Hardscaping 101: Winter Care Edition

Are your hardscapes ready for winter? Join us as we give you the ultimate guide on how to keep them in top shape throughout the season!

Hardscaping 101: Winter Care Edition

As winter approaches, it’s not just your garden and plants that will need attention. Your hardscapes will also require care to withstand the challenges of the cold months ahead. Proper winter maintenance not only ensures the longevity and functionality of your hardscapes but also keeps your outdoor spaces looking their best! When it comes to hardscaping, we also understand that some repairs may need special attention. So when you’re in need of professional help to get your hardscapes looking their best, you can always rely on SRS Construction to get the job done!

Clean and Seal

Before the winter sets in, it’s crucial to clean your hardscapes thoroughly. Remove any dirt, debris, and leaves, as these can trap moisture and encourage the growth of mold or mildew. Pressure washing is an effective way to clean concrete, stone, and paver surfaces.

Once your hardscapes are clean and dry, consider applying a high-quality sealer. Sealing your hardscapes creates a protective barrier against moisture, preventing water from penetrating and causing cracks and damage. Make sure to choose a sealer that is appropriate for the specific material of your hardscapes.

Repair Cracks and Damage

Inspect your hardscapes for any visible cracks or damage, no matter how minor they may seem. Cracks can expand during the freeze-thaw cycles of winter, causing more extensive problems over time. Because of this, it’s vital to repair any cracks promptly using appropriate patching materials. For larger issues or structural damage, we recommend contacting a professional to carry out a thorough assessment and the necessary repairs. 

Protect Against Ice and Snow

To prevent slip-and-fall accidents and protect your hardscapes, it’s essential to address ice and snow buildup. Use de-icing agents sparingly, as excessive salt or chemicals can damage hardscape materials. Instead, here are a few alternatives you can use:

Shoveling: Regularly remove snow from walkways and driveways using a snow shovel. This prevents the formation of ice and makes it safer to traverse these areas.

Sand or Gravel: You can apply sand or gravel to provide traction on icy surfaces without causing harm to your hardscapes. 

Snow Melt Mats: Invest in electric or heated snow melt mats for driveways or walkways to keep them clear and safe.

Monitor Drainage

Proper drainage is crucial in winter. If water pools on your hardscapes, it can freeze and create slippery ice patches. Ensure that your hardscapes are correctly graded to direct water away from your home and off the surfaces. Check that your drainage systems, like gutters and downspouts, are functioning correctly to prevent water from spilling onto your hardscapes.


Start Your Next Hardscaping Project With SRS Construction 

For more information on hardscaping, we encourage you to reach out to our team at SRS Construction with any questions or concerns. To view our complete list of services, check out our website to discover all of our options. We look forward to hearing from you!

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