The spring weather diverts most of our attention outdoors. Naturally, we also start to notice any damage and wear which occurred during the winter months. It’s not uncommon to notice heaved interlocking brick, concrete or asphalt caused by the freeze and thaw cycle which is part of the Canadian reality. Unfortunately, most of this damage could have been prevented with proper installation and maintenance. Making sure that the job is done right in the first place, is the way to go and can save you from headaches down the road. (Stay tuned for a blog on what to do about repairing these botched jobs, next week).
Proper installation is hard to come by these days and required maintenance required is often not shared with clients. Unfortunately, this is common practice with a lot of contractors.
If you are considering a new landscaping project, here are some tips to determine if your hard surface is being installed correctly:
· Asphalt: Be sure that your asphalt is of the highest quality. HL3 Fine is what we recommend
· Concrete: 6 inches gravel for long lasting finish.
· Interlocking brick: Be sure that your contractor uses polymeric sand when finishing the project.
As a final word from a contractor, it’s important to remember that bargaining down to the lowest possible price is not always the best thing to do, as you may be compromising the quality a company is prepared to offer for a given price. There is a lot of truth to the old axiom “you get what you pay for”. Instead, it’s best to ask about what the price will pay for in terms of quality and assurance that any repairs down the road due to the installation will be fixed at no cost.