There’s something very special about creating an outdoor living area. It’s a place where families like to celebrate. It’s where friends gather and great memories are made. Custom patios designed by our company transform these spaces into beautiful, functional areas for all to enjoy.

When considering your hardscape, there are two principal building applications: Wet-lay and Dry-lay. Both have unique properties and aesthetic values, and choosing which application is right for your particular project is important. Our hardscape contractors will guide you through this decision to ensure the best results for your outdoor space.

Masonry "Wet Lay"

The term "wet laid" refers to how a material is applied to its substrate. This method is common in masonry and concrete building, where the final surface product is adhered to a substrate using a wet or loose cementitious bonding agent such as mortar. The construction of a masonry wet laid patio or walk differs significantly from a "dry laid" patio. Applications begin with a free-draining crushed stone bed under a poured concrete foundation pad. The final flooring material is bonded to the concrete pad using mortar or a thin set, and joints are pointed with mortar. Our installation expertise ensures a durable and aesthetically pleasing result.

"Dry Lay"

The term "dry laid" refers to the method that a flooring material is applied to its substrate. As the word implies, a material is set into position using dry materials rather than a cementitious material such as mortar. Most common dry laid applications use a sand or stone dust laying bed for the flooring material. The foundation consists of a crushed aggregate stone base material installed in incremental "lifts" and properly compacted each lift. A sand or stone dust bedding material is "screeded" over the completed base, upon which the flooring material is applied. The benefit of this system is that it is designed to expand and contract through freeze/thaw cycles without noticeable movement over time. This is unlike a floating concrete slab, which reacts to expanding and contracting by cracking. Our hardscape design ensures that your dry laid patio remains stable and attractive year-round.

These two principal building applications apply to wall construction as well. They involve different construction methods and costs in materials and labor. When meeting with us, our hardscape contractors will discuss these applications and help you decide which approach is right for your particular projects. Our company is committed to providing top-notch installation and design services to create the perfect custom patios and hardscaping solutions for your home.


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