Landscaping is a familiar concept to most people. But in order to get the most out of your landscape’s unique features, there’s another component that should be considered: hardscaping.
Hardscaping is an aesthetic development within a landscape that’s created using inorganic material. It can refer to basic structures such as fencing, sidewalks, and driveways, or it can refer to more complex structures like pergolas, built-in grills, pillars, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces. Other common hardscape elements include retaining walls, decks, patios, arbors, and outdoor lighting.
The key to getting the most out of your hardscape elements is to start with a good design. And a well-designed hardscape should carefully blend with the features of your landscape. When the two complement each other, hardscaping can help bring your landscape to life by accentuating key places for plant material. A great example of this, and one that is often overlooked, is a sidewalk that is appropriately spaced from the house to allow for permanent plantings. This space should not only account for the initial installation of plant material, but also for the continued growth of the plants.
One of the most common hardscape elements is a patio, as many homeowners desire a unique space for relaxing and entertaining in the privacy of their own backyard. A well-designed patio can create an intimate setting that is closely in tune with the surrounding landscape. And today, many homeowners are choosing to enjoy the benefits and beauty of using paver or natural stone materials for the job instead of concrete slabs.
Interlocking concrete pavers come in all different shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. And they can be used for a variety of hardscape surfaces including patios, sidewalks, driveways, and streets. Another great benefit to using pavers is that they can be combined to create accent borders, unique patterns, and creative designs that simply aren’t possible with concrete slabs.
For the environmentally conscious, paver installations can be developed with a permeable infrastructure to capture and filter storm water run-off. And when installed by certified Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI) installers, they offer fantastic value and longevity.
Interlocking concrete pavers require a unique installation process that extends their longevity and enhances their benefits. They are interlocked together with sand, which allows them to fluctuate with changes in the ground over time. This is especially important in Indiana where we usually experience multiple freeze/thaw cycles each year. The flexibility of this system allows for slight variations and movement in the paver surface, preventing cracks and fractures.
A patio created by pouring a concrete slab doesn’t enjoy anywhere near the flexibility that’s created with pavers. Due to the rigid nature of a concrete slab, many homeowners have to replace them every 10-20 years. This requires full demolition and replacement of the entire area. Compare that to the 75-100 year lifespan of interlocking concrete pavers, and you can see why many homeowners are staying away from concrete slab patios.
Because of the durability of interlocking concrete pavers, many manufactures will provide a lifetime warranty on the material. And at Litchfield, we add our own 10-year workmanship guarantee for every concrete paver surface we install.
Concrete paver surfaces can be tricky to create, and not everyone can do it. That’s why it’s important to have a professional take care of the installation process for you. Several of our people are certified by ICPI, which is a certification only given to professional installers that have created at least 10,000 square feet of concrete paver surfaces. And we also hold other certifications related to the installation and maintenance of hardscape elements.
Let us show you how we can bring your landscape to life. Our talented designers and certified hardscape professionals have installed hardscapes and paver surfaces throughout Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Geist, Westfield, Fishers, and most of Central Indiana. If you’re interested in custom hardscaping or interlocking concrete pavers for your property, contact us by calling 317.867.4811 or simply fill out the form below.