Landscaping is your business’ first impression to new tenants, customers, or visitors. If well-maintained, it says to your guest, “We’re proud of what we do here.” However, having a dilapidated hardscape and wilting foliage sends the exact opposite message. If you want to put your best foot forward every day, landscape and hardscape maintenance should be a top priority.
Commercial landscape typically includes hardscape, or the built structures of your outdoor space. Elements such as patios, courtyards, walkways, and decks all encompass your hardscape. Stonemasons and carpenters typically specialize in outdoor hardscapes and can help you create a beautiful atmosphere for guests. However, it is up to you to properly maintain these structures for longevity and aesthetic appeal.
Below are four tips to keep in mind when caring for your commercial hardscape:
Choose the right contractor.
If you’re installing or repairing a dilapidated piece of hardscape, make sure to vet your contractors for quality craftsmanship and timeliness. It can be difficult to fix hardscape elements such as concrete and woodwork if not installed correctly the first time. Other elements such as pavers are more forgiving, but you want to ensure you choose the right contractor for the job to reduce maintenance headaches and expenses.
Clean hardscape elements regularly.
Cleaning hardscape is essential for many reasons. Not only will it keep your outdoor space looking neat, but it will also prevent mold and mildew growth. Professional cleaning including pressure washing and chemical applications will help remove stains, dirt, and organic growth from your hardscape design.
Seal cracks and surfaces properly.
There are many options for using joint sand stabilizers or sealers for the crevices in elements like pavers or brick. You can also use waterproofing sealants on some hardscape elements to ensure that water damage does not compound over time. These sealants may need to be refreshed annually, so check with your MaintenX technician to learn about proper long-term care.
Replace broken elements ASAP.
If you have a cracked paver or chipped piece of wood, contact the installation team immediately to replace it. These are not only an eyesore but can be a hazard to visitors on your property. A chipped wood board could cause a splinter, and a cracked paver could cause someone to trip. While these may not cause serious injuries, they leave an unfavorable impression that could easily be prevented by proper maintenance.
MaintenX technicians are here to help you maintain the look and function of your commercial hardscape. For more tips and information on our maintenance services, contact us today.