Believe it or not, the year is quickly coming to an end, which means winter is right around the corner. As the seasons change, so should your approach to protecting the pavers in your front yard, backyard, and patio. To keep your pavers looking brand new until spring, follow these tips from Denver hardscaping company, AMK Hardscapes:
Add a sealant
If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to add sealant to your pavers to protect them from the harsh winter ahead. Although pavers are already fairly resistant to extreme temperatures and environmental elements, adding a sealer makes them even tougher. To make sure this is done correctly, you should work with a professional hardscaping company instead of doing it on your own. Read 5 tips to keep pavers looking new and elegant.
Use the right shovel
If your pavers end up covered in snow this winter, don’t just pick up any shovel that’s lying around to clear them off. Metal shovels can easily scrape the top of your pavers and scratch both the pavers and the protective seal you may have applied over them. To keep your pavers safe while it’s snowing out, use a plastic shovel that won’t damage your hardscaping. Or, forget about the shovel and use a snow blower to remove the snow instead.
If you don’t do the snow shoveling yourself, make sure the contractor you hire is using the correct equipment. If they are plowing over your pavers, make sure they are using a rubber or polyurethane blade to protect your hardscaping.
Avoid using salt
It may be tempting to sprinkle salt-based products on top of your pavers when it begins to snow over the winter, but wait! The moisture in some salt-based products can permeate the top layers of some types of pavers and freeze under the surface, causing the entire paver to expand and crack. Before you use any type of product on your pavers, it’s important to speak with the Denver hardscaping company who installed them to determine what’s safe and what’s not.
On the warmer days of winter, make sure you are regularly sweeping dirt and debris off of your pavers. This will help keep your pavers looking brand new, and prevent debris from making its way into the cracks between each paver. If you used any salt-based products while it was snowing, sweeping will also ensure all of this is brushed off your pavers.
Compared to other types of outdoor materials, pavers are much more resistant to cold weather, ice, and snow, however that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook until spring. Spend a little time caring for your pavers in the winter, and you’ll get to enjoy the beauty of them for the rest of the year. For more information on protecting your pavers, call AMK Hardscapes, the premier Denver hardscaping company. Our team can help you transform your backyard into a beautiful oasis—and then keep it that way with proper maintenance! Contact us today to get started on your property’s transformation!