Belgard Team Members Build, Walk, Run & Climb for America’s Bravest

Smart Home recipient Army CPL Chris Levi America's Bravest
Smart Home recipient Army CPL Chris Levi finishes a Tunnel to Towers 5K run/walk.

Double-amputee and Purple-Heart hero Army CPL Christopher Levi is the most recent recipient of a mortgage-free “smart home” from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The 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.

CPL Levi lost both legs and suffered major damage to his right arm and hand as a result of an IED explosion while serving in Iraq in 2008. On July 3, 2018, he was given the keys to his new high-tech home from the T2T foundation’s Smart Home Program for disabled veterans. CPL Levi’s new home includes motorized kitchen cabinet shelving, a mechanized lift that allows the stove to be at wheelchair height, and a variety of other high-tech accommodations that can all be operated from an iPad.

New Smart Home
CPL Chris Levi’s new Smart Home

Belgard is honored to be a sponsor of the Smart Home Program and serves Tunnel to Towers by donating pavers and retaining wall blocks and by providing manpower to install patios and retaining walls for the homes. The patio for CPL Levi’s new home in Melville, NY, is the latest installation, and several others are in the planning or construction phase in various cities across the U.S.

Belgard Paver Installation
A Belgard volunteer installs the Lafitt® Grana Slab patio for CPL Levi’s new home.

With help from generous local suppliers and installers, teams of Belgard volunteers have already installed outdoor living areas for four Smart Homes for disabled veterans in New York, two in Virginia, one in Texas and another in Maryland. Moving forward, Belgard has committed to provide patios for all of the Smart Homes currently in the planning phases, with locations dotted across the nation in Pennsylvania, Utah, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey and California.

In addition to these hardscape installations, teams of Belgard employees have also pooled efforts to participate in the Run, Walk & Climb Series of charity races, which is a network of over 65 fundraising race events hosted by Tunnel to Towers in cities around the nation. The majority of the T2T events include 5K run/walk courses. Others consist of a tower climb, in memory of those who lost their lives in the Twin Towers. Some of the events incorporate both aspects. All are heavily attended by current and retired military and first responders, some of whom choose to run in full turnout gear to honor firefighter Stephen Siller and the other first responders who died on 9/11.

A member of Brooklyn’s Squad 1, Siller heard the 9/11 emergency call on his radio but couldn’t get through the blocked traffic in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Determined to carry out his duty, he parked his car, strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back and raced through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he lost his life while saving others.

In September of 2017, a team of Belgard employees from Anchor Central in New York had the honor of running and walking in the New York City race, which takes the same route that Siller ran on that fateful day.  “We were so emotionally touched, everyone wants to do it again this year,” said Lou Mangiaracina, VP and General Manager of Anchor Central. “There were more than 30,000 people running it. When you’re in the tunnel, you can hear all the corps running and chanting. When you come out of the tunnel, the West Point cadets are at attention on the left and firemen are in dress blues on your right cheering you on and shaking your hands. It was amazing. And to see the firefighters running in full gear, the same way Stephen Siller ran it, was impactful.”

The Anchor team already has nearly a dozen enlisted to run the New York City race again this year, which will be held on September 30. After hearing about their experience, other Belgard groups are working on pulling teams together to participate in race events in other markets.

Happy National S’mores Day! Enter to Win a Fire Pit and Artisan Chocolate!

Happy National S'mores Day

Due to the popularity of last year’s National S’mores Day Giveaway event, we have decided to celebrate again this August by giving away another fabulous Belgard fire pit. And to literally sweeten the pot, this year’s winner will also receive a year’s supply of Chuao Chocolatier® artisan chocolate!

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Like last year, share your special fireside memories or unique s’mores recipes when you enter. We’ll compile our favorite entries to share on the Outdoor Living by Belgard blog when we announce the prize winner!

Belgard FIre Pits for S'Mores

So many of us do have fond memories of sitting around a fire, sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. Just the mention of it is likely sending you on a walk down memory lane to a moment during a camping trip or a week at summer camp. Or maybe even just last week in your own backyard. After all, fire pits are currently ranked as the number one trend in outdoor living design.

Types of Fire Pit Features

Now don’t get us wrong, we do love the classic s’mores recipe of a gooey marshmallow sandwiched between melty milk chocolate and cinnamony graham crackers. But if you’ve never tried any other combinations, here are some tasty ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

S'more Recipe Ideas

We look forward to checking out your ideas for delectable fireside treats, as well as reading about your cherished fireside memories. Good luck!

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HGTV® Dream Home 2018 Winner Announced

HGTV Dream Home 2018 Winner

As a proud sponsor of the HGTV® Dream Home 2018, we congratulate this year’s winner of the fabulous waterfront retreat in Gig Harbor, Washington, overlooking the picturesque Henderson Bay, an inlet of Puget Sound.

Emily Muniz HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2018 Winner
Emily Muniz, middle, is surprised by HGTV designer and host Tiffany Brooks with the news that she is the winner of the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2018. (photo courtesy HGTV)

Emily Muniz, a 29-year-old from suburban Nashville was randomly selected from over 123 million entries to win the grand prize package valued at more than $1.8 million. The giveaway includes the completely remodeled and fully furnished home, a new Honda Accord and $250,000 from national mortgage lender Quicken Loans®.

This formerly outdated home was selected by HGTV and completely renovated into a contemporary maritime retreat. Belgard was honored to be a part of this renovation as the exclusive hardscape sponsor. Belgard products were used to help facilitate complete front and backyard transformations, adding contemporary curb appeal and providing multiple entertaining zones for taking in the spectacular views of Henderson Bay.

Aerial view of the outdoor living areas of the HGTV Dream Home 2018. (Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography)

“The outdoor space at the HGTV Dream Home 2018 in Gig Harbor made it truly our dream home,” Muniz said. “From the back porches overlooking the sound, to the gathering area around the fire pit and the ‎grilling area for summer cookout, it’s a gorgeous property that has multiple spaces that are perfect for gathering with family and friends.”

Urbana Stone permeable pavers
The HGTV® Dream Home 2018 is outfitted with Urbana® Stone permeable pavers to help protect neighboring Henderson Bay from potential pollution from stormwater runoff. (Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography)

In addition to providing upgraded aesthetics and functionality to the home, the new paver driveway, walkways, and fire pit patio are also environmentally friendly. Paved with Belgard Urbana® Stone permeable pavers, these areas filter any rainwater or other runoff of impurities before absorbing it into the ground below and returning it to local receiving waters.

To view before and after images of the outdoor renovation, read our transformation blog.

For more information on the HGTV Dream Home 2018, including an aerial video of the exterior, design videos, and photos of the interior transformation of the home, click here.

Meet the Newest Member of Our Backyard Family: MoistureShield Decking

MoistureShield Decking, Belgard Bergerac Paver Patio, and Anchor Diamond Pro Stone Cut Fire Pit
Products: MoistureShield® Vantage Collection® (decking), Belgard Bergerac® pavers (walkway) and Anchor® Diamond Pro Stone Cut® (fire pit).

In a continued effort to focus on “whole backyard” design solutions, Belgard is pleased to announce the addition of the MoistureShield® composite decking lines to the Oldcastle® Architectural family of backyard architectural products.

“Belgard is the number one brand of patio pavers and landscape walls in North America, but there are often design situations where installing hardscapes alone isn’t the best option,” says Josh Landis, Sr. Marketing Manager for the MoistureShield product line. “That’s why partnering with MoistureShield is such a good fit for Belgard. Deck porches can transition to paver patios, which can transition to a walkway, boardwalk, pool deck or dock. It exponentially increases the design capabilities and efficiencies of our contractors who can install both hardscapes and decking.”

In seeking out product partnerships, it was important that parent company Oldcastle® Architectural find a decking product that could match the quality and durability of the Belgard brand, which stands by its hardscape products with a lifetime transferable limited warranty. As one of the pioneers in the composite decking industry, MoistureShield also focuses on quality and offers its own limited lifetime warranty.

“MoistureShield won’t warp, cup or splinter like wood, and in 30 years, there have been zero product failures in the field,” says Landis. “No other decking brand can say that.”

MoistureShield water-resistant decking also features the ability to excel in harsh environmental conditions including extreme freeze/thaw cycles, high temperatures with full sun, arid climates, and installations with ground and water contact.

The MoistureShield lines were added to the Oldcastle portfolio in May of 2017. Since then, the Research & Development teams for both Belgard and MoistureShield have been rigorously working together and sharing insights on industry trends to develop innovations that will complement each other moving forward.

“No other hardscapes or decking brand is doing this,” says Landis. “Other companies only focus their R & D on what directly affects their products.”

MoistureShield® Styles

The MoistureShield product line includes four decking styles, all of which feature 95 percent recycled content.

MoistureShield Composite DeckingMoistureShield® Vision® is the latest innovation in composite decking, offers distinctive contemporary variegated wood looks, and is the only Wood Plastic Composite decking that can be installed on or in the ground, or even underwater. Vision offers an unparalleled lifetime fade and stain warranty and is available with CoolDeck® technology for barefoot comfort.

MoistureShield® Infuse® takes its name from its design, in that each deck board is infused with real wood to give it a realistic wood-grain finish. Infuse is also available with CoolDeck® technology for barefoot comfort.

MoistureShield Vantage Collection DeckingMoistureShield® Vantage Collection® features a durable solid composite core and the workability of real wood — meaning contractors can rip it, rout it or bend it without splintering, warping or cupping. With wood grain on both sides, each board is reversible, allowing for easier installation.

MoistureShield Refine Composite DeckingMoistureShield® Refine® offers a durable core center and a composite cap to provide enhanced durability, along with true wood beauty and enriched natural coloring.

For inspiration on deck design possibilities, check out the MoistureShield online Deckvision® Design Tool and experiment with various designs and color options. For more information on the MoistureShield product line, visit MoistureShield.com.

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.

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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 Pavers

Agilina Plank Paver

There’s a reason why plank pavers are trendier than ever before. 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 pavers are 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 of Agilina™ Plank Pavers

All sizes of Agilina™ Plank pavers 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 pavers are currently available throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southern regions and will be launched in other markets throughout the year.