The cold winter weather can certainly wreak havoc on your home hardscapes. Cracks, chips and other forms of damage in paving stones and bricks can be increased in the cold weather. With this thought in mind, the team here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes wants our clients to understand how proper care and maintenance of hardscapes during the winter months can lead to good results once the warm weather returns.
Quick and Easy Steps
When hardscapes are properly cared for throughout the winter time then there will be no need to perform costly repairs once spring arrives. Here are a few steps to take to maintain your hardscapes this winter.
- Shovel that snow – In order to avoid damage that can be caused when snow and ice freeze on hardscapes and then thaw out, be sure to shovel your sidewalks and driveways. When the pavers are cleared and cleaned the likelihood of damage happening to the pavers is reduced. It is important to keep the pavers, bricks or stones clear so that water cannot seep into them and ultimately freeze and expand resulting in cracks and other damage. Whether you have a driveway, sidewalks or a patio, we highly recommend you take adequate time to shovel and clear the surfaces often throughout the winter months.
- Don’t overlook the ice – You want to ensure the safety of your family and guests from slips and falls that can occur when ice forms on the hardscapes. Be sure to clear away any ice from the surfaces. The first quick fix many homeowners rely upon is a de-icer. However, these products can have some definite negative effects on your hardscapes. For more insight on de-icers or other ways to clear the ice away, be sure to check with our professionals who are on hand to answer any questions and help with all your important decision making.
- Repair as you go – As you clear away the surface of your home hardscapes, whether your walkways, driveway or patio, be sure to inspect for cracks that may have occurred. If you notice any, contrary to what everyone believes, take time to repair those cracks right away. The cold weather months are actually the ideal time of year to combat any cracks in your hardscape surfaces. When you repair cracks by filling them with paver sand, it helps to keep additional snow and ice from finding its way into the paving stones. What better way to keep cracks from getting bigger and causing more damage? Following each of these simple steps during the winter months can ensure that your stone, bricks or pavers are going to look like new when the spring months arrive.
For Your Hardscape Needs, Look to Our Trusted Pros
Here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes, our team of highly skilled and experienced technicians takes a great deal of pride in providing our clients with not only the highest quality products and services at competitive prices, but also in providing clients with important insight they need about their home hardscapes.
Harpeth Valley Hardscapes is a full-service company that is steadfast in serving our valued Brentwood clients and in meeting all their individual needs. For more information about how to care for and maintain home hardscapes in the winter months, or to learn more about our creative stonework, walkway, patio, retaining wall and other hardscape designs, be sure to reach out to our team of professionals today. The holidays are right around the corner and we want to send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and happy holiday season!!