Winter Paver Care
With temperatures dipping into the forties and precipitation being more prevalent, this is not the best time of year to seal your pavers because they never fully dry out. You can extend the life and beauty of your pavers with a good cleaning. Brick cleaning is usually done to remove tree sap, mold, mildew, other stains and fallen leaves. Once you have cleaned your pavers, remove any additional fallen leaves so they do not stain the bricks. Brick cleaning is much more effective to paver areas that were previously sealed so be sure to seal your pavers next spring, when the weather warms up.
If at all possible, do not apply ice melters to paver areas. Ice melters can cause splintering and chipping and can stain the pavers. If you do need to use them, ice melting chemical products which do not contain calcium chloride are the best choice.
For most residential applications, conventional methods of snow removal are acceptable, such as shoveling or snowblowing, as long as they are not heavy or abrasive. Use a rubber bottomed plow and plastic snow shovel so you do not scratch or abrade your pavers. Make sure the skid plates are set to maintain a clearance between the snowblower and the pavers. Rubber or plastic scuffs that may occur during the snow seaason are much easier to remove from pavers that have been cleaned and sealed. The use of heavy snow removal equipment may damage your brick or the installation.