Laying a patio in any outdoor space takes time, effort and attention to detail. It’s important to think about how that patio will fare in bad weather conditions, and consider making the right choice of material and design in order to prolong its appearance.

Patio areas can attract high traffic, particularly in the summer months, which is quickly followed by downpours, frost and snow in the winter months. It can certainly take its toll on your patio paving!

At Brett Landscaping we have a huge range of great quality paving and other related products that have been developed with a wealth of helpful properties. Take a look for yourself.

Tip 1: Choose the right material

If you’re worried about the effects of adverse weather on your choice of patio paving, start by looking for the right type of material that can mitigate any potential damage. We have a range of paving products that are durable even in bad weather, protecting your patio throughout the year.

Porcelain paving in particular has a high tolerance to water, with a strong and practical surface that also offers slip-resistance. We offer an elegant, modern range of porcelain paving, with a choice of colours and styles to suit the outside space.

Our Natural Stone range is also a popular choice, thanks to its low maintenance and durable design.

Tip 2: Keep your patio clear of debris

The upcoming winter months can be tough on gardens and other outdoor spaces, and it can help to do some light maintenance to prolong the life of your paving. While our products are already of great quality, it won’t hurt to make sure the patio area is clear of debris.

This can include fallen leaves, which could rot and leave marks on the paving. Newly fallen leaves may fall on to existing leaves, which can encourage them to rot quickly and leave stains on the paving. We do offer a number of stain-resistant products, if this is a particular concern!

Keeping the patio clean can also prevent a build-up of moss and algae, making sure it’s always ready to use and looks great. Consider pruning overgrown trees to reduce the amount of leaves falling on to your property, leaving everything looking neat, tidy and safe.

Tip 3: Washing your patio

Caring for your patio can help to protect it. You might notice white marks that sometimes appear on concrete paving, brick work or natural stone paving. This is a natural occurrence known as efflorescence, and is the accumulation of crystallised salt on the paving’s surface. It does not affect the paving, and it naturally wears off through use or weathering.

You can remove it yourself by scrubbing the paving with warm soapy water. In extreme cases, acid wash may be used to remove the salt, but it’s important to remember that the salt may form again if the efflorescence process has not been finished.

Acid washing should be carried out with care, and it is not recommended for natural stone or decorative concrete paving. Be sure to wear protective clothing and test the acid wash in an inconspicuous area first.

Removing other dirt or stains can usually be achieved through sweeping or hand washing. By keeping your patio in good condition, you can prolong its appearance and life span.

At Brett Landscaping we have a huge range of great quality and low maintenance paving products, discover the range here. For further information on how you can maintain your patio please contact our customer service team on 0345 60 80 570.

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