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  1. How do I choose what material to use in my hardscape? I want my hardscape to include a walkway or patio or a retaining wall and how do I know which is the best material (bluestone, brick, concrete, flagstone natural stone, patio block, pavers or peastone/gravel)?

  2. The following table summarizes a few of the differences in the materials. We can help you make the best choice for your particular landscape.

    Material

    Cost to Install

    Maintenance Cost

    Notes

    BRICK

    High

    No regular maintenance other than periodically spreading joint sand in between pavers.

    Can create a design, should not crack and is immediately ready for use.

    CONCRETE

    Moderate

    No regular maintenance, but surface expected to have a few cracks.

    Cracks are to be expected after the surface dries. Can't use the area for a few days, until the surface dries.

    NATURAL STONE

    High

    No regular maintenance.

    Beautiful and can blend in with existing natural surroundings

    PATIO BLOCK

    Moderate

    May need to replace individual blocks if they crack.

    Often fragile and crack easily. Sizes fluctuate which can make it difficult to maintain a pattern.

    PAVERS

    Moderate

    No regular maintenance other than periodically spreading joint sand in between pavers.

    Can create a design, should not crack and is immediately ready for use.

    PEASTONE/
    GRAVEL

    Low

    Regular maintenance required to replace and/or level surface.

    Ruts normally occur and material may spread to adjoining areas.


  3. If I decide to have a walkway or patio constructed of concrete pavers, does it matter whom I hire to install the pavers?

  4. You should ask if the person is a certified concrete paver installer through ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute). ICPI is a standards-setting organization for concrete pavers, and Artistic Landscapes is a member.
  5. Do pavers chip or become structurally weak with frequent/heavy use?

  6. The color in pavers is baked into the concrete, so even if a paver chips there is no noticeable discoloration. Since concrete pavers interlock when installed, they stiffen and actually increase their structural capacity over time.