Brick Paver Driveways, Walkways, Front Entrances, Parking areas, and PorchesAs snow begins to fall here this Winter in Ann Arbor, it reminds me of one of the popular questions asked by homeowners..."can I use my snow blower or have my brick pavers driveway plowed?" The answer is Yes. Brick Pavers can be treated like any other pavement.
Most brick pavers have beveled or angled edges that help create a continuance smooth surface. Any pavers that are lifted or sticking up prior to Winter should be repaired. You want to avoid any "lippage" which is the occurrence of paver edges sticking up from another paver. This "lip" can be caught by shovels, snow blowers, and snow plows. Lippage also occurs with cement slab cracks & relief joints and cracks & large ruts in asphalt. Due to Winter ground frost, the occurrence of any lifting can not be avoided.
Below are some key items to help you avoid any damage or scarring to your brick pavers, stamped or textured concrete and stamped asphalt.
Snow plowing of brick paver driveways, lots, street scapes,or parking areas may require some more special attention. Snow plowing blades that are metal can scratch, gouge, chip, or damage brick pavers. A common issue is leaving some rust stains too. This is no different that what these blades can do to cement, stamped concrete, asphalt, etc.. . No plowing contractor can guarantee that signs of plowing will not occur.
There are a couple of solutions that can minimize if not avoid any signs of damage or scratching to your brick pavers. Keep in mind that these options are not always readily available from snow plowing contractors. In most cases, these options will cost you alittle more in expense.
In conclusion, brick pavers can be treated much like other pavement surfaces. If you are concerned with any unnecessary damages or scars, then pursue the options above. Keep in mind that one of the biggest advantages of brick pavers over concrete, stamped concrete, and asphalt is that any individual pavers that are damaged can easily be replaced with no signs of repair or replacement.