Improving Your Hardscaping

After I realized that our back porch was chipping apart, I decided that I needed to work a little harder to make things right. I started carefully analyzing the area, and I realized that the concrete needed to be completely removed and re-poured. I knew that asphalt work was beyond my comfort level, so I decided to call in a professional contractor to do the work. It was amazing to watch them work, and when they were finished our yard looked brand new. This blog is all about improving your hardscaping by replacing old, cracked, or discolored asphalt or concrete paving.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hardscaping Pavers


Pavers are a specific type of building material that can be used to create a paved hardscaping surface, like a patio, in your landscaping design. They differ from poured paving materials, in that they are made up of precast paving materials that are cut into small, individual pavers; they are then laid by hand, in a similar manner to slabs of natural stone, but in a more uniform style. These distinctive features of pavers give them a number of advantages and disadvantages when used to create a patio or other hardscaping surface. Understanding what those advantages and disadvantages are can help you figure out if pavers are the right fit for your hardscaping surface.

Advantages of Pavers

Durability: One of the main advantages of surfaces that are made up of pavers is the fact that such surfaces are entirely immune to cracking and splitting, since individual pavers can move a small amount without damaging the pavers around them. This slight amount of flexibility across the entire hardscaped surface means that you are unlikely to experience unsightly damage over time.

Customization: Another huge advantage of choosing pavers over poured paving materials for your hardscaping surface is the fact that you can customize the design and appearance of your surface to a much greater degree. This is because you can easily rearrange pavers to make a unique and distinctive design that adds a great deal to your landscape, using alternate colors for accent marks and patterns.

Ease of Maintenance: Another important aspect to take into consideration when installing pavers in your yard is the fact that pavers can be replaced, if they ever become stained or damaged, without having to replace a large section of your surface; simply remove the affected or damaged paver and replace it with a brand new one.

Disadvantages of Pavers

Installation: One of the largest disadvantages associated with pavers is the fact that they have to be placed individually by hand over the entire surface that is being hardscaped. Since individual pavers are relatively small, this means that the installation process can take an extended period of time, causing a massive amount of disruption and construction in your yard, depending on how large the paved area will be.

Cost: Another disadvantage associated with pavers is the fact that their longer installation time can translate into higher labor costs. Beyond the length of time that this will take, it also makes paver patio and hardscaping installation less than ideal for projects that have tight budgets. You can visit sites like for more information. 


2 April 2018