Concrete Hardscape

Are you planning the design of your landscaping project? Let’s talk about employing some hardscape. We will first define the term “hardscape” and then explain why concrete is a great material for hardscape.


Hardscape vs Softscape

No doubt you have heard the term, “hardscape,” but do you know exactly what it is? Hardscape is one of the two key elements that make up a landscape, next to softscapes. Both are important for most landscape scenarios. Here are the differences between hardscape and softscape:


Hardscape refers to the components landscaping that are non-living or man-made. This includes feature driveways, walls, patios, steps, sidewalks, etc. consisting of materials like pavers, concrete, and natural stone.


Softscape encompasses the living elements of landscape design: the plants, shrubs, grass trees, flowers, etc. More simply put, it refers to the plants. Softscape elements are complemented by hardscape elements, such as wooden pergolas, stone walls, tile patios, and brick walkways.

The Advantages of Concrete

  • You will usually pay 10% to 15% more if you choose paving stones over standard concrete slabs.
  • Concrete is relatively easy to maintain.
  • Simply sweeping concrete regularly with a broom will help to protect concrete from the buildup of dirt and grime.

Protective Sealant

When we install concrete, we can also coat each slab with a protective sealant. This will help to prevent stains from infiltrating the surface.

What Materials are Used for Hardscape?

Many types of materials that are used for hardscape, and the diverse materials you might choose depend on factors like price, durability, style, and maintenance. Here are some examples:

  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Natural Stone
  • Loose Stone
  • Tiles
  • Pavers
  • Concrete

Every option for your landscaping provides different advantages depending on your needs. We can apply everything, depending on your needs. Although all the above materials, and many more, are utilized in hardscape, there are two that are the most common: pavers and concrete. Here is a description of both:

  • Brick pavers or paving stones are individual sections. Pavers are made from natural stone, or manufactured materials like concrete or brick. Many man-made pavers interlock, providing both beauty and durability.
  • Concrete slabs are often used for outdoor residential spaces. due to their cost and ease of installation. Because of years of the development of concrete, homeowners now have many options of design, color, texture, and style.
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Let’s Get Started

We are the landscaping professionals! Meet us at 430 N. Mt. Vernon, Unit 15, Prescott, AZ 86301, call us for a free estimate at (928) 460-3668, or email us at [email protected].