With winter fast approaching and the weather becoming colder and wetter, your garden and driveway can quickly start to look bedraggled. It’s helpful at this time of year to identify some simple and efficient ways of making sure your paving still looks well maintained, even when it’s grey and cold outside.
During the winter months the last thing anyone wants to be doing is outdoor labour. Thanks to the design of Brett paving products, you can enjoy paving styles that are low maintenance and aesthetically beautiful all year round. Here we take a look at some advice for maintaining your paving through the winter and what difference it can make.
Choose a low maintenance design
If you’re hoping to achieve a garden or driveway design that looks great even in the winter, it’s important to look for paving styles that are characteristically low maintenance.
Porcelain tiles are created using a natural build that is strong, and can withstand general weathering. In particular, porcelain paving can deliver peace of mind with qualities including scratch-resistant and stain-resistant. GeoCeramica® Bluestone is a perfect choice for both gardens and driveways thanks to the unique 60mm thickness. This means you can benefit from driveway paving that is immune to stains caused by vehicles, without compromising on its stunning visual appearance.
GeoCeramica Marmostone in Black
Our porcelain paving collection is also frost-resistant and slip-resistant, so you can feel confident that it will survive even the harshest of winter weather.
Another popular low maintenance choice is concrete paving. Its long-lasting nature means your garden will stand the test of time, bringing both practicality and style to your outdoor spaces. Our collection of concrete paving is incredibly durable and versatile, giving you the chance to create the outdoor space you’ve always wanted.
Choose a design that will brighten up a winter’s day
Transform your garden space during the dreary winter months by opting for a style and design that instantly brings more cheer to the grey and wet conditions. Our collection of natural stone paving can deliver an eye-catching design, with no two pieces appearing the same to create a truly unique space.
For example, our Rippled Limestone in honey brings a sun-drenched feel to any garden space and will stand out beautifully against a grey sky.
Rippled Limestone in Honey
Similarly, concrete block paving is now available in a great choice of finishes and colours to add vibrancy to a winter garden. Our popular Aura paving is available in a flecked bronze design to add intrigue and catch your eye even when the sun is hiding behind grey clouds.
Aura in Bronze Fleck
Don’t forget you can also create unique designs by combining different paving styles, as well as creating contrasting edgings. We have a number of products that can help you to create geometric shapes, distinctive borders and steps to make your garden or driveway appear much more inviting and welcoming.
Our Beta paving can be seen here in two colours with a unique design that adds character to the property.
Beta in Brindle and Silver Haze
How to tidy up your garden in the winter
It’s important that you’re able to keep your garden and paving well-maintained during the winter months. This time of year is particularly good for removing dead or rubbing branches from existing trees, as well as planting bare-rooted trees so long as the soil isn’t frozen. If you have roses in your garden, these should be pruned in January or February.
It can be helpful to keep your paving clear of debris, such as falling leaves. This can prevent a build-up of moss and algae. A brush and warm soapy water is often the easiest way to keep your paving clear and clean, and it doesn’t take long to do.
You might wish to look into sealing your paving, which can be beneficial for concrete and natural stone paving. Sealing your paving can help to maintain its quality and make it easier to clean, but you should wait 12-18 months after installation. Remember that sealant can affect the aesthetics of your pavement. With concrete paving, you should refill lost or compacted jointing sand after installation as this can maintain the integrity of the paving.
Whatever paving style you choose for your garden and driveway, it’s helpful to consider the advice above so that you can feel confident in your choice of style and design. Concrete, natural stone and porcelain paving can all provide low maintenance and long-lasting qualities, so that you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor space even in the winter months.
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