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Take Advantage of The Dry Weather and Prep Your Winter Garden


August 15, 2018


Planting flowers, tending to vegetables, outdoor maintenance… these are all tasks you commonly relate to for the spring and summer. But for many homeowners, they do these tasks in the cold for their winter gardens. There are a variety of plants and foods that can thrive throughout the coldest parts of the year. They also help to dress up bland yards that have trees and shrubs without leaves. Interested in the idea? Learn about the best plants, maintenance tips, and other winter outdoor enhancements you can make from your certified brick driveway installer.

Best Plants for a Winter Garden


There are a variety of plants ideal to plant in the winter, one of the top being winter cabbage. This type of cabbage can sustain itself in the cold thanks to their small size and hard heads. The trick to having these grow is to plant them in middle- to late-summer. Another great plant is the winter jasmine. Even the most beginner of skill level can handle this plant because it holds up so well! They are simplistic in appearance, with long sticks and small, yellow petals. Last is the cotoneaster. These are shrubs with green leaves and red or orange berries. The berries form in the fall and last throughout the winter for a gorgeous appearance! Try one of these best vegetables to grow in the winter for your own garden.

Maintenance Tips


When it comes to tending to your winter outdoor space, it is important to take a few precautions now that the cold temperature have set in. If you have any gentle potted plants on porches or back deck spaces, bring them in. The harsh weather can damage or even kill them. If you have anything you will be keeping outside, make sure to insulate it to help the soil survive the winter. Next, if you haven’t already, tidy your lawn. Rake any fallen leaves and pick up other debris. Be sure to do this if you have a small pond or body of water. If you have trees, don’t forget to wrap their base. This will help protect them from frost cracking. For the first hard freeze of the season, makes sure to add an additional layer of organic mulch. This will help with temperature maintenance throughout the winter too. Be sure to catch up on all fall and winter landscaping tips from your certified driveway installer.

Additional Outdoor Enhancements


There are other outdoor enhancements you can make to make your outdoor space shine this winter.
 
  • Hardscaping: Hardscaping is stone décor that you can add anywhere. It could be a barrier around an area, such as a fountain or flowerbed, or to highlight a tiered landscape in a backyard.
  • Driveways: If you have an old, cracking driveway, it is important to upgrade it—especially during the winter. Concrete driveways and walkways area also more difficult to shovel snow in. The crevices are easy to catch, sometimes even leading to an injury. Add a paving stone driveway that has a smooth surface and wonderful aesthetic appeal. Heated options are even available.

Ready to ramp up your outdoor space this winter? AMK Hardscapes has you covered. Our variety of pavers is perfect to any hardscaping, driveway, walkway, or other project. Call us today at 303-525-8601 for more information on your project.
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Brick Paver Installation When Outdoor Surfaces are Beyond Repair


August 2, 2018

When it comes to choosing a ground surface for a driveway, walkway, or patio there are many  options from which to select. These different styles and types of material come in all shapes and sizes in addition to offering varying degrees of benefits and consequences once a decision is ultimately made. One of the most important factors when considering what to choose is the durability and sustainability of a material against the elements and in the event that any repair work, both on the physical structure in place or underneath is needed.

Considering these two varying but vital factors, there is only one clear choice - pavers.

Durability

Professionally installed pavers from our company are guaranteed not crack, fade or chip. While labor and craftsmanship is guaranteed for a decade, the stones installed into your project carry a lifetime warranty over any cracks or breaks. These days there aren’t many guarantees in life as the saying goes, death and taxes - but now the durability of pavers can be added to the list.
Whether the stones are placed in a high traffic area such as the front walk or a driveway does not matter. Both driveway stones and patio stones which may never bear the weight of any vehicle are both capable of enduring any punishment received without fear of any structural failure.
Another characteristic which helps to answer the question about why you use pavers includes their strength over both concrete and asphalt. Two common materials often selected for both driveways and walkways, the benefits of concrete pavers over each outweighs their use and should be taken into consideration when making a decision.

Repairs Needed

Another factor to consider is when a repair is needed for something which may be covered up by the right of way. Whether it is a walkway, patio, driveway, or other area, the implementation often covers water lines, underground electrical or gas pipeways, or other unknown components.

Should any of these areas need repair, the surface material must be broken into and removed for access purposes. With concrete or asphalt, entire sections must be destroyed and then replaced once the work is complete. Not only can this cause for unsightly and embarrassing patchwork but knowing it could have been avoided with pavers is important to consider.
With pavers, only the ones over a line or area in need of repair would need to be removed. Further, once the work is complete, the pavers are simply placed back into their location and any repair will virtually be undetectable. This is a major benefit to electing pavers over any other surface type for any of the aforementioned designs.

The individuals at AMK Hardscapes can assist you in helping to plan out the best use of brick pavers for almost any project around your home. Whether your looking at installing a new walkway, backyard patio, poolside area, or even just a fire pit - our highly trained and certified staff will make certain you receive the best service available. Not only will the staff be present initially but they will continue to also be accessible throughout the entire process of construction and installation to answer any questions which may arise during the process. They can help with a number of different paver options such as patios or other landscaping needs for pavers. If you should need any assistance in determining the best option available to you in this area the AMK experts are ready to help. Call 303-525-8601 or contact us to inquire about an estimate today!
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Brick Paving Stones: Your Patio Fire Pit Solution


July 18, 2018

As the summer heat continues, thoughts of cooler fall weather are fresh on everyone’s mind. At times, we will be blessed with a below average temperature during a summer evening to provide a nice peek at what Mother Nature has in store and it often leaves people looking for a way to celebrate and enjoy the outdoors. One of the best ways is camping and everyone knows the best tradition revolving around sleeping outdoors involves the ritual that is - a campfire.

Fire Pit Design Trends

One of the latest trends in designing outdoor spaces has been to bring the art of an outdoor campfire and all of the camaraderie, bonding, and good storytelling for which it is known, into a more accessible and enjoyable patio space outside the home.

The level of design and size of the pit used can range from a fully installed gas line providing a seemingly never ending flame, used mostly for heat purposes, to a buried truck rim, hollowed out and filled with wood to burn. Both are capable of providing similar experiences although the wood burning unit can provide even more opportunities for entertainment with “cooking” purposes being an option. Roasted marshmallows, Smores, and even hot dogs can all be skewered and held over the flame until each individual’s preferred doneness while providing hours of warmth, entertainment and comfort.

Options for installation also can fall on opposite ends of the budget spectrum but by using brick pavers any homeowner can ensure themselves of the best possible fire pit imaginable, often with built-in spaces for seating and enjoying the flame.

This outdoor addition can add value to your home almost immediately both monetarily and through sheer enjoyment and use. A gathering place for friends and family following a long day, kicking off a weekend or any number of other occasions, the fire pit will be a sought after addition and utilizing brick pavers will pay benefits in design and application.

Fire Pit Benefits

These benefits of having an outdoor fire pit will have you feeling good about the decision immediately. Regardless of the time of year and often without having to give much thought to the temperature, a fire pit can be utilized year-round. Unlike swimming pools, which may be the gathering spot of choice during potentially four months of the year, fire pits are good from January to December, cost much less to install and arguably provide an equal amount of fun when in use. Simply taking into account the availability gives fire pit the biggest advantage over pools.

When you’re ready to light it up, the experts at AMK Hardscapes will be happy to help you determine which size and design is best suited for your needs. Our professionally trained associates will ensure that you not only receive the best service available but they can offer details to patio design and functionality which will keep you using the outdoor space well into the future. They will assist with not only fire pits but any number of other paver options, including driveways, walkways and walled landscaping opportunities. Whether you need a simple recommendation, have a question about fire pits, pavers, or their installation, AMK Hardscapes can help. Call 303-525-8601 or contact us to inquire about an estimate today.
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Brick Walkways Denver: A Step Above the Rest


July 3, 2018

The front door of your home is its access point, main focus, and where all of your family, guests and even some potentially unwelcome visitors will enter and exit for years to come. Their feet will not only carry them toward and over the threshold of your home but the eyes of everyone visiting or passing by will follow the same exact path and be drawn in - so why not make the journey both useful and aesthetically pleasing for everyone?
Options for this area typically range from a simple concrete sidewalk to stepping stones which are generally separated by either the ground itself (grass, dirt, mulch) or some type of decorative rock like pea gravel. While all serve a similar purpose, electing to utilize brick pavers instead has multiple benefits.

Maintenance

What could be more simple than a concrete sidewalk? While this option may appear to initially be the most cost-effective, long-term care is important to consider. Over time the concrete can crack and crumble, especially after years of enduring harsh Colorado winters, causing drainage issues, trip hazards and unsightly cracks which sometimes can span the entire length of a walkway. Brick pavers eliminate each of these concerns and are built to last. Snow removal is especially easy as the seamless process of installation will not create any inconsistencies which may stand out and grab the edge of a shovel. Shoveling the snow around stepping stones and having to work between each and every different block can be both cumbersome and simply annoying in addition to worrying about causing potential damage to each block. Knowing you can safely remove it without having to worry about snow plowing ruining driveways or damaging your walkway while unintentionally causing any cracks to worsen, is extremely gratifying.

Aesthetics

For poured concrete there are limited options available for color choices and or patterns. These restricted capabilities keep homeowners from achieving their desired outcome when choosing this method. Pavers allow for a variety of both color schemes and design which can immediately enhance the curb appeal of your home by creating a welcoming runway for all to see. Not only does this option allow owners the flexibility to change the look of their home but also provides a solid surface that will be structurally sound, appealing, and something that will, in most circumstances, outlast the home itself.
The individuals at AMK Hardscapes can assist you in determining the best option as a path to your home either from the driveway or sidewalk. Our highly trained and certified staff will make certain you not only receive the best service available but will continue to be accessible throughout the process to answer any questions which may arise prior, during or after installation. They can help with a number of different paver options such as patios or other landscaping needs for pavers. If you should need any assistance in determining the best option for a walkway or anything else the AMK experts are ready to help. Call 303-525-8601 or contact us to inquire about an estimate today!
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Benefits of Brick Driveways Denver Has Over Common Alternatives


June 20, 2018

The most high traffic area of a home is often located outside and is referred to, obviously, as the driveway. This point of access to either a garage, carport or front of a home sees traffic daily as occupants enter and exit the premises. Not only are the homeowners in and out, often multiple times a day, but visitors, mail and package delivery in addition to many others who will also utilize this short roadway add additional wear and tear on the surface selected.

Common elements used for the surface of a driveway include asphalt or concrete but brick pavers provide the best alternative in more ways than one. While these options may initially seem appealing because of their lower price point, the long-term advantages of a professionally installed hardscape surface far outweigh any apparent cost saving advantages.

Even mortar-set bricks, which are often even more expensive than interlocking paving stones cannot achieve the same reliability and durability of our surfaces. The limited design capabilities of mortar-set opportunities create a shortfall for those wishing to make an impression through their brick driveway with enhanced curb appeal. Load-capacity and durability gurantees also limit any other available options.

Concrete

A cookie-cutter grey concrete slab doesn’t present an inviting impression for what many will have as their first glimpse of your home. Instead, a variety of colors and design capabilities can be utilized through the installment of interlocking paving stones. Also, concrete will crack and need to be replaced or re-paved at some point in the future. Neither will happen when selecting a professional hardscape which comes with a guarantee for life, unlike any poured concrete.

Asphalt

Like concrete, asphalt will also crack and break apart in addition to being vulnerable to more damage and impressions caused by both extreme heat and cold temperatures. These deficiencies can be avoided by selecting an eye-appealing design and opportunity from a hardscape. Asphalt pavement distresses can limit the time for which selecting this option becomes financially beneficial. While savings may occur at first, the expenses associated with repair and replacement add up quickly.

Both options must also curate and are not accessible after installation. For the primary access point and highest traffic area of your home, having to avoid this space for any amount of time is only an inconvenience. Utilizing the hardscape interlocking pavers, enjoyment and immediate use with access capabilities are instantaneous.

The experts at AMK Hardscapes can provide you with the best option for your driveway needs. Our associates can help ensure that you not only receive the best service possible but also are aware of the implications your hardscapes may have on the cost analysis of a property. Further, they are willing and ready to assist with any number of paver options for other areas of your home, including walkways, patios, and walled landscaping opportunities. Whether you need an explanation for a recommended surface type or are ready to move forward on a hardscaping project the AMK experts are ready and willing to assist. Call 303-525-8601 or contact us to inquire about an estimate.
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