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The Best of 2017: Residential Hardscape Design Winners

At the 2017 Hardscape North America tradeshow held in Louisville, Kentucky, the U.S. and Canada hardscape industry judged residential and commercial hardscape designs from across North America for the 2017 HNA Awards. These awards are the industry’s top honors for contractors designing and installing projects using concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls, clay brick, porcelain, and combinations of these hardscapes. Belgard was pleased to have products showcased in 12 of the honored designs, placing in 10 of the 16 categories. Homeowners planning an outdoor living makeover in 2018 can pull inspiration from the award-winning and innovative designs from these residential categories.

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Pavers: Maintenance & Care

Weather every storm.

Mother Nature can be cruel. Luckily, by choosing Belgard for your hardscape projects, you’ve already taken measures to increase resistance against weathering and corrosion. Still, seasonal hardscape paver maintenance is encouraged to preserve the beauty and integrity of your installation. Below you’ll find some Belgard tips on how to clean and protect patio pavers.

CLEANING PATIO PAVERS

  1. Clean your pavers each Spring with a coarse-bristle “stable” broom and a paver cleaner to keep them looking like new.
  2. Some weeds, if left unaddressed, can shift pavers apart over time. Be sure to periodically apply a granular weed preventative between joints as a part of your paver maintenance routine.
  3. Be careful when cleaning your Belgard pavers with power washers as they can expose the aggregate on the paver’s surface.

HOW TO CLEAN DRIVEWAY PAVERS

  1. Before applying any paver cleaning solution to your hardscape, test a small inconspicuous area first to be sure you get the desired results.
  2. Be sure to read and follow the directions printed on container labels for cleaning solution use, application, precautions and first aid. Always rinse the solution off thoroughly after use.
  3. In the event of an oil spill, act to remove it promptly with granular oil absorbent. Spills should be soaked up, not rubbed. Rubbing will drive the stain deeper into the concrete.

HOW TO PROTECT & MAINTAIN PAVERS

  1. De-icing substances, when used in proper amounts, will not damage good-quality concrete. However, they may accelerate surface wear on some paver styles. Use them in moderation.
  2. The joints between paving stones are the most vulnerable areas of any installation. Keep these joints topped off with jointing sand to prevent the sand-bedding layer below from deteriorating, causing the pavers to shift.

HOW TO MAINTAIN PAVER COLOR

  1. Sealers can be applied to pavers to protect their surface and maintain their color. Sealers should not be applied more than once in three years, to a maximum of two applications. Too many applications will create a film on the surface, which may discolor in sunlight.
  2. Annual washing using a paver cleaner is also important for paver color maintenance and to keep the pavers looking like new.

HOW TO RESTORE COLOR TO PAVERS

  1. Wash pavers using a concrete paver cleaner.
  2. Allow pavers to dry.
  3. Seal pavers using a paver sealer.

Source:  Belgard

43rd Annual Central Nebraska Home & Builders Show

Founded in 1975, the Central Nebraska Home & Builders Show is held annually in Grand Island, Nebraska. Visitors to the show can see the latest products and services displayed by exhibitors to assist them in building and improving their home and yard. The Central Nebraska Home & Builders Show has thousands of ideas to help make your house a home!

Pinnacle Bank Expo Building at Fonner Park
Grand Island, NE

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 12pm – 5pm

http://www.jacksonexpogroup.com/Central-Nebraska/

Nebraska Construction Career Days

Nebraska Construction Career Days - NECCD

Christensen Concrete Products provided material and assistance at the September 27th Nebraska Construction Career Days at Central Community College in Hastings. Employees from Christensen Concrete and Kearney Crete & Block helped students learn about masonry with masons from Masonry Unlimited providing hands on guidance.

Nebraska Construction Career Days (NECCD) are construction career education events for all 7-12 grade high school students.  The education events uses hands-on activities with real construction equipment, learning while working side-by-side with professionals and instructors. This event is open to students exploring all career options and is a tremendous opportunity for students to see first hand how exciting and dynamic the construction industry is.

Christensen Concrete Hosts CNHBA Meeting

Central Nebraska Home BUilders Association Meeting at Christensen Concrete

Christensen Concrete Products Company hosted the Central Nebraska Home Builders Association (CNHBA) general membership meeting in June. Members learned about the different types of thin brick available from General Shale along with the best installation practices. CNHBA is a non-profit association comprising of both builder and associate members who are all part of the building industry.

SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference

Christensen Concrete helps with SkillsUSA Competition

About 1,300 future workers of Nebraska gathered at Fonner Park to compete in the 2017 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference. High school students competed in more than 100 areas of career and technical education including a masonry division that was helped in part by Kearney Crete & Block and Christensen Concrete Products Company.

Judges in the masonry division were Scott Frauen of Kearney Crete & Block, Jim Johnson of Summit Masonry, and Dustin Hasselmann of GH Construction. Scott Neben (Kearney Crete & Block), Scot Krosschell (Kearney Crete & Block), Ray Simmons (Christensen Concrete) and Bob Landers (Christensen Concrete) handled the set up and tear down of the event and also helped with mixing the mortar to keep the students supplied with material throughout the competition. Christy Fizgerald (Kearney Crete & Block) attended the event as a representative of the Nebraska Masonry Association.

SkillsUSA focuses on skilled trades. “Our mission is to prepare these students for careers. Our goal is to have students, parents, and business and industry partner together to build America’s future workforce,” said Joe LeGrand of SkillsUSA.

Product Spotlight – Breeo Smokeless Fire Pits

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Breeo Fire Pits are the perfect fit for the person that doesn’t want to spend a small fortune on a gas fire pit but doesn’t want to deal with the heavy smoke of a wood burning fire pit. Breeo Smokeless fire pits come in four different types that will fill everyone’s needs.

The Breeo Fire Pits are a smokeless solution. Smokeless means a huge reduction of the smoke put off by burning wood. Smoke will be seen when you first lite your fire pit but once the temperature of the fire increases you’ll enjoy a smokeless fire pit experience that allows people to sit all around the fire pit to converse and roast a few marshmallows.