You’re probably already familiar with the term landscaping, but what is hardscaping? What kinds of things does a hardscape company do, how do they do it, and what materials do they use? Here at TWI Hardscape in Atlanta, we specialize in hardscaping services. Let’s jump right in and discuss what hardscaping is and how you can use our services to spruce up your home or business.

So, What Is Hardscaping?

Hardscaping is all of the external, non-living things on your (or a business’s) property that makes the lot more usable or visually appealing. Hardscapes can bring a certain “feeling” or utility to your yard or lot that wasn’t there before. Many people add hardscapes to increase the value of their homes and businesses; some choose hardscapes simply because they’re a more durable way to add outdoor functionality.

Hardscaping vs Landscaping

As you might have guessed, the difference between hardscaping and landscaping is pretty simple: hardscapes are made of non-living components, and landscaping is made of living components! Landscaping involves hedges, grasses, flowers, bushes, vines, and trees. Both hardscaping and landscaping are generally tackled with beautification or an increase in functionality in mind.

What Counts as a “Hardscape?”

So, what could you add to your property that falls under hardscapes? Keeping in mind that hardscape additions are made from non-living materials, here are some things that would fall under the category of “hardscapes.”

Retaining Walls

This type of hardscape can be used for beautification, too; however, most people use retaining walls to hold back dirt, sand, or gravel to avoid erosion. Retaining walls can be made out of poured cement, bricks, or other rock materials.


Patios are a great addition to any outdoor space where you might entertain or host guests. Patios also work well for businesses that want outdoor spaces for guests to gather or eat. These hardscapes are usually formed with concrete, brick, patio stones, or other rock materials.


Using hardscape materials for a walkway is really the only way to go if you want durability and longevity. Walkways can be made out of anything that patios can be made of and can have whatever appearance you’re looking for.


Another example of a hardscape (that often gets forgotten) is fences. Fences are made from non-living materials and can be made out of many different materials: wood, rock, and metal.


Decks, much like patios, are also a great hardscape choice if you want a place for people to gather. Decks tend to have boundaries and are raised above the ground, though – this creates an enclosed space.

Gazebos & Pergolas

If it’s covering from sun and rain you’re looking for, gazebos and pergolas are great hardscape choices. Gazebos are completely covered structures, while pergolas tend to be slatted and open at the top.

Water Features

Another type of hardscape that often gets forgotten is water features. Decorative pools, waterfalls, and fountains all fall into this category and can greatly increase your home or business’s value.

TWI Hardscape: Hardscape Services in Atlanta

Are you looking to add hardscaping elements to your backyard or business lot? Look no further than TWI Hardscape in Atlanta. Our professional team can help you determine what would look best and install a new feature on your lot. Contact us today to learn more.