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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow Removal for brick paver driveways

Brick pavers are a great alternative to concrete or blacktop for driveways and sidewalks.  They look great and will typically increase the aestethics and value of your home. 

So when it comes time for removing the snow from your brick paver driveway, you need to take extra care in order to protect your investment.

Using a Snow Plow To Clear Paver Driveways

When brick pavers are properly installed, the surface can be as smooth as poured concrete.  However, over time even the best installed driveways may have some pavers that sit at slightly different elevations (called lippage or vertical displacement).   This unevenness is one of the reasons why professionals do not recommend having commercial snow plows remove the snow from brick paver driveways. 

Most commerical and residential snow removal companies rely on a steel plow attached to the front of a pick up truck to remove snow from driveways.  This method is safe, quick and efficient and is a cost-savings to both the snow removal company and to the customer. 

However, for brick paver driveways, using a snow plow is not recommended.  Some companies will use a special rubber plow or a steel plow with small wheels for use on brick paver driveways.  However even these plows may scrape and lift up brick pavers that are uneven. 

An alternative for some companies is to use snow blowers to clear brick paver driveways.  While this is easier on the pavers than a steel plow attached to a truck, damage can still occur with snow blowers. 

At Green with Envy, Inc. we take into consideration what is best for the property and will recommend that for brick paver driveways and sidewalks, that we hand shovel the surface.  This way, we can assure our customers that we will do everything we can to protect their property. 

Using Salt on Brick Pavers

After removing snow, many customers want to make sure that their driveways and sidewalks are treated with salt or a chemical ice melter.  However, if you have brick pavers, using salt or other chemical de-icers can damage the bricks or cause the bricks to stain over time.  As a safe alterative to chemical or salt application, sand can be used to help with icing. 

Brick paver driveways and sidewalks can last many years with proper care. 

To learn more about Green with Envy, Inc.'s approach to snow removal for brick paver surfaces or to request a free estimate, click here or call 630-262-8444. 

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