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Hardscapes @ Williams ResComInd Development


Hiring the right hardscape contractor is no easy task. You want someone that you can trust, who will listen to you, and that understands your vision. Numerous companies offer this service today. However, you don't want just any old company; you want the best. That is where ResComInd Steps in. We can handle you every Hardscape projects.

Because Our Clients Come First, ResComInd has developed a list of FAQ’S to make your Hardscape Project Experience more Enjoyable.


1. What is Hardscaping? 

The term "hardscapes" includes patios, landscaped walkways, sitting walls, retaining walls, water features, fire pits, landscape lighting, grill surrounds, pergolas and any other custom-built feature for your outdoor living space. Any solid structure in an outdoor area that is not plant life is considered hardscape.

2. What is included in the hardscape design process? 

There are several components that go into creating the perfect outdoor living space. One of the most important factors of hardscaping is the design. Our hardscape designer will work with you to maximize the space that you have within your budget. We will recommend a plan based on the elements you wish to incorporate. 

3. What is Base Material?

It is the materials that are used to support a hardscape project which is crucial. Base materials come in the form of: sand, gravel or a concrete foundation. 

4. How do you prepare the base?

We build our projects on undisturbed, compacted soil and segregated from the base materials with Geotextile fabric. The materials that are used to support a hardscape project are crucial. 

5. What is used for the base materials and what is used for the base materials and what is the compaction process?

We use granular stone base with 2A modified stone. Compaction of the base layer should be done as the base is being constructed, preferably every 2-3' of base installed.

6. How much base materials for walkways and patios?

We use a minimum of 6" of properly compacted base materials for patios and walks.

7. Do you use Geotextile Fabric and where? 

We use Geotextile between the subsoil and the base gravel to prevent intermixing. Geotextile fabric should also be used at any vertical surface where washout of base gravel or sand could be a problem as in retaining walls.

8. Do you use plastic or concrete edge restraint and why? 

We use vinyl restraints and steel spikes in our climate. Concrete is unacceptable because of it cracking in the winter.

9. What type of drainage do you plan for with a patio and retaining wall?

ResComInd makes sure there's a minimum of 1% slope or greater away from house structures. Internal drainage may be necessary in raised patios and retaining walls to prevent static water pressure behind the wall. Drainage is a huge factor that needs to be included in your hardscape plan. Your contractor should know how to install drainage solutions that will work best for your space.

10. What type of jointing sand do you use in hardscape construction?

We use polymeric sand. The benefit of polymeric sand is that it helps prevent weeds from germinating and ant hills from forming in the pavers because it sets like mortar, but remains flexible.

11. Does ResComInd use Goegrid reinforcement in retaining walls?

Yes, we use this reinforcement especially when building retaining walls over 4' in height although it may be required for shorter walls as well. The geogrid locks into the face of the wall and runs back into the slope, thereby using the weight of the wall and the backfill as an anchor to stabilize the wall.

12. Are any Hardscaping permits required? 

Most covered structures, decks and pools will require a permit. Beginning a project without a permit could have an unfortunate result.

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