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What are Permeable Pavers? (PICP)

Permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) allow stormwater to percolate back into the soil rather than run-off into sewers and waterways.

The base and sub base of a permeable paver application are composed of different sized layers of aggregate that filter and direct storm water to the soil below or exit through pipes. Permeable pavers are used as a way to control storm water run off. A permeable paver system does this by collecting water between the pavers joints and, depending on the soil type, the water infiltrates back into the ground or is released to the nearest storm sewer or waterway.

Benefits of permeable pavers (PICP)

  • Qualifies as Best Management Practice (BMP)
  • Reduces stormwater runoff / Prevents flooding
  • Designed to meet government requirements
  • Allows rainwater to recharge ground
  • Filters stormwater before releasing
  • Rainwater harvesting options
  • Environmentally safe

Hanover Permeable Pavers Driveway Hardscape - Ryan's Landscaping

Permeable pavers also help with existing drainage issues. The surface of a permeable pavers application can be made perfectly flat, with the stone base being contoured to direct the water to where it needs to go. By implementing a few design features, the permeable system can be used for rain water harvesting…

Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

Nicolock Stone Ridge Paver Patio Installation Hanover, Pa - Ryan's Landscaping

When deciding between the choice of stamped concrete or pavers cost is often a determining factor. Although, the two may be very similar in price depending on materials and pattern. The most important part you will want to consider is the life of the structure.

 

Patio with Fire Pit & Seating Wall Outdoor Living Hardscape by Ryan's Landscaping in Littlestown, PA

Paving stones define beauty, elegance and durability for driveways, pool decks, walkways and patios. Properly installed paving stones won’t crack, sag, shift or separate. It will look fantastic for generations, and if it ever becomes stained or marred by paint or oil it can be repaired quickly, easily and invisibly. Individual stones can be replaced with matching ones so that the surface looks exactly as it did before the accident occurred. This is impossible with any other type of pavement.

PAVERS aka PAVING STONES

  • They won’t crack – when installed correctly.
  • Paver patterns and colors can be mixed and matched to create unique designs with accent borders and bandings.
  • Endless colors, textures, and shapes, so there is no limit on what materials you can use.
  • Lifetime of color and enjoyment. Most of our pavers are enhanced with a paver-shield technology making the paving stones fade resistant.
  • Very low maintenance, the joints may need to be retouched with sand every few years with polymeric sand that binds and hardens the sand grains to each other and the pavers too.

As with pavers, the costs of repair, if necessary can be far more beneficial than that those for repairing stamped concrete.

STAMPED CONCRETE

Cracked Concrete Hanover, PA Stamped Concrete Hanover, Pa Decorative Concrete Hanover, PA

Although there are some advantages to decorative or stamped concrete, it is almost inevitable that the concrete will crack at some point in time.  Common causes of cracking are when the base moves due to load baring or settlement, and the fact that concrete tends to shrink over time.  Concrete may also crack as a result of the expansion and contraction caused by freezing, thawing, and other changes in the weather. The reason contractors place joints in concrete.

  • The sealer needs to be reapplied every 2-3 years.
  • Colors may fade over time.
  • There is the possibility for deterioration from de-icing salts. 

Cracking of stamped concrete patios or walkways can be very expensive to repair. To repair the concrete correctly you would have the area destroyed and removed and then installed again. The other options are to leave the area as is, which will look very unattractive and can become a tripping hazard over a period of time. There is a filling agent that can be applied to the damaged area, but it is still visible and won’t correct an area that rises up.

Even though stamped concrete can be very attractive and maybe more affordable in some cases compared to pavers, it is clear that pavers outweighs the option of concrete when considering the life of the structure.

Did you know pavers can be applied over concrete?

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Steps & Stairs: Adding Functional Beauty to Your Landscape

Landscape steps and rockface step treads have become a trend amongst our customers. 

One of the most functional ways to work with levels of a landscape or hardscape is through the use of steps.  Simply put, steps allow for ease of access in settings that contain a slope or hilly conditions.

Besides their functional purpose, steps also help to provide definition of space and also help enhance the aesthetic quality of an outdoor environment. Any of our steps and stair systems can be built with natural stone, retaining wall block, rockface treads, or slabs as you can see below.

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What is a Hardscape?

We are asked all the time, what is hardscaping? Hardscaping is the placement of non-plant elements consisting of structures, such as patios, walkways, retaining walls, steps, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens.  Made with hard materials hardscapes can be built out of block, pavers, brick, & stone.

Hanover Backyard Patio Hardscape - Ryan's Landscaping

Hanover Backyard Patio Hardscape – Ryan’s Landscaping

 

We can design and install unique hardscape features that will enhance your property’s value and take your breath away every time you step outside. There are endless styles, colors, textures, bricks, and retaining wall stone for every project.

Entryway Steps, Stoop, & Walkway Hardscape Spring Grove, PA - Ryan's Landscaping

Entryway Steps, Stoop, & Walkway Hardscape Spring Grove, PA – Ryan’s Landscaping

 

At Ryan’s Landscaping we know choosing a hardscape contractor right the first time is important. Our hardscapes offer both functions, beauty, and are built to last. We have been providing York & Adams County area families with quality and well-built hardscapes for over 10 years. Ryan’s Landscaping uses only the best quality products when purchasing hardscape materials for your retaining walls, paver patios, and walkways. Guaranteed, to hold up against weather, and every day wear and tear.

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Landscape Design & Installation Services

 

 

Landscapers Hanover, PA 17331 Ryan's Landscaping Landscape ContractorsAt Ryan’s Landscaping we specialize in maintenance-free landscape designs! Maintenance-free you may question … That’s right, when designing your landscape we take plant maturity size into consideration, so it doesn’t look like a jungle 5 years from installation. We can design & install plants that require no pruning or special fertilizers. Also, if you decide to go with a decorative stone option it’s a once and done aggregate application! When selecting plants for your landscape Ryan’s Landscaping chooses from the best quality of healthy plant life. Since Ryan’s Landscaping is a licensed landscape designer your new plants will get the right sunlight exposure needed to survive. As a result you can rest assure you will have the best landscape around.

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Edgestone : A Decorative Landscape Border

 

Hardscape products are used for all kinds of landscape installations such as paver patios, walkways, and retaining walls. However, most manufacturers also create a product known as “Edgestone” to compliment these area. They may also be used to define your landscaping bed edges. These manufactured concrete products come in a range of shapes, textures, and color blends that can easily complement the colors of an existing home or building they surround. 

Edgestone is very functional as it helps to contain mulch or stone in landscaping beds, keeping it from washing or falling out onto hard surfaces or lawn areas. One of the great benefits of this beautiful landscape addition is its ease of installation. Approximately 50% of the stone is buried in a channel along the bed and then back-filled. Because of their irregular shape, installation is easier than installing other edging products. This also allows the edgestones to be placed around curves very easily and also to gradually lower as the ground slopes to other areas. Digging the trench for installation can be done with a trench machine or even a shovel if need be, then back-filled.

Another nice feature of edgestone is that it can be removed and replaced as needed. If there is construction, or settling replacement is as easy as digging a small trench and re-installing the units.

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