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Types of Hardscape Materials to Consider

Hardscape is a term that refers to fixed building components used in landscaping. Natural stone, pavers, and stacked stone are some of the hardscape materials available to our experts. If you're considering adding hardscape features to your property, choosing the right material is important. Each type of hardscape has its own benefits and drawbacks, so selecting the one that will work best for your needs is important. This blog post will discuss the most popular types of hardscape materials and what you need to know before making a decision.

Segmental Retaining Walls

One of the most popular types of hardscape is the segmental retaining wall. Segmental retaining walls are interlocking concrete blocks, bricks, or stones. They're designed to hold back soil on sloped properties and can be used to create terraced gardens or level out a yard. Segmental retaining walls are also an effective way to prevent erosion.

Segmental retaining walls are relatively easy to install, especially compared to other hardscaping types. In addition to being functional, segmental retaining walls can also be quite attractive. They come in various colors and styles, so you're sure to find one that complements your property.

Paver Patios

Another popular hardscape option is the paver patio. Paver patios are made from interlocking pavers, which can be made from various materials, including concrete, stone, and brick. Paver patios are an attractive and low-maintenance option for any property. Paver patios come in a variety of colors, styles, and shapes. They can be used to create various looks, from classic to modern. Paver patios require little maintenance. They're easy to clean and don't require regular sealing or staining like other types of patio surfaces. Paver patios are built to last. They can withstand heavy rains and other harsh weather conditions.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is a type of concrete that's been textured or stamped to resemble stone, brick, or other materials. It's a popular choice for driveways, patios, and walkways. Stamped concrete can look like various materials, including stone and brick. It is easy to clean and doesn't require regular sealing or staining.

Flagstone / Natural Stone

A natural stone such as flagstone or unprocessed stone can be used for pathways, stepping stones, ladders, and other landscape components. River rock may be used as a decorative ground cover around bushes or in different ways, such as in fire pits. Boulders are frequently utilized to build walls or provide design emphasis. Pea gravel may be used as a base for patios and paths or to assist with drainage. Crushed gravel is commonly utilized as base rock, filler, or top coating for parking lots and walkways.


There are many hardscape materials to choose from, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Segmental retaining walls, paver patios, stamped concrete, and flagstone are among the most popular choices. Consider your needs and budget when making a decision. And if you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. They’ll be able to steer you in the right direction.

Interested in a consultation? Contact Purescapes today to discuss your needs!


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