How to Preserve Your Hardscaping
Deciding to hardscape your property is a large investment which makes it even more important to take the correct precautions to preserve your hardscaping once the pavers are laid.
New Jersey isn’t known for having mild winters, and we at David Ash are committed to helping you through this winter worry-free and with no damage done to your property. When installing your pavers, they are also sealed to help protect and preserve your hardscaping from weathering. However, there are a few other tricks to keeping them protected through the cold months and in great condition.
You may not plan to move anytime soon, if at all, but you want to keep your hardscape in great condition not only for your guests but also for your own peace of mind. This involves regular maintenance of your pavers throughout the year.
Clear the area
Make sure to regularly sweep and clear debris and dirt as well as snow from your pavers. By keeping them clean, you will prevent any surface damage or scratching. (If you have a leaf or snow blower, then you’re in luck!)
It is inevitable that at any point in time, your pavers will become stained due to weather and other conditions. Most stains can be washed off with a hose, however, for tougher stains try taking a brush and warm soapy water to the area. If neither of these methods work, try mixing one part vinegar with ten parts warm water and applying it to the stain; soaking the area for about 10 to 15 minutes. If the stain is from oil, try to remove it immediately. The longer a stain sits, the more difficult it will be to remove it from the surface of the stones.
Wash Pavers Regularly
It is also recommended that regardless of whether there are stains or not, you should clean your pavers with soapy water at least twice a year. If you choose to use a power washer, make sure to hold the hose at an angle as to prevent wearing down the pavers.
Control Weeds and Moss
In preparation for the winter months, use a weed spray during the spring and summer months when most weeds are in the growing phase. This will help prevent any further growth of weeds, moss, or algae between stones.
If you’re reading this and haven’t decided on which pavers to install yet don’t worry we’ve provided a list of different types of pavers to help you choose:
- Strong, made of Clay
- Maintains color and resists most stains
- Can develop a chalky white substance after rainfall
- Easily maintained
- Mostly resistant to stains
- Easy to replace
- Most affordable
Natural Stone Pavers
- Durable and withstanding
- Many varieties
- Easy to clean, however weeds grow easily between stones
Note: Extreme cold or weather conditions can cause pavers to warp, and it is important to consider this when choosing which pavers to install and how easily they can be replaced.
We Know How to Preserve Your Hardscaping
You don’t have to be selling or renting your property to invest in your outdoor living space. Curb appeal is essential to any property because it is the first thing visitors see when coming to your home and we know how important first impressions are!
At David Ash Jr. Landscaping Contractors, we pride ourselves on supplying our customers with great service and assistance even after the completed project. Our services go beyond helping you create your dream home, and we will proudly answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pavers or landscaping and how to preserve them for years to come. Get the most out of your investment by being well informed and prepared.