What is Hardscaping?
Many people ask, “What is Hardscaping?” Most people think of a landscape as the beautiful mix of trees, shrubs, and flowers. While this is a crucial aspect of the landscape, there are others. Hardscaping refer to structures throughout the landscape; things like patios, walkways, retaining walls, arbors, and trellises just to name a few. Hardscaping is typically the core of your outdoor living area, providing functional elements like areas for outdoor dining, seating areas, fire pits, and pool decks. They are also aesthetically pleasing, creating“outdoor rooms” in the landscape and helping create your own backyard retreat.
Watch the following video to see the transformation from boring backyard to outdoor living room; including boulder walls, paver patios, fire pit, sandstone steps, outdoor lighting, and planting.
In creating your outdoor room, the first selection typically made is the “flooring”, with options such as interlocking concrete pavers, (sometimes called pavers or paver bricks) natural stone materials such as flagstone (bluestone) or travertine, and molded clay pavers. The flooring is arguably the most important hardscape element, so something that complements your home as well as your lifestyle is a must.
Another hardscape element typically incorporated are retaining walls or sitting walls, which can be built of pre-engineered segmental wall units (wall block) or natural stone. The choice of wall materials often depends what your ultimate goal for the wall is. Walls can be used to retain a hillside, create a sitting wall, or create a level area to install your patio.
Want to see a retaining wall being installed? Check this out! Some Walls require engineering due to size or special circumstances.
Please spend some time on our site viewing your different options for your hardscape. We are one of the few landscape contractors in the area certified for interlocking paver installation. Proper installation is crucial in creating a hardscape that can stand the test of time.
If you’re ready to meet with us concerning getting your own hardscape creation, simply fill out our online quote request form and we will contact you promptly to set up a consultation. You can also call (814) 592-4613 today to set up an appointment.
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