New hardscapes, like patios, walkways, and retaining walls will provide many years of beauty and enjoyment for you and your family. They enhance the appearance of your outdoor living space and can function to protect your property from the elements, as well. The challenge of adding hardscapes to your yard is finding the right hardscaping contractor to bring your vision to life. It’s important to find one that is reputable, who will listen to your wants and needs, who will deliver a positive experience from the designing phase to the final installation, and who will maintain compliance with the laws and regulations that the state requires.
What to Look for in a Reputable Hardscape Contractor
Hiring the best hardscape contractors to improve the look of your outdoor area ensures that you will not only have the yard you want, but you will be assured that all the work you had done was completed in compliance with all the regulations and laws that are applicable in your area.
The following are some of the things you should look for in a reputable hardscape contractor:
- Proof of Insurance and Licensing – It’s important to hire a contractor that has (and is willing to show proof) insurance and a contractor’s license. You don’t want to be held responsible should there be any injuries or damage that occurs during construction of hardscapes. Licensing means that the contractor knows the local regulations and laws that pertain to hardscaping.
- Certifications – Hardscaping is a specialized trade that requires workers to have specialized training. Contractors who do hardscaping should have certifications that validate their skills. There is no required license for small jobs, but any contractor who does more than $5,000.00 of work on site must provide a sealed written contract showing their license number. If it is a manufactured stone project, many contractors will have one of the ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) certifications.
- References – Hardscaping isn’t easy to move or remove, so it’s really important that the work you have done is done correctly and to your satisfaction. One way to make sure that happens is to ask your hardscaping contractor for references and to see photos of previous work. Reputable hardscaping contractors won’t have a problem providing you with this information. You can also look at reviews and testimonials from other clients online.
- Procurement of Proper Permits – It’s important that your contractor maintains compliance with local codes, regulations, and laws. Be sure to ask the contractor if any permits are required for the installation of your hardscapes. Experienced local contractors will know the regulations in your area and how to obtain the proper permits before beginning work in your yard.
Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions of your hardscaping contractor. A reputable contractor will never have a problem with answering your questions or providing you with the information you request. Also, be sure that you always get a written estimate and agreement for any work that is going to be done. That will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Hardscaping projects can be huge commitments – in both time and money. That’s why you always want to make sure that the installation is done correctly the first time. To do that, it is better to hire a hardscape contractor that is licensed, insured, and reputable; one that you know will obtain the necessary permits and comply with applicable regulations and laws.
In Asheville, you have many options for hardscaping and landscaping contractors. However, when you know what to look for, you can identify the ideal partner to help you realize the vision you have for your outdoor living space. A licensed, reputable contractor will be comfortable talking about all of the above aspects we’ve talked about.
At Ambrose Landscapes, we are happy to discuss your vision, design aspects, and to answer all your questions about your hardscaping project. We take care of all the legalities, including obtaining permits for the work we will do. We have the skill, experience, and professionalism to bring your vision for hardscapes to life.