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If you are about to start a hardscape project on your own, you may wonder whether geogrid is necessary for the project you have in mind. Is it worth the extra trouble to implement it in your hardscape?
In this blog post, we look at three reasons every DIY hardscaping project needs geogrid.
Benefits of geogrid
First, it’s important to note that by using geogrid, you make any hardscape project more substantial and sustainable. Modern hardscape professionals have set a precedent for implementing geogrid into the hardscape and for a good reason.
Current professional practice
Statistics show that nearly 60% of hardscape professionals use woven fabrics for the majority of their hardscape. People who install hardscapes for a living know that their projects will not stand the test of time and will likely be damaged without geogrid.
Historical hardscape projects
Well-known hardscape projects constructed in the last century also indicate that geogrid is necessary for success.
The Dutch incorporated geotextiles into the extraordinary Delta Works flood protection scheme in the early 1960s. And in 1970, the Valcros Dam in France set the stage for several important dam and embankment designs that utilized geotextile filtration for long-term performance.
Why you should use geogrid in hardscape
Even if you aren’t planning to build a dam that lasts for decades, let’s consider why you should still use geogrid in your project.
1. Less excavating
One of the reasons to use geogrid in hardscape is that it will save you time. That’s because you will not have to do as much excavating. Geogrid reduces the depth of excavation required on unsuitable subgrades. Decreasing the digging and excavating required for your project will make your project go faster—and more effortlessly.
2. Increased soil strength
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of using geogrid in your hardscape is that it will significantly increase the power of the soil. It provides enhanced safety and outstanding seismic durability by strengthening slopes. Your retaining wall won’t fall over, and your patio is less likely to wash out when you implement geogrid.
3. Reduced differential settlement
The final reason to use geogrid in your DIY hardscape project is to reduce the difference in how your hardscape settles. It will reduce the need for constant hardscape maintenance and extend the life of walking paths, roads, retaining walls, and more. Geogrid is a significant factor in ensuring your hardscape project lasts forever.
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Are you ready to start your DIY project and implement your new knowledge of the benefits of using geogrid? Our free Project Planning Guide will walk you through everything you need to get a good start.