5 easy steps to prepare your pavers for the winter
November 10, 2016
Winter is coming! Here are some tips you should follow to protect your pavers during the harsh winter season!
1- REMOVE HEAVY OBJECTS
Due to the expansion phenomenon caused by freeze-thaw cycles, patios have the tendency to lift, and fall back once thaw sets in. It is therefore important to remove any heavy objects such as outdoor furniture, planting pots, or umbrella posts before the first snowfall. By doing so, you will help preserve the state of your pavers and help maintain the original look of your patio.
2- TRIM THE BUSHES AND SHRUBS
Reduce the number of shadows covering the pavers. Cutting the branches of the bushes and shrubs that are closest to your patio will help reduce the moss buildup caused by lack of sunlight.
3. REDUCE THE ACCUMULATION OF ICE NEAR THE GUTTER
The water drained from the gutter should be directed in a way to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water on the surface of the pavers. The use of a drain extension will reduce the creation of ice patches, making your concrete pavers less slippery, and in turn, safer.
4- ADD POLYMER SAND
Adding polymer sand is only necessary for the areas that have been affected by spring erosion, which empties the joints between the pavers. Find the spots where the joints have cracked and add polymer sand to these areas. The addition of polymer sand will reduce the amount of ice that will form between the joints during winter. This will help prevent moss from forming the following spring.
5- BE CAUTIOUS DURING SNOW REMOVAL
When removing snow, be sure to use a plastic shovel that does not have a metal blade to avoid damaging your concrete pavers. Be cautious when using salt or other ice “melters” since these products can cause corrosion on the surface of the pavers. Never use salt or other ice melters on « wetcast » products as they will surely damage the texture of the product. This is the most important reason why it is recommended to use “dry-cast” products for your driveway and concrete step overlay. Also, be sure to ask your snow removal company if they have machinery that uses a Teflon plate. A Teflon plate will avoid scratching or damaging the pavers. Lastly, please note that snow blowers are not recommended for the removal of snow on any concrete surface as the chains and metal pieces can cause rust or scratch the pavers.
Thanks to these tips, you will have less anxiety in the coming spring. Now, all that is left to do is take out your snow shovels and wait… for the first snowfall to arrive!