There’s not really a shortcut or a hack when it comes to something like hardscaping. Temperature fluctuation, visual consistency, and traction are all things to think about. Hardscaping refers to the features in our gardens and yards. Sometimes they can be significant structural elements like a retaining wall for holding back earth. However, many people still confuse hardscaping and landscaping.

The Difference Between Hardscaping and Landscaping

Hardscaping refers to your flagstone patios, your retaining walls, and anything to do with stone or concrete. Landscaping on the other hand refers to your trees, flowers, shrubs, and more. The more structures you have, the more hardscaping you generally have. For example, a property with a pool that has a lot of hardscaping. This also makes it easier to add onto or change if you ever consider a fireplace or outdoor fire pit.

The Most Popular Hardscaping Projects

Here are some of the most popular hardscaping options:

  • Stone retaining walls Fountain-hardscaping
  • Concrete patios
  • Brick patios
  • Flagstone patios
  • Tile patios
  • Stone walkways
  • Gravel paths
  • Stone landscape
  • Metal fences
  • Wooden fences
  • Wooden decks
  • Wooden arbors or gazebos
  • Pergolas are arbor-like structures

Hardscaping Materials

There are numerous types of hardscaping material, including porcelain, manufactured papers, natural stone, and more.

For an organic feel, natural stone pavers deliver a  textured, earthy aesthetic.

Manufactured papers are available in different shapes, textures, and colors,  allowing for unique designs and the same height for a consistent installation. Porcelain provides a contemporary look and strong resistance to cracking and stains, making it perfect for high-traffic areas.