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Paver FAQ's 

Q: What is the difference between "Clay Pavers & Concrete Pavers"? 
A: Clay pavers are made with real clay that is mixed, extruded and baked in a kiln at very high temperatures and concrete pavers are made with a special blend of concrete and coloring that is compacted at very high pressures in a special machine. 

Q: Which type of paver is better? 
A: There is very little difference between pavers in general. The important difference is the maker of the pavers. Paving materials can vary from one manufacturer to next. The qualities that make a paver perfect are its compressive strength, water absorption rate and abrasion index. 

Q: What happens if I have to do a repair job below the paving? Does it leave an unsightly patch mark? 
A: No, that is one of the long term benefits to installing Flexible paving. Because all interlocking paving is flexible it can also resist cracking. This is especially beneficial in California which has very expansive soils. 

Q: What does "Interlocking Paving" mean? 
A: Interlocking paving is a misleading term. What actually constitutes interlocking is really a dynamic function containing three different components. They are "rotational interlock" (resistance to tipping) "horizontal interlock" (resistance to spreading) "vertical interlock (resistance to sinking)". So, that means for lasting quality you need good containment, good sub base and proper paver thickness. Thicker pavers for driveways thinner pavers for patios. 

Q: After you're done Paving the work surfaces should I Seal It? 
A: Yes, it protects it from leaky cars that might leave oil stains and it stays cleaner for much longer if you seal it right away before it has a chance to get stained. Remember when it's sealed it only takes a hose to clean it off. We use breathable type sealers that protect against just about anything. 

Q: What can be done to restore ugly faded old concrete? 
A: In most situations faded concrete can be renewed by recoloring it using various Tints & Stains.

Myth: Pavers are too costly.
Belgard pavers installed by an Authorized Belgard Contractor have a cost similar to stamped concrete. Landscaping, unlike drapes and other expensive interior additions, can add on average of 15% to your homes' value in curb appeal alone. Belgard Pavers include a lifetime warranty, easy repair, and a valuable unique look.

Myth: I can't drive a truck on Pavers.
Belgard Pavers are actually 3 times stronger than concrete. Belgard Pavers are even used on airport taxi runways and rail box car storage because they are so much stronger and durable than concrete.

Myth: Pavers won't last.
The life expectancy of Belgard Pavers is 40 years with little to NO maintenance if installed by an Authorized Belgard Contractor. The professional installation includes a warranty which is in effect for as long as you own the home.

Myth: Pavers will become uneven.
Belgard Pavers Authorized Contractors include a 5 year warranty for their base work. If a base is installed properly the first time, it is unusual for it to shift much over the lifetime of the pavers. In the event that some shifting does occur, pavers can be easily repaired since they are set in a mortar less system.

Myth: Pavers complicate snow removal.
Pavers laid by an Authorized Belgard Contractor can be cleared of snow with a regular plow or snow blade as the surface will be even. Belgard Concrete Pavers have salt tolerances that make them hold up better than concrete. Snow will melt faster because it can breathe through the joints of the pavers. Water will also drain down so it will be less likely to be slick.

Myth: We have too much freeze and thaw here.
Pavers are actually suited much better than concrete in freeze and thaw since they are flexible like asphalt. In Canada and many European countries that have a similar climate they use little to no concrete since it will crack in freeze thaw climates.

Myth: Pavers are not suited for use around pools.
Pavers around pools are no hotter on the feet than stamped or regular concrete and actually provide a much more slip resistant surface. Pavers allow drainage and some even have a textured surface on top that can be an added safety benefit.

Myth: Pavers allow weeds between the spaces.
Polymeric sand, which takes the place of regular sand has glue in the mix and will not allow weeds, insects or wash-out of sand from between the joints.

Myth: Pavers are difficult to repair.
Many Authorized Belgard Paver Contractors will do small repairs at no charge if the issue is due to their installation. Patterns are usually very easy to follow and you can simply reuse the same pavers. It is actually much simpler than concrete since it is a mortar less system.

Did you know?....

A study cited in Smart Money magazine indicated that consumers value a landscaped home up to 11.3% higher than its base price.

Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200% at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125% recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120% recovery rate, and addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50% recovery rate. Source: Money Magazine.

A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000. Source: Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Studies conducted by the Human Environment Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign indicate that "Green spaces are gathering places that create close-knit communities and improve well-being - and in doing so, they increase safety.

Top reasons people garden: To be outdoors (44%); to be around beautiful things (42%); relax and escape the pressures of everyday life (39%); stay active and get exercise (35%). Source: American Demographics, Roper Report.

Landscaping can add between 7% and 15% to a home's value. Source: The Gallup Organization.

Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7% higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping, while improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can result in a 4 to 5% increase. Source: Clemson University.

In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concurred that landscaping enhances the sales appeal of real estate. Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association.

In one study, 83% of Realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. Source: American Forests, Arbor National Mortgage.

Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50%, by shading the windows and walls of a home. Source: American Public Power Association.

Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as 9° degrees Fahrenheit. Source: American Forests.

Roadside studies by the University of Washington stated that drivers indicated it was easier to locate roadside businesses when they were framed by trees and vegetation (rather than having this green material removed).

A study by Michigan State University ranks design sophistication, plant size and plant material type as the most important factors in planning a landscape which will help to maintain or increase home value.

A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning cost savings - as well as pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control and wildlife shelter benefits. Source: American Forests Assoc.


 

 

Testimonials

We now have our backyard oasis!!! Absolutely love how everything turned out. Brian and his crew were wonderful and paid very close attention to detail!! Any unexpected issues that came up, they were able to quickly fix and when we wanted to add on to the project we were able to get the supplies needed quickly. Overall job well done and can’t wait for future projects with Envisioning Green!! :) big thanks to Charles for the vision, Justin and Steven for keeping it all together and Brian and his crew for making it happen! Time to enjoy some backyard parties!
Mary Beth – Maryville, IL

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We appreciate all the ideas, energy and work you put into our project. From design through construction you were very professional, easy to work with, and committed to giving us what we wanted. We are very pleased with the result and in knowing we chose the right company to create our backyard experience.
– Rick & Brandi – Edwardsville, IL

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We purchased or new Ranch style home nearly four years ago after living in a two-story for 20 plus years. This was the type of home and style of home my wife and I were searching for once we decided to move. We found our dream home sitting on 2 difficult acres. Once in the backyard, it sloped heavily down to a 1 Acre retention pond that was really in awful condition. We did see potential for something very special if we could find the right company to partner with. We met the entire staff at Envisioning green through an invitation to one of their Wine Open Houses. While there, we were able to see their many outdoor exhibits and view their picture portfolios and well as speak with some of their current and past customers.

Late last summer and we had their owner and designer over to discuss the entire project; both pond remediation and backyard creation. We wanted a pool, gas fire pit and an outdoor bar and as usually happens....once we got going, we added a little more!

The process was quite impressive as we gave them a list of must haves and a budget for the project. We did have change orders for things we elected to add but once we signed, it couldn't have gone smoother. The project turned out amazingly like the electronic design plan they initially presented us with no unwanted surprises. They worked through the winter, around the early spring rains and we are now enjoying our backyard immensely.

With our property, there was so much more complexity than what I'm able to describe here and we knew we couldn't turn this over to just any company based solely on price or promise. For the reasonable budget we gave them we received an "HGTV"" backyard in return. Great job Envisioning Green!
Larry & Kris – Maryville, IL

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Don’t Want To Write This Review … Seriously

Having read the title, it would be understandable if your mind jumped to the assumption that I am preparing to present a plethora of faults with the company, the crew, the work … whatever. But nothing could be further from my thoughts. The reason for my not wanting to write this review is because reviews mark the end of something and I find it hard to meet this particular end; the people involved here, the ones leaving because their work is finished, are people I’ve come to so admire and care about.

I’m 63 years old. I’ve hired contractors throughout my life for big jobs, small jobs and all of those in between. Too often I’ve been profoundly amazed at the level of incompetence displayed by self-proclaimed professionals; their work so shoddy that one simply had to accept the entirety of their training must have come from watching YouTube videos or that some had perhaps once made a wooden letter holder for their mother and, having completed that arduous task, then decided they were skilled enough to build houses. After experiencing so many contractor related disappointments through the years, I finally came to often expect the worst as the new normal.

At 62, I bought my retirement home and soon decided it needed some updates that were far beyond my own ability to complete. I began with a clear vision of what I wanted and began seeking out a company, a partner, that could bring my ideas to life. I called or visited companies large and not-so-large and even approached recommended individuals. Most all of these I asked said they couldn’t do what I wanted and those few that said they could really didn’t have the quality materials, proper experience or share vision that I was looking for. In that I would be spending my retirement money on one-time projects, I could no longer afford to have contractors that were only going to provide me with “good-enough” or less. In driving around through southern Illinois and Missouri, I’d seen some beautiful places with completed projects similar to what I wanted but couldn’t bring myself to go up and ask any of the home owners who it was had done the work for them. My bad.

Then I began searching the internet with key terms like outdoor fireplace, stone staircase, outdoor kitchen, etc.; began searching images of such projects that closely matched what I had imagined. Clicking on an image would sometimes provide a link to the company that had built the project. And that’s how it was I came to find an image, clicked on it and discovered a link to Envisioning Green. I thought it an odd name but, hey, the image was all that and so I was willing to reach out this one more time.

Lindsey Bigham answered the phone when I rang Envisioning Green. I was in a mood and immediately launched into a rather loud and semi-accusatory rant the second she finished saying hello...

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