Should You Install New Stone Walkways This Fall?

Should You Install New Stone Walkways This Fall?

Should You Install New Stone Walkways This Fall?

In this blog, we will discuss some of the concerns and considerations when determining the feasibility of installing stone walkways in cold weather.

While many homeowners focus on their landscaping and home improvement efforts in the warmer months, some projects can be completed during the fall and winter so that they are ready for use come spring. Depending on your climate and the specifics of your design, stone walkways may be an excellent cold-weather project. The professionals at Paul’s Lawn Service provide a wide range of services, and stone walkway installation is one of them. In this blog, we will discuss some of the concerns and considerations when determining the feasibility of installing stone walkways in cold weather.

Things to Consider

There are a few factors that can impact the practicality of installing stone walkways on your Delaware property during the fall and winter months. First, the type of walkways you plan on installing is a significant determining factor. Designs that use mortar have slightly different concerns than ones that use dry-fit stones. Second, there are three main weather concerns to keep in mind: extreme cold, fluctuating temperatures, and precipitation.

Issue 1: Mortar Temperature

For walkways that use mortar to cement the stones in place, the forecast should not dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of installation. Cold temperatures cause mortar to fail, meaning that if your mortar gets too cold, your contractor will have to rip out the stones and start again. To prevent this, some professionals choose to cover their work with tarps to protect it from nighttime frost. However, the best way to prevent mortar failure due to temperature is to pay attention to the forecast and install your stone walkways when there is little risk of severe cold. If you plan on installing a walkway that uses mortar, contact the professionals at Paul’s Lawn Service. They can discuss your project with you and determine when is the best time to complete it.

Issue 2: Shifting Foundations

Dry-fit stone walkways do not use mortar; rather, they consist of stones that are pressed down into fine limestone, sand, or other fill material. While dry-fit stone projects are generally installed below the frost line, a hard freeze in the middle of the installation can result in an unstable foundation. These projects are typically feasible in late fall or early winter, but local weather conditions and the scope of your project can be determining factors. Call Paul’s Lawn Service today to get the ball rolling on your new stone walkways.

Superior Landscaping Services from Paul’s Lawn Service

Paul’s Lawn Service has been offering high-quality lawn and landscape services to Sussex County, DE residents since 2003. We are small, local, and provide personalized service to each and every customer. We have unparalleled attention to detail and produce long-lasting results, both of which are reasons why we have been servicing so many of our customers’ landscapes for over a decade. We offer our comprehensive range of services to homeowners and business owners throughout Bethany Beach, Milton, Rehoboth Beach, and Millsboro. Give us a call today at 302-258-3887 or contact us online. Also, check us out on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

Posted: November 1, 2019

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