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Important Facts About Base Material for Your Hardscape Project

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Hardscape projects can certainly add curb appeal, style and value to your home and property. Here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes we want to help our clients understand the importance of an effective base material on any hardscape project. When performing your hardscape installation, our team of professionals uses only the most state of the art materials and equipment for compacting all materials, and for building and installing your quality hardscape.


Properly compacted materials contribute to the durability, integrity and overall structure of your hardscape. With that said, our team of experts begins your hardscape project with an excavation of your ground location. Utility lines and wires are marked accordingly before base preparation is begun. We extend the dimensions of your project base by approximately one foot and give focus to the depth of the base material as well ensuring that the ground can facilitate any drainage. If we suspect a problem with drainage, we will install a thin layer of geo textile to serve as a barrier of sorts and follow up with the granular base. The geo textile will also serve as a combative barrier to either stabilize or stop any clay that may be present in the soil from mixing with the quality first layer material fill.

Local soil conditions are noted since they have a definite impact on the appropriate depth needed for your hardscape project. Both soil conditions and the appropriate depth play an important role in the compacting of your chosen base material when preparing the build and install of your home project.


The team of trained specialists here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes is equipped with high quality plate compactors used to properly compact the base material. We give focus to the material ensuring that it is not too dry, adding water if needed to assist with the overall compaction process and to minimize the amount of dust created during the install. We make it a point to stay away from stone dust or limestone screenings since they can produce increased amounts of dust which, over time, entrap water causing drainage problems. A properly prepared and installed base is essential to providing adequate support as well as durability and integrity of the hardscape. With that said, proper compacting is vital to the overall success of the install and should not be overlooked or its importance minimized at all.


Here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes we are committed to providing all our valued clients the highest quality products and services this side of the state. Having earned ourselves the reputation of being one of the best all round hardscape design and installation companies in the Brentwood region, our team of dedicated professionals remains steadfast in their concerted efforts to deliver performance excellence and customer satisfaction that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors.

If you are looking to enhance your curb appeal, the style and look of your property and the value of your home with a personalized hardscape project, then surely you have come to the right place.

Our consultants, designers and specialists stand ready to meet your every need. Simply give a shout out to one of our staff today and schedule a free consultation. Spring is here and summer right around the corner, so what better time than now to start planning your hardscape project. From design and layout, to base material choices and quality compacting services, our team handles it all. Don’t delay. Contact our professionals today!

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