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Which Material is Best for Your Perfect Patio?

Spring is the time our customers start thinking about installing a new deck or patio. A patio or outdoor living area is becoming a popular element for extending a home’s square footage and makes for spectacular entertaining.

Before starting a hardscaping project, it is wise to research the various options and materials available. It is best to look for materials that are safe and blend or contrast nicely with your home and surrounding landscape.

There is a wide variety of materials to choose from, and each has their own benefit.  Some of the considerations to make when choosing your material are longevity, aesthetics, install method, maintenance, and cost.  Our customers come to us with a variety of different needs and we wish to make the choices as clear and simple as possible:

Natural stone (typically referred to as flagstone or slate)

Natural stone (typically referred to as flagstone or slate) is a very attractive material that holds up well to the elements.  The color does not fade as much as many manufactured products and has a unique appeal.  Someone who values a classic or rustic aesthetic might choose this product.  It can be installed both with cement and polymeric sand joints.  Versatility and looks make this material a great selection for any property.

Keep in mind that natural stone typically costs more because it has to be trucked in from a quarry. It can also take more time to install, hence upping your labor cost.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Patio for Spring

 

Concrete Pavers are the most popular recent additionConcrete Pavers are the most popular recent addition to our material pallet.  They are more cost effective than natural stone, yet still offer a similar aesthetic.  There are a vast number of shapes, sizes, and colors available.  It is important to do your research when determining which paver you will install in your yard.  Not all manufacturers are alike.

While the material itself if more cost effective, the install is also easier due to their uniformity & therefore are more wallet friendly.  This does not come without drawbacks however.  You will need to be more mindful in terms of maintenance if you want your patio to keep its original luster if you choose this material.  Polymeric sand joints need repaired every 3-5 years so that weeds do not grow in, and sealers can help to reduce the fading that occurs over time.

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Decorative Concrete is an old concept that has benefited from new install techniques Decorative Concrete is an old concept that has benefited from new install techniques in the past couple of decades.  Options range from brushed finish (typical sidewalks) and exposed aggregate (tiny pebbles) to stamped concrete with synthetic designs printed onto them.

If you are not in love with man-made looking products this may not be for you.  However, it is a highly durable and cost effective option that does not need a ton of maintenance.

At the end of the day, your patio must fit your family’s needs.  It is important you know what you are committing to with whichever material or method you decide to go with and that you have a reputable installer to assist you with the process.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can design an outdoor living environment that will add quality to your life and value to your home. Give us a call today! 302-764-0480

An Open Rear Porch is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors in any weather

Celebrate Spring With An Outdoor Living Space To Die For!

3 Ways to Enjoy Your Backyard With Protection From the Elements:

I am sure many are skeptical that spring will arrive to Delaware any time soon. With a fourth nor’easter ushering in the season of rebirth, it is hard to imagine warm days and nights spent enjoying the outdoors.

Yet, as sure as the sun rises and sets each day, the warm weather will be here soon. Make this the year that you enhance your backyard with a Pergola, sunroom or a beautiful outdoor living space installed by Delaware’s #1 hardscape experts, DiSabatino Landscaping.

3 ways to enjoy your backyard with protection from the elements

1) A Pergola can provide a beautiful accent to your rear yard. The structure alone can produce a comfortable amount of shade. Enhance that shade with a retractable canopy or overhead lattice work.
An Open Rear Porch is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors in any weather
2) An Open Rear Porch is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors in any weather. The roof will provide protection from the sun and the rain. Add retractable screens for protection from insects. Add heaters to warm the area for all season entertaining.
A Sunroom is another wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors
3) A Sunroom is another wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. Add wide open screen windows or a grand wall of doors that slide open to let fresh air in. Sunrooms can also have heat and air conditioning for yearlong enjoyment.

outdoor kitchen, fireplace, television or sound system

Don’t forget the accents like an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, television or sound system to create your total outdoor living experience.

Entertainment can be a breeze with an outdoor living space full of all the luxuries that one would expect to have to go indoors to enjoy. Get family and friends together for some fresh air, great conversation and superb entertainment that will sooth and rejuvenate the soul.

If you’re looking to extend your home’s living space to the outdoors, get in touch with DiSabatino Landscaping – 302-764-0408

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Patio for Spring

Preparing Patios for spring This has been one wet winter and as spring approaches, it is not going to dry up anytime soon. When moisture sits continually on cement, brick and stamped concrete surfaces mildew and algae can become a problem. In addition, the freeze and thaw cycles of winter can cause damage to patios that have cracks and crevices.

Many are more than ready for the sunny warm weather ahead, but are our patios ready?Now is the time to prepare for the outdoor dinners, cocktail hours and picnics ahead. Getting your patio in shape for the season can make entertaining a breeze.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING YOUR PATIO FOR SPRING AND SUMMER USE:

1 ) Inspect for Ice Damage: As mentioned before, the winter can cause damage to patio surfaces when water seeps into cracks or crevices and freezes. Early spring is the time to assess any damage done from freeze/thaw cycle.

Not only do cracks or chipped areas on concrete look bad, they could deteriorate even further if not repaired. The approach to repairing these surfaces will vary depending on a number of variables. Check out this Quickrete® Guide on Repairing Concrete.
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2) Clean off Mildew and Algae: How you deal with ridding a patio of mildew and algae with depend on the severity of the stains. It is recommended to start with a stiff broom to sweep off as much dirt and debris as possible. While using a power washer is less caustic, it often does not work on stubborn stains.

Using bleach or vinegar is effective, but it could do some real damage to your lawn and landscaping. Baking soda is more natural and gentler solution – try mixing ½ cup baking soda to one gallon of water and 1/8 cup of liquid dish detergent first. Spray it on the patio surface, let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

If your patio does not receive enough sun to dry up on a regular basis to prevent recurring mildew and algae, consider pruning or removing some trees to allow more sunlight to reach your patio.

3) Apply Sealant: If your patio has not been sealed in that last 3-5 years, it would be wise to have a sealant applied to prolong the life of your patio.

Sealer provide a tough, water-resistant finish that is protects your patio from exposure to water, common acids, alkalies, petroleum, solvents, oils, greases, and salts. Call a professional hardscape specialist to have sealer applied.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can design an outdoor living environment that will add quality to your life and value to your home. Give us a call today! 302-764-0480

Did You Know DiSabatino Landscaping Designs Beautiful Patios With Pergolas?

Did You Know DiSabatino Lanscaping Designs Pergolas?DiSabatino Landscaping builds beautiful pergolas integrated expertly with custom designed patios and decks.A pergola can provide protection from direct sunlight, yet allow for air to circulate freely. This makes them a welcome respite from the harsh rays of the afternoon sun. Making them a perfect feature of an outdoor living space.

Check out this charming outdoor space that DiSabatino’s creative hardscape architects designed and installed for the Heald Property in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Notice the various gathering places, such as the awesome fire pit adjacent to the Italian Renaissance style pergola. Perfect for outdoor entertainment and enjoyment. Continue reading

Check Out This Brick Edged Slate Patio Design by DiSabatino Landscaping in Delaware

Check Out This Brick Edged Slate Patio by DiSabatino Landscaping in DelawareDiSabatino Landscaping of Delaware has built a stellar reputation for quality custom hardscape designs in the Delaware area. This example above shows how we can convert a aged and stained brick patio can be converted to a beautiful slate patio edged superbly with red brick.

Check Out This Brick Edged Slate Patio Design by DiSabatino Landscaping in Delaware

Note the excellent use of space and the professional way in which the designers meld this outdoor space to reflect the nature of the home’s design. Creating an outdoor living space increases the square footage of your home and increase its value and curb appeal.

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Don’t Settle For Second Best – Hire the Premier Outdoor Architects Today!

Don't Settle For Second Best - Hire Premier Outdoor Architects Today! Our professional landscape team created this beautiful outdoor living space for a residence located in Garnet Valley PA. We added a modern waterfall feature at the center of the walled stone patio with a conversation fire pit on one side and a full outdoor cooking area with seating for eight on the other. Notice the recessed LED lighting and miniature plantings used as ascents throughout. As well as the mature trees, mulching and luscious sod.

As you can see, DiSabatino Landscaping can handle ALL your landscaping and hardscaping needs. Why settle for second best? Hire the premier outdoor architects today!

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Create a Spectacular Outdoor Living Space With DiSabatino Landscaping

Have you always wanted to create an outdoor living area to entertain family and friends in style?

Check out this recent transformation of an aged and worn backyard patio. DiSabatino Landscaping created an inviting conversation area with fire pit, outdoor cooking area, ambient lighting and cascading steps.

Notice how creatively the hardscape and landscaping is tied together to create a stunning outdoor living area that will not only makes the outdoors more enticing, but adds a true value to the home and property. If your interested in finding out how DiSabatino Landscaping can transform your backyard, get in touch today!

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Transform Your Old Tired Pool into an Oasis

custom pools and pool makeovers If your pool area has become worn cracked and overall uninviting, it might be time for a full makeover!

Let DiSabatino transform your pool area into an inviting oasis that can make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. Fall is a perfect time to remodel the hardscaping and landscaping surrounding your pool area, making your next pool season a huge success!

Check out this transformation we did on the Walsh property. Notice how we installed a beautiful slip proof decking, stone walls and waterfall with ambient lighting. Not only is this pool side  more inviting, it’s a lot safer than the previous cement and wood decking conducive to slippage and other mishaps.

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You’re Going to Be Impressed With This Landscape Transformation!

You’re Going to Be Impressed With This Landscape Transformation With all the time spent during working hours trapped inside at a desk, why would you want to come home and lock yourself inside?

Many of us wish our properties were more inviting and conducive to outdoor relaxation, gatherings or family dinners. A small slab of concrete outside the back door with a grim view of dried up grass is hardly something we look forward to viewing at the end of a hard day.

Why not make an inviting outdoor environment to relax with the family at the end of the day or a great place to entertain on the weekends. Not to mention an invigorating start to the work day as you dine al fresco on some fresh fruit and steaming coffee, while communing with wildlife.

If you’re looking for ways to create a beautifully landscaped and hardscaped space that calls you to the outdoors, get in touch with DiSabatino Landscaping, we can make all you outdoor living dreams come true.

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Check Out Our Before/After Pictures of DuHadaway Property

Our professional landscape team created this gorgeous outdoor living space for the DuHadaway property in Wilmington, Delaware. They removed the old slate patio, installed a new one, cleaned out stagnant pond, layered rocks to create sides & waterfall (with special features – such as LED lighting) to keep water oxygenated & fresh, built stone bridge with recessed LED lighting, mulched, planted perennials & bushes, etc ..

That’s what we are good at — reinventing dated and overgrown outdoor spaces.

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