How to Maintain Your Hardscape for the Long-Term
Hardscape, like concrete and stone, is an investment. If you don’t keep up with the maintenance of your hardscapes, they’ll look shabby very quickly. The best way to avoid this is by setting aside time every year to take care of your hardscape. It’s ideal to schedule these tasks into regular service appointments with a professional contractor so that it’s convenient for you. Here’s a maintenance routine to consider for your hardscaping project:
Inspecting Joints Between Slabs
Check for cracks and gaps in the concrete slabs. If you find any, use a chisel to remove any dirt and debris from around them so that you can inspect their condition more easily. Inspect the joints between your decking boards as well if they have been installed recently. Some types of wood may need replacing after only a few years of exposure to weather elements like rainwater.
Investigate Signs of Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are a sign of water damage. If you see mold or mildew on your hardscape, it’s important to investigate the cause. Mold and mildew can be dangerous to pets and children, so make sure they’re not playing around in areas where you might find these signs.
Look for Loose Fittings
Look for loose fittings, like patio door hinges or shower heads. Make sure all screws are secure. Check the condition of your decking and make sure it’s not rotting away from underneath. Check the condition of your decking and make sure it’s not rotting away from underneath. Look at all of the joists, decking boards and posts, railings, steps, and so on. Make sure that they’re in good condition. If you see any rot or termite damage then this will need to be fixed before you can continue with any other maintenance tasks on your hardscape.
For your hardscape’s maintenance needs here in Tacoma, WA, you may contact DG Landscaping LLC for professional hardscaping services. Call us at (253) 218-1115 today!