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Winter protection for paving slabs and driveways

Paving slabs and blocks like Marshalls Saxon Textured Garden Paving or Stonemarket Trident Textured Driveway Paviors which have been developed with slip-resistant qualities are an excellent choice for our varied UK weather conditions, but low temperatures, heavy rain, snow and ice will take their toll on the toughest driveways, paths and patios.

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We’ve already covered routine maintenance for a problem-free paving year in our blog, so here’s a handy guide on how to prepare your driveway paving and slabs for the chilly weather.

 

 

1. Clear and clean your paving slabs

If you want to be ready for winter, you need to start by cleaning your paving and driveways. Check for any accumulated debris, including any weeds or unwanted growth; they may not thrive in the winter months, but you want to keep your driveway in the best possible condition.  Stonemarket and Marshalls paving slabs and blocks can be cleaned using a stiff yard brush and soapy water. A pressure washer will do the job effectively, but be very careful to follow our advice to avoid any surface damage or loosening of jointing compound materials.

It's also time to see what kind of wear and tear the summer's use has had; check especially for spilt liquids like oil or other chemical products. You can find out more about stains and spillages in our garden paving FAQs post

2. Check your concrete paving for any damage

Once your driveway and garden paving is clean and clear, check for cracks or emerging gaps. These need to be filled; snow and ice can only make them worse, so it’s essential you repair any existing damage to your driveway before winter.

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We’ve previously posted about sealing patios and driveways; but in short, our Marshalls and Stonemarket slabs and blocks do not need sealing against UK winter weather conditions. Even our popular Marshalls Indian Sandstone Paving, cut from high quality stone, is dense and moisture-resistant enough to not require sealing.

3. Keep drives and paths safe in icy conditions

Patios, driveway and garden paving can become very slippery and dangerous if you allow a build up of ice which is hidden by fresh snowfall. Anyone with a sloping drive or path will know exactly how tricky that can be!

There is some debate over the best way to de-ice your driveway, but make sure you are using something granular for your own safety. Sand is a safe option and we recommend investing in a couple of bags of sand at the beginning of winter. If heavy snowfall begins, make sure you keep the family safe by shovelling it over high traffic areas every so often.

There’s no shortage of de-icing salts on the market, but some of these contain ammonium sulphates and nitrates. These can be detrimental to concrete, so make sure you’ve researched what to use and contact us if you’re unsure. Something as simple as sand is a safe bet that won’t do any damage to your block paving or garden plants. You can even use cat litter in place of sand in a pinch!

To summarise, follow these essential steps to keep your paving safe in cold weather:

  1. Sweep and clear paved surfaces
  2. Remove debris, stains, spillages and any foreign objects in gaps
  3. Check for cracks and crannies then fill them in
  4. Invest in some bags of sand to spread over your driveway and paths
  5. Bring on winter!

If you’re interested in some high quality Marshalls paving for your home, get in touch with Turnbull by calling us on 01529 308839 or use our chatline.  We can talk quotes and delivery logistics!