Hardscapes are great for creating visual interest within a landscape and for providing natural gathering spaces outdoors. However, you need to keep them looking polished and inviting – especially if you are a business, and you want the space to reflect your professionalism.
To keep hardscapes from falling into disarray, there are a few steps you can take. Acting in a preventative manner will keep your hardscape looking great for years to come.
Start With A Good Sealer
If you have a relatively new hardscape, and you want to set yourself up for success, consider using a sealer. This will not only enhance colour, it will protect the hardscape against the Okanagan elements.
Address Wear and Tear
As the years go by, cracks may begin to appear. If you have bricks or paving stones, remove and replace any damaged pieces to keep the entire space looking great.
Cracks in a concrete slab can start small. However, if they are left unaddressed, they can become a bigger problem. If you notice cracks in several areas, contact a professional to get your hardscape assessed.
Hardscapes may develop weed growth in between bricks or stones, or even in cracks. Remove the weeds before they can take hold and do any damage or go to seed and spread across more of the surface area.
Grab a Broom
Sweeping your hardscape regularly helps remove debris. This not only keeps it looking great, but it also ensures fallen leaves or other items don’t sit on the surface and stain the underlying stone or concrete. Sweeping may need to be done more regularly at different times of the year, depending on the surrounding environment. For example, in the fall, there generally may be more leaves and more sweeping required. In the summer, it may barely need sweeping at all.
Perform an Annual Cleaning
Make it a point to clean your hardscape annually. Using a pressure washer can remove build-up such as algae and lichens from stone and concrete and make the entire space look brand-new. It’s best to hire a professional to handle pressure-washing, as it is possible to damage surfaces if too strong of a setting is used.
Do you need advice on how to handle your hardscapes, or are you considering a hardscape refresh? Our professionals are here to help. Contact us today. We always offer free estimates!