You shelled out money to have a functional hardscape installed in your yard, and you want it to last for as long as possible. But, how long does hardscape last in your Western North Carolina yard?
When you hire trusted professionals to hardscape your property, you’ll most likely be able to enjoy your hardscaping for as long as you enjoy your home. How long your hardscape lasts primarily depends on the quality of work and expertise of the company installing it.
However, the type of hardscaping can also play a role. For instance, a retaining wall built to hold soil behind it may wear over time, depending on pressure from water, soil movement, etc. A stone pathway, though, should last for the long haul if appropriately constructed and routinely maintained.
Western North Carolina weather and natural landscape can also affect how long your hardscape remains intact. Most commonly, a tree root could cause your stone pathway or paved driveway to crack or pull up from the ground. Snow and ice that’s not cleared away can also cause cracks from stress.
Should I Get Insurance for My Hardscape?
Some homeowners’ insurance policies have provisions to cover landscaping and hardscaping from specific hazards, like hail or wind damage. However, they don’t usually protect your hardscaped elements from damage caused by improper installation or maintenance or regular wear and tear. Other policies don’t cover landscaping at all.
You might consider purchasing a rider for your policy or a new insurance policy that covers landscaping to protect your investment. This coverage can raise your insurance costs to levels outside your budget, though. Finding a hardscaping company that stands by its work with a long-term or lifetime guarantee is usually a better option for most homeowners.
Maintaining Your Hardscape
Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best way to make sure your hardscape retains its look and function over the years. Maintenance can save you a significant amount of money over the lifetime of your hardscape and takes little effort when you get into a routine. Here are a few actions to take:
Shovel snow and ice and remove leaves as soon as possible.
Snow, ice, and leaves can all damage your hardscape if you leave them for Mother Nature to deal with eventually. It’s always best to remove anything on your hardscape as soon as possible to prevent moisture and debris from harming them. Leaves and weeds, especially, can cause damage to your hardscaping when they decompose.
When it’s time to remove snow and ice, be careful about what deicer you use. Salts can destroy hardscaping materials by corroding them. Read the label before purchasing a deicer to ensure its safety for your materials.
Take care of creep and cracks.
Over time, creep – or spaces between stone or paver joints – can show up in your hardscaping. Retaining walls are especially notorious for having creep as the ground they’re holding back settles and shifts with the weather. You may also notice it in your pathways made from pavers. Usually, reinforcing the edges of your paths can keep creep from getting worse, but sometimes, a repair or replacement may be necessary.
Cracks can also happen in concrete, stones, and other materials that are exposed to extreme weather changes, pressure, or ground changes. Inspect your hardscaping every few months for cracks. The sooner you repair a crack with the appropriate filler material, the better. If you’re not sure how to fix the problems you find in your hardscaping, you should contact a hardscaping professional to handle the job.
Keep hardscaping clean and sealed.
Cleaning your hardscaping regularly prevents dirt and debris buildup from wreaking havoc on its durability. Regular weeding and occasional pressure-washing keep stone, pavers, and concrete looking their best and free from stains. Oil stains can be especially problematic for hardscaping when left alone to penetrate the materials. Remove them promptly by soaking them with liquid dish soap or laundry detergent for at least 30 minutes before washing them away.
You can also seal hardscaped materials to extend their longevity, make them easier to clean, and prevent liquids from soaking into their porous surfaces. You may need to seal your hardscaping annually, depending on how often it’s exposed to sun and extreme weather conditions.
Your Asheville hardscaping can, and should, last for decades and beyond with proper maintenance. Of course, choosing the right hardscaping company to design and install it can make all the difference. Get a free online quote or contact the professionals at Ambrose Landscapes to learn more about creating the best hardscaping for your home for years to come.