A hardscape provides a structure for building out your planting and exterior landscapes. A hardscape is essential because it helps strengthen the landscape for building out the outdoor living area. With a hardscape you can have a useful walkway to access your entire landscape while beautifying your yard with natural lines that work cohesively with your yard.
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The Hardscaping Process
How do we install Hardscape?
Our San Diego County Certified Hardscape Installers have methods that are specific to the kind of Hardscape you want to install.
- Concrete is a very tensile material when it is first poured. To create a strong structure and leveled concrete hardscape, a sound structure is essential. First, we use wood to create boundaries for the concrete. Then we re-bar, which is a process of laying iron grates. Re-barring is an important step because it accounts for any instability or imbalance in the concrete.
- Stone or Rock Hardscapes usually use quartz stone with a 1/8″ thickness. For a permanent stone or rock hardscape, we use it with mortar and apply it so that there is a bind between the stone and concrete. Rock or stones used in a garden requires a subterranean irrigation system, which waters the roots.
- Pavers give a high-end curb appeal but can be tedious. Before we install pavers we excavate the driveway about 6″ deep, then we compact it. Then we lay a class 2 base, which can be rock or sand. Then you lay the pavers, being mindful that the pavers are leveled. Once the pavers are set and locked in we spread sand on top of the pavers with a broom finish on the joints.
How do you assure high quality of the hardscape?
When our San Diego hardscape expert comes to do a FREE consultation, they can examine your home and discuss the options, pros, and cons of each. It will depend on your current hardscape and which option will maximize water efficiency. We consider every aspect of your home so that your hardscape will last with years to come.
What are the different Hardscaping materials used and their benefits?
- Concrete is perfect for walkways, driveways, and pathways because it is permanent and holds up well. Concrete can come colored, pigmented, stained, stamped, acid finished, broom finished, or salt finished. The conventional concrete is “Natural Concrete”, which is preferred by most homeowners because it is inexpensive and easy to work with. For a unique curb appeal, use “Colored Concrete”, which usually comes in a darker color and is more costly. “Colored Concrete” comes fully formed and finished, keeping the color in the concrete forever.
- Flagstone is a great alternative for homeowners who want to achieve a natural and rustic look. Unlike concrete, Flagstone can be used to create a natural flowing walkway that doesn’t require drying. When installed with a decomposed granite layer, Flagstone natural drains water and avoids water accumulation.
- Pavers have been popular for about 20 years because of the “high-end” curb appeal. Pavers are basically pre-fabricated concrete blocks that are around 3.5″ thick. They are popular amongst homeowners because of variety of colors, shapes, and patterns that can be used to assemble the hardscape. Pavers requires patience, because the pavers are installed one block at a time.
- Decomposed Granite (DG)
- Decomposed Granite or DG is easily recognized by the packed sand. DG is popular for homeowners who prefer a desertscape, but need a base where succulents can thrive. When DG is installed it usually requires a 1.5″ thickness for a walkway or pathway. If the DG is too thick, the hardscape will be soft and it will be difficult to firm up and provide structure for your plants. Another reason DG is preferred is because it naturally drains any remaining fluid on the hardscape.
- Stone or Rock
- Stones and Rocks have a different curb appeal, but the functions are similar. For many homeowners they prefer an irrigation system that is subterranean or built underneath the cover. It is essential for stones and rocks to use a subterranean irrigation system so that the roots can be watered underneath the hardscape. With our hardscaping services water is not wasted or splashed on the hardscape, keeping the hardscaping from deteriorating.
What are the different patterns you can use for Hardscaping?
- Diamond Cut