Ready to “Visualize” Your Backyard Makeover?

LibraryBelgard’s new and improved online Project Visualizer gives you the ability to be your own hardscape designer. Choose from one of our library images of patios, driveways, and walkways or upload your own photo to experiment with a variety of paver styles and colors and explore an infinite number of design possibilities.

Image Editing

Library images are divided into paver regions. Regions will be listed on the left and viewable by mousing over the image. By selecting one of the regions, you can choose from the many styles, colors, and laying patterns available in your geographic area to change the paver design. The visualizer is powered by sophisticated imaging software that allows you to get a realistic view of each design. Mix or match paver choices in the available hardscape regions to create your own unique look.

Upload Your OwnTo create a custom design, simply upload your own photo and use the easy-to-navigate tools to create your own paver regions that you can customize with the same variety of paver choices. The design grid incorporates click-and-drag maneuverability, making it easy to edit your paver regions to create the exact look you desire.

Whether working with a design from the image library or creating your own custom design, you can print, save, or share your designs to turn them into realities.

Click here to get started.

How to Create Your Style File

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know about some recent upgrades we’ve made to the Belgard website. One of our favorite additions is the Belgard Style File.

What is the Belgard Style File?
Now you can collect and organize ideas you love with your own Belgard Style File. Browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals.

How to Create Your Style File
To create your Style File, simply click on the Style File tab in the upper right corner and then select Sign Up.

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Fill out the brief form and then select Get Started.

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And just like that your profile is created!

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From here, just click on the Start a New File button to begin organizing your favorite photos and products. You can create as many files as you’d like and easily print or share them.

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Plus, we make it easy to take your dreams to a reality by providing recommended dealers and contractors, as well as a local Belgard expert to answer any questions you may have.

Good luck and happy filing!

Outdoor Entertaining Tip of the Month: Enter the My Belgard Backyard Sweepstakes!

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We’ve teamed up with the folks at Time Inc., publishers of Southern Living, Coastal Living, Sunset and This Old House to bring you the My Belgard Backyard Sweepstakes.

From now until November 17, 2013, you can enter for a chance to win a Brighton fireplace from the Belgard Elements Collection valued at $10,000!

For full contest rules and regulations and to enter, visit Belgard.com/fireplace.

Good luck!

Introducing the NEW Belgard Website

We’ve been hard at work improving our website to make it easier to get inspired and find the products you’re looking for.

Among the changes, the first to note is our URL. Previously Belgard.biz, we have officially moved to Belgard.com .

Upon arriving at Belgard.com, visitors will notice that we’ve updated the design to reflect a clean, easy-to-navigate interface and menu bar.8.5.13 - 1

When clicking on the Inspiration tab, visitors are taken to a highly visual page featuring stunning photos of outdoor living spaces. Notice that each photo has a plus sign in the upper, right corner. This is so you can add it to your personal Style File – but more on that later.8.5.13 - 2

The Style Studio tab helps visitors explore design principles and expert advice that will help you create the perfect space that matches your taste. You’ll learn about the basics of good outdoor living design, color, patterns and style.

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The Products tab will help take you from dreaming to reality where you can select the perfect Belgard products for the job. Here, visitors can view pavers, retaining wall blocks, the Elements Collection and finishing touches.

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The Contact tab allows you to quickly and easily order a free Idea Book – 100 pages of ideas, photographs and Belgard products. Plus, you can also select the option to be contacted or set up a free estimate or design consultation with just a click.8.5.13 - 5

One of our favorite features of the new website is the Style File. Visitors can collect and organize ideas with a personal Belgard Style File. You can browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals – all in one place!8.5.13 - 6

Finding a Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer has never been easier. Simply select the Belgard Locator in the upper left corner and a map will populate with resources near you. We even provide a handy key to identify qualifications, products, and other information.8.5.13 - 7

We hope that you find the new Belgard website easy to use and full of inspiration. For our professional partners, make sure you switch from Homeowner View to Professional View in the upper left hand corner for an experience customized for you.

Contractor’s Corner: How to Become a Belgard Authorized Contractor

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.

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We love our contractors and that’s why we want to help them and their business succeed. Our Belgard Authorized Contractor program offers a number of benefits including listing on our online search tool, the Belgard Rewards program, the Belgard Tool Kit including the Preferred Payment Program and other sales tools. We also back any product installed by an Authorized Contractor with our lifetime warranty.

The next question is, how do you become a Belgard Authorized Contractor? We take our BAC qualification very seriously because we only want the best for our homeowners. All contractors looking to become a BAC must complete the following requirements:

– Be recommended by a Belgard Authorized Dealer or Sales Rep based on an acceptable credit standing
– Provide documentation for at least one ICPI certified staff member
– Satisfy three of the following:
           – 15,000 sq. ft. of Belgard pavers installed
           – Installation of two vehicular applications
           – Successfully use polymeric sand on five projects
           – Installation of ten paver projects
– Provide proof of insurance
– Provide proof of home improvement or state license if state required
– Workmanship guaranteed for at least two years
– Belgard inspected project (Minimum installed for 1 year)
– Belgard inspected project under construction (Verify ICPI installation guidelines)
– Understand status will be reviewed every 12 months

In addition to the initial requirements, all BACs must submit to these yearly requirements:

– Install 15,000 SF of Belgard Pavers
– Attend a minimum of 1 continuing education program offered by Belgard
– Place BAC logo on business cards, letterhead, or website
– Submit to a yearly review by a Belgard Representative

Once you’re part of the Belgard family, we’ll help you with the tools for success in making your business grow.

For more information on becoming a Belgard Authorized Contractor, visit http://belgard.biz/docs/bac_requirements.pdf. To find a Belgard Authorized Contractor, visit http://belgard.biz/contractors_search.php.

Contractor’s Corner: Belgard Ultimate Contractor Contest

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.
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Calling all contractors! We’re looking for the best of the best during the Belgard Ultimate Contractor Contest. Enter for a chance to win a $15,000 business improvement package.

How It Works
Visit Belgard.biz/ultimate and share a new sales or marketing approach that will grow your business in 2013. Submit your idea by May 15, 2013.

For complete rules and regulations, visit Belgard.biz/ultimate.