage the paving and possibly the paving joint.


I have a block paved patio, can I use EASYJoint to point it?

No, the joints will be too narrow, we recommend a minimum of 3mm. The best solution would be to get it laid as recommended by the suppliers and to then protect it by sealing it with one of our specialised EASYsealers, either EASYSeal BCS or EASYSeal Contract. Both have sand binder in them and work in similar ways however EASYSeal BCS is the superior product and lasts longer.


Why do you need to use lots of water to wash in EASYJoint?

Simply to make patio laying EASY: We say 'the wetter the better' because it flows into the paving joints filling voids, compacting itself within the joint and giving you a stronger paving joint that will last. It is also easier to push around the paving and prevents the linseed oil within the EASYJoint marking the paving. We recommend using sufficient water with EASYJoint to turn it into a slurry, it works incredibly well with paving joints of different sizes (miniumum 3mm) - View the EASYJoint demonstration video and see how EASY it is to joint a patio using EASYJoint.


The paving I'm using is sensitive to marking, is EASYJoint a suitable product?

Yes however only if used correctly by following the 'how to point paving' instructions in the EASYJoint tub or on this Azpects website. We recommend that sensitive paving, such as Granite, Black Limestone and Modak is sealed to protect it from staining before using EASYJoint. It is recommended that the paving is sealed before it is laid so that the edges and even the underside can be sealed. Granite is particularly prone to drawing contaminants up from the sub-base, through the granite and staining the surface. Our sealers can protect natural stone paving from staining, we have tested different types of natural stone with our EASYSealers - Our sealers will protect natural stone and concrete. Resistant to tea and coffee spills, red wine and engine oil, mayonnaise, vinegar and ketchup etc. Look at the sealer comparision chart for help choosing the right sealer for the job in hand.


What do you mean by the joints are permeable?

EASYJoint allows water to pass through it - it's a permeable or porous jointing compound. EASYJoint resists weeds growth. Sometimes the joints trap dirt at the surface as the water drains through it. EASYJoint can be cleaned to remove these particles.


Can I use EASYJoint with a driveway project?

EASYJoint does not form a structural part of any paving or driveway project, it only serves as a joint filler. If the surface material is not adequately bedded into the base then the joint filler will not withstand the twisting (torque) caused when a vehicle changes direction. Most vehicular drives will have a strong and consequently less permeable mix of the base material. EASYJoint CAN still be used but a 'dry' method of installation should be used. Refer to instructions for domestic driveways. Using EASYJoint is particularly ideal for jointing cobble driveways, it's a fast and EASY way to achieve incredible results, joints that will last!


In freezing conditions can I still use EASYJoint?

Yes however in freezing conditions or in falling temperatures below 3 degrees Celsius, please refer to the instructions and the dry method of installation.


Can you keep left over EASYJoint from going hard?

Yes, we make it EASY. Pour any unused EASYJoint back into the tub and cover it with at least 50mm (2 inches) of water. It should remain stable and safe to use for up to several months providing it remains covered with water (subject to environmental influences). EASYJoint will always go rock hard as soon as it is in contact with the air, it does not need water to cure.


Will EASYJoint set hard in every case?

Providing it is allowed to dry out, YES! EASYJoint requires air to cure but water will stop this process happening. As long as it is allowed to dry out it will go hard. EASYJoint will not go hard if left in damp or wet joints that never fully dry out.


Is there a visual change in the EASYJoint colour over time?

EASYJoint is an entirely natural product, because dirty water can drain through the joint, over time the appearance may change, this will not affect the integrity of the product. The joints can be cleaned by the cautious use of a pressure washer, keeping a fan type nozzle, at an angle, no closer than 150mm from the surface.


Is EASYJoint guaranteed?

Not in the sense that it will last forever, nor can we guarantee its lifespan. However we can say that its predecessors, earlier derivatives of the current product, have been in use for more than 20 years and where the ground conditions are stable and a good sub-base has been employed, they have stood the test of time - much longer in most instances than a cement alternative. The basic technology is sound and proven and in our experience it will outlive most alternatives.


Can I top up joints when the EASYJoint has set hard?

No. Our instructions state that any sagging of a joint must be topped up whilst it is still wet (or has not cured). The problem is that if you try to top up a joint it will not bond properly with the existing joint and over time the joint will fail because it will be a weak paving joint. We recommend the depth of the joints are kept to a minimum of 25mm.


Can EASYJoint be sealed?

Yes, although if you are going to use a sealer it makes sense to do it before you joint with EASYJoint. If you have decided to joint the paving with EASYJoint before sealing, you will need to wait four weeks for the EASYJoint to go fully hard. We recommend sealing paving before jointing the paving. Look at our EASYSealer range to see what sealer best suits your needs.

Note: EASYJoint continues to harden for several weeks and achieves its full strength after approximately 1 month.


Can EASYJoint be used with Porcelain tiles?

Yes you can use our jointing compound with porcelain tiles, in fact some specialist suppliers only recommend EASYJoint for jointing them! You must follow the instructions carefully when using porcelain tiles and depending on whether they are for indoor or outdoor use, be careful what bedding mix they are laid on. Porcelain is impermeable (it will not allow water to pass through it) so follow our instructions for use with porcelain tiles. If using the wet method ensure that the bedding mix is permeable and made up from a mix no stronger of 6 parts sharp sand to one cement.


Brief usage instructions

Download the EASYJoint Instructions

The following brief instructions should not be relied upon alone. They are designed to give an overview of a typical Wet Application Method which is suitable for the majority of paving jobs. More detailed instructions & advice on how to use EASYJoint are printed separately within the tub & are available on this site.

Step 1

The application is made easier if two operators work together. Most paving can be protected by thoroughly soaking it with water for a minimum of 10 minutes before application. The wetter the surface the greater the protection.

Step 2

Tip one paving compound bag onto the soaked paving. Keep the hose running throughout the application process. Do not pile or leave EASYJoint standing in one spot, nor allow the paving to dry out with the compound on its surface

Step 3

Simultaneously sweep & flush the EASYJoint into the joints. Keep the hose low to the paving & continuously wash both the paving & the compound ahead of & behind the broom. Never allow the paving to dry.

Step 4

Once the first bag is used open another & repeat the process. Keep the hose running to keep paving wet. Keep the compound moving at all times.

Step 5

Top up sagging joints with more EASYJoint. Repeat the washing process, flushing the compound into the joints. Fill to just below the paving surface.

Step 6

Once all the joints are uniformly filled, reduce the water pressure & apply a final gentle spray of water to wash away any final traces of compound & the binding oil.

Setting Times

In warm dry conditions, once drained, the joint will be firm within 18 hrs & sets hard in 24 hrs. Wet or cold weather considerably extends the curing time.

Coverage

Coverage will greatly vary according to the size of the joint. Because accuracy of gap width & depth cannot be uniformly guaranteed, the table can only be considered a guide and assumes the stated gap dimensions. For a more accurate estimate of coverage visit our paving joint calculator on this site.

For joint sizes and further information, view our full instructions.

Note: EASYJoint continues to harden for several weeks and achieves its full strength after approximately 1 month.

Before you Start to Use EASYJoint - all weather jointing compound

These instructions are for pedestrian paving areas and apply to all projects, whether they are brand new or a refurbishment of older paving.

IMPORTANT - The ground conditions where the paving is to be laid must be well drained to allow water to get away. If the area is naturally wet, perhaps because it is low-lying & water tends to collect & never get away, or if there is a high water table, then EASYJoint should not be used.

If the paving base never dries, nor will the bottom of the joint, causing the lowest part of the jointing compound not to set. There have been some very rare but extreme cases where the ground never dries, or dries a long time after the EASYJoint has been installed. In these instances, either part or all of the joint has failed, or has only "crusted" over at the top & after a winter season, has then failed.

Ensure the project has a suitable "fall" to allow surface water to drain away.

Except for in freezing conditions, EASYJoint can be applied in virtually all weather conditions, it is truly an all weather jointing compound. Intermittent rain, even if heavy, before, during or after application is not a problem provided:

  • The overall site conditions are suitable as described above and,
  • The chosen application method is appropriate for the project.

Very hot conditions

Unlike most alternative jointing methods including the traditional sand and cement method, extremely hot conditions do not restrict the use of EASYJoint. Because water is used, EASYJoint does not cure overly quickly, a problem experienced by most alternative products.

To ensure the safe use of EASYJoint, in temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius, ensure a careful eye is kept ahead of where you are working to ensure the paving does not dry out. The wetter the better!

Very wet conditions

EASYJoint can be put down in heavy rain but will not cure (go hard) until it has fully dried out. Heavy rain may also effect the finish of the top of the joint and may require re-working to get the finish you desire.

Cold or freezing conditions

The integrity of EASYJoint is not compromised in cold and freezing conditions once installed. The only impact is that the curing time for the product is extended considerably.

Application in cold and freezing conditions
In freezing conditions, EASYJoint can be applied using the Dry Application method provided the paving has been pre sealed with an appropriate sealer for your paving material.

If the intention is to use the Wet Application method, at the time of installation, ground temperatures must be greater than 3 degrees Celsius. Once the paving joints have been filled, if temperatures fall as they might overnight, the reliability of EASYJoint will not be effected.

If you were working with a permeable base, the description of EASYJoint being an "All Weather" product is true. However, because you are working on an impermeable base, which will restrict the draining of water, some weather precautions do apply.

You are strongly advised to wait for a dry spell when moderate to heavy rain is not forecast for at least 18 hours (moderate to warm temperatures) or 36 hours (colder conditions) after the application of the paving joint compound. This is to give the best chance of the water that was used in the application process being able to drain and evaporate from the paving joint and for the curing process to commence. If further water is added from rainfall during the curing process, there is a risk that the surface of the paving joint will cure through evaporation but the bottom of the joint will not, leaving a weak result.

Very hot conditions

Unlike most alternative sweep in sand jointing methods including the traditional sand and cement method, extremely hot conditions do not restrict the use of EASYJoint. Because water is used, EASYJoint does not cure overly quickly, a problem experienced by most alternative products.

To ensure the safe use of EASYJoint, in temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius, ensure a careful eye is kept ahead of where you are working to ensure the paving does not dry out.

Very wet conditions

EASYJoint put down in heavy rain will not cure (go hard) until it has fully dried out. The heavy rain will also effect the finish of the top paving joint.

Cold or freezing conditions

The integrity of EASYJoint is not compromised in cold and freezing conditions once installed. The only impact is that the curing time for the product is extended considerably.

Application in cold and freezing conditions
In freezing conditions, EASYJoint can be applied using the Dry Application method provided the paving has been pre sealed with an appropriate sealer for your paving material. Azpects have an extensive range of sealers to treat and protect natural stone and concrete.

If the intention is to use the Wet Application method, at the time of installation, ground temperatures must be greater than 3 degrees Celsius. Once the joints have been filled, if temperatures fall as they might overnight, the reliability of EASYJoint will not be effected.

Joint width

Regardless of the paving base construction and the paving material – jointing compound - used, a minimum paving joint width of 3mm must be maintained throughout the full depth of the paving.

Paving Joint depth

For paving on a sand or crushed aggregate foundation, it is recommended that the joint depth is a minimum of 30mm.

For paving on a solid or bound foundation, it is recommended that the joint depth is a minimum of 25mm.

The reason these dimensions are recommended is to ensure the strength of the joint is not compromised.

Joint Dimensions

Thin paving material

When working with thin paving material it is difficult to achieve the correct depth. In such cases, to achieve the required depth, create a channel in the base material by running the tip of a trowel around the exposed edges of each paver so that even though the paving is thin, there is still 25mm or more depth for the EASYJoint to sit in.

Wet Application Method

The method described below should be used in all instances unless ground temperatures are at or below freezing or when working with materials that have been laid on a non porous base. In such instances, refer to the Dry Application Method.

Before you start

Users are strongly advised to watch the video demonstration prior to working with EASYJoint. Please read the before you start guide and the general information and precautions before using EASYJoint.

Read and carefully follow the instructions below.

As a final check before proceeding to install EASYJoint and to ensure this is the correct method for your project, check it meets the following criteria:

  1. The site conditions are suitable – Refer to the before you start guide.
  2. Ensure you are not working in freezing conditions or in temperatures that are 3 degrees celcious and falling – Refer to the before you start guide
  3. The base is permeable or Rain is not forecast for 48 hours
  4. When working with Natural Stone paving ensure it does not require sealing prior to installation – See Nature Stone above
Using EASYJoint

Absolutely soak the area to be jointed with water using a hose. The paving must be saturated before starting & remain soaked throughout the application process. Imagine the paving is a sponge saturated with water – it is incapable of absorbing anything more. Don’t worry how wet the area is - in fact, the wetter the better. Do not shortcut this process, particularly if working with particularly absorbent or sensitive materials such as (but not exclusively) Fossil Mint Sandstone & many Limestone's.

Using EASYJoint

It is preferable that two operators work together; one sweeping, the other using the hose. Using small quantities of EASYJoint, simultaneously spread and wash the compound across the surface using a jet of water and a broom/squeegee, allowing it to fall into the joints. Never allow EASYJoint to stand in piles or allow the paving to dry with any EASYJoint remaining on its surface.

Using EASYJoint

The hose operator should alternate between following the sweeper to aid washing the compound into the joints and moving ahead of where they are working so that the paving is always wet. This is particularly important in warm/hot weather conditions. Don’t worry about using too much water - the wetter the better.

Using EASYJoint

Allow the excess water to drain away. Top up any sagging joints with more EASYJoint & repeat the washing process as described previously.

Using EASYJoint

Apply a final gentle spray of water to both clean the surface of EASYJoint residue & aid the final compaction process. This also assists to obtain a relatively smooth finish to the joint. Work conscientiously not to leave any grains of sand on the surface. When the water has drained away, a "flicking" motion with a clean soft hand brush (not the same one used to apply the compound) will aid the removal of any loose grains.

Using EASYJoint
  1. Work cleanly, clearing both the sand grains and the binding oil from the surface as you go. Keep washing until the "rainbow effect" oily water is no longer evident.
  2. For a finer texture to the joint, "point" (otherwise known as "strike") the compound with a suitable finishing tool. Commence once the paving has dried and the joint is free of water - this ensures the compound is sufficiently firm to retain its shape.
  3. Once the EASYJoint has set hard, sweep the paving with a stiff broom, diagonally to the joints, to remove any final traces of compound, especially along the edges of "struck" joints. Do not use the same broom that was used in the application process.
  4. Footware caution - The soles of footwear may pick up some EASYJoint during the application process. Clean them before walking across dried (or drying) paving to avoid leaving "footmarks". For similar reasons, do not use the same broom that was used to apply the EASYJoint to clear the surface afterwards; it will be contaminated & may leave marks.

Dry Application Method

Use this method with extreme caution

The Dry Application Method should be used with caution and wherever possible avoided. However, there are circumstances EASYJoint can only be used dry (or virtually dry).

For example using sweep in, all weather, jointing compound with porcelain tiles or for pointing domestic driveways where permeable bases are not possible due the requirements for a strong supportive base.

Before you start

Please read the jointing instructions carefully before you start to use EASYJoint. The EASYJoint guide, general information and precautions in the instructions will instruct you on how to achieve the best paving results from EASYJoint.

Read and carefully follow the instructions below.

As a final check before proceeding to install EASYJoint, sweep in jointing compound, and to ensure this is the correct method for your project, check the conditions meet the following criteria:

  • Daytime and overnight temperatures must not drop to 3 degrees Celsius or less
  • There is a no possibility of rain within 24-48 hours of application
  • Regardless of the above, always ensure the site conditions are suitable for the use of EASYJoint. Refer to the ‘before you start guide’

Water is generally used to protect the paving. However, as a result of the base permeability (strength) or the weather conditions you have selected to apply EASYJoint dry (or almost dry). Because of this, whilst water is still required, its use must be kept to a minimum. Read the following instructions carefully before commencing.

Prior to using EASYJoint seal the paving surface and the edges with an appropriate sealant for the type of paving you are working with. If using particularly sensitive paving such as granite then all the sides of the paving should be sealed. In most instances, our own EASYSeal SSP can be used. If considering EASYSeal SSP, from the EASY Seal Range, ensure you follow the sealing application instructions supplied with that product.

Sealing the paving material prior to installation (before it is laid) will give the best result. If however that is not possible, then ensure the paving edges are sealed by applying the sealant with a low pressure garden sprayer. This is a two stage operation. First, run the nozzle of the spraying hose along the inside of the joint, fanning the liquid to ensure a coat is applied along both edges before, secondly applying a coat to the paving surface. We strongly recommend you apply two coats of the Sealer in the appropriate manner and timings as described in the instructions supplied with your sealant.

Dampen the patio area to be jointed with water using a hose. At this stage, do not allow too much water to collect in the joints. The water in this instance is not to protect the paving from marking (the sealant is doing that), it is merely to aid the flow of the EASYJoint in the joints and compact naturally giving a strong joint that will bond to the paving.

It is preferable that two operators work together; one sweeping, the other using the hose. Using a broom/squeegee, apply small quantities of EASYJoint with a little water to aid the spreading process. Do not flood the site as you would if using the Wet Application Method. Never allow EASYJoint to stand in piles on the paving surface.

Use your best endeavours to keep the paving clear of the compound by applying a small amount of water to wash the surface. Avoid over wetting the paving - you are trying to apply the EASYJoint with as little water as possible.

Allow the excess water to drain away. Top up any sagging joints with more EASYJoint & repeat the washing process as described previously.

Work conscientiously not to leave any grains of sand on the surface. Using a fresh, clean soft/medium bristle broom, clear as much of the sweep in compound residue from the paving surface as possible. A “flicking" motion with a clean soft hand brush is also effective to remove loose grains of paving compound. Any final grains of sand can be removed using a fine spray of water, using as little as possible.

  1. Work cleanly, clearing both the sand grains and the binding oil from the surface of the paving as you go.
  2. For a finer texture to the joint, "point" (otherwise known as "strike") the sweep in compound with a suitable finishing tool. Commence once the paving has dried and the joint is free of water - this ensures the compound is sufficiently firm to retain its shape.
  3. Once the EASYJoint has set hard, sweep the paving with a stiff broom, diagonally to the joints, to remove any final traces of compound, especially along the edges of "struck" joints. Do not use the same broom that was used in the application process.
  4. Footwear caution – Whilst the risk is reduced because the paving has been sealed, it would be wise to clean the soles of your footwear before walking across dried (or drying) paving to avoid leaving "footmarks".

EASYJoint for Domestic Vehicular Driveways

EASYJoint does not form a structural part of the driveway; it only serves as a joint filler. If the surface material is not adequately bedded into the base then the joint filler will not withstand the twisting (or torque) caused when a vehicle changes direction (i.e. turning).

The sub-base and bedding mix for the driveway should be installed to an appropriate specification for the type of vehicle that will use the drive.

The guidance given below assumes that an appropriate surface material has been used that will allow sufficient depth to be well bedded into the base. Most installers will submerge at least 50% of the depth of the paver into the bedding mix which will have been made to a strong consistency and will therefore be impermeable. The instructions given below assume that the base is impermeable.

Most paving materials for driveways will be made of concrete which needs no special treatment for its protection other than that given in the Application Method. However, some appropriately specified natural stone can be used and it is recommended that this natural stone is sealed with an appropriate natural stone sealer. To decide what is the best sealer to use take a look at our sealer guide.

Sensitivity to marking

Even with liberal amounts of water, some types of natural stone, e.g. Granite, Black Limestone and Modak, can be very sensitive and susceptible to marking; from the natural environment, from mortar used for the base or joints or from specialist joint fillers (sweep in jointing compounds).

To greatly diminish the possibility of marking these types of natural stone we strongly recommend sealing the paving with a breathable sealant, if possible before installation but certainly prior to jointing the paving. A breathable stone sealer will provide protection both during the jointing process and afterwards. It will also allow any efflorescence (white deposits caused by natural salts) present in the base and substrate to pass up through the paving material and over time, dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere. This is a problem that is particularly prevalent in Black Limestone and will regularly appear after installation. It is not caused by the use of EASYJoint.

Our own water-based sealants are ideal for this purpose, we have an excellent range of natural stone and concrete sealers in the EASYSeal range. If in doubt please contact us at info@azpects.co.uk or call us on 01473 760777.

If you were working with a permeable base, the description of EASYJoint being an "All Weather" product is true. However, because you are working on an impermeable base, which will restrict the draining of water, some weather precautions do apply.

You are strongly advised to wait for a dry spell when moderate to heavy rain is not forecast for at least 18 hours (moderate to warm temperatures) or 36 hours (colder conditions) after the application. This is to give the best chance of the water that was used in the application process being able to drain and evaporate from the joint and for the curing process to commence. If further water is added from rainfall during the curing process, there is a risk that the surface of the joint will cure through evaporation but the bottom of the joint will not, leaving a weak result.

When temperatures are freezing or are 3 degrees Celsius and falling, refer to the before you start section.

When working with an impermeable base, the operator has a choice of application jointing methods (wet application method or dry application method) and needs to select the most appropriate jointing method for the job (impermeable base mixes would usually require the user to adopt the Dry Application Method). Whichever method is selected, wait for a dry spell of at least 24-48 hours as appropriate (See specific application method below).

The paving must be protected from the oil inherent in the EASYJoint and the most common method of doing this is with water using the wet application method. However, EASYJoint requires oxygen to cure – Whilst it is wet, it will not set!

Because you are working with an impermeable base, there is a risk that any water used in the jointing application process will evaporate from the surface of the joint allowing the top part to set hard whilst the lower part remains wet (because the water will be slow to drain). The problem is compounded if during the curing process it rains. Because the lower part of the joint is subject to a prolonged wet period with a seal being formed at the top of the joint, the curing process cannot complete as the water at the bottom of the joint will not be able to escape/evaporate . This will cause the "binding" properties of the compound to become compromised.

When to use the dry application method

The dry application method of paving would perhaps be better referred to as the "almost dry application method" because a small amount of water is still used to assist the sweep in jointing compound being swept and falling to the bottom of the paving joints.

As a final check before proceeding to install EASYJoint, sweep in jointing compound, and to ensure this is the correct method for your project, check the conditions meet the following criteria:

  1. Daytime and overnight temperatures must not drop to 3 degrees Celsius or less
  2. There is a no possibility of rain within 24-48 hours of application
  3. Regardless of the above, always ensure the site conditions are suitable for the use of EASYJoint. Refer to the "before you start guide"

Note: EASYJoint continues to harden for several weeks and achieves its full strength after approximately 1 month.

General Information and Precautions

General Information and Precautions when using EASYJoint are as follows:

EASYJoint, sweep in all weather jointing compound, is easy to use but the instructions must be followed carefully. It is strongly recommended that you download from this site the detailed instructions on how to use EASYJoint, especially if you are using it for the first time. You should also watch the product demonstration video.

The site conditions must be appropriate for use. Read the before you start guide before commencing.

General Information and Precautions

When using the Wet Application Method, it cannot be overly stressed to use plenty of water before, during & after the application of EASYJoint. The water acts as a barrier between the EASYJoint & the paving material & prevents the paving being marked. In virtually all cases the liberal use of water is sufficient to prevent any marking to the paving.

Even with the liberal application of water, some paving is very sensitive & it only takes a moments lapse of concentration, or for the paving to slightly dry (not even visibly) & marking may occur. In such instances additional precautions should be taken.

A definitive list of sensitive stone cannot be provided as even the same type of natural stone but supplied from different quarries can react differently. However some Sandstone & Limestone, Granite & polished materials, such as Modak, can be particularly susceptible to marking generally, not only from EASYJoint. Suppliers of such materials often recommend sealing the natural stone prior to installation with an appropriate "breathable" sealant. Refer to the paving supplier for guidance.

For more information on our EASY Range sealer and protectors range visit: EASYSeal

General Information and Precautions

The company cannot be aware of all the applications & materials the product may be used with. It is the user’s responsibility to determine suitability for use. If used in accordance with the instructions, the product should set hard & not affect the aesthetic properties of the material on which it is used, but no guarantee of this is given or implied. Neither the manufacturer nor supplier accepts any liability for; (a) the joint failing as a result of inherent site conditions, (b) any changes in the appearance of the paving resulting from the use of EASYJoint or (c) any visual changes to the joint such as discolouration caused by weathering or the drainage of dirty surface water. If in any doubt test a sample before use.

The compressive strength of EASYJoint is such that it will adequately take the downward forces exerted by pedestrians & domestic cars, but is not designed to form a structural part of the path/driveway. The integrity of the project can only be maintained if the surface material is adequately bedded into the base which in turn is constructed to an appropriate specification.

EASYJoint can be sealed but it is recommended not to apply any type of sealer over the joint for at least a month after it has set hard. Depending on the type of sealant used, EASYJoint may or may not remain permeable.

Installers are strongly advised to apply EASYJoint using the Wet Application Method wherever possible. However, there are circumstances where this method is, or may not be suitable, such as when applying the compound in freezing conditions or in temperatures of 3°C & falling or when working with strong & impermeable bases, particularly driveways.

Refer to the before you start guide for further information and ensure you are using the correct application method for your project.

The soles of footwear may pick up some EASYJoint during the application process. Clean them before walking across dried (or drying) paving to avoid leaving "footmarks". For similar reasons, do not use the same broom that was used to apply the EASYJoint to clear the surface afterwards; it will be contaminated & may leave marks. These marks are likely to be caused by the linseed oil used in EASYJoint, however these stains will disappear over time naturally without the need to use harsh chemicals.

General Information and Precautions

EASYJoint is a well proven product. If the instructions are followed users should achieve a perfectly sound and aesthetically pleasing joint with absolutely no detrimental effect to the paving.

It is important to use the correct method of application when installing EASYJoint. Refer to the How to use EASYJoint guide for details on how to select the correct method of application based on your site conditions and paving type.

No significant hazard.

Avoid contact with skin & eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water & seek medical advice.

May cause irritation to sensitive skin. After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of soap & water. Wear suitable protective clothing & gloves.

Setting Times

The times indicated further down this page are based on temp's. of 20°C and 65% humidity. Cold and wet weather increases setting times – warm and dry weather decreases them. Read on for a greater understanding.

EASYJoint is a compound that is air cured. It therefore needs air to start and complete the setting process. Inclement weather conditions will not prevent the use or application of EASYJoint but it will affect the time it takes for the compound to cure and set hard.

Cold & Wet Conditions increases the setting time considerably, for the jointing compound - freezing weather will cause the process to virtually cease & it can take many days for the paving joints to set hard. However, it will eventually set & the weather will not have impaired its qualities in any way.

Similarly, whilst EASYJoint is wet, either through rainfall or the application of water whilst laying it, the setting process will be suspended. Prolonged periods of rain, or several intermittent showers will considerably extend the setting times. Again, it will not affect the final qualities of the product in any way provided the water can drain away through the joint so that the product can cure evenly throughout the whole joint at the same rate.

To summarize, in temperatures of 20 degrees C and with humidity of 65%, the joint needs to be free from water for about 24 hours for the curing process to take hold and up to 48 hours for it to complete.

In dry conditions & warm to moderate temperatures & humidity, EASYJoint should be firm enough to walk on within 12-18 hours & will cure very hard within a few days.

Pedestrian Areas

In warm & dry weather, the paving is safe to walk on after approximately 12 - 18 hours and will set hard after approximately 36-48 hours. It will be fully load bearing after approximately 3 days of consistent warm and dry weather.

Domestic Driveways (For vehicles up to 3 tonnes)

Once the curing process is complete and the joint is hard to the touch, keep vehicles off the surface for at least a further 7 days (preferably 10 days).

Pedestrian Areas

In warm & dry weather, the paving is safe to walk on after approximately 12 - 18 hours and will set hard after approximately 18 hours. It will be fully load bearing after approximately 2 - 3 days of consistent warm and dry weather.

Domestic Driveways (For vehicles up to 3 tonnes)

Once the curing process is complete and the paving joint is hard to the touch, keep vehicles off the surface for at least a further 7 days.

For internal use with Porcelain Floor tiles in conservatories

As well as widespread use of EASYJoint for external paving areas, the product can also be used for indoor areas such as conservatories for that complete indoor/outdoor experience. Joint gap widths should be at least 3mm wide & a minimum of 20mm deep.

WHEN USING THE PRODUCT INTERNALLY, DO NOT FOLLOW THE STANDARD INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXTERIOR PAVING SHOWN ON THE OTHER FOLDED LEAFLET INSIDE THE TUB, OR PRINTED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THIS TUB.

Application method for internal use (conservatories) with Porcelain tiles

  1. Open one tub at a time & tip a quantity of EASYJoint onto the floor tile surface. With a soft brush or broom, sweep the compound across the floor tiles adding a little water as needed to enable EASYJoint to easily fall into the joints. Repeat the process as necessary & top up any partially-filled joints at the end of the process.
  2. When all the tiling is jointed, sweep off any excess compound & return it to the tub, taking care not to sweep the compound out of the joints.
  3. Using a pointing tool, 'point' or 'strike' the joints by running the tool along each joint to give them a smooth & pleasing concave finish, ensuring that the level of compound is slightly below the top surface of the floor tiles (up to 1mm or 2mm maximum).
  4. With a soft brush or broom carefully sweep away any remaining excess compound without disturbing the joints. Then using a soft cloth, wipe the tiles clean of any residue.
  5. Joints normally set hard enough to walk on after about 12-18 hours but may require a couple of days to fully cure. Any excess EASYJoint can be stored in the tub (discard the bag) for use on another occasion by covering it with 50mm (2”) of water and refitting the lid.

PLEASE NOTE

  • When used indoors (i.e. in a conservatory), spillages on joints should be mopped up quickly as EASYJoint is permeable and will allow liquids to pass through.
  • A small amount of linseed oil is used in the manufacture of EASYJoint - this may create an odour that will last for a few days but this will eventually disappear.