While our stone veneers are quite durable, they will still benefit from some maintenance to continue looking and performing their best. This is especially true during the winter, when freezing temperatures, high winds, and snowstorms are a constant. Here are some basic tips for protecting your stone veneer this winter.
Clear Dirt & Debris
Wind will often blow debris into the stone, so you may occasionally find sticks, leaves, or even a cobweb from earlier in the year that needs to be cleaned out. Do not clean manufactured stone with a high-powered pressure washer or a wire brush, as these could damage the materials. Instead, use a soft bristle brush or a mixture of warm water and dish soap to clean the surface.
Inspect Your Grout
Winter’s freezing temperatures can put added stress on your entire house, causing building materials to contract as temperatures fall. Inspect the grout for any gaps or cracks, particularly any cracks that seem to have grown since your last inspection. If there are noticeable issues, contact a professional to patch the damaged areas.
Consider Sealing Your Stone
Though this isn’t always necessary, sealing your stone may be a good idea if you live in a wet or harsh climate. Stone veneer sealers can provide a protective barrier against moisture, salt, weather, staining and potential fading. However, you should be careful before applying a sealer to your manufactured stone. Research several products to find a good match for the materials used for your installation.
By performing some basic preventative maintenance, you will keep our manufactured stone in top shape and avoid the need for more intensive repair work in the future. With proper care, your stone veneer will look great for many winters to come.
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