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The Hardware Store or Semco Outdoor?

Here’s the skinny, if you want a retail experience that’s unlike any hardware store in Columbus, where the staff are actually helpful, you want to come to Semco Outdoor. We know that dropping by stores like Lowe’s is convenient, but how valuable is convenience when they don’t have the quality products that will last for years (and look better!) or the staff to answer your questions about installing them?

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We’re not bragging, nor are we picking on the chain hardware stores, we’re just the experts at what we do. The difference between Semco is like the difference between your dentist and your general practitioner, both are perfectly qualified doctors, but when you need a cavity filled, you call the dentist. The big box hardware stores are like the general practitioners, they have all the tools you need and can help you when you need a huge range of varied products and can give fine general advice, but you want to talk with the specialists who have the largest selection of what you’re actually seeking already in stock at Semco when you’re installing a new patio.

Every day, Semco helps people get the patio installations that they want. We’re the best in the business, and that’s why many of Columbus’s exterior remodeling and lawn & landscape contractors choose to work with Semco Outdoor (the next time you talk with one, go ahead and ask about us). We also work directly with individuals who are taking on home improvement projects themselves, and our inviting indoor retail showroom is where they come to shop, buy and get expert advice from Semco’s dedicated team of DIY pros. Customers tell us that seeing what the stone and pavers look like installed helps them visualize how their home will look using the same products. Many of our products are actually on display, installed, and featuring images of what other installations look like around the Columbus area, something you’ll almost never find at a hardware store.

Semco offers everything you need for installation, just like a hardware store would, but Semco will also deliver it directly to your house with a mobile-forklift-equipped truck. Our team will put your stone, pavers, boulders, polymeric sand and any tools you need right you request that they be placed – no more lugging heavy rock around to the back yard a piece at a time! Or, if you prefer, we’ll load up your own truck with as much or as little product as you need, and you can drive right through our brand new masonry lodge to get any installation products you need loaded too.

Our research has shown that one of the biggest problem people have with the hardware store is how difficult it is to find someone knowledgeable about specific products and the installation of those products. It makes the whole experience really frustrating for customers, and the end result is that quality can severely suffer because of that frustration playing out during installation, inferior product quality and a lack of knowledge. Whereas those who work with Semco are happier with the end result of their installation, and they’re not frustrated meaning they tend to do a better job of installing the products, especially when they know one of Semco’s DIY expert staff by name and can contact them at any time with questions.

We’re not trying to harp on the hardware stores here for doing a poor job, we just think it’s important that do-it-yourselfers understand the difference between the specialists at Semco Outdoor and their local Home Depot – where one shops has a big impact on the final result of project. With all of our products viewable online, and many installed at our retail showroom on the south side of the metro, we’re proud to offer the best retail experience with easy to understand pricing and the experts who can offer real advice while helping you pick products that are just right of you.

It’s worth the trip to Semco Outdoor to get your annual home upgrade done right, with the right people and the right products. This year, come by and experience what the contractors have known for years – the best place to buy the products to finish your patio are right here at Semco Outdoor!

Creating Curb Appeal

We’ve talked a lot about creating beautiful outdoor spaces in the backyard, but what about the front yard? With cooler temperatures this summer, outdoor projects don’t seem as daunting as they normally do during a hot, humid summer in the Midwest. Why not take advantage of the weather and add a little curb appeal to your home’s exterior by installing a stone walkway or driveway? Semco offers a variety of landscaping stone that will bring your home’s exterior from ‘eh’ to ‘wow’ in no time!

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Walkways

Does your current walkway provide a nice entrance to your home? If not, one way you can add ‘Wow’ to the front of your home is by adding a stone walkway or path. Use flagstone or pavers from Semco like the Pennsylvania Blue Pattern Flagstone shown above to create a beautiful path to your home’s front door and provide a warm, welcoming entrance for your family and friends.

Driveways

Say goodbye to cracked concrete with bits of weeds growing through and add a stone driveway. Stone driveways are durable and add a look of elegance and sophistication to any yard. If you have already added or plan to add a stone walkway, one idea is to continue the look into the driveway by using the same stone. Or if you want to spice things up a bit, go with a different, yet complementary stone. With over 30 varieties of flagstone, Semco has many stones that work well together.

Steps

A great finishing addition to the front yard is to add stone steps from the walkway to the front door. We suggest picking steps in similar pattern and color to those used in your walkway to provide a seamless match. Semco offers a variety of stone steps to help make a stunning entrance to your home.

These are just a few ideas for adding curb appeal to an existing home. With so much time spent in the backyard on patios and outdoor spaces, it’s easy to forget the importance of creating a warm, welcoming entrance to the front of your home for your family and visitors. Durable, long-lasting stone from Semco will not only add to the beauty of your home’s exterior but also add to its resale value, should you ever decide to leave. In the meantime you’ll love arriving home to a beautiful space each day!

Beyond the pavers

Creating a beautiful outdoor space goes beyond just installing a patio. From decorative touches to your existing space to installing beautiful stone fire pits and retaining walls, the possibilities are endless and there’s something for every budget.

Fire pits & fireplaces
Hard to imagine now, but it won’t be long before the days start getting shorter and the nights start getting chillier. Get a head start and be prepared when fall does arrive by doing a custom fire pit or outdoor fireplace install this summer.

Fire pits provide an excellent gathering place for guests and extend the functionality of your patio into the fall and winter months. Check out our “how-to” page to view a video on installing your own fire pit.

If you have a large space or are looking for something more dramatic than a fire pit, consider having a custom fireplace installed. This provides a perfect backdrop when entertaining and allows your area to stay warm all year long.

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Retaining walls

Another way to add an instant “wow” factor and additional seating to your outdoor space is with the addition of garden walls. These walls provide the perfect frame for your landscaping and can be covered with outdoor cushion for extra seating when you’re entertaining.

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Lighting

Go beyond the traditional tiki torch and add lighting to your landscape. From lights along your walkways to softly lit bulbs overhead, lighting can go a long way in setting the mood of your outdoor space.

If you’re looking for more low-key lighting options try adding tabletop lanterns or jarred candles hung from trees. Eye-catching, colored candles can really make a space pop, and added bonus, you can get specific scented candles to keep the bugs at bay.

Add a little color

A pop of color can instantly brighten up any outdoor space. If you don’t have the budget for fire pits or fancy landscaping, no problem. You can buy a couple of brightly colored plants and place around your space. Just be sure to buy plants that are appropriate for the amount of sunlight they will be getting.

If you aren’t a green thumb and don’t want to have to worry about keeping something alive in the summer heat, decorative outdoor pillows are another way to bring color to your patio. You can also add in colorful table linens and tabletop floral arrangements.

These are just a few ideas for making your outdoor space beautiful and as you can see it can be done on any size budget. From the elaborate to the easy, the most important thing is to create a space that is comfortable and enjoyable for you and your family.

Custom Patio Installs

From unwinding with your family to entertaining friends, a custom patio install is a great addition to any home. In addition to increasing your home’s property value and curb appeal, a well-planned outdoor space can provide you and your family with more living space.

There are several things to take into consideration when planning a custom patio install. First off, it is important to work with, not against, the land. If the land has natural curves and climbs work with them. A huge tree in the middle of the yard? Work with it by creating a matching ledge wall around the tree!

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In addition to working with the physical surroundings, it is also important to choose a stone that complements your home aesthetically. Be sure to take into consideration the colors that are already being used in your existing structure and landscaping and work with those.

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Semco Stone and Semco Outdoor offer over 30 varieties of flagstone and steppers that are ideal for outdoor use. From the light gray color of our Fon Du Lac flagstone to the hard blue-gray color of our Tennessee Quartz Supreme, we have a stone that will work for you or your client’s home. We also have a variety of stone steps, edging and cobblers to finish off any install.
Let Semco turn your outdoor space into an outdoor oasis!

Find Your Patio

Need a new outdoor space to enjoy for the summer? We love rewarding our fans!

Semco Outdoor – Columbus is teaming up with 97.1 The Fan to give one lucky listener their dream patio space.

Not only will you receive a $2000 patio credit from Semco Outdoor – Columbus, but you’ll also get a Corona Prize Package, mulch/landscape, a $400 gift card for your grilling needs, $500 gift card for an entertainment package to complete your patio and wireless Bluetooth speakers!

To enter visit:
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Happy Patio Hunting!

** This contest applies only to Semco Outdoor – Columbus. No other locations within the Semco family are applicable. 

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