Belgard Featured in Makeover Project with Home Improvement Gurus, The Carey Bros.

Belgard is excited to partner with The Carey Bros., award-winning nationally syndicated experts on home building and renovation, on their period renovation of a 111-year-old bungalow in charming Old Town Brentwood, California, in the San Francisco Bay area.

604 Second Street Home
Front view of the 604 Second Street home. (Photo courtesy The Carey Bros.)

This project, located at 604 Second Street, was in dire straits and in need of a complete overhaul, inside and out. The primary goal was to add comfort, efficiency and value while maintaining the architectural integrity and historical look of the home. While the 1,177 square foot home itself required a great deal of architectural restoration, the project also called for replacement of all landscaping and hardscaping of the corner lot surrounding the home.

Landscape designers Dave and Susie Garcia of DPG Design selected Belgard Mega-Lafitt® pavers for the front walkway, rear driveway and side patio of the home.

“(Mega-Lafitt) offered natural modular pavers that combined the look and feel of an aged, rough-cut flagstone with superior strength and long-term durability…along with a thick 80mm height…and the modular shapes allowed for both creativity and flexibility in our design and installation,” Susie Garcia stated.

The Carey Bros Home Improvement Project Belgard
View of the front walkway from the porch. (Photo courtesy The Carey Bros.)

Contractor James Carey noted that Belgard pavers were the perfect solution. “They are extremely durable and very attractive with a rich natural color and aged texture that gives them the desired ‘Old World’ feel that adheres to both the antiquity and charm of the home.”

Second-generation homeowners Robin and Mike McClellan added, “The rustic look of natural stone is absolutely beautiful. While totally new, one could easily believe it has been there as long as our home’s original century-old heritage.”

In addition to historical preservation, the project also took a sustainability approach, repurposing materials and choosing environmentally sound options whenever possible. In line with these goals, the Mega-Lafitt pavers were installed as an environmentally-friendly permeable paver system, which allows water to infiltrate the joints and percolate into the ground below instead of running off into the street. In addition to the Belgard pavers, the project also uses fellow Oldcastle brand MoistureShield® composite decking for the porches, which is manufactured using 95% recycled content.

Read the full story here: Belgard Pavers the Way to Success 

To learn more about this historic renovation project, visit 604secondstreet.onthehouse.com

Introducing New Agilina™ Plank

Agilina Plank Paver

Inspired by the clean lines of modern design trends, new Agilina™ Plank is a marriage of old-world aesthetics and contemporary lines. With the beautifully textured face of natural cut stone, Agilina™ Plank is available in multiple size formats to create numerous looks and patterns for stylish outdoor living designs. Varied widths and lengths allow for multiple running bond patterns to create either a random or more stylized look, depending upon preference. Agilina™ Plank also works well as a border for mixed paver designs, and when using the longer planks, requires fewer cuts.

Applications

All sizes of Agilina™ Plank work well for contemporary paver patios, walkways or pool decks.

Agilina Plank Paver Patio

The three-piece 60mm-profile system can also overlay existing concrete with the help of DriBond™ advanced mudset to transform existing living outdoor spaces.

Agilina™ Plank is also available in 80mm profile, which is capable of supporting light vehicular loads for creating stylish paver driveways. When overlaying a sound concrete base, the 60mm profile can also be used for residential vehicular applications.

Agilina Plank Paver Driver

Areas of distribution

Agilina™ Plank is currently available throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southern regions and will be launched in other markets throughout the year.

Paver Sealant: To Seal or Not to Seal

Sealant is an important maintenance tool to keep paver patios, walkways, driveways and pool decks looking as beautiful as they day they were installed.  However, “too much of a good thing” can come into play, and you should be wary of over-applying paver sealant by reapplying too often, which could create a haze. This week’s blog offers tips for knowing when it’s time to seal and how to best achieve the desired look.

Should all concrete pavers be sealed?

Yes. Concrete is porous and will absorb stains if not sealed. Sealants can also protect paver color from fading.

Do all sealant brands offer the same basic protection?

There are definitely some poor products on the market. Don’t trust the fact that you bought it at a big box store or that it’s a high-profile brand. Just because a brand is good at one product category (like paint) doesn’t mean they are the best in another. Belgard recommends Techniseal® sealants. Techniseal® is a pioneer in the industry has a robust R&D department, resulting in effective and durable products specifically created for paver installation and maintenance.

Is any one sealant finish more protective than another?

There are basically two types of paver sealants: film-forming (gloss or semi-gloss finish) and non-film-forming (matte finish). Film-forming sealants, Wet Look and Clear Look, offer the ultimate protection because they create a physical barrier on the paver surface. However non-film-forming sealants, Natural Look and Color Boost, still offer excellent protection and last a bit longer.

Techniseal Concrete Paver Sealer

How long should new pavers cure before they are sealed for the first time?

If using a non-film-forming paver sealant, wait one week before sealing. If using a film-forming sealant, wait 30 days to avoid trapping moisture under the protective barrier.

Is there a prep process before applying sealant?

Even new pavers should be cleaned with Techniseal® Paver Prep prior to sealing. Not only will it clean the pavers, but it will open the pores on the surface to allow better penetration of the sealant. Older pavers will also benefit, as Paver Prep will remove any efflorescence (or whitish salt buildup) that has accumulated. Any stains should be removed prior to applying Paver Prep, using the specific stain remover for the type of stain. For more information, read last week’s blog on paver stain removal.

How long should pavers dry after being cleaned and prepped?

The answer depends on your climate. In warm, sunny climates, the pavers will be dry and ready to seal in a few hours. In cooler climates or shady areas, it’s best to wait about 24 hours.

What are the ideal weather conditions for sealing?

Ideal conditions would be 75 degrees and sunny; however, anywhere between 50-90 degrees is generally fine. Take note that solvent-based sealants evaporate faster, so lower temperatures are better for application.

How often should sealant be reapplied?

The basic rule of thumb is every 3-5 years. For film-forming sealants, you will be able to notice when the physical barrier is showing signs of wear. For non-film-forming sealants, you will begin to see a significant color change of pavers during a rain when the sealant is wearing thin. Keep in mind that in cases of a really heavy rain, even well-sealed pavers may darken for a couple of days until the water fully evaporates, which is not an indication of sealant failure.

PAVER SEALANT APPLICATION TIPS:

  • Like with painting, it’s best to keep a wet edge on a continuous area. In other words, don’t let a section dry before you finish. Once you start working, keep working.
  • An application sprayer (available at any hardware store) makes it easier to work faster.
  • Apply paver sealant to saturation. Get the pavers good and wet to make sure all crevices are covered. Then use a dry roller to soak up the excess to avoid lines and drip marks.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Visit Techniseal’s website for more DIY paver sealant application tips. When in doubt, hire a professional. To find qualified contractors in your area, visit the Belgard contractor locator.

Not All Paver Stains Are Equal

When properly maintained, Belgard pavers are guaranteed to last the life of your home. However, even if your concrete pavers were sealed when they were originally installed, sealants will wear over time, leaving your pavers vulnerable to stains from spills, dirt, grease and other elements. Pavers that have never been sealed are particularly vulnerable. However, before sealing or resealing pavers, it’s important to remove existing stains, and even more important to note that not all stains are equal. Thankfully, the experts at Techniseal® developed a full line of paver cleaning products, each specifically formulated to combat a particular type of concrete stain. Their products can be found through various dealers, including Ace Hardware stores.

Techniseal Pre-Seal Paver CleanerPre-Seal Cleaner

If you’re simply dealing with ground-in dirt or efflorescence, this general cleaner will do the trick, as well as prep your pavers to be sealed. Efflorescence refers to the whitish salt deposits that can develop on paver surfaces and make pavers look dull and lifeless. Techniseal® Pre-Seal Cleaner will gently remove efflorescence, scuff marks and dirt, and brighten paver color.

 Techniseal Rust Remover for PaversRust Remover

If you’ve ever moved a planter and discovered a rusty ring beneath it, you’ll be happy to know that Techniseal® Rust Remover for Pavers effectively dissolves stains caused by dripping rusted water, rusted metal furniture or objects, steel streaks, and fertilizer granules. Since it contains no muratic acid, Rust Remover for Pavers won’t damage the paver material. To remove fertilizer stains from a large surface, however, it’s recommended to use Techniseal® Pre-Seal Cleaner.

 Techniseal Dirt & Grease Cleaner for PaversDirt & Grease Cleaner

When you’re looking to remove motor oil stains from your paver driveway or barbecue stains from your outdoor kitchen or patio, Techniseal® Dirt & Grease Cleaner for Pavers is the ideal choice. Recommended for sealed surfaces and fresh stains, it dissolves, dislodges and encapsulates grease, thoroughly cleaning without leaving any oily film after rinsing.

Techniseal Oil & Grease RemoverProfessional Grade Oil & Grease Remover

So, how about grease stains that have been there a while? Ideal for older, penetrated petroleum-based stains, Techniseal® Professional Grade Oil & Grease Remover is an industrial strength cleaner that lifts and absorbs embedded oil stains as it dries from a liquid to a powder. Formulated to work with pavers, concrete slabs, walls and natural stone, this product works without damaging or discoloring the material and requires no scrubbing or rinsing (yes, you read that correctly).

 Techniseal Organic Stain RemoverOrganic Stain Remover

For those of us who are a bit clumsy in the outdoor kitchen, have no fear, there’s a cleaner for that. Red wine, blood, non-greasy food stains…they’ve got you covered. Techniseal® Organic Stain Remover will also effectively remove stains from moss, mildew and dead leaves from either bare or sealed surfaces with minimum scrubbing.

 Techniseal Paint, Tar and Rubber Remover for PaversPaint, Tar And Rubber Remover

If the neighbor’s kid spits his gum out on your paver pool deck, there’s a cleaner for that, too. Techniseal® Paint, Tar and Rubber Remover for Pavers effectively dissolves paint, tar or bitumen, rubber, or chewing gum on pavers, concrete slabs and masonry.

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NEXT WEEK: To seal or not to seal, that is the question. Come back to the Outdoor Living by Belgard next week for tips on knowing when it’s time to reseal your pavers and how to get the best results.

Built-In Planters That Add Dimension to Your Outdoor Living Designs

No matter how beautiful the construction materials, an outdoor living design can look dull and lifeless without pops of color or dimensional design elements. A built-in planter constructed with retaining wall block will provide a permanent receptacle for adding color, texture and dimension to your spaces and can coordinate with your pavers and landscape walls to tie the overall look together.

Add curb appeal

Make a statement as soon as visitors arrive with planters along the driveway or a sidewalk in front of your home.

Highland Stone®Built-in Planters Retaining Wall
Highland Stone®
Create a grand entrance

Planters along walkways and near doorways create a welcoming effect and add architectural interest to the front of your home.

Edge a terrace

Soften the look of an angular wall or add a buffer zone along the terrace edge with planters of various shapes and sizes.

Dress up a retaining wall

Large retaining walls are often necessary, but can be visually boring. Add dimension and visual interest to a large retaining wall with planters at the base or at higher points along the wall.

Create a focal point

Add drama to a patio, walkway or driveway with a large planter that can create a visual focal point for the design.

Belair Wall® Retaining Wall Blocks & Built-in Planters
Belair Wall®
Flank a fire feature

Add pops of color and foliage to soften the look of larger structures and help coordinate the space with the surrounding landscape.

Flank Stairs or Steps

Stair or step planters can take a variety of shapes and styles. Options can include symmetrical tiers, terraced landings, or a singular accent planter.

Emphasize a tree

A tree planter box or wall can add design elements to larger open spaces or provide an area for installing a flower garden.

Add dimension to a patio

Planter gardens are a great way to add dimension and visual interest to an open patio. In addition, locating a planter near an outdoor kitchen can provide an outdoor chef with a space to grow fresh herbs.

Soften the look of a column

Incorporating a planter into the top of a column or pillar softens the look and adds a natural textural design element to your outdoor living structures.

Take a Look Inside the Philadelphia Flower Show and Enter to Win a Bordeaux™ Grill Island

We are now midway through the incredible 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show and wanted to share some images from the show and give you an opportunity to register for a chance to win a Bordeaux Elements™ Grill Island.

Attendance at the show has been incredible. This year’s theme, “Wonders of Water” includes fantastic displays of waterscapes and landscapes integrated with Belgard hardscapes. To view a slideshow of the Belgard Feature Exhibit, click on any of the images below.

Belgard FEATURE EXHIBIT
Fly-Through Video

Belgard at the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show

The Belgard Booth at this year's Philly Flower Show puts an array of tranquil water features on display bringing the theme, Wonders of Water, to life: http://bit.ly/2oFXzFS

Posted by Outdoor Living by Belgard on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

As the exclusive hardscapes sponsor, Belgard is also excited to see our products incorporated into many other displays throughout the show. As part of the “Wonders of Water” theme, multiple organizations took the opportunity to educate attendees on the benefits of permeable pavers. See some examples below.

Philadelphia Water Department
and their “Rain Check” Program
Mercer County Community College

If you don’t intend to check out the show in person, don’t miss out on your opportunity to win a Bordeaux Elements™ Grill Island. Click on the link below to enter for your chance to win!

Enter the Bordeaux™ Grill Island Sweepstakes

The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show will continue through Sunday, March 11. For tickets, visit TheFlowerShow.com.