One of the things we get asked often at Great Lakes Landscaping is, “how do I take care of my paving brick in winter?”
All Unilock products are resistant to de-icing salt. However, we do not recommend over use of chemical de-icing products. If you think you may be using too much, you probably are.
Do not use magnesium based products on your pavers. They can cause damage to the surface of the concrete. Stick to calcium based de-icers and rock salt (sodium chloride) as needed.
Do not use metal shovels or blades to clear snow off your paving brick. Use plastic shovels and plastic blade protectors on snow blowers or plows.
If you have an area on your walkway, patio or driveway that ices up frequently, like a front walk that is in the shade most of the day, you can install an electrical snow melt system under your pavers. This is easier to do during installation, but can be done as a retrofit.
If you have an older installation that has begun to show signs of settling here and there, it is a good idea to have the pavers re-leveled before winter. Low spots can hold water, snow and ice, which could cause bricks to break or base material to shift.
The joints of your brick pavers are filled with sand. Over time, this sand can be washed out during rain storms, when you clean your pavers or from other weather and maintenance activities. Joint sand is important because it keeps your brick pavers set together tightly, and prevents them from moving around. Refilling the joints of your brick pavers with sand ensures that they stay put, and you don’t have to worry about catching the edge of your shovel or plow.
If you have any concerns about your brick paver walkway, driveway or patio, give us a call. We’re happy to help.