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Can Pavers be Installed All Year?

One of the best things about where we reside is yearlong sunshine and mild weather in Orlando. When it comes to hardscaping with pavers, this climate is best to install new driveways and patios for our customers who are eager to have an exterior home update.

In colder regions of the country, homeowners who want to install pavers have a limited time slot throughout the year to get this work done. This can cause many reputable contractors to become fully booked for an entire season in just a short amount of time.

We are lucky to have a large customer base who looks forward to the quality of our paver work. Still, because we can install all year, there are only rare times when we and other local Orlando paver companies and we are fully booked for too long.

Further north from Central Florida, only a fraction of homeowners associate winter weather with doing landscaping projects. But in these colder climates, the winter months can be the best time to find good deals. Shorter waiting times for installation are typical throughout the winter months, mainly because many remodeling and house-related companies frequently encounter a drop in business. Our Orlando customers are lucky we don’t have these issues when installing pavers.

Pavers are available in various shapes, colors, and sizes, making them an ideal method to create a design-specific atmosphere. Your relatives or friends who live up north may want to install pavers during winter for low prices, but is it smart otherwise?

Is it possible to install pavers in the winter?
We should put your pavers as long as the ground is not frozen. Another thing to consider is the amount of moisture in the soil. Pavers need a solid sub-base to keep them fixed and secure, so the ground must be firm enough to support the sub-base.

What Happens to Pavers in Low Temperatures?
Even the most durable hardscape features, such as pavers, may be damaged by the the constant change in high to low temperatures throughout the seasons.

The ground beneath your pavers will expand and contract as the seasons change, gradually pushing them out of place. Although natural and unavoidable, the continuously growing and shrinking of the soil may cause your paver tiles to shift.

This will also drive up the stones, as soil swells and pushes up to the surface. Frost heave, when not treated, can physically damage the integrity of the pavement and even your house’s foundation.

What Should I Do To Keep My Pavers Safe During The Winter?
Pavers are a popular choice for patios because they look nice. You only have to replace individual tiles if they break.

Even in Orlando, you can follow these same guidelines to keep your pavers lasting ages.

  • A sealer will protect your pavers from getting scratched, chipped, or eroded during the winter. There are two types of sealers, known as topical and penetrating forms. We recommend the penetrating sealer because it absorbs the paver and gives you the most protection.
  • During the winter north of sunny Florida, you may salt your driveway, but it’s not advised to do so with your pavers. If you apply salt this way, it can seep into the pavers and become frozen. The expansion causes the pavers to pop up out of the base layer soil when this happens.
  • Many people in Orlando leave boats in their driveways, which may leak saltwater from your last fishing outing. This is not as damaging as snow salt, but this can cause problems if not treated over time.