We get asked these questions a lot! We made a list of the questions we get the most for you to use. If you don’t find the answer here don’t worry because you can give us a call at any time and we would be glad to help you out.
Do we give free estimates?
Yes! When you call we will get some basic info from you like phone number, name, address and intended work. We will schedule a time for our designer to come to your home and find out exactly what you want. He then puts together a detailed and itemized invoice which explains the products used, services, and labour required to complete your project.
Is there a charge for designs?
Our consultation includes a 100% free and customized design catered to your project, ideas and budget. Our reputation is stellar but we know there are many aspects for how a client chooses their contractor. We think we should get to know each other before we agree to do business.
What areas in Ottawa do you service?
We service Ottawa, Ontario for all its landscaping and interlock needs – and the surrounding areas that include:
If your area isn’t on the list don’t worry! Give us a call and we can provide you with more details.
When should we begin our landscaping?
Start right away! It takes time to make a design, have it reviewed, and then revise that design. Also we are often booked for other jobs well in advance. We are limited by the Ottawa weather as to when we can begin the job but we can do designs and consulting at any time! We off that service for free so give us a call today.
How much should I spend on landscaping?
We know budget is extremely important to our customers. We can meet with you and customize a project that has an accurate and highly detailed budget. Each job is completely unique and prices are only limited by your imagination. We have links to the packages we offer and the work in our portfolio and hope that will give you some ideas.
What are interlocking pavers?
Paving stones – referred to as pavers – are made out of precast concrete. They are strong and durable, which makes them ideal for pathways or driveways. They are a very popular product in Ottawa and can be seen in popular areas like Sparks Street and the ByWard Market.
How do interlocking pavers work?
A foundation is excavated with a depth of 8-12”. Interlocking pavers are placed on levelled sand. Every paving stone has an edge restraint made of concrete, or stone. Pavers are set in place and then compacted together. For the interlocking to be achieved, masonry sand is applied to the joints three or four times and compacted. No setting is required and allows that the concrete paving stones can be driven or walked on immediately after they are put in place.
Will weeds grow out from between the pavers?
Sealing pavers will prevent the likelihood of weeds growing from the spaces between the pavers. Sealing prevents exposure to the sun and spores from growing in between the joints. Where the paving stones are not sealed, the use of a power washer, herbicide or stiff brush will help get rid of any growth. Keep in mind that the use of these methods displaces the sand, making it necessary to replace it.
What causes the white residue on pavers?
In Ottawa the white residue is often from the salt that is put down in the winter. If you see some corrosive white residue then you are using too much salt. For residential application salt shouldn’t be a problem.
Can I use rock salt on my pavers in the winter?
During the Ottawa winter salt is a requirement to keep surfaces ice and slip free. You can use salt on pavers without any damage however too much use and over exposure will result in corrosion over time. For residential use your pavers will be ok with a normal amount of salt being applied.
Should sealer be applied to the paving stones?
Sealing the paving stones protects them from stains, fading, and growth of weeds from between the stones. It will also keep efflorescence from happening, and maintenance remains minimal.
What is polymeric sand?
Polymeric sand is composed of graded sand and binding agent. Polymeric sand is designed for use in interlocking pavers and is only applied when the weather is dry. It is resistant to weeds and insects after it has been cured.
How much is a patio?
It’s hard to give an exact answer to this question, each project being different in size and materials used. It is best you give us a call and we can discuss the options you want and give you a better understanding of the labour and materials involved.
How long does it take to build a patio?
Usually, an average size patio can be built in a week but depending on the complexity this can vary. Also sometimes permits are required by the City of Ottawa depending on what structures we are building.
Why is my patio not flush with the doorsill?
The four-inch drop will prevent water from getting into the house when the snow melts. Also during rainy days you want the water to flow away from your door, not into it!
Why can’t my patio touch the ground?
The ground is always shifting especially in the wintertime when there is a lot of freezing and thawing. We usually allow for a 1-3” clearing depending on the design of the patio. This will protect your patio from heaving during the Ottawa winter.