Hardscape installation can be expensive, so property owners want to do whatever they can to make sure their hardscape features are kept in the best possible condition for as long as possible. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can damage hardscaping, and many property owners worry about how direct sunlight can affect hardscaping. If you’re curious about hardscape maintenance and how sun exposure can affect pavers, keep reading to learn more.
Hardscape and sun damage
Sunlight has UV rays that can cause all kinds of damage, including skin damage, fabric fading and more. Direct sunlight can take a toll on outdoor surfaces, including wooden patios and patio furniture textiles, causing warping, fading and damage. Even concrete, a very durable and strong material, can be susceptible to damage from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Over time, sun exposure can cause damage to the surface of concrete pavement and lead to cracking and crumbling.
In addition to cracking and crumbling caused by prolonged UV exposure, it’s also common for pavers and other hardscape surfaces to be faded by the sun. UV rays can cause significant damage to pigmentation and, over time, cause vibrantly colored patio pavers to fade. While patio pavers are designed to withstand exposure to the elements, they are not invincible, and it’s important to take steps to protect pavers from fading and keep them looking their best for as long as possible.
Preventing sun damage
Make sure your pavers are kept in the desired condition by following a few preventative tips to shield them from sun damage:
- Choose quality pavers: If you want your hardscaping to look amazing for many years, the first step is to choose quality pavers that are designed to be durable and long-lasting. Ask a hardscaping professional for recommendations to help you find products that will offer the best results for your project.
- Keep hardscaping clean: Another important aspect of hardscape maintenance is keeping pavers clean. Clear away debris and invest in routine power washing to clean off grime and other materials that might damage and weaken the surface of pavers. This will prevent wear and tear to protect your pavers from damage of all kinds, including UV exposure.
- Get routine maintenance: One of the best ways to keep pavers looking their best is to invest in routine hardscape maintenance on a regular basis. Annual sealcoating is essential when it comes to preserving patio pavers and keeping them looking vibrant.
Hardscape maintenance, repair and installation services
Keep your hardscape in the best condition possible with maintenance, repair and installation services from MSE Hardscape Design and Installation. We specialize in hardscape services and are committed to helping property owners throughout the area achieve their vision for hardscape design. Whether you need help replacing a few broken pavers or you’re gearing up for an extensive hardscape installation project, our team has the expertise necessary to help you. Schedule a consultation and a quote by giving us a call today—we look forward to hearing from you soon!