Hardscaping is one way of adding curb appeal to your home. A home that is beautifully landscaped will not only look better, but will also sell for 10-15% more than a home that has no unique and attractive landscape design. Hardscape designs make an immediate impression upon people, whether its your colored paved brick driveway or your beautifully created retaining wall. Whether the look, style and design of your home is traditional or contemporary, a landscape design expert, can take advantage of hardscape elements to give your home an enhanced look whether through walkways, planters, patios, fountains, or walls.

Many homeowners choose to enhance the appearance and value of their home by adding hardscape design to their backyard pool area. Choosing the ideal hardscaping to surround your pool, with concrete being a very popular choice, is the first step to turning the prime area of your backyard pool into a true paradise.

The Importance of Compaction

Certainly adding attractive, eye catching hardscape designs to your property is sure to make you the envy of all your neighbors. However, with that said, compaction plays a critical role in the successful creation and maintenance of your hardscape designs. Though the process is remarkably time consuming and boring, it is absolutely a must do for any hardscaping project since improper compaction will most assuredly cause greater problems with your hardscape project down the road. Safety issues can become a primary concern if you do not implement appropriate compaction, in addition to settling issues and joint failures as well. There is a wide range of problems that can and will occur if you do not take the appropriate time to perform necessary compaction.

Contractors take tremendous pride in their ability to create unique hardscape designs and projects that enhance the value and appearance of their clients’ homes, which is why proper compacting is so critical to the overall process. If hardscapes are created and installed on top of base materials that are not properly compacted, they surely will fail over time. Failing to compact a project coupled with weather and even vehicular traffic will surely cause settling and moving, resulting in serious and very costly problems.

Weather conditions, especially freezing then thawing, will definitely cause enormous problems to hardscape projects that have not been properly compacted. When appropriate compacting is absent, then water and other moistures can settle into the base. When the water freezes it naturally expands, causing pavers to heave and then when it thaws out the pavers will again settle but typically will settle unevenly creating a noticeably uneven surface over time.

In addition, when failing to compact a driveway properly, continuous traffic on the surface where compaction is either absent or poorly performed, will cause the pavers to shift and compress over time and create weak spots in the pavement that are both unattractive and unsightly. When this occurs, homeowners will begin to see abundant grooves, and ruts in their driveways.

Further side effects of failing to compact your hardscape project come in the form of joint failures. When proper compaction is not performed on a hardscape project, severe shifting and movement of pavers can occur, causing paver joints to crack resulting in failure over extended time.

The experts here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes are committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with superior products, services and designs that are both designed and constructed to endure all the elements and maintain their elegant, appealing look. We take every step necessary to implement appropriate compaction for each and every hardscape project and are confident that all our clients will find complete satisfaction in not only our products and design, but in our expert teams, our superior compacting procedures and our affordable prices as well.

Compaction is one of those necessary evils in life and indeed a critical part of every hardscape project. We here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes make certain that we perform every job right the first time, including the not so popular compaction process, so as to avoid any failures to our hardscape designs or costly repairs to our clients’ pocketbooks.

If you are thinking about adding to or enhancing the appearance and value of your home with creative hardscape designs, then look no further than the friendly but highly experienced teams here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes. Contact us today for your free consultation and let us help make your creative hardscape dreams a true reality. From our family here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes to all our clients, we send along wishes for a safe, healthy and ‘creative’ 2017!

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