Product Spotlight: Lafitt Rustic Slab

This week we’re spotlighting one of our newest large-scale pavers, Lafitt Rustic Slab.

Lafitt Rustic Slab features the look and texture of cut slate combined with the lasting strength and staying power that are hallmarks of Belgard pavers. Three shapes allow for a wide variety of design options, giving homeowners the ability to create eye-catching pool decks, patios, walkways and more, with a natural slate appearance.

See how Lafitt Rustic Slab pavers transform these outdoor living spaces:


Product Spotlight: Mega Arbel

As many homeowners look to create outdoor spaces that have a natural look and blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment, we’re spotlighting one of our favorite pavers, Mega Arbel.

Mega Arbel gives homeowners the perfectly integrated, natural-looking hardscapes they desire. Its scale is similar to natural flagstone. With its irregular shape and textured surface, Mega Arbel creates outdoor spaces that flow harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.

See how Mega Arbel becomes part of these outdoor living spaces:


Backyard Makeover 101

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know by now that we are big proponents of homeowners having an outside space that works with their lifestyle. Have you always been interested in a paver project for your own home but don’t know where to start? Here’s a bird’s eye view of the five-step process for making your backyard makeover dreams a reality.


Step 1 – Get Inspired
We recommend taking time to do your homework. Research your options and decide what types of features you want in your own outdoor space. The Belgard Idea Book is packed full of beautiful backyards from extravagant to simple and space maximizing.

Step 2 – Organize Ideas
Once you have an idea of the styles you like, organize your ideas so you can easily see patterns in the vision you have. The Belgard Style File can help. You can browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals.

Step 3 – Design Consultation
After you’ve got a fairly clear idea of what you want your outdoor living space to look like, it’s time to reach out to an expert for a design consultation. On our Contact page, you have the option to select “Set up a free estimate or design consultation;” check this box and a Belgard representative will get in touch with you. Or if you’ve create a Style File you can send it directly to your local Belgard Authorized Contractor (BAC).

Step 4 – Product Selection
Work with your Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer to select your favorite Belgard paver and wall block. They will be able to show you the color options available in your region and help guide you in what will look best in your space.

Step 5 – Installation
Once all of the decisions have been made, it’s time to put your BAC to work installing your new outdoor living space. Choosing Belgard means you can rest at ease because we guarantee our product against manufacturing defects for as long as you own your home, plus we offer a transferable warranty so if you ever decide to sell your house the next homeowner will have the same peace of mind.


Happy Labor Day! A Salute to Belgard Authorized Contractors

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. This Labor Day, we are celebrating Belgard Authorized Contractors (BAC) who make installing our pavers a labor of love.

Check out some of our favorite outdoor living spaces installed by BACs:

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This outdoor living space in Charlotte, N.C. was designed by BAC Legacy Landscaping and includes an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and pool. The project used Mega Lafitt pavers in River Street Blend and Mega Bergerac pavers in Potomac.

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This fire pit and patio located in Pismo Beach, Calif. designed by BAC Addison Landscape is one of the most stunning locations we’ve ever seen. The project showcases Mega Arbel pavers in Toscana and Celtik wall in Toscana.

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This patio in Fishers, Ind. features a fire pit, walls and a dining area by BAC McCune Outdoor Living. The project includes Bergerac pavers in Harvest Blend with Brittany Beige and Weston Wall in Harvest Blend.

To find a Belgard Authorized Contractor near you, visit http://www.belgard.com/locator.


Top Picks on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great place to find and collect ideas for your outdoor spaces. The Belgard Hardscapes Pinterest page has a wealth of beautiful photography organized by the different ways pavers can be used to help you design your perfect outdoor living space. This week, we’re counting down our top picks on Pinterest as decided by your repins and likes. Enjoy!

#10 – Mountain Retreat with Amenities

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This gorgeous mountain retreat garnered 67 repins and 15 likes making it our #10 top pin.

#9 – A Poolside Evening

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This evening poolside shot received 80 repins and 35 likes making it the #9 top pick on Pinterest.

#8 – Adirondacks by the Fire Pit

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Belgard Pinterest followers gave this Mega Arbel patio and fire pit 86 repins and 16 likes putting it at #8 in our countdown.

#7 – The Outdoor Room

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This transitional space blurs the lines between indoors and out, placing at the #7 spot with 91 repins and 23 likes.

#6 – Greek Spinach Dip

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Our fans can’t get enough of this Greek Spinach Dip recipe originally posted on the Belgard blog, where we regularly post recipes for outdoor entertaining. With 92 repins and 12 likes it’s our #6 top pin.

#5 – All About the Details

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The combination of Mega Arbel and Old World pavers was a hit receiving 93 repins and 20 likes and landing in the #5 spot.

#4 – Dining Outdoors

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Belgard Pinterest fans love cooking outdoors and with 113 repins and 11 likes this outdoor kitchen is at the top of their wish list and #4 in our countdown.

#3 – Fireplace with Built-In Seating

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This patio featuring a fireplace and built-in seating wall is our #3 top pick on Pinterest with 126 repins and 22 likes.

#2 – A Space for Entertaining

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The #2 spot in our countdown goes to this outdoor space made for entertaining. With 144 repins and 35 likes, Pinterest users wish their backyard looked like this.

#1 – The Perfect Patio

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Belgard Pinterest followers’ #1 top pick is this perfect patio receiving 160 repins and 34 likes. With a seating area, fireplace and grill station, we couldn’t agree more – it’s perfect for outdoor entertaining!


Get Inspired by the Belgard Idea Book

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Every homeowner has their own personal style when it comes to their outdoor living space. If you prefer an organic appearance, your style can be described as natural. If you’re drawn to the traditional, timeless look, your style is characterized as classic. If you like a contemporary appeal with clean lines and distinct looks, you likely have a transitional style. Whether it’s natural, classic or transitional, Belgard has designs and colors to fit any aesthetic and every lifestyle.

From amenities and features, to paver colors and styles, and even recipes for entertaining outdoors, the Belgard Idea Book provides advice on designing and enjoying the perfect outdoor retreat. You’ll learn tips such as what patterns help to make an area look more spacious, and what paver colors coordinate best with your home’s style.

Visit belgard.biz/request for a FREE Idea Book to help you get started.


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.


Daydreaming of Summer: Our Favorite Pool Decks

While the temperatures outside in many places aren’t quite calling for pool season, we can’t help but daydream of warm summer days and relaxing by the pool. Now is the perfect time to start planning your Belgard pool deck so it’s ready in time for cannon ball season. Here are a few of our favorite pool decks to help you get in the summer state of mind.

Cambridge

Cambridge

Dublin

Dublin

Mega Arbel

Mega Arbel

Mega Arbel

Mega Arbel

Mega Bergerac

Mega Bergerac

Mega Lafitt

Mega Lafitt

Old World

Old World

Urbana

Urbana


Permeable Pavers At Work and At Home

A misconception of permeable pavers is that they are only for commercial projects, or that they aren’t available in a variety of styles that a homeowner would want to use for their driveway, walkway, pool deck or patio.

Throw of all of those thoughts out the window because this week we’re going to talk about how being environmentally friendly is a beautiful thing for the workplace and the home.

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The key to understanding permeable pavers is to think of the pavement and the base aggregates – or the small stones and gravel that form the base under and around the pavers – as a system, instead of separate products. As water rains down on the pavement, it begins its journey by seeping through the pavement, and then through the base aggregates, which naturally filter the pollutants. As it travels down, the water is stored in the base, until it reaches the natural underlying soils and recharges the ground aquifers. Thus, permeable pavement serves as an underground storage basin that filters the water while allowing pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the surface.

Belgard permeable pavers are a beautiful solution to manage storm water and lessen homeowners’ environmental footprints. Besides a stylish aesthetic, benefits of permeable pavers include:

• Reduces pollution from rain water runoff
• Reduces runoff from the common rain storm by as much as 100%
• 50 year life-cycle for surface
• Outperforms similar systems in harsh climates or freeze thaw cycles
• Replaces detention/retention ponds

While there are pavers specifically labeled as permeable because they are more porous than regular pavers, any Belgard paver can be laid with aggregate material, such as this pool deck featuring Urbana pavers. So you can feel good about protecting the environment for the future while making your outdoor space look good for the party today.

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Visit Belgard.biz to request a complimentary Idea Book and start planning your permeable patio today!


Choosing the Right Shape

Shape combines with pattern for a one-two punch and Belgard pavers allow homeowners to demonstrate their artistic flair. But if you’re not as design savvy as you’d like to be, below are a few helpful tips.

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  • For structures with straight lines and little ornamentation, pavers with interesting shapes installed in a simple geometric pattern work nicely.
  • For ornate Victorian-style houses, repeated curves of arched windows and doors can be echoed through the design of curved edges.
  • For rectangular, colonial styles, repeat the shape by using brick-shaped pavers.
  • The patterns you choose will help create the unique look you’re after. Narrow spaces like paths and alleys can be designed to appear wider simply by laying the pavers on a diagonal or in rows running across the area.
  • Wide spaces can seem narrower simply by running rectangular pavers the length of the area. Large expanses require greater visual interest and provide an opportunity to let your imagination run free.

Our versatility gives you the ability to design and create circles, curves, fan-shaped patterns, and much more. Visit www.Belgard.biz to order a complimentary Idea Book and see more inspirational images and helpful tips.