Choosing the Right Hardscape Products & Materials for Your Project
What is a hardscape product? Hardscaping refers to any structure within a landscaping environment. It’s a man-made solid structure created from a wide variety of materials including brick, wood, pavers, stone and more. What’s more, hardscaping can add to the ascetics and functionality to any landscaping design.
Choosing the right hardscaping products and materials for your project depends upon your application and tastes. For example, if your goal is to create and elegant look, you may consider natural stone. Perhaps you’re on a budget and a concrete solution will fit the bill. It all depends on the goals for your project.
Three Basic Considerations:
- Your goals: what do you want to accomplish? Perhaps it’s to expand your living space or enhance your landscaping? Whatever they are, clearly defined goals are key to making your project a success.
- Budget: once your goals are firm, it’s time to determine a budget. Set realistic expectations. There are lots of options for materials depending on your budget.
- Maintenance: some hardscapes require more time and attention that others. It’s one thing to grab a broom and sweep a patio. It’s another to maintain a water feature like a fountain, where you must ensure that pumps and filters are operating properly.
The Most Common Types of Hardscapes:
- Garden structures: edging, water features and accent rocks and stones
- Retaining walls
- Outdoor kitchens
Common Materials for Hardscapes
Pavers: Designed for hardscapes, pavers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures, from traditional soft and muted to contemporary bold, complex colors. Pavers provide a color palette made to stretch your creativity.
Brick: Common material with a classic look that’s versatile and natural. Perfect for patios, driveways and garden paths. Brick pavers are durable and come in a range of natural-looking colors. They’re available from solid bricks to interlocking pavers and more.
Concrete: Textured, stained, or stamped concrete is versatile and durable. You can get creative by combining a unique shape with a standout surface treatment. It can be poured into any shape and it’s adaptable to the look and feel of your backyard. With imagination, a concrete patio is practical and beautiful.
Natural Stone: Quarried from the ground, it’s the real deal – all natural with nothing added and no color additives. Its color doesn’t fade and often looks better with age. Plus, it’s very durable. With new cutting techniques natural stone can be cut thin.
Stone and gravel: Gravel, also known as crushed stone, is one of construction’s most prolific commodities. When crushed stone is mixed with sand it has exceptional drainage properties. Crushed stone or granite is a great choice for defining edges and adding contrast to patios and walkaways. Plus, with its natural coloring, you can achieve a rustic, earthy look to your landscaping.
Reuther – when it comes to hardscapes, we have it all!
At Reuther, we stock a large inventory hardscape products and materials. From fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens to water features, pavers and everything in between. Our professional, knowledgeable staff will help you choose the perfect hardscape solution for your project. Plus, we carry all the tools and supplies needed – at Reuther Material, you’ll find everything you’ll need to get the job done!
With Reuther, you’ll have your materials where and when you need them.
We offer a comprehensive array of delivery options. Our fleet of trucks ensures that we can accommodate orders of any size and different offloading needs. Our fleet of specialized equipment allows for exact placement at your job site, or prompt loading of materials when picking up. You won’t be forced to load yourself or deal with long waits.