Q: What is hardscaping?
A: The part of a building’s grounds consisting of structures; such as patios, retaining walls and walkways made with hard materials.
Q: What are pavers?
A: The term “Pavers” generally refers to man-made concrete products used to create a suitable surface area for patios, walkways, driveways and more. Pavers can be made in many different shapes, sizes and colors.
Q: What is flagstone?
A: Flagstone is natural stone used to create a suitable surface area for patios, walkways, steps and more. Irregular flagstone is flagstone with irregular edges as opposed to square cut edges. Square cut flagstone is cut to size in six inch increments and can be used to create many different patterns.
Flagstone can be found in many different shapes, sizes and colors.
Q: Do you give free estimates?
A: Yes, I give free estimates.
Q: How does the estimate process work?
A: A meeting is scheduled between the contractor and home/business owner on-site. A rough estimate is provided within one to two weeks from the original consultation. A revised estimate or consultation can be arranged if required. The project is scheduled within 1-3 months of an approved estimate.
Q: Why is it so difficult to get a call back from a contractor?
A: Due to the high volume of phone calls, requests and inquiries during the “in season” (April – December) it can take an average 3 days to receive a return phone call. Your patience is appreciated.
Q: What is the difference between wet-laid and dry-laid work?
A: Wet-laid work generally refers to materials such as flagstone and brick that are cemented in place, whereas dry-laid work refers to material such as pavers and natural stone that are laid on gravel or sand.
Q: What are the base specifications for a typical walkway or patio?
A: You will find a variety of answers to this question. Specifications can be found on line for the material being used, we generally use a six inch gravel base for walkways, a ten inch gravel base for patios and a twelve inch gravel base for walls. It also varies depending on the size of the project.
Q: How important is compaction?
A: Base compaction is as important as the foundation to a house. It is one of the most important parts of a proper installation. If the base is not compacted correctly, the material will settle unevenly.
Q: What is poly-sand?
A: Poly-sand is a product used to fill joints in patios and walkways. This product contains a sand stabilizer that hardens when set and stays in place longer than ordinary sand. We use poly-sand on all patios and walkways to help with the interlock characteristics of the installation and also help keep weeds and insects out of the area.
Q: What is a soldier course?
A: A soldier course is the perimeter course of a walkway or patio. It sometimes is a different color or turned in an alternative direction than the pattern of the area. A soldier course can be used aesthetically to define a perimeter of structurally to stabilize a perimeter.
Q: How much pitch does my patio or walkway need?
A: 1.5 inches per 8 feet is the minimum pitch to make water run. On a walkway, the minimum pitch is usually fine whereas a patio may require more pitch.
Q: What type of drain work should be included?
A: The most common drain work includes tying in downspouts and rerouting the water away from the house to reduce damage or erosion to the foundation. Other typical types of drain work include dry well installations, swale installations, storm water collection box installations and drain grate installations.