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How to Maintain Your Hardscape in the Summer Heat

Summer Hardscape Care: Tips for a Beautiful and Durable Outdoor Space

Summer in Minnesota can bring intense heat, which can take a toll on your hardscaping features. To keep your outdoor spaces looking their best and to prolong the life of your investment, it’s crucial to follow some essential maintenance practices. Here are the top tips from Exterior Enterprises to help you maintain your hardscape during the hot summer months.

  1. Regular Cleaning

Dust, debris, and organic matter can accumulate on your hardscaping surfaces, making them look dull and potentially causing damage over time. Regular cleaning is essential to maintain their appearance and integrity. Use a broom or leaf blower to remove loose debris from patios, walkways, and driveways. For deeper cleaning, a garden hose or pressure washer can effectively remove stubborn dirt and stains. Be sure to use the appropriate pressure setting to avoid damaging delicate materials.

  1. Sealing and Resealing

Sealing your hardscape surfaces is crucial for protecting them against the harsh effects of the sun, rain, and other elements. A quality sealant helps prevent water penetration, reduces the risk of stains, and makes cleaning easier. Depending on the type of material used in your hardscape, sealants may need to be reapplied every 1-3 years. Summer is an ideal time to inspect your hardscape for signs of wear and reseal if necessary. Make sure to choose a sealant that’s suitable for your specific hardscaping material.

  1. Addressing Weeds and Moss

Weeds and moss can detract from the beauty of your hardscape and cause structural issues if left unchecked. Regularly inspect your hardscape for any signs of weed growth, particularly between pavers and cracks. Pull weeds by hand or use a targeted weed killer that won’t damage the surrounding materials. Moss can be removed with a stiff brush and a mixture of water and vinegar or a specialized moss removal product.

  1. Checking for Damage

Extreme temperatures and frequent use can cause cracks, chips, or other damage to hardscaping features. Regularly inspect your patios, walkways, and retaining walls for any signs of damage. Small cracks can often be repaired with a suitable filler or patching compound, while larger issues may require professional attention. Addressing damage promptly can prevent it from worsening and extend the life of your hardscape.

  1. Managing Water Drainage

Proper water drainage is essential for maintaining the stability and appearance of your hardscape. Ensure that your drainage systems, such as gutters, downspouts, and French drains, are functioning correctly and free of obstructions. Standing water can cause erosion, damage to materials, and create a breeding ground for pests. If you notice any water pooling on your hardscape, consider regrading the area or installing additional drainage solutions.

  1. Protecting Against Heat

Intense summer heat can cause some hardscaping materials to expand and contract, leading to cracks and other damage. Providing shade with pergolas, umbrellas, or shade sails can help mitigate this issue. Additionally, keeping your hardscape cool by regularly hosing it down with water can reduce the risk of heat-related damage. If you have outdoor furniture or decor, consider moving them around occasionally to prevent them from creating hot spots on your hardscape surfaces.

  1. Enhancing with Landscaping

Integrating landscaping elements can provide natural shade and cooling effects for your hardscape. Consider planting trees, shrubs, or ground cover plants around your hardscaped areas. Not only do they offer shade, but they also add aesthetic appeal and create a more inviting outdoor environment. Choose drought-resistant plants that thrive in the Minnesota summer climate to reduce water usage and maintenance efforts.

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your hardscaping remains beautiful, functional, and durable throughout the summer months. Taking a proactive approach to care and maintenance will help you enjoy your outdoor spaces to the fullest and protect your investment for years to come. Contact Exterior Enterprises if you need help tending to your current hardscape or installing new features such as fire pits, composite steps, walkways, pergolas, and more!