Aesthetically attractive hardscaping and flatwork, when integrated properly with the deck design, can result in a seamless, natural flow from the interiors to the outdoor spaces. Hardscaping typically involves adding features like floors, retaining walls, patios, driveways, pathways, and steps made with durable weather-resistant materials like stone, concrete, tiles, and pavers. Here’s an example. While having an entrance to the patio from your house is essential, you might also need an additional pathway leading directly to the deck for guests. You would also want to install a fire pit to create a warm, cozy space for relaxing in winters.
Hardscaping for Your Deck
Hardscaping material for your deck is available in a selection of materials. You can choose the one that matches your tastes, preferences, and vision for the outdoor living area. Most residents choose natural wood like cedar and redwood, both resistant to insects and rot. You could also go with pressure-treated wood and composite wood made with a combination of natural and synthetic components.
Stone, Pavers, Bricks, and Concrete Flatwork
Alternatively, look for tiles and pavers that look like stone and tile and are easy to install in any area. If you would prefer the traditional English style, you’d go with stone that has a timeless and elegant appeal. Brick and concrete are yet other options to choose from. Concrete is available in the pre-mixed and blended versions that you can pour into place yourself. This material is hard and long-lasting and acts as a sturdy base for topping with wood planks. Though, we do recommend adding a layer of epoxy resin to add strength to the entire concrete structure.
When looking for the best hardscaping materials within your expected budget, know that concrete and wood are the most economical, but tiles and bricks may cost higher. If you’re looking for a blend of quality, functionality, and cost-effectiveness, we’d recommend pavers. A mix of paving materials and synthetic turf is a great choice for adding greenery to your spaces.