Patio pavers are beautiful additions to any home, but in order to keep them looking their best, they do require some basic maintenance. As we head into the winter months when snow and moisture are more abundant, your pavers may experience more wear and tear. Below are practical tips for keeping your patio pavers in good condition year round.
Seal Holes and Cracks
Water from snow and frost can melt into the holes and cracks and break away at the pavers. Before the winter weather sets in, identify holes and cracks in the patio pavers and seal them with a rubberized glue solution that keeps water out.
Keep the Pavers Level
Another pre-winter measure to take involves making sure that the pavers are level. If there are certain pavers that are uneven or sticking upward, this can create a safety hazard in the winter or cause damage when shoveling or snowblowing.
Seal Pavers Regularly
This simple measure is one that people often forget to do, but it’s very important in keeping your pavers looking their best year round. Perhaps the confusion exists because there is no hard set rule here. Pavers need to be sealed based on their region and the material they are made from, so talk to a local landscape company about the best regimen for your pavers.
Choose the Right Deicers
As the walkways and patios become slippery from ice and snow, you’ll need to choose a deicing product. Some products will actually deteriorate the material, so stick to those that are gentler, such as sand or potassium chloride.
Skip the Metal Shovels
Before you’re hit with a big snowstorm, check your shovel inventory. You may be able to use a big metal blade on an asphalt driveway, but it will damage your patio pavers. Instead, choose a shovel that has a rubber blade.
As the winter weather subsides, you may notice stains on the pavers. Fortunately, most stains can be removed using mild detergent and warm water. Stubborn stains may require the use of a hard bristle brush. Pressure washing from time to time is also good since it removes stains, enhances color and gives the pavers a unique charm.