There is a reason the saying “hard as stone” exists. This is because stone is one of the sturdiest and most stable materials and human civilization has long used it to build structures. These days, homes are not only employed to build houses but to decorate as well, which we call hardscapes.
In today’s post, Allstar Construction, one of the area’s top home exterior renovation companies, discusses how to care for the stone components of your property, including hardscapes, during winter.
Inspection Is Half the Battle Won
Regular inspection of your stone veneer and masonry goes a long way. Experts advise inspecting and looking for weak areas in your masonry at least once or twice a year. After all, when you’re already examining your exterior components like the windows and siding, looking at the other parts of your home, including stonework, is just a few minutes’ worth of diversion.
Take particular note of weakened stone panels or tiles and crumbling grout. Loose mortar and cracks are also points of interest, so have your contractor check them the next time they come in.
Check Your Gutters
Erosion is always a possibility and if your gutters are spilling water onto your brick pavers all year long, they will end up saturated with moisture. This then makes it easy for any kind of blunt force to break them apart. This means that any part of a storm damage repair session should be to look out for your gutters as well.
Avoid this scenario by redirecting drainage. Make sure your downspouts don’t directly drain water to any stone component or hardscape. If needed, you can extend your downspouts with a PVC pipe so they unload water to grass or a plant bed.