Plastic vs Aluminum edging

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by JimmyStew, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Any thought on plastic (pvc) vs. aluminum edging. My supplier carries both Snapedge and Brickstop Aluminum edging. I've been using the aluminum stuff as of late becuase it goes around curves eaiser - no cutting - and seems to be easier to work with but I recently read somewhere (I think it was an install guide from a paver mfg - techo maybe?) that plastic is the best choice because it has "memory" and will not bend like metal.
  2. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    I've always used the plastic and I can't see myself ever switching.

  3. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 386

    We have never used anything except snap-edge.
    I looked at two or three other edge restraints at Hardscape North America, one of them was aluminum.
    Although snap edge is more expensive than the other ones I looked at, we are still using it.
    I actually got qouted a really really good deal on the aluminum edging if buying in bulk (which we do).
    But just couldn't get myself to do it.

    In other words, WE REALLY LIKE SNAP EDGE
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Go with the aluminum restraint, will last a lifetime and is much stronger than snap edge. Snap edge has recently changed their molding and in the process has weakened it dramatically.
  5. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    be careful with alum. edging.

    if you have corrosive soils like we do here the aluminum will get eaten away.

    If you have very acidic soils, then aluminum will slowly melt away.
  6. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    I also like snap edge and its not a big deal to cut for curves either.
  7. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    We have very acidic soils here and have never seen any edging that "melted away". Also if I ever saw anything that I put in the ground melt away I would move as far away from that place as I could.
  8. dchauling

    dchauling LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    LOL too funny
  9. Top Dog Pavers

    Top Dog Pavers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Very Funny

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