When it comes to sprucing up the backyard or adding some curb appeal, most homeowners think of the nearest big home improvement store as a place to get ideas and materials. While a big box store can help with smaller quick fixes, Hardscaping distributors are a better choice for major project inspiration and supplies.
Many homeowners report feeling overwhelmed when it comes to selecting the right pavers and landscape materials for their project. At big box stores, the lack of displays and stone variety often adds to this dilemma. The pavers are stacked on pallets, the indoor lighting is deceptive, and it’s difficult to find someone who is knowledgeable about the products.
A walk through a Hardscaping distributor is a wholly different experience. Displays are extensive and interactive. You can walk on and touch Hardscapes. You can see the pavers in the light of day (and at different times of day). It’s like touring a life-size catalog.
Homeowners in the very first steps of planning should visit a distributor as early in the process as possible. No knowledge or experience is necessary to drop in for a visit. The staff welcomes “window shoppers.” Experts are happy to answer any questions and help generate ideas. If you like, you can bring with you some of the answers of the typical inquiries a distributor may ask as you are browsing around the lot:
- What is the project? (e.g. garden wall, pool deck, walkways, patio)
- What is the space/area? (usually given in square feet. Approximations are sufficient)
- Do you have any particular contractor in mind?
- Do you have any photos of the space?
It’s OK if you don’t have any of these answers. Saying “I’m just here for ideas” is perfect.
Browsing customers are always greeted warmly at stone and paver distributors.
When strolling through the displays, take note of the stones, sizes, colors and textures that jump out at you. Always ask the distributor for product catalogs to get more ideas and to have something to reference at home
hen you are ready to take the next steps on your project, Hardscape distributors are the reliable ones to turn to. The resident experts at your local distributor can help you choose the best material for your project, help you with ordering the right amount or give you qualified contractors to help with your project, and suggest different tips and tricks that their years of expertise in supplying and installing hardscapes have earned them. It’d be rare to run into the same level of care at a big box store.
To find a Hardscaping distributor near you, check out EP Henry’s Find a Distributor page. Take note of a few in your area and if possible, visit at least two to see more displays. To begin your browsing at home, request a catalog.
Landscaping distributors and smaller nurseries offer the home landscaper different options than the garden section at big box stores like Home Depot. Shopping at a landscape distributor can often show you the perks you’ve been missing.