A Guide to Outdoor Granite: Installation & Maintenance

Outdoor granite steps and pathway around landscapeYou might have beautiful granite countertops in your kitchen, but have you considered that granite is also a great material to use outdoors? It’s timeless, durable, and an easy way to elevate your outdoor living space. Whether you’re considering granite for a patio, walkway, or other hardscaping project, we’re going to share everything you need to know about installation and maintenance of outdoor granite.  

Choosing the Right Granite 

For starters: select the right type of granite for your project. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so consider your aesthetic preferences and the overall design of your outdoor space. You also want to ensure the granite you choose is suitable for outdoor use, as some varieties may not withstand exposure to the elements as well as others. 

Get Your Outdoor Granite Professionally Installed 

Granite installation is a specialized skill that requires precision and expertise. It’s highly recommended you hire a professional landscaping and hardscaping company like ours. We’ll properly level, compact, and seal to guarantee the granite is long-lasting and visually appealing. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Outdoor Granite 

While granite is known for its durability, it still requires some care to maintain its beauty and integrity over time. Follow these tips: 

  • Clean Regularly: Regularly sweep away dirt and debris from your granite. For a deeper clean, use a mild detergent or granite-specific cleaner and a soft brush or cloth. Avoid abrasive materials that could scratch the surface. 
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Chemicals like bleach and ammonia can damage the stone. Stick to gentle, pH-neutral cleaners designed for granite care. 
  • Seal: Granite is naturally porous, meaning it can absorb liquids and become stained—which the granite sealer helps prevent. Sealer should be reapplied as needed, typically every one to three years, depending on usage and climate. 
  • Remove Stains Promptly: If you spill something on your granite surface, clean it up right away to prevent staining. Blot the spill rather than wiping to avoid spreading it. 
  • Prevent Weeds & Moss: Outdoor granite surfaces can develop weeds or moss growth between the stones over time. Periodically check for signs of growth and remove to prevent damage.
  • Repair Cracks & Chips: Although durable, granite isn’t invincible. If you notice any cracks or chips, contact a professional for repair to prevent further damage.
  • Take Extra Care in Winter: Use plastic shovels rather than metal ones to remove snow and ice; metal can scratch the granite. Avoid using salt or de-icing chemicals on granite surfaces; these can deteriorate the stone and sealer. 

By choosing the right granite, having it professionally installed, and keeping up with maintenance tasks, your outdoor granite will last for years to come. If you’re considering a granite hardscaping project or need guidance on maintaining existing granite features, Dolan Landscaping is here to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today!