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Paver Patio Care Guide

Winter Maintenance and De-Icing

Winter maintenance of your pavers simply involves using two recommended types of de-icing products that are inexpensive and readily available:

 

  • Sodium Chloride (NaCl) – used for temperatures down to +20°F (-7°C), commonly known as rock salt.

 

  • Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) – can be used for temperature ranges from below +20°F (-7°C) to -2°F (-19°C).

 

There are some recommendations when using deicing products:

 

  • Deicing products should be applied in a minimum amount to help melt the ice and snow.

 

  • After the snow and ice melt, the excess deicing chemical should be swept and removed.

 

  • When the winter is over, the pavers can be thoroughly washed to remove excess deicing agents.

 

  • Other products that aren’t Sodium or Calcium Chloride but are labeled as safe for concrete shouldn’t be used. Some of the products listed as safe for concrete were incorrect or false and caused damage to concrete pavers.

 

  • Magnesium-based products should be avoided as these are very aggressive and cause damage to hardscape surfaces.

 

For snow clearing, use a plastic shovel and plastic blade protectors for snowplows or blowers. Some pavers are compatible with subsurface heating systems installed beneath the pavers. The system can be installed either before or after laying the pavers in the form of electric heating cables or heated glycol tubing. This system will permanently fix icing issues in problematic areas.

 

Sealing Your Concrete Pavers

Sealing will enhance or deepen the color of the paver. This process will further protect the surface from staining. Once you choose to seal the pavers, it is recommended to reapply the sealer every 3-5 years.

 

Taking Care of Weeds and Moss

Weeds may grow from seeds that germinate between the pavers. Reapplying the joint sand as needed will prevent this. 

Cleaning your Concrete Pavers

When power washing the pavers, avoid using the pressure washer at high power. Instead, a gentle wash with the nozzle pointed at a 30-degree angle, 12” away from the surface will suffice. Alternatively, the pavers can be cleaned with a nylon-bristled broom and a mild solution of dish soap and water.