How To Keep Paving Non-Slippery

Although there has been some lovely warm autumnal weather thus far this October, we’ve also seen quite a bit of heavy rain and high winds, which means now’s the perfect time to take a look around outside and see what little fixes you could carry out to make your outdoor spaces safer at this time of year.

Your paving and patio areas are prime examples of potential risks during autumn and winter, quickly becoming slimy and slippery if you’re not careful.

The good news is that with just a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll be able to keep these parts of the garden slip-free, ensuring that you can go about your day without having to worry about coming crashing down. No one wants a broken hip, after all!

You can help prevent slips, trips and falls in the first place by opting for slip-resistant textures and materials in the first instance when having your paving laid. Raising the pavers up can also help prevent them from becoming slippery, but even doing this you’ll likely see that moss and weeds start to put in an appearance… so try to deal with issues when they arise.

Pressure washing is a great way to deal with problems and you can quickly and easily get rid of any lichen and algae that has built up. Using a stiff outdoor brush can also help you clear the paving stones if they’re laid down somewhere that doesn’t have good drainage.

Spreading a layer of sand down at this time of year can help make paving less slippery and, as people walk around, the sand will be tracked across the slabs without you having to put in a huge amount of effort.

You can also use a non-slip sealer if you’re particularly worried about the risk of accidents, but make sure you apply it properly as if you use too much you can actually make your paving even more slippery than it was before!

 

For further advice relating to the paving at your Wirral home, get in touch with LW Landscapes today.