Winter is coming – that means the holidays are here, and fun times will certainly be had by all. But is your pavers installation ready? Of course, we know that concrete pavers are incredibly durable, especially to freezing and snow and sleet and ice, but you should still keep your eye out on the projects during these potentially harsh months.
For instance, if you live in an area with snowfall, will your pavers be ready to be shoveled or plowed? This is especially important with driveways that will be plowed – if they have any uneven spots, the plow could potentially do serious damage to the installation.
You also have to be ready to know how your pavers will react to deicing salts if you use this material to deal with salt that forms on your walkways, driveways, and patios. Some paver brands deal fine with this salt, others will not – it’s all up to the brand that you’ve got installed. Either call the manufacturer if you know the brand and are unsure of the damage potential; if you don’t know the brand, call the contractor who did the work for you to find out more.
After the season is over, you should check to see if there are any spots that have settled in the winter. If so, all you have to do is pull up the offending bricks, reset the base, and then put the bricks back down. This will make the area as good as new!
Getting Ready for the Next Season Too!
In addition, it’s not just about having your already existing installations ready for the winter – you also have to start thinking about if you want more work done coming in the spring! It’s good to call contractors before or during the winter if you’d like some work done on your house – this will ensure that you’ll get the project done according to your schedule. If you wait til the spring or summer, you may find that your favorite contractor won’t be able to help you until later in the season. Or worse, he may be all booked up, and he won’t be able to help you at all!
It’s even better if it’s relatively warm where you live – your contractor will still be able to do work around your yard, and they will be relatively slow during the winter. This usually means that you can get a great deal on your paver installation if you get it done at this time as opposed to during the peak spring and summer months.
Your Other Projects
You’ll also want to watch the other projects around your house that aren’t made from concrete pavers. For instance, if you have concrete patios or asphalt driveways, you will want to watch them during the cold months to keep your eye out for cracks and fissures due to freezing water beneath the project. Of course, there’s very little you can do to stop it once it starts, but you can at least be on the lookout if you’re considering replacing these projects with more durable paving stones that won’t have these kinds of issues.