Building Patios for Disabled Veterans

The Tunnel to Towers foundation honors both firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11th, and our nation’s military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. One of the organization’s programs, Building for America’s Bravest, builds single-family housing for disabled veterans across the country.

Belgard has partnered with Tunnel to Towers and Building for America’s Bravest by providing all materials and installation of backyard patios on the 12-15 homes scheduled for construction this year.

“Belgard is incredibly honored to lend our backyard living expertise to the men and women who have given back so much for our country, so they can fully enjoy their new homes,” stated Wade Ficklin, President APG West/Canada and Tunnel to Towers project coordinator.

The first patio was completed in Virginia in March, with pavers donated by Anchor South, an Oldcastle company, and installed by a group of Belgard representatives with assistance from contractor Chris Ianndrelli with All Seasons Landscaping and Irrigation, who installed the base. The 425 square foot patio was constructed with Lafitt® pavers (Bella color) installed in a running bond pattern and bordered with Old York™ pavers (Charcoal color). The design for the patio was created by the Belgard Design Studio, who made recommendations on the products and installation pattern and provided design renderings and materials estimates to help facilitate and expedite the project.

A Belgard team member wets the patio with a hose to activate the polymeric jointing sand, the finishing touch for the first Building for America’s Bravest patio.

“I was proud of how everyone pulled the project together on such a short turnaround,” said Sam Bond, who coordinated the volunteer effort on behalf of Belgard.

Paver installation was led by Ben Hulvey and Brandon Ford of the Belgard sales team for Anchor South, along with additional volunteers from Anchor South and the Belgard retail team.

The group installed their second patio this month, this time for a newly constructed home in Sumerduck, Virginia, with the project led by Belgard sales team members Ben Hulvey and Todd Stiffler. Assistance on this project was provided by Marc Salafia of The Stone Center of Fredericksburg, who provided all of the base materials, and Jim Mauro of M&M Hardscaping who assisted with hardscape installation.

“Jim Mauro was especially excited to have the opportunity to be part of this charity installation because he has a brother who is a firefighter and other family members who are servicemen,” said Hulvey.

This second patio also included a retaining wall to control the slope of the backyard. The project included 940 square feet of pavers:  Lafitt® Grana Slab (Bella color) trimmed with Old York™ Pavers (Charcoal color). Bordering the project is an attractive 272 square foot Celtik® Wall (Bella color).

The second Virginia patio includes a covered area, shaded by an overhead balcony, and a multi-tiered retaining wall.

This same group plans to install three more Building for America’s Bravest patios in the Maryland and Virginia area this year. The remainder of the projects will be installed by other Belgard teams in various locations across the country. The Belgard Design Studio will continue to work with each group to provide designs and materials needs.

The next patio installation is currently in progress in Pompey, New York, with two additional patios currently in the design phase in Texas. Additional locations planned through the end of the year include sites in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maryland, Florida, Boston, Upstate New York and Southern California.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

Good Housekeeping Seal_Black_FINALBelgard is proud to be the only hardscape manufacturer to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal. So, what does that mean exactly? It means that Belgard is a brand you can trust. And, you don’t have to take our word for it.

How does a product earn the seal?
Those who grew up with Good Housekeeping magazine know that the Seal represents verified quality and reliability. But in the new digital age, there may be those who are not as familiar with the process or meaning behind the Seal. Know that earning the Seal is not an easy task. After a company submits a product to the Good Housekeeping Institute for consideration, it is evaluated in an independent lab by scientists and engineers who rigorously test the product for effectiveness and quality. Evaluation of a product also includes a review of any marketing claims. The product must live up to their high standards in order to earn the Seal.

Why is the seal valuable?
In a marketplace glutted with products that make a vast number of claims, the Good Housekeeping Seal offers consumer guidance for making smart purchases, backed with the knowledge that the Good Housekeeping Institute offers a two-year limited warranty on any product bearing the Seal. The limited warranty reflected by the Good Housekeeping Seal means that if a product bearing the Seal is defective within the first two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace the product or refund the purchase price. This is an indication of their commitment to the quality of the products they endorse. We believe in our products so much, we already offer the best warranty in the business, but now you can rest assured that the Good Housekeeping Institute believes in our products, too.

What does the Belgard Warranty cover?
The Belgard lifetime transferable limited warranty guarantees that Belgard products will be free from defects and will maintain a consistent level of product integrity after installation. Once installed by an authorized Belgard Contractor, your Belgard pavers and walls are covered under this warranty for as long as you own your home, and the warranty can even be transferred should you sell your home.

To learn more about the Good Housekeeping Seal and for a complete listing of tested products, please visit their website.

Join Us at Sunset Celebration in Cornerstone Sonoma – May 20-21

0517_celebrationwknd1Belgard is once again excited to be a part of Sunset magazine’s annual Sunset Celebration Weekend, to be held this year at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, California, on May 20 and 21. Prepare to immerse yourself in everything we love about life in the West—including gourmet food, exceptional wine and fabulous outdoor living. This will be the second year that the event will be held in the new Cornerstone location.

At this year’s Celebration Weekend, you can check out the latest in smart home technology with Sunset’s Smart Cottage home exhibit, get inspired for “glamping” with the Camp Sunset activities and display, tour nourishing Test Gardens, and attend celebrity chef demonstrations on the Outdoor Cooking Stage.

Belgard will be hosting wine tastings in our booth, which will be located by the beer garden. Our booth will be an outdoor living room featuring Mirage® porcelain pavers, a Belgard fire pit, and built-in seating constructed with Shelton Wall. The installation will be a permanent addition to the venue to be enjoyed for years to come. As a long-time sponsor of Sunset Celebration Weekend, we have been proud to provide multiple hardscape installations for this event in the past.

Cambridge Cobble® paver walkways line the gardens of Sunset magazine’s corporate grounds in Menlo Park, California.

In 2009, Belgard installed a 2,000 square foot Cambridge Cobble® paver patio for the test kitchen on Sunset magazine’s corporate grounds in Menlo Park, California, the former location of the annual Celebration Weekend. In 2011, Belgard also helped update the beauty of the grounds by replacing aged, cracked asphalt garden pathways with Belgard Cambridge Cobble® pavers to coordinate with the test kitchen. The high-traffic capacity of the paver walkways improved both the look and functionality for the annual event, which draws thousands of attendees each year.

The Belgard outdoor living room at Sunset’s Menlo Park corporate headquarters.

In 2013, Belgard installed yet another permanent addition to the corporate grounds with an outdoor living room that features more Cambridge Cobble pavers — installed in a circular pattern — and a Weston Fire Pit, surrounding with comfy built-in seating. The spot proved to be a favorite respite for many event-goers at that year’s celebration and the years that followed. The outdoor living room and fire pit to be installed at the new venue in Cornerstone Sonoma is sure to be a favorite gathering place at this year’s event, as well. Come join us for a sample of delicious wine!

Click here for info on ticket packages.

Wondering what to expect? Watch this recap video from last year.

New 2017 Idea Book Now Available in Print and Interactive Digital Download

The ideal outdoor living space should reflect your creativity. When it comes to putting that special place together, you won’t find a better partner than Belgard to help you dream, design and develop your vision. With that in mind, the new 2017 Belgard Idea Book is now ready to help inspire you to create your dream outdoor living space. Each Idea Book is regionally tailored by zip code to include products that are available in your area, which ensures that the designs you fall in love with can be recreated in your backyard.

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Order your free copy of the 2017 Belgard Idea Book for over 50 pages of vibrant outdoor living design ideas. The Idea Book walks you though all the emerging trends in outdoor living design and includes tips on planning your space and choosing a contractor. >> ORDER IT NOW

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If you’re ready to start dreaming now, check out the interactive digital version, which includes videos on design trends and other interactive elements on every page. Watch the project visualizer in action, or click on web addresses or a blinking “i” for more information on any topic or product. If you want to save the book for reference, simply click the download button to save a PDF copy.  >>GO TO THE INTERACTIVE DIGITAL BOOK

The arrows above illustrate some of the interactive elements that can be found on each page.
The arrows on the screen grab above illustrate some of the interactive elements that can be found on each page of the interactive digital Belgard Idea Book.
The section on Design Basics includes videos on design trends and an animated example of the Belgard Project Visualizer, which allows you to upload photos of your home and experiment with paver options.
The section on Design Basics includes videos on design trends (left) and an animated example of the Belgard Project Visualizer (right), which illustrates how you can upload photos of your home and experiment with paver options.

When you’re ready to take the next step, visit our Contractor Locator Gallery to find a Belgard Authorized Contractor near you.

Sights From the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show


As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard is once again proud to partner with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor, happening now through March 19, 2017, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Belgard booth visitors have the opportunity to register to win a Bordeaux Brick Oven.

This year’s show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” showcases the talents of our nation’s top horticulturalists and designers along with award-winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands. From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, this year’s show shares the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and the modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands.

Vibrant floral displays throughout the show focus include the many tulip varieties indigenous to the Netherlands.
Vibrant floral displays throughout the show include the many tulip varieties indigenous to the Netherlands.

The show includes impressive floral and landscape design displays and also includes live head-to-head competitions and how-to demonstrations in the Designer’s Studio, master classes with top Dutch floral designers, presentations by leading experts on a variety of topics in the Gardner’s Studio, an interactive attraction of over 1,000 butterflies, and more.

Belgard's Joe Raboine gives a seminar on using 3-D design technology to plan landscape and outdoor living projects.
During a packed Gardner’s Studio presentation, Belgard’s Joe Raboine gives a seminar on using 3-D design technology to plan landscape and outdoor living projects.

The Belgard display has been an extremely popular spot for event-goers at this year’s show as they pose for group photos, relax in the outdoor kitchen and living room, and learn about the outdoor living design possibilities of Belgard paver and garden wall products.

New Exclusive Belgard Line to Launch Nationally at Lowe’s

For more than 20 years, the Belgard name has been synonymous with stunning, durable pavers and retaining walls that professional landscapers and designers can trust. Now, Belgard has partnered with Lowe’s® Home Improvement stores to make beautiful outdoor living even more accessible to homeowners by bringing these professional grade products to over 1,100 locations nationwide with a new do-it-yourself collection sold exclusively at Lowe’s.

The new product line includes three featured paver systems and a wall system that are all a reflection of the premium Belgard offerings that have historically only been available to contractors and dealers.

Providence™ Paver

The three-piece Providence™ Paver system offers the antiqued, rustic look of tumbled stone.
The three-piece Providence™ Paver system offers the antiqued, rustic look of tumbled stone. In the installation above, all three pieces were laid in an ashlar pattern to create a random look. The square piece was used alone to create a border.

Trinity™ Paver

The modular three-piece Trinity™ Paver system boasts clean, modern lines and a smooth surface.
The modular three-piece Trinity™ Paver system boasts clean, modern lines and a smooth surface with larger scale pieces to create a contemporary look.

Portland™ Stone

Portland™ Stone is a single unit that incorporates false-joint technology to simulate the look and feel of random flagstone.

Palmer™ Wall

The two-piece Palmer™ Wall system features crunch technology™ and has the textured look and feel of natural quarried stone. Constructed walls can be topped with Palmer™ Wall Cap to add a finished look, as pictured in the above installation.

The above featured lines will be in-stock items available nationwide*. In addition to these featured product lines, there will also be a variety of special-order Belgard pavers and wall products available online for in-store pickup. Each of the featured and special-order product lines come in multiple color options that will vary by location due to localized manufacturing, which utilizes local aggregates.

For more information on the partnership between Belgard and Lowe’s, visit

*Stores that are unable to stock the featured product lines will offer in-store pickup for online orders.