Winter Tips for Paver and Outdoor Kitchen Care

December 30, 2015

Winter Tips for Paver and Outdoor Kitchen Care

Winter has finally arrived, with cold temperatures, ice and snow. Protect your landscape investment by taking special care of your brick pavers and outdoor kitchens. Here are a few tips:

snow-shovelingBrick Paver Winter Care:

You love your brick paver walkway, patio or driveway, right? But did you know throwing down salt for icy patches can damage and/or discolor the surface?

Here’s why: Rock salt holds moisture. When it seeps into the pores of the brick pavers, and eventually freezes again, it expands by 9%, causing pop marks and the possibility of the top layer cracking off. When a brick driveway is sealed, it will absorb far less moisture and will last a bit longer… but we still advise against the use of salt.

What’s the alternative? There are two:

1. Magnesium Chloride is an effective alternative, and when used properly will not damage concrete brick pavers or surrounding landscapes. Yes, it’s more expensive, but will be worth the extra cost in the long run.

2. Play sand is a natural, low cost solution that will give additional traction and lasts a long time, with relatively easy clean up in the spring.