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Concrete is one of the most widely used building materials worldwide because of its strength and durability. Concrete offers the added benefit of being one of the most versatile materials available for enhancing outdoor spaces because it offers unlimited design flexibility in terms of shape, color and texture. Concrete is also very cost-effective when compared with other paving materials.
Concrete Pros and Cons:
Hardscape Landscape Options
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One of the drawbacks of concrete is its tendency to crack due to expansion and contraction. However, cracking can be minimized by installing control joints when the concrete is placed. Concrete should also be sealed every two to three years to protect it from staining and wear.
Making the outdoors an extension of your home can bring you years of enjoyment and add to the value of your home. Hardscaping can greatly add to the style and beauty and even utility of your outdoor space, and the hardscaping options available today are abundant and priced to fit every budget.
Hardscape refers to the solid, hard elements in landscape design that stay the same for years. Some examples of hardscape are rocks, walkways, retaining walls, pavers, patios, decks and driveways, and even elements of outdoor kitchens and water features.
Hardscaping Options Overview:
Contemporary landscapes have become a showcase of manufactured paving stones valued for their low cost and long term durability. They originated in Europe after the war when an affordable unit paver was needed to rebuild streets that would hold up far longer than poured concrete or asphalt.
Precast paving stones caught on in landscapes early on due to affordability and versatility. The majority of these fall into one or more categories:
If you’re looking to simplify garden maintenance and cut back on water usage, decomposed granite is a good bet to use in your garden as part of the hardscape. Why? Decomposed granite is the ideal hardscape material in that it is natural, permeable, aesthetically versatile, and wonderfully inexpensive compared to other options.
Decomposed granite, or DG, is similar to gravel, but finer and more stable. It is a granitic rock that was formed through natural weathering, erosion of solid granite, and tough, hard igneous rocks. This landscaping material is usually composed of ⅜ inch or smaller particles. Colors may vary from gray, gold, pink brown, and even purple.
Decomposed granite comes in three forms: natural, stabilized, and resin-coated. Below are practical uses of each form.
In general, it's rarely a cost-effective strategy just to purchase the least expensive materials or services for a hardscape design — too often you get what you pay for. There are a lot of considerations besides price, including how long a material will last and whether it will suit the architecture and style of your site.
Experience shows it makes more sense to economize by scaling back a project or the number of design elements, with the help of a cost-conscious professional, than to always buy the least expensive materials.
Hardscapes can be relaxed or formal, but the best ones show a well-defined style. In most hardscapes, it's OK to have two textures going, for example flagstone underfoot and landscape blocks for low walls, but more than two textures tends to look messy.
HFPlus always listens to your design preferences, the look you would like to achieve, likes and dislikes, as well as your budget when presenting design options. Reach out to us at 909-658-5674 for a free landscape consult and let your imagnation take life.
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