How To Maintain Paving During Winter

Tips and advice on how to protect and maintain driveways, patios, paths and paved surfaces

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It is easy to neglect outdoor areas during the winter but it’s important to maintain paving throughout the year to keep it in tip-top condition. We have already experienced snow and conecutive days of freezing temperatures here in Kent and the south east during December ’22, and it’s several months yet before the warmer months of spring.

Some general rules that apply to all paved areas are to keep them clean and sweep up leaves and organic matter. These provide the ideal environment for moss and algae as well as causing stains. Fruit and berries from overhanging trees should also be cleared and any staining left should be dealt with as soon as possible..

The more ingrained a stain becomes the more difficult it is to remove. This is particularly true with absorbant paving such as stone and block pavers, and applies to all sorts of staining such as oil stains, brake fluid, petrol, BBQ fats and food and drink spillages. Contact Maidstone Gleam Team if you require professional paving cleaning and stain removal services.

Is it OK to seal paving in winter?

Simple answer: NO. You should not attempt to seal, or employ any contractor willing to seal your driveway or patio during the cold winter months. Rain and Cold are the enemies of applying sealer and will prevent it properly absorbing into the surface, leaving unsightly white residue and it will not be protecting your paved surfaces.

For paving sealant to be applied effectively three things are necessary:

  • Dry paving
  • Dry weather
  • Mild conditions

Obviously local conditions vary but the ideal months for cleaning and sealing drives and patios in Kent, London and the south east are between March and October.

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Is it good to seal paving before winter?

YES it is. A good quality patio or driveway sealant will help to protect and maintain paving during the cold, wet, frosty winter months. It will provide a protective waterproof barrier on porous materials like