What’s a garden without a hardscape?
Hardscape is as essential to your home’s curb appeal and value as the flowers and grass in your yard. Whether natural or man-made, hardscaping materials decorate your outdoors and add balance, focus, and dimensionality to your property.
Whether it is a patio, swimming pool, gazebo, or a pathway, hardscape prevents your garden from looking like an assortment of wild, growing things!
In today’s blog, we talk about the most popular and easiest to use materials that you can use for your hardscaping project.
The material of choice for decks and fences, wood offers a warm, rich look to your yard, which naturally incorporates with the greenery. The choice of wood can be restricted by your location, and it’s costly to import exotic hardwoods. Wood will also increase your lawn maintenance chores, so make sure you’re up to the challenge when using wood for hardscaping.
As a versatile construction material, you can’t go wrong with brick. The material works well for pathways and walls, and you can choose specific patterns to achieve a formal or laid-back look for your exteriors. You can also save money and go green with used bricks.
While most homeowners associate tiles with indoor applications, you can also get outdoor tiles for your patio or courtyard. However, you have to choose tiles that can withstand the local climate. You can also order tiles made of recycled material as an environmental choice.
Decking comes in several varieties. Composite decking is decking that isn’t made of wood or aluminum. Being synthetic, this form of decking is budget-friendly and eco-friendly.
Despite being ‘cheaper’ than wood/aluminum decking, composite decking is durable, mold-resistant, insect repellent, and provides excellent traction. And once installed, composite decking doesn’t require sanding or resealing.
Stone is another popular choice for hardscaping, especially patios and courtyards. You can create a formal and artistic look with cut, geometric shapes or a more rustic look with irregular flagstone pieces.
There are several ways to lay stones in your yard. You can mortar them into concrete slabs or place them over sand or pea gravel. Do note that natural stone pathways will have bumps and ridges.
Concrete puts the ‘hard’ in hardscaping.
As you read this, you may be visualizing plain, cold slabs of hardened grey material. However, you can be as decorative with concrete as with tiles or pavers. In fact, stained, texturized, or decorative concrete has greater traction than the plain finish.
Finally, pavers are perhaps the most DIY of all hardscape materials we’ve listed. Pavers can be made from several materials, brick, concrete, and stone being the most popular materials. You can install them over sand or pea gravel; just be sure to create a permanent border to avoid slides and shifts.
So, which of these is best for your hardscaping project? You have to consider factors like your budget, the project’s scope, design, and other considerations of your region and individual property.
If you’re still not sure, give our experts a call at Hursh’s Landscaping. We will help transform your exteriors’ look in Emmaus, PA, with the best choice of materials. And we provide hardscaping, landscaping, and lawn care services throughout the year. Click here to get a free estimate.