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Outdoor Safety Tips for Your Walkways, Driveways and Sidewalks

As homeowners we all take pride in the appearance, design, and overall integrity of our homes. We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal as well as the value of our homes. There are certainly a number of different ways to accomplish just that. Beautifully designed walkways and sidewalks along with perfectly installed driveways add that perfect touch of class to your property. At Harpeth Valley Hardscapes we want to take this time to remind our clients of the importance of outdoor safety tips when it comes to your walkways, driveways and sidewalks this winter. We want to be sure that you, your family and all your guests are safe and secure come the winter weather ahead.

Properly maintained walkways, driveways and sidewalks ensure the overall safety of those moving about your home and property during the challenging winter months. With that said, we want to share some simple tips for ensuring the safety of each of these important hardscape surfaces.

Winter Preparation Made Easy

Here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes, we want to help our clients prepare for the unsuspecting winter weather and conditions ahead. There are a number of outdoor safety tips we want to share here now.

  • Start by giving attention to any cracks you may have in your surfaces. Taking time out to repair and fill in these simple cracks will alleviate costly repairs that may be required once the bitter winter temperatures, snowfall and other conditions kick in. Cracks left unattended are sure to be damaged and worsened once they are impacted by winter conditions. Save yourself the frustration and money by filling in noticeable pavement cracks before winter makes it full presence known.
  • Be sure there are no obstructions around your walkways, driveways and sidewalks, such as wood piles, hoses, debris, or equipment of any kind. When your sidewalk, driveway or walkway is clear of any obstructions it makes it a whole lot easier for you to shovel the snow or scrape the ice away during a winter storm.
  • It is also important to give some attention to the water drainage on your property. To keep your walkways, driveways and sidewalks safe and not slippery, the melting snow and falling rain needs to be able to flow smoothly through your water drainage system. Otherwise, it can spill over onto your paved surfaces and even make its way under the surface and freeze. If this occurs, your surface can actually begin to rise up and ultimately become cracked or damaged. Also accumulated snow, water or ice on the surface will present with a safety issue for yourself and visitors to your home.

Be Proactive, Be Cautious and Be Smart

At Harpeth Valley Hardscapes our team of professionals is steadfast in their commitment to provide only the highest quality services to all our valued clients. We understand full well that your home is the biggest investment you will make in a lifetime. That is why we want to make sure you take steps necessary to ensure the overall safety, integrity and value of your home and property. For more information on outdoor safety tips for maintaining your home and property this winter, or if you are looking to add a beautifully designed walkway, sidewalk or retaining wall to your home in the seasons ahead, reach out to one of our staff today. Winter is right around the corner, so don’t delay in ensuring the safety or your walkways, driveways and sidewalks. We look forward to serving you and send along our wishes from our family to yours for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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