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HARDSCAPE MATERIALS GUIDE

Welcome to our new Hardscape Materials Guide. Comparing the vast range of hardscape materials can be overwhelming. It can be overwhelming to us at times, and we do this everyday! There are so many new and interesting products coming out all of the time, and technologies are always improving. 

It's our job to stay up to date on the latest technologies, installation practices, and design trends. We attend many trade shows, conferences, and training seminars each year. The industry has grown significantly since we started over twenty years ago!

WHAT ARE THE CHOICES?

You have a lot of choices! To help you get started, we’ve listed below some of the most common materials customers in our area prefer. This is by no means all of your options, but this is what we have found to be the most common and popular choices for our Western Massachusetts region.

 

Explore the Hardscape Materials Guide below!

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Traditional Paver Patio

TRADITIONAL PAVERS

Patios & Walkways, Driveways

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard
Pros: Classic shapes and colors. Durable. Low maintenance.
Cons: Surface will gradually weather over time.
Best Use: Walkways, Patios, Driveways, Courtyards

Material: Concrete

Rustic Tumbled Paver Driveway

RUSTIC PAVERS

Patios & Walkways, Driveways

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard

Pros: Pre-weathered. Durable. Low maintenance.

Cons: Not as durable as natural stone.

Best Use: Walkways, Patios, Driveways, Courtyards

Material: Concrete

Ideal Andover paver patio

SMALL SLAB PAVERS

Patios & Walkways, Driveways

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard
Pros: Better wear resistance than traditional pavers.
Cons: Not as durable as granite or some flagstone.
Best Use: Walkways, Patios, Driveways, Courtyards

Material: Concrete

Large slab paver patio

LARGE SLAB PAVERS

Patios & Walkways

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard

Pros: Wide range of choices. More durable than traditional pavers.

Cons: Many large slabs aren't suitable for driveways.

Best Use: Walkways, Patios, Courtyards

Material: Concrete

Clay Brick Paver Patio

CLAY BRICK PAVERS

Patios & Walkways

Common Brands: Pine Hall Brick, Glen-Gery, Stiles & Hart

Pros: Durable. Timeless appearance. Wide variety

Cons: Prone to moss or mildew in shady areas.

Best Use: Patios, Walkways

Material: Clay

Modern paver slabs

MODERN PAVERS

Patios & Walkways

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard

Pros: Wide range of modern design choices.

Cons: Not as durable as natural stone.

Best Use: Walkways, Patios, Driveways, Courtyards

Material: Concrete

Permeable Paver Walkway

PERMEABLE PAVERS

Patios & Walkways, Driveways

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard

Pros: Great alternative to asphalt or concrete.

Cons: Install may be more involved with subsurface drain system.

Best Use: Driveways, Commercial Sites, Water Management

Material: Concrete

Cobblestone paver driveway

COBBLESTONE PAVERS

Patios & Walkways, Driveways

Common Brands: Swenson Granite

Pros: Very durable and afordable.

Cons: Limited variety of shapes and colors, uneven surface.

Best Use: Driveways, Walkways, Accents

Material: Granite

Bluestone Patio

DIMENSIONAL BLUESTONE

Patios & Walkways

Common Types: Natural-Cleft, Thermal-Top, Full-Color
Pros: Locally sourced. Timeless appearance. Installs faster than flagstone.
Cons: Not as durable as other natural materials.
Best Use: Patios, Walkways

Material: Bluestone

Granite Flagstone Walkway

GRANITE FLAGSTONE

Patios & Walkways

Common Names: Skyline Quarry, Fitzwilliam Granite
Pros: Locally sourced. Extremely durable. Timeless appearance. Low maintenance.
Cons: Natural surfaces can be inconsistent or wavy.
Best Use: Patios, Walkways

Material: Granite

Goshen Stone Walkway

SCHIST FLAGSTONE

Patios & Walkways

Common Names: Goshen Stone, Ashfield Stone, Judd Stone, Sugarledge Stone.

Pros: Locally sourced. Very durable. Timeless appearance. Low maintenance.

Cons: Natural surfaces can be inconsistent or wavy.

Best Use: Patios, Walkways

Material: Goshen Schist

Full bed stone veneer stone

STONE VENEER WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Delgado Stone, Champlain Stone, Sugarledge Stone, Ashfield Stone, Stoneyard
Pros: Durable. Timeless appearance. Wide range of choices. Low maintenance.
Cons: Variety of choices may be overwhelming.
Best Use: Retaining Walls, Benches, Fire Pits, Pillars

Material: Granite, Schist

Granite stone benches

GRANITE WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Skyline Quarry, Fitzwilliam Granite, Champlain Stone
Pros: Wide variety. New England sourced. Extremely durable. Timeless appearance. Low maintenance.
Cons: Should be professionally installed to last.
Best Use: Retaining Walls, Garden Walls, Benches, Fire Pits, Pillars

Material: Granite

Sugarledge stone walls

SCHIST (GOSHEN) WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Ashfield Stone, Goshen Stone, Judd Stone, Sugarledge Stone
Pros: Locally sourced. Very durable. Timeless appearance. Low maintenance.
Cons: Should be professionally installed to last.
Best Use: Retaining Walls, Garden Walls, Fire Pits, Pillars

Material: Schist

Ideal block wall

TRADITIONAL BLOCK WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard, Versa-Lok
Pros: Wide range of choices. Installs fast. Low maintenance.
Cons: May fail if not installed correctly.
Best Use: Retaining Walls, Benches, Fire Pits, Pillars

Material: Concrete

Techo-Block block steps

MODERN BLOCK WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard
Pros: Wide range of modern choices. Installs fast. Low maintenance.
Cons: May fail if not installed correctly. Not for tall walls.
Best Use: Retaining Walls, Benches, Fire Pits, Pillars

Material: Concrete

Fieldstone retaining wall

FIELDSTONE WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Usually sourced on site, or local supplier.
Pros: Very Durable. Timeless Appearance. Low maintenance.
Cons: Availability may be limited, unless buying in bulk.
Best Use: Boundary Walls, Retaining Walls

Material: Various natural stone

Ideal block wall

RUSTIC BLOCK WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Ideal, Techo-Bloc, Unilock, Belgard
Pros: Wide range of choices. Installs fast. Low maintenance.
Cons: May fail if not installed correctly. Not for tall walls.
Best Use: Retaining Walls, Benches, Fire Pits, Pillars

Material: Concrete

Boulder retaining wall

BOULDER WALLS

Walls

Common Brands: Usually sourced on site, or local quarries.
Pros: Very Durable. Low maintenance. Install quickly.
Cons: Sources may be limited, depending on location.
Best Use: Retaining Walls

Material: Mixed natural stone

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