A custom hardscaping project is an investment worth maintaining. When the snow starts to fall and you start to shovel, the longevity of pavers may be at risk. Here are a few tips for keeping a hardscaping project in the best shape possible:
Keep it clean: Fall leaves and other debris might scatter across a patio before a sudden snowstorm and become trapped under the ice. When these elements aren’t cleared away, they can stain and dull the pavers after thawing and refreezing. Snowmelt can also seep into pavers and damage them during those deep winter freezes, so be sure to clear away snow whenever possible.
Be kind to pavers: While 6 a.m. snow shoveling before work is nobody’s favorite activity, it’s not your pavers that are at fault. A metal snow shovel and a frustrated homeowner can chip away at pavers and ruin the patio for warm summer days. Stick to plastic or rubber tipped snow shovels and try to be gentle.
Stay natural: While deicers are convenient, they might damage your pavers. Ask a COVIS hardscaping expert if a certain brand of deicer can damage your custom patio project. To be safe, avoid ice salts and melting liquids if possible.
Watch water runoff: Take a look at water drainage along your patio. If liquids can freeze to your pavers, find a way to divert the flow. This foresight will prevent future slip-and-fall accidents and maintain pavers’ integrity.
Repair and seal cracks: While paver cracks might be inevitable, they will worsen if not addressed by winter. Frozen water expands and further damages cracks, which could result in major repairs. Save money and time for the next warm season by sealing cracks, either on your own or with assistance from a professional Raleigh hardscaper like COVIS.
For further guidance on keeping a patio in great condition throughout winter, don’t hesitate to reach out to a team member at COVIS Raleigh.