Techniseal®, Now Part of the Oldcastle® Family

Oldcastle® Architectural officially made Techniseal® part of the family with the acquisition of Techniseal completed on May 20, 2016.
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Installing Belgard Elements

The rise of outdoor living in recent years has presented a number of opportunities for professionals in the landscape, hardscape and residential construction industries to build their businesses in new directions.
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Oldcastle Showcases Advantages for Homebuilders at PCBC Show

Last month, the Oldcastle Architectural team converged with the largest gathering of homebuilding industry professionals on the west coast for the annual PCBC homebuilding tradeshow, held in San Francisco on June 21-23.
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Best Practices for Estimating

With nearly 90 years of history in the landscaping business, Schoenbrunn Landscaping, Inc., of Dover, Ohio, has the process of estimating hardscape projects down to an exact science.
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Best Practices for Belgard Elements

Since the initial release of the Belgard Elements Collection, demand for the product line continues to grow. Contractors recognize that these modular prefabricated outdoor kitchen and fireplace units allow them to construct stunning custom outdoor living designs without relying upon the highly skilled labor that would be required to build the same designs from scratch on-site.
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Best Practices for Belgard Porcelain Pavers

Since introducing the Porcelain Paver line in 2015, Belgard has seen an incredible response from the field regarding this contemporary product line that bridges the gap between natural stone and concrete pavers, installs over multiple surfaces, and allows for outdoor applications that mirror the most current interior design trends.
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Helping Homeowners Discover their Sense of “Style”

To begin planning a pool design, the first step is to help the homeowner decide on an overall design scheme that will work well as part of a full-scale outdoor living design, either now or later. What design style best fits his or her personality? Here are a few inspirational ideas to help jumpstart the planning process with regard to paver choices.
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Belgard Sponsors Philadelphia Flower Show

As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard has partnered with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor at their event to be held March 5 - 13, 2016, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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PICP Rainwater Harvesting

Amidst flooding, droughts, water conservation and pollution concerns, stormwater management has become a prominent topic across the nation in recent years
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Upselling with Hardscapes

Particularly in neighborhoods where all of the homes have a similar look, today’s homeowners often love to add unique embellishments that will set their home apart from the crowd and allow them to exhibit a bit of individuality.
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New Year, New Opportunities

Belgard experienced many exciting changes in 2015, including the addition of the Mirage porcelain paver line, the acquisition of Anchor Wall Systems, and our new look launched at the HNA expo. As we look forward to 2016, there are many new announcements and opportunities on the horizon. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store.
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Building to a Multi-Crew, Multi-Million Dollar Company

One of the easiest ways to succeed in any industry is to follow the examples provided by the successful businessmen who have blazed a trail ahead of you. Belgard Master Craftsman Roger Van Alst successfully manages five central California locations for his company, Black Diamond Paver Stones & Landscape, Inc. President of his local ICPI chapter, Roger's business model was crafted around the operational systems of the various successful companies that he worked for prior to buying Black Diamond, and he offers some words of advice for hardscape contractors who are looking to take their businesses to the multi-crew level.
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Planning and Building the Phased Outdoor Living Project

Homeowners often have a hard time picturing how a finished project will look. Belgard Hardscapes, a national leader in concrete pavers and garden wall products, is paving the way for contractors to eliminate this obstacle with their 3-D Belgard Design Studio
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10 Tips for Becoming a Better Sales Rep

The following tips can help you build your business by giving customers one more reason to choose you over your competitors: because they like you personally.
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Mega-Tandem Provides Support for Utah Homebuilder

During the construction of a luxury home in the Salt Lake City area, developer Ken Keller presented landscape contractor Rand Locke with the challenge of building a retaining wall that would support the garage and driveway area, which had an elevation drop of about twenty feet into the property line and neighbor's yard and needed to be terraced according to city codes.
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Tips for Closing the Sale

The process of turning a potential customer into a paying customer can often be complex, especially for larger purchases like outdoor living projects. Here are a few techniques and tools that can help you convert more of those leads and proposals into purchases.
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What Homeowners Want Now

Belgard believes that if we understand the core needs and wants of today's homeowners, not only are we better at offering them the product assortment they want, we are also better at providing them the service they desire in conjunction with those products.
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How Tech-Saavy is Your Business?

How Technology Can Make Your Wallet Grow

Now is the time to implement a Technology Plan. Some of you are naturally tech-savvy, for the rest of us, technology seems like just one more daunting task to master. No matter how daunting the task may be, the key is to get started, or you will get left in dust.
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Emerging Trends in Residential Hardscape Design

Research shows that today's hardscape trends are primarily focused on outdoor entertaining. For the most part, modern homeowners want the exterior of their homes to reflect the style and functionality of the interior.
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Marketing Survival Tips

Even in the landscape industry, surviving in today's ultra-competitive world requires a much more proactive approach. Read our top five suggestions for marketing survival.
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Winning the Appraisal Game

Many sellers are finding that hardscapes can help restack the deck to boost appraisal values in their favor.
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Join the PICP Movement

Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) is taking the country by storm as a method for managing stormwater and optimizing land use. See what landscape architects and contractors say about this modern trend in commercial and residential hardscapes.
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Houzz Survey Predicts Rise in Outdoor Living Renovation

A recent survey conducted by Houzz & Home revealed that homeowners are optimistic, creating a surge in outdoor living renovations. Learn more about how homeowners across the country plan to invest their renovation dollars.
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