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The Advantages of Hardscape Over Traditional Landscaping

If you’re looking for a good way to liven up your yard or business landscaping, there’s one obvious choice that you may be overlooking: hardscape. Modern hardscaping options go far beyond simple square patio designs. In fact, whether you choose asphalt, concrete, or some other paving option, hardscaping can provide a unique and beautiful component to your landscaping plan.

The hardscaping possibilities are almost endless, from walkways to fire pits to retaining walls and more. Thanks to the versatility of paving material and the creativity of professional paving contractors, your hardscape can include planting beds, outdoor fireplaces, ponds, pergolas, and much more. Here are some of the advantages and benefits you can enjoy from adding hardscape to your yard or business landscaping.

  • Extend your living and/or meeting space to include outside areas. Whether it’s an outdoor kitchen adjacent to your patio at home, or a seating area for employees to meet or enjoy lunch at your place of business, hardscape can provide additional areas to live, play and work – all while enjoying the great outdoors at the same time.
  • Increase the curb appeal and value of your property. Never underestimate the value of hardscape. Some studies show that hardscape ROI (return on investment) can be as much as 150 percent!
  • Add personality to your existing landscape. Use of paving materials has become almost an art form over the past few years. From exotic winding walkways to unique seating areas and more, a paving professional can add that extra flair to your outdoor living space. The end result is an area that really reflects your own style and personality.
  • Hardscape lasts for years. Unlike annual or even perennial plants – both of which are vulnerable to weather extremes, people and pet traffic, etc. – hardscape lasts for years and years.
  • Paving options are low maintenance. If you’re tired of toiling away on lawn and garden plants, this may be the biggest advantage of all! Hardscape is low maintenance, usually requiring only an occasional application of seal coat and regular sweeping to maintain its good appearance for years.
  • Hardscape helps to save on water. This is particularly appealing if you live in a warm or dry climate, where water usage can often be restricted.
  • Give yourself extra privacy and clearly define outside areas. Stone walls are perfect for separating yourself from neighbors, as well as acting as sound barriers. And what more perfect defining characteristic than a walkway, built-in seating area, or short walls or borders to define the different areas in your yard or business landscape.

For more hardscaping ideas for your property, contact a local paving contractor. You may be surprised at how many options exist to create the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of, while increasing your property value and lowering maintenance requirements all at the same time!