Hardscape and Patio Builders Lansing, Michigan
Small details can have a big impact in deciding how to build a hardscape and how to build a patio. The material you choose will be determined by personal preference, your patio budget, the location of your patio and the size of the outdoor space. We are also experts at building retaining walls and building fire pits. We will help you make the best decision to ensure you get the most patio value and most hardscape value that will work together and complement your house’s architectural style and increase your property’s value. Check out some of the patio and hardscape materials we have experience with.
There are 3 types of unglazed tile, including: quarry, porcelain and terracotta. Tile is an option many enjoy, but you must be careful when it gets wet because it can get very slippery. Sealers are needed to protect from stain, wear and moisture.
The natural look of cut stone is unmatched and is definitely the real deal, but it can be one of the most expensive options available for your project. Cut stone can be with travertine, limestone, blue stone, phyllite, granite, marble, slate, sandstone and more. Mortar between stones comes in different colors and can crack after 7-10 years, but we can help you with decisions and ways to avoid future issues. Stone also needs to be maintained with a sealant every 1-2 years or so depending on your environment.
Combining a mixture of sand, cement, water and gravel, concrete is a recipe that has lasted the test of time. You can form, conform and mold concrete to almost any surface or any shape. It is durable and easy to maintain. You can make it brushed concrete, scored concrete, smooth concrete, stamped concrete, colored concrete, tinted concrete, decorated concrete with inlays, painted concrete, pebble concrete or patterned concrete. One of the biggest advantages of concrete is that it is the least expensive option, but concrete can crack and you may have to install a concrete patching.
Brick is a neat, classic and clean look that is made by firing a mixture of clay and other materials in its category. Brick is versatile and is used for brick pathways, brick walls and brick edging. Popular brick patterns include running bond, herringbone, jack-on-jack and more.
Flagstone is very popular and comes in many sizes and colors depending on the quarry and area in which you live. These typically large flat slabs of stone are irregular shapes that usually are 1, 2 and 3 inches thick. Flagstone comes in sandstone, quartzite, limestone, bluestone and more. Usually flagstone must be laid on sand, soil or in concrete when the flagstone you pick is not that thick.
Pavers are made to look like brick, cut stone or cobblestone and can be interlocking pavers that fit together like a puzzle. They come in multiple sizes, shapes and color. One of the best things about the interlocking pavers is you do not need mortar or grout. Pavers can fade over time and can feel spongy during the wet and snowy months. Older patios installed without laying polymetric sand can have weak growth and ant colonies by them.
Block and Retaining Walls
Central Michigan’s topography and elevation variation in certain areas make it a beautiful place to live, but it can cause issues. Block and retaining walls will increase space, prevent flooding and improve aesthetics. Rain in the winter season can get heavy at times in Lansing and floodwater can cause sinkholes, runoffs and damage your property. By building a block or retaining wall you can prevent all of this from happening and re-route the water to drain properly. We build retaining walls that will support downward slope movement, make landscape tiers, support vertical grade changes and prevent soil erosion. We use masonry, reinforced concrete, steel I beams, interlocking blocks, interlocking bricks steel rebars, timber and many other materials to strengthen the property. We can help you choose material that will blend in with your property so that you barely notice the block or retaining wall is even there. After installing hundreds of retaining walls with satisfied customers, there is a reason we are Lansing and Central Michigan’s top Block and Retaining Wall experts for both residential and commercial properties.
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With all of our seasons in Lansing and central Michigan, it can be very hot and humid in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. The cool weather makes Lansing a phenomenal place to have an outdoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit. There is nothing like gathering your family and friends around the outdoor fire pit to gather and tell stories or make s’mores. The natural ambience of the flickering flames creates a warmth and ambiance for the environment. We install natural gas fire pits, propane fire pits and electric fire pits. We build gas fire pits that are hooked up to your home’s gas source so that you do not need to refill propane tanks every few months. We install gas valve fixtures hooked up to keep you and your family safe. Natural gas does not create smoke or embers as an additional advantage. We do know how to build natural fire pits as well. We employ some of the best concrete and masonry technicians that can build you exactly what you are looking for in an outdoor fire place. We also know how to build a fire pit in the ground and inset fire pits. We can build a high-end fire pit, a fire pit on a budget and even a cheap fire pit to match smaller budgets. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced and there is a reason we are Lansing and central Michigan’s top Fireplace and Fire Pit builder.
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