Driveways & Hardscape
Driveways and hardscape are essential qualities of your home’s beauty, both in the front and back of the house.
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When looking at your home, the driveway makes up a sizable portion of its beauty. Many overlook their driveway because they see it as a functioning tool rather than an essential hardscape feature in the front of their home. Driveways play a major role in the beauty and value of your home. It is important you see your driveway outside of just a tool. There is a lot of fun and gorgeous design features you can incorporate into your driveway that enhances your property’s beauty and value.
As for your yard, hardscapes are great ways to add depth and beauty to the front and backyard. There are many different features you can include along with materials. The same goes for your driveway. You can choose from brick, gravel, concrete, natural stone, or even a combination of natural grass and hard surfaces.
The term “hardscape” refers to solid landscaping surfaces or structures. The most obvious features that may come to mind include your driveway, walking paths, patios, and decks. These few features are only a small sample of what hardscape has to offer. Other features you may think about include the following:
- Built-in furniture
- Bird Baths
- Gravel paths
- Landscaping stairs
Each of the above hardscapes can highlight various aspects of your backyard, such as a garden or your pool. You also have numerous materials to choose from when it comes to these hardscape features. Whichever materials you choose, Concierge Home Remodeling handles the sourcing of materials so that you can get the best results.
Material Options for Driveways and Hardscape
Driveways and hardscapes may be constructed using a variety of different materials. There are a handful of more common materials than others, but Concierge Home Remodeling works with all types of materials. Here are the types of materials to consider for your driveway and hardscape:
- Composite or synthetic materials
- Loose materials (gravel, pea gravel, etc.)
- Natural stone
These materials work better with types of hardscape, but you are welcome to experiment. Hardscape is an essential element in your home’s beauty. Without it, your backyard would suffer from a lack of depth, color, and variety. Plants are a great way to spruce up your yard, but they cannot complete the look independently.
Not sure where to ask your questions regarding hardscape and driveways? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some frequently asked questions about hardscape and driveways.
How long does it take for concrete to cure?
Concrete is not fully cured until after 28 days its been poured. That said, you’ll be able to use your concrete driveway a week after it’s been poured.
How long do pavers last?
It depends on the type of pavers you have installed:
- Concrete Pavers: 25 – 50 years
- Brick Pavers: 25 years
- Stone Pavers: 100 years
Can pavers be replaced?
Yes! Unlike concrete, pavers make it easy to fix any damage in a flash. The damaged pavers can be removed and replaced in almost an instant.
How thick is a concrete driveway?
The thickness will vary depending on the soil beneath the driveway. They can range anywhere from four to six inches. If a foundation is required below it, you can expect an additional three to six inches.