Answers to common questions about hardscaping projects:
What does hardscaping mean?
When it comes to landscaping, “softscaping” covers all the plants and soil while “hardscaping” refers to all the hard elements—that is, outdoor features that are meant to be permanent.
Hardscaping can include anything from cement and brickwork to retaining walls. That being said, we at 6 Way Hardscaping specialize in hardscaping with large landscape rock. This means that only work in armour stone and other natural materials to create stone steps and stairs, water features, retaining walls and more.
Why is hardscaping so expensive? Can you make it cheaper?
Hardscaping is a very specialized service—and so it should be, when a block of limestone the size of your average fridge weights over two and a half tons!
Working with such massive stones with any degree of precision requires a lot of experience and specialized equipment. There’s also safety to consider… cutting corners can mean dangerous accidents or a saggy future, so we don’t—period.
Our project pricing represents an honest estimation of what your job will take as we quote on a per ton basis. We hand-select each stone specifically for your project, and you only pay for the stone we actually use to complete the project.
The truth is, cutting corners actually costs more in the long run when projects have to be fixed in a few years. We take pride in our track record of solutions property owners can invest in once and enjoy forever.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “you get what you pay for.” If you want to increase your property value, create a legacy for your grandchildren, or just bring your vision for the space to life… you should be looking for the best, not the cheapest.
What areas do you serve?
We work primarily in the Northumberland Area, but we also often serve Muskoka, Haliburton, Prince Edward County, and the Greater Toronto Area. If you’re further away but would still like to work with us, give us a call—we’re happy to come to you.
What is natural armour stone and why do you use it?
Natural armour stone is another word for limestone. Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed mostly of calcium carbonate.
We work specifically with large armour stone because not only is it eye-catching, it also takes thousands of years to erode, so your feature will last way longer than small rocks, concrete, or wood.
Best of all, limestone is stackable and consistent in shape and size, like bricks (unlike granite, which is irregular). It also comes in many thicknesses, giving you the versatility and consistency to be perfect for many designs.
How do you estimate hardscaping jobs?
We try to keep it simple. Usually we start by estimating the tonnage required for your project, give you a specific price per ton, and then charge you for the actual tonnage used.
That being said, it takes a few steps to get to an estimate. Many hardscapers will underquote you to land the job, only to continuously need increases in the project budget as work progresses. But we do it right or we don’t do it at all!
To avoid these kind of nasty surprises, we go through a careful process where we meet with you onsite to discuss your goals and needs up front.
Then we put together a design concept which considers critical factors like access, terrain, labour, and materials.
Next, we find a source for the materials and estimate the total tonnage of stone. At this point we’re ready to give you a clear estimate!
Estimates can never be exact because each stone and each site is different. But we’ll only ever charge you for the actual stone used, so you know you’re always getting the best price.