Introduction to Hardscapes

About Hardscapes

Overview

WalkwayHardscapes are an aesthetic and functional implementation into residential and commercial landscapes. Landscaping is never complete without an application of hardscaping. Hardscaping in general consists of retaining walls, paving, steeping stones and edging or curbing. Hardscaping materials range from stone, concrete, brick, natural stone etc. These materials can be applied in a wide variety of ways to enhance and complete your residential landscaping. The possibilities in design, style, applications and installation is endless and only limited by your imagination or the money you are willing to spend on the project. Fabulous features or practical applications can be achieved with hardscapes.

Whether the application is a simple stone boulder containing your house number or a large paved patio, hardscapes can help to create an individual setting which helps to increase property price for resale. Hardscapes allow homeowners to extend their outdoor living space by creating a unique terrace, patio or feature. Hardscaping can also be implemented in the following ways:

  • Patio Walls and Floors Patio
  • Garden Pathways
  • Outdoor Wall Frames
  • Columns for Supporting carports and roofs.
  • Pergola Columns
  • Water Features: ponds and rock gardens
  • Foundations for Porches, Courtyards and Decks
  • Feature Walls
  • Garden Beds
  • Steps

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are a type of hardscaping application which is generally very commonly seen throughout residential landscaping. They are used for a wide variety of purposes including: taming and controlling sloped properties, prevention of erosion and run off, supporting garden beds or working as a foundation for fences. They can also be used for decorative walls as a feature throughout the landscaping. Masonry materials can be used to construct retaining walls; they are available in many different shapes, sizes and colors.

Pavers

Pavers are assembled as pavements for commercial and residential landscaping. There is a wide variety of pavers on the market today. Three main types of pavers available include brick, concrete and natural stone. They are readily available in many different shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Professional installation or DIY installation can be achieved when using pavers. Pavers are a hardscaping material which helps to provide flooring as well as style the exterior of a property.

Brick Pavers

Brick Pavers Brick pavers are made from a mixture of clay, silica, sand and water. This mixture is fired by high temperatures in a kiln. The firing process helps the materials bond together completely, creating a solid brick paver. The traditional red brick is very commonly used although they are available in many other colors shapes and sizes. Brick pavers are available in earthy tones to create the perfect hardscape which best suits you’re landscaping.

Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are made from cement, sand, aggregates and water. An iron oxide pigment is added for the determined color during production. Concrete pavers are an inexpensive hardscapes material which is very popularly used within landscaping for practical and functional applications. They are available in many different colors, shapes and sizes as well as textures.

Natural Stone

Natural StoneNatural stone is a wonder of Mother Nature. It is found and quarried all over the world. A natural stone hardscape will enhance your property immensely with its beauty and style. Most natural stone are versatile and can be used for a wide variety of hardscape applications. They are installed with ease by professional or DIY methods. They are medium in maintenance and should be well looked after.

Paving

Paving is a great way to add surface covering throughout your yard, landscaping, patio, driveway or walkway. This type of hardscaping is very common and designs are only limited by material choice and imagination. Paving creates a hard surface which can lead to an area, house or vehicle. Paving materials range from brick, concrete, flagstone, natural stone and steeping stones. Paving is a very common hardscaping application for homeowners wanting to improve the functionality of their outdoor spaces and accessibility.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones Stepping stones are the ultimate hardscape application. They create character and individual style to landscaping and properties. Stepping stones are typically pieces of irregularly shaped stones which are placed on either a sand bed or turf. They can be assembled in many different ways to be used as a walkway or simply as a feature. They are the ideal application for decorative features throughout landscaping, leading into a garden, pool area or patio.

Flagstone

Flagstone is generally a large and flat type of stone and is used as a paving stone. Flagstone is also a type of sand stone comprised of quartz. The coloring of flagstone is generally buff, blue and red although many other vibrant and stylish colors can be found in flagstone. These large stones help to create pavements and hardscapes within landscaping which enhance and add character to the home, landscaping and entire property.