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.

15,000 sq. ft. of Belgard pavers installed

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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.
3.18.13

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.

Outdoor Entertaining Tip of the Month: Enter to Win a $9,000 Outdoor Living Makeover!

3.11.13

- PLEASE NOTE: This contest has closed as of May 27, 2013 -

This month we’re bringing you an extra special outdoor entertaining tip of the month where you can enter to win a $9,000 outdoor living makeover that will make you the host with the most when friends and family visit.

In conjunction with Meredith Corporation, publisher of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home and Midwest Living, we’re launching an outdoor living style quiz and backyard makeover sweepstakes running March 8, 2013 through May 27, 2013.

The questions at Belgard.biz/StyleQuiz will help you explore your tastes and preferences in outdoor living and entertaining, generating a profile that identifies your outdoor living style. Offering inspiration and education, the quiz matches you with the Belgard pavers that capture looks that are classic, transitional and natural. Upon receiving your outdoor living style type, you will be entered to win a $9,000 backyard makeover.

The randomly selected grand prize winner will receive a personalized landscape plan specifically tailored to the winner‘s outdoor lifestyle, up to $4,000 worth of Belgard pavers and wall product and up to $5,000 towards the cost of installation.

For full contest rules and regulations and to enter, visit Belgard.biz/StyleQuiz.

Contractor’s Corner: Belgard University

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.

Staying ahead of the learning curve is essential to growing your business and Belgard University offers contractors an opportunity to expand their hardscape knowledge with both classroom and hands-on industry training.

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Benefits include:
• Learn about innovative new products
• Earn industry certification
• Network with other industry professionals
• Participate in hands-on demonstrations
• Get insider tips on installation and industry trends
• Learn about business and marketing programs to help you succeed

New this year, a number of Belgard University events will feature Design Workshops hosted by industry leading expert and television personality Haig Seferian. Presentation topics include Design Principles and Elements, Form Composition, “Do’s and Don’ts,” and the “Golden Rules of Landscape Design.” Gain a thorough understanding of the design process and put those skills to work by creating individual designs while working directly with Haig and Belgard reps.

Registration is open for Belgard University events across the country:

Belgard University – Phoenix, AZ
Date: February 19, 2013
Venue: The Waterfront
5350 South Lakeshore Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

Belgard University – Las Vegas, NV
Date: February 21, 2013
Venue: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
8050 Paradise Road, Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Belgard University – Southern California
Date: February 26, 2013
Venue: Sierra an Oldcastle Company
10714 Poplar Avenue
Fontana, CA 92337

Belgard University – Northern California
Date: February 28, 2013
Venue: Sierra an Oldcastle Company
4202 Gibraltar CT
Stockton, CA 95206

Belgard University – Overland Park, KS
Date: March 5, 2013
Venue: The Ritz Charles
9000 West 137th Street
Overland Park, KS 66221

Belgard University – Cleveland, OH
Date: March 14, 2013
Venue: Cuyahoga Community College
TBD
Cleveland, OH 44115

Belgard University – Addison, IL
Date: March 21, 2013
Venue: Medinah Banquets
550 N. Shriners Drive
Addison, IL 60101

Belgard University – Chaska, MN
Date: March 26, 2013
Venue: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

Belgard University – Menomonee Falls, WI
Date: March 28, 2013
Venue: Wacker Nueson
N92 W15000 Anthony Avenue
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Visit BelgardUniversity.com for more information.

Contractor’s Corner: New Products for 2013

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.

A new year brings new beginnings, new inspirations and new Belgard products, of course! We are excited to introduce new product offerings including Lafitt™ Grana Slab, Wellington Wall™ and Mega-Tandem™ Wall.

Lafitt™ Grana Slab
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Lafitt Grana Slab pairs sleek, contemporary style with modern durability and design innovation. This three piece modular slab features large scale units and a smooth finish, providing increased area coverage with fewer pieces and giving every outdoor space a grand appearance.

Lafitt Grana Slab, which was used in the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year, is regionally available with plans to expand nationwide soon.

Wellington Wall™
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Wellington Wall system provides the rough-hewn appearance of hand-laid stone that will complement any hardscapes project. The versatile, multi-piece Wellington Wall system can be used to create attractive, curved or straight retaining and freestanding landscape walls and is great for use in a wide range of residential projects.

Wellington Wall can be used for either retaining or freestanding wall applications and requires no pattern for a random look. Wellington Wall is currently available in the Midwest.

Mega-Tandem™ Wall
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Belgard is launching the newest innovation in segmental retaining wall design with Mega-Tandem Wall. Mega-Tandem can be used for residential or commercial applications. Walls may be built up to 10-feet high without reinforcement and 25-feet high with reinforcement.

The face of Mega-Tandem has a texture reminiscent of natural stone. The front veneer panels are attached by connecting members to a back panel and the wall system is filled with net aggregates for structural integrity. Design versatility allows for radiuses and right angle corners with 2.5 degree setback. Mega-Tandem will be released in late spring of 2013.

Enter to Win a Chicago Brick Oven!

1.2.13

We’re celebrating Notre Dame’s contention for the BCS Championship with Coach Lou Holtz by giving our Facebook fans a chance to enter to win a Chicago Brick Oven.

Visit the Belgard Facebook page and watch Coach Lou’s video, then follow the link to submit your guess for how many pavers are in Coach’s driveway. You’re allowed to vote once a day, so be sure to submit your guess each day until January 7.

Grand prize: Chicago Brick Oven and a Belgard Outdoor Cooking Starter Kit
First runner-up: Lou Holtz-autographed Notre Dame Fighting Irish t-shirt and a Belgard Outdoor Cooking Starter Kit.
Second runner-up: A Belgard Outdoor Cooking Starter Kit.

One lucky fan who “shares” the contest video on their personal Facebook page will be randomly selected to win a Notre Dame grill set courtesy of Belgard.

Each day we’ll be sharing a new hint on our Facebook page to help you get closer to the answer. We’ll keep a running list of the daily hints right here on the blog so you can catch up with the action.

Good luck!

Daily Hints
Daily Hint #1: It’s more than the number of NCAA members.
Daily Hint #2: Coach Lou’s driveway features 4X8 Holland Stone pavers.
Daily Hint #3: One Notre Dame fan is inspired by Coach Lou and gets ready for the big game. Luckily, he’ll have less pavers to paint than Lou. (see photo on Facebook page)
Daily Hint #4: It’s more than the year Notre Dame was founded.
Daily Hint #5: It’s more than the year the Irish won their first championship.
Daily Hint #6: It’s less than the number of fans on the Notre Dame Football Facebook page.
Daily Hint #7: The parking area in Coach’s driveway is less than 3,000 square feet.
Daily Hint #8: It’s more than the number of miles round trip between Notre Dame and Miami.
Daily Hint #9: It’s less than Notre Dame’s alumni.
Daily Hint #10: It’s less than the highest attendance for a National Championship Game.
Daily Hint #11: It’s more than square feet of the Notre Dame locker room.
Daily Hint #12: It’s more than the number of Belgard Facebook fans.
Daily Hint #13: It’s less than the seating capacity of Notre Dame Stadium.
Daily Hint #14: It’s more than the addition of seats to Notre Dame Stadium in 1997.
Final Hint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCLJYcfu_q8