Hardscaping in Wayne, NJ

A great addition to complement your landscaping is hardscaping. Hardscaping is the addition of non-plant elements into your outdoor landscape. This may include fences, pathways, walkways, stones, and more. Lou’s Landscaping provides all of these services to our clients, whether you are wishing to expand your outdoor living space or improve the outside appearance of your commercial space.
Concrete pavers offer a wide range of surface finishes in various colors, textures, and patterns to complement your home. At a moderate cost, these pavers are tightly placed and fitted into a sand bed and compacted aggregate base. They require very low maintenance, and broken pavers can easily be replaced without patches. Lou’s Landscaping can also seal the joints to prevent weeds or ants. Concrete pavers are highly durable, and resist cracking and damage from winter snow removal. If desired, snow-melt systems can be installed to completely eliminate snow and ice removal.

Stone Paving in New Jersey

Cobble stone gives your landscape an elegant yet informal “Old World” feel. The initial cost and installation is on the more expensive side because each unit must be fitted together by hand. These high quality stones last for decades, and the high density nature of the stone resists cracking and salts. If you are considering having these stones put on walkways or driveways, it is important to note that they may make driving, walking, and snow removal difficult due to their rough nature.

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Asphalt is an inexpensive and quick hardscaping option. There are limited color options available because colored or stamped asphalt tends to look artificial. The maintenance on asphalt is high since wear and weather will break down the surface, and rut and pothole repairs create unsightly patches. A black seal coat is recommended every 2-3 years. In the winter, asphalt tends to crack from freeze-thaw and deteriorate from ice removing salts. Snow removal is generally easy, as the smooth dark surface accelerates melting and is easy to plow.

Crushed stone or gravel is typically utilized to achieve a rustic look. The appearance will vary dependent on the color and shape of stones preferred. The initial cost and installation is low, as the stones are simply dumped and spread over soil and no base is necessary.

Maintenance is a little higher, as scattered stones must be regularly replaced and re-leveled due to ruts that tires create. Crushed stone and gravel are very winter durable, and stones are able to resist free-thaw cycles and salts. Snow removal on the other hand is a little more difficult because stones will scatter when plowing.

Lou’s Landscaping will consult with you on the best hardscaping method to achieve your desired vision. Feel free to fill out the contact form below or call us at 973-694-7038. With our attention to detail, quality, and maintenance, you will be sure to have a long-lasting and valuable addition to your landscape.
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APPEARANCE – A wide range of surface finishes – smooth to textured. Many available colors, shapes, and laying patterns can complement the architectural style of your home.
INITIAL COST AND INSTALLATION – (Moderate) – Tightly fitted, uniform units are placed over a sand bed and a compacted aggregate base. Immediately ready for use. Factory-made pavers last for decades.
MAINTENANCE – (Low) – Stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced without patches. Dark colored pavers can help hide stains. Ants and weeds in joints can be prevented with sealers or herbicides.
WINTER DURABILITY – (High) – Small, high density units resist cracking as well as damage from freeze-thaw and salts. Pavers are stronger than ordinary or stamped concrete.
SNOW REMOVAL – Smooth surface allows for easy snow removal. Pavers can be colored dark to help melt snow faster. Snow-melt systems can be installed to eliminate snow and ice removal.

APPEARANCE – Gives elegant, permanent, yet informal “Old World” feel.
INITIAL COST AND INSTALLATION – (Very High) – Each unit must be fitted together by hand.
MAINTENANCE – (Low) – High quality stone lasts for decades. Wide joints may encourage weeds and ants. Rough surface makes walking and driving difficult.
WINTER DURABILITY – (High) – High density stone resists cracking and salts.
SNOW REMOVAL – Rough surface makes plowing difficult. Uneven surface of some patterns and textures can make plowing difficult.

APPEARANCE – Limited color options. Difficult to get neat looking edges. Cracks will likely develop. Stamped and colored asphalt looks fake.
INITIAL COST AND INSTALLATION – (Low) – Goes in quickly over compacted aggregate base.
MAINTENANCE – (High) – Wear and weather will break down surface. Black seal coat required every 2-3 years. Ruts or pothole repairs make ugly patches. Subject to erosion from oil drippings.
WINTER DURABILITY – (Low) – Cracks from freeze-thaw, settlement and deterioration from de-icing salts.
SNOW REMOVAL – Smooth surface allows for easy removal. Dark surface accelerates snow melting.

APPEARANCE – Typically a rustic look. Appearance varies with color and shape of stones.
INITIAL COST AND INSTALLATION – (Low) – Dumped and spread over soil (no base required).
MAINTENANCE – (High) – Scattered stone must be replaced and re-leveled regularly. Ruts from tires will likely develop.
WINTER DURABILITY – (High) – Stones resist freeze-thaw cycles and salts.
SNOW REMOVAL – Stones will scatter when plowing snow.