How to Protect Your Custom Stone Patio in Winter
Patios and decks are a wonderful place to relax with friends and family during warm seasons. Maintaining your patio is important during the winter when it can be damaged by the rain, ice or snow. If you have a custom stone patio check out these tips for cleaning and maintaining your patio during the harsh winter season.
One of the most essential tips in safeguarding your patio during winter is cleaning it. It’s recommended that patio furniture be stored away during winter. Heavy patio furniture can crack or fracture stone during severe cold snaps. Leaves left in piles on the deck are the perfect place for bugs, mold and mildew to accumulate and do damage. Make sure your installer seals your paver stones. The sealant protects your patio from rain, ice and snow. Beyond Landscaping is experienced with installing custom stone patios that will weather our harsh winters and stay beautiful from year to year.
When cleaning your stone patio surface, use a brush with a stiff bristle and scrub with water. A degreaser can be used to remove the grease and grill stains on the floor. If your patio is made of natural stone, you can scrub it with mild detergent, rinse or sweep it. Follow the cleaning directions provided by the manufacturer for best results, especially for those stones that need special care. Some of these stones, such as Limestone and Mable can be easily damaged if mishandled
It’s very important to get rid of any mildew and mold build up; they are likely to breed during winter. Remove the buildup from cracks and tight places. Stone pavers may have small gaps between them. These small gaps can grow weeds during the warm months. Pull the small weeds and grass growing between the pavers. You can also use weed killer products to prevent further growth.
Want your deck or patio to last for decades? Regular maintenance is the key. Contact Beyond Landscaping with any questions you have about your stone paver patio. We have qualified professionals who can guide you on best ways to protect your patio and deck year round.