Hardscapes 101: 3 Cost-Effective Hardscape Materials

If you’re the owner of a multi-family home and you’re looking to lessen the upkeep of the building’s backyard, then you may want to consider the convenience of hardscaping. Like its name implies, a hardscape makes use of hard materials, such as, concrete, bricks, or wood, to enhance your yard’s appearance. Not only does this technique create a stunning landscape, but it also reduces the maintenance the yard requires. Below, we’ve listed 3 cost-effective materials that are often used in hardscapes.


One of the more affordable options, concrete is an extremely versatile material that you can use in a number of hardscape features. Not only does it last long, but it can also be stained or textured to match your desired aesthetic. Unfortunately, if the concrete is not installed properly, it can crack and crumble; turning your easy to maintain hardscape into a maintenance headache.


Easy to install and economical, gravel can turn a boring walkway into a decorative backyard feature. With a variety of colors and types available, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect match for your building’s hardscape. However, before installing your choice gravel be sure the ground is even and packed, and don’t forget to create an adequate border to keep the material from escaping.

Brick Paver

Whether you’re looking to add a patio, a pathway, or a wall to your hardscape, brick is a hassle free choice. Not only is it durable, but it also requires little to no maintenance. If a brick or two does sustain damage or becomes stained simply remove the defective paver and replace it with a new one. This quick and easy fix makes brick pavers a cost friendly material.

If you’re looking to create a hardscape for your multi-family rental, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.