Looking at the finished product, we don’t see all the preparation that goes into the creation of hardscape. Often, property owners don’t realize that a majority of the hardscape project is actually this prep work. It is essential that this portion be done thoroughly and correctly to ensure a quality final product. You may be able to accomplish some of the work yourself before calling in the pros. However, allowing hardscape contractors in Kansas City, MO to complete the project from start to finish will ensure the best results.
Whether you hire a contractor or dig into hardscape preparation on your own, the following steps should be taken.
Grade for proper drainage
Before laying hardscaping on your grounds, it must be graded properly. Water must move away from your home or building. Failure to do this can be disastrous. Water will damage the lawn, the foundation and most likely cause leaks in the building. A professional contractor will apply extensive knowledge of proper grading to ensure your structure stays dry and your yard stays healthy.
Elevate for proper height
Even if you’ve graded for appropriate drainage, your yard may need additional work. It may be too low, or uneven. To prepare it for hardscaping, it must be raised to the proper level or evened out. Use soil and gravel to obtain the appropriate height needed for the project. This will create a strong foundation for the hardscaping that is being installed.
Create a proper base
Will you be using pavers or other stones? These types of hardscape surfaces require a concrete base. This will form the foundation for the pavers. If you will be using stamped concrete, you will not need an additional base. If you are unsure whether a base is needed, contact an experienced contractor for a consultation.
Use the proper base depth
If you decide to create hardscaping that requires a base, be sure to create this with the proper depth. Pouring a coating of pea gravel over your grass and plopping down some stones won’t cut it. For long-lasting hardscaping, you’ll need to create a base of several inches that will provide a solid foundation and withstand the test of time.
The material, depth and width of your base will depend on the desired look and location, as well as other materials that will be involved. Hardscape contractors in Kansas City, MO are knowledgeable about various materials and projects and can advise you of the proper depth and what to use.
Don’t cut corners
It may be tempting to rush through this portion of your project. Laying stones, installing bricks, and pouring concrete often provide more excitement and visible results. However, the final steps of setting the hardscape in place will not go well if this preparation is not thoroughly completed. Poor prep work results in delays in installation, damaging erosion and shorter hardscape lifespans.
Contact hardscape contractors in Kansas City, MO
If you want to make sure your prep work is done right, let the pros handle it. Contact MSE Hardscapes LLC today. With the proper tools, extensive knowledge and professional training, we can complete your job from start to finish. You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing it was done right, and you’ll enjoy a solid, beautifully finished hardscape for years to come.