To plow or not to plow, & everything else you need to know about maintaining the beauty of your new paver driveway
With their high resistance to freeze/thaw cycles, stain resilience, and versatile designs suited to a wide range of uses and aesthetics, the extensive variety of Unilock concrete pavers ensure that your driveway remains attractive even after a long, harsh winter. However, preserving your driveway during the winter requires a little work on your part. Luckily, using Unilock pavers can reduce the time and effort you’ll spend on maintaining your hardscaping. Here are a few tips for keeping your driveway clear during snowfall season and spotless come spring.
the heated driveway solution
Heated driveways make use of heat radiating systems installed beneath the surface of a driveway. These can be either a layer of mesh that is rolled out underneath the driveway’s pavers or coils filled with water and antifreeze that are installed prior to the laying of a driveway. A heated driveway can be set to switch on automatically after snow falls and will quickly melt away snow and ice. The system can remain active while snow continues to fall, melting the flakes as they land and ensuring that snow buildup doesn’t occur.
Shown here: Brussels Block driveway in Sandstone with accents of Limestone.
no stains from de-icing salt
De-icing salt and other chemicals used for getting rid of snow and ice can wreak havoc on asphalt, poured concrete, and natural stone. Not so with Unilock concrete pavers. The imperviousness of the surface, as well its resistance to salt and acid staining ensure that a variety of substances can safely be used and easily hosed down to remove any residue, come spring. You can rest assured that your pavers will remain beautiful and strong, through all four seasons.
Plowing your new paver driveway
If you own a snow plow or invest in professional snow management, you can rest assured that the high flexural and structural strength of our concrete driveway pavers can withstand the weight of the equipment. If you do hire a contractor, ask them to use a rubber or vinyl-edged blade to avoid scratching your pavers.
Shown here: Estate home with Richcliff pavers