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Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete

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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.

 

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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

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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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Hanover, Gettysburg, & York’s Premier Retaining Wall and Hardscape Company

We know choosing a retaining wall contractor right the first time is important. Our retaining walls offer both functions, beauty, and are built to last. We have been providing York & Adams County area families with quality and well-built retaining walls for over 10 years.

When considering hiring a contractor there are many questions that go into building a retaining wall that must be asked.

1. How wide and deep should the footing be? (This is the most important part of the project)

2. Does the contractor have experience?

3. What type of equipment do I need?

4. Does it need to be engineered?

5. How much drainage do I need?

6. How tall should it be?               

We can take the guessing part out for you. At Ryan’s Landscaping we stand ready to serve you and answer any and all questions that may come up during the project. As with any retaining wall project, the chances of problems coming up are there. With over 25 years of combined experience we work proactively to minimize any downtime on your project.

We pride ourselves on making sure your retaining wall is installed properly the first time. Everything from digging the footing, to adding the proper drainage behind the wall. We will see to it that it’s done right the first time

Any of our retaining walls can be built using KeystonePaveStone, Allan BlockVersa – Lok, Techo – Bloc, Nicolockor any other system you may think of.

Who is Ryan’s Landscaping:

From landscape design to retaining walls, ponds to pavers. Ryan’s Landscaping is the Hanover Area, Gettysburg, and York’s most well–respected landscape and retaining wall contractors. Why? Because our work motto is “Professional quality from start to finish”. Make an appointment online or call 717-632-4074.

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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.

Contact us @ 717-632-4074  to start your next landscaping project.

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.

Contact us for your next hardscape project 717-632-4074.