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Christensen Concrete Landscape & Brick Sale

Christensen Concrete Landscape and Brick Sale

Christensen Concrete is having a big landscape and brick sale on Friday, August 17, 2018.  Stop by for low prices on Pavers, Fire Pits, Brick and Tango Block- the versatile landscaping block perfect for your next DIY Project.  We’ll also have specials on our Breeo Smoke Less Fire Pits!

Swing by our location on West Highway 30 in Grand Island.  We’ll also have free food from 11am-1pm, and we’re giving away 2 Husker Football tickets to the season opener against Akron.

2018 SkillsUSA Nebraska Leadership and Skill Conference

Christensen Concrete helps with SkillsUSA Competition

More than 1,500 of Nebraska’s brightest young minds participated in the SkillsUSA Nebraska Conference at the Heartland Events Center-Fonner Park complex. 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 Grant Olson of Kearney Crete & Block, Jim Johnson of Summit Masonry, and Dustin Hasselmann of GH Construction. Scot Krosschell (Kearney Crete & Block), Bob Landers (Christensen Concrete Products), Jason Veggeberg (Christensen Concrete Products), McHale Armstrong (Kearney Crete & Block), David Alvarado (Kearney Crete & Block), and Eddie Cervantes (Kearney Crete & Block) 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.

The 2018 competition doubled the number of students competing in the masonry competition compared to 2017.

Winners:
High School Division: Sachi Baeta, The Career Academy- Lincoln Southwest High School
College Division: Evan Horak, UNL

Grand Island Hardscapers Attend Belgard U

Area hardscape contractors from Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney attended the annual Belgard U event in Omaha on March 21, 2018.

As the industry’s latest tools and techniques continue to advance, Belgard strives to help hardscape contractors evolve to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive marketplace through the use of Belgard University. These one and two day events scheduled at various locations in the country help contractors build skills, build their networks, build their businesses, and ultimately, build their futures.

Nearly 150 contractors from Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Kansas attended the event, including Fairview Landscaping, Tilly’s Landscaping, Central Nebraska Sod, and Midwest Landscaping from Grand Island, and Prairie View Landscaping from Kearney.  Jason Veggeberg was also in attendance to represent Christensen Concrete Products.

Belgard U is known for providing the most innovative and hands-on training programs in the country. Vendors at the event included Dremer Sportsweat, Papio Valley Nursery, Belgard, Pavetech, NMC CAT & Rental Services and Earthworks. Speakers and breakout sessions for the event included Chris Callahan from Techniseal, Chris Ebbesen from Anchor Wall Systems, Mike Haumersen and Mike Miles of Belgard, Jay Davis of Omaha, and Heath Vanover from OSHA. The spotlight speaker for the event was Steve Bergeron of Omaha discussing ‘Communicating with Confidence’.

 

Home is Where the Hearth Is

The outdoor living room has been one of the fastest growing trends in outdoor design over the last few years. When considering the popularity of this trend, the question arises: What’s the difference between a patio and an outdoor living room? The answer is simple: Livability.

An outdoor living room is more than just a grouping of chairs with a coffee table. It’s a cozy and inviting space that evokes a sense of relaxation, a space where people want to spend time both alone and enjoying the company of others. To achieve this effect, it’s important to apply interior design techniques to creating your outdoor space.

With that in mind, what tends to be the centerpiece of most interior living rooms? The answer, of course, is a fireplace. The reason for this is multifaceted. Historically, a fireplace would be added to the living room to heat the home. But as this need diminished in necessity over the years, the popularity of an interior fireplace did not. That is because the warmth that exudes from a fireplace is not only physical in nature, but emotional, as well. Spending time in front of a fire with a loved one often creates a deeper connection with that person on an instinctual or primal level. Fire, good.

That’s why one of the easiest ways to create an emotional sense of warmth in an outdoor living room is to add a fire feature, which has the added benefit of physical warmth during the colder months, allowing you to use your outdoor living room year round. Another benefit to fire features — like fireplaces, fire pits and fire tables — is that they appeal to people of all ages. When multiple generations gather around a fire pit, the generation gap disappears, and they can all relate to one another on a purely human level. It’s no wonder that fire pits have been on the top of the “must haves” list in outdoor design for the last several years.

When adding a fire feature to an outdoor living room, be sure to leave ample space for seating and traffic because it will instantly become everyone’s favorite gathering spot. If it’s a wood-burning fire feature, it will also need to be an adequate distance from any structures, as a safety precaution. In fact, some municipalities and HOA’s have specific regulations about this, so be sure and do your homework.

To complete your outdoor living room, add other interior design touches — such as tables, accent lighting, pillows, throws and other accessories. But be warned, once you create an inviting outdoor living room, get ready for company!

Source: Belgard

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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Source:  Belgard

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.