We have finally entered the coldest time of the year.
And, the winter chill, that is setting in, can definitely affect your pavers. Most pavers and concrete can hold up well during the winter on their own. However, they might come out a little nicked and scoffed at the end of the winter without proper care. Ice, snow, and even frost can lead to damage.
Thankfully there are preventatives you can take to protect your pavers which include:
Remove and store anything that isn’t bolted down
Clear Everything Off: Remove and store anything that isn’t bolted down, which includes furniture, firepits, decorations, etc. It will prevent winter damage to those items, and help protect the surface of your hardscape from those items weighing down on the pavers.
Fix What You Can: At this point, you won’t be able to do full repairs because the weather is too cold. You can do temporary patches with sand to fill in the cracks, joints of the bricks, and concrete paver surfaces. Sand will prevent water from getting underneath the hardscape and causing more damage when it expands from freezing.
You can do temporary patches with sand to fill in the cracks, joints of the bricks, and concrete paver surfaces.
The best we’ve found is a calcium-based ice melt.
Choose The Right Ice Melt: Ice melts are not created equally. There are some out there that can severely damage your hardscape and landscape. The best we’ve found is a calcium-based ice melt. This ice melt doesn’t have as many chemicals in it, which causes fewer adverse side effects.
Check For Pooling Water: Check for any areas where water is pooling. During the winter, make sure you actively keep after these spots to avoid icy patches. When the Spring comes, get those areas fixed. Pooling water could mean an underlying issue with your pavers.
Check for any areas where water is pooling.
Make sure you stock up on snow removal supplies
Stock Up On Winter Supplies: Make sure you stock up on snow removal supplies early, instead of waiting until the last minute. The sooner you can remove the snow from your pavers, the less likely they’re going to get damaged.