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Hardscaping 101

We’ve been helping Central PA hardscaping clients since 1979 so its safe to say we’ve answered a lot of questions over the decades. There won’t be a quiz later, but if you are planning an outdoor space project in the near future here is what you would need to ace that Hardscaping class.

First off, what exactly is a hardscape?

A hardscape is any “non-living” component of your yard; like concrete, stones, walkways, wall blocks or pavers. Imagine hardscaping as the foundation of your outdoor space. The bones, the structure. It compliments and goes hand in hand with all of the green and plant material parts of a cohesive outdoor living space.

What are my hardscaping options?

Patios, walks and walkways, steps and walls are the most common options along with a variety of material options. These components can make amazing fire pits and fireplaces, patios, retaining walls and more.

How much does hardscaping cost?

This really depends on what you want. We suggest putting together your wish list, much like you would if you were buying a house. Prioritize what is most important to you and what is flexible along with your desired time frame.

I’m not sure what my style is

You don’t need to have your style narrowed down (Rustic Boho or Zen Minimalist anyone?) but just start pulling together some pictures of what you like. Pinterest is a great place for that.

What is a paver?

Pavers are hardscaping elements that comprise patios, walkways, steps, driveways, and more. They can be customized to meet your unique style and include many different material types like brick, concrete, stone, and tile. What makes pavers unique is the ability to customize them to fit your aesthetic.

How long do concrete pavers last?

Pavers are incredibly durable which is one reason why we love to use them so much. Well installed pavers can last around 50-100 years, depending on how frequently you use them. The good news is, even if one breaks, they can usually be easily replaced.

What are retaining walls?

Retaining walls are imperative structural supports for any outdoor space that has a hill or slope. They hinder erosions while supplying a proper channel for water runoff. Not only are they practical they can also be beautiful as they create areas for trees, shrubs and flowers. The most common materials for these walls are concrete blocks, stone, or pavers.

Got any questions on customizing your outdoor space? Our Central PA hardscape team wants your home to look its best and brightest and is always happy to help.

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