Straw Wattles

Straw Wattle Roll

Straw Wattles Roll

What are Straw Wattles?

Straw Wattles are tubes of compressed weed-free straw. They are typically encased in jute, nylon, or other biodegradable material. Our straw wattles are 9 inches in diameter and are 25 feet long.

What are Wattles used for?

  • Control storm water runoff
  • Prevent slope erosion by stabilizing slopes by slowing, spreading and filtering overland water flow. Wattles work to reduce the erosive effects of slope length and steepness.
  • Capture inlet sedimentation. When wrapped around storm drain inlets, protects area drains and storm drain inlets from fast water flow and sediment.Straw Wattle Drain
  • Diverting the flow of water to appropriate areas.
  • Prevents soil from washing onto pavement and asphalt at active construction sites.
  • Promote stabilization and re-vegetation of stream banks and shorelines. Straw wattles prevent sediment pollution of streams.

Other Advantages of Straw Wattles:

Brick Pavers for Patios & Walkways

Brick Paver Title

Brick Paver Title

Brick walkways and patios have a timeless appearance and can be installed in numerous patterns but they can often deteriorate quickly overtime in the harsh New England seasons if the wrong type of brick is selected. Most standard bricks are typically made from clay and are porous, allowing liquid and air to pass through, water can seep into the bricks and freeze. When the water freezes it starts expanding, pushing against the clay, which all too often leaves behind a trail of crumbling or cracked bricks.

But not all clay bricks are made the same. If you wish to use a clay brick for a walkway, patio, or driveway it is best to select a brick that is specifically made to be used as a paver or you can choose a brick otherwise known as a waterstruck brick. The difference between waterstruck bricks and traditional clay fired brick is in the manufacturing process; Clays are mixed to contain 20 to 30 percent water and then formed into brick in molds. To prevent clay from sticking, the molds are lubricated with water to produce “waterstruck” brick. These types of clay bricks are denser and less porous compared to a standard brick that you may see a building, house, or other structure made out of.

Brick Paver Pine Hall
Pine Hall Brick Paver
Waterstruck Brick Paver
Stiles & Hart Boston City Hall Waterstruck Brick Paver

Below are test charts conducted by Clemson University to show the absorption percentage and the compressive strength of a standard clay brick compared to a brick specified for paver use. Notice that the average absorption rate is higher than that of the paver brick. The compressive strength of the standard brick is also much less than that of a paver brick.

Standard Brick Test Spec
Standard Brick Test

 

Paver Brick Spec
Paver Brick Test

 

To further compare, below is a test chart conducted by Thompson & Lichtner Engineering on a waterstruck brick. As mentioned above waterstruck bricks are an excellent choice due to their strength and durability which is evident in the chart. Compressive strength is high compared to standard brick and the absorption rate is lower.

waterstruck brick
Waterstruck Brick Test

 

The downstide of choosing denser clay brick pavers or waterstruck bricks is that they are not typically accompanied by a warranty. Owners end up having to replace them out-of-pocket.

These bricks also typically cost more per square foot than say a concrete brick paver alternative. Concrete brick pavers can provide a replicated aesthetic of clay bricks while providing more color options, high durability, and often come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Brick-Paver-Genest-Harborline
Genest Harborline Concrete Paver
brick-pavers-techo-bloc-victorien
Techo Bloc Victorien Concrete Paver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of the manufacturers we work with here at TLC Supply Inc. are Techo-Bloc and Genest, both of which offer a brick-sized paver option in a variety of colors. Techo-Bloc offers the Victorien Paver, while Genest offers the Holland Stone and Harborline which can be viewed in our patio installation, along with their permeable Stormwater paver. All four options can be used in patio, walkway, and even driveway applications. Genest and Techo-Bloc offer lifetime warranties on their products, ensuring a lifelong, quality aesthetic.

Below are a handful of patterns and layouts in which the brick pavers can be installed.

Brick Pavers Layout Patterns

Another plus side to using concrete brick pavers like the ones above is that colors can be mixed to achieve a more unique look or add a pop of color to border your walkway, patio, or driveway. Clay Bricks tend to be limited in color range due to the clay content, but with a concrete paver the color range is much wider.

Brick Pavers Colors

brick-pavers-techo-victorien-black
Techo Bloc Victorien Paver
Genest Hollandstone
Genest Hollandstone
Genest Hollandstone Grey
Genest Hollandstone Grey

________________________________________________________________

TLC Supply in Quincy, MA is your #1 place to purchase Genest and Techo Bloc paver products. Stop on by our patio to see these brick paver colors and your ideas come to life! 

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just leave a comment below!

                                                                                                                                              -GA

Borealis Fire Pit Techo Bloc

Learn how to make a borealis fire pit

There are many reasons to add a fire pit to your backyard. They are attractive, functional, and they are the perfect gathering spot for friends and family. An outdoor fire pit or fireplace can even add significantly to your home’s resale value, as outdoor living spaces are highly desirable features to today’s house buyers.

Borealis Fire Pit from Techo Bloc

There are many prepackaged fire pits on the market but in this fire pit series we will show you how to make an easy fire pit using Techo Bloc’s Borealis Wall Units. This fire pit will stand out from all the rest and keep your guests wondering if it is made out of concrete or wood.

 

What is Techo Bloc’s Borealis Wall Unit?

Borealis Wall Unit Techo Bloc

Borealis is a concrete stone product made by leading paver manufacturer, Techo Bloc. Borealis has a detailed wood-like finish that beautifully replicates the look of wood planks and railroad ties. Borealis pavers, edging, and wall units are the best choice for capturing the aesthetics of wood with the practicality and durability of concrete. And it comes in four attractive wood tone colors to match any surround.

Borealis Colors

How to Make a Fire Pit using Borealis Wall Block:

Making a Borealis fire pit is simple and it does not require a lot of time or material. You can make a square or rectangular fire pit with just one pallet of Borealis wall blocks!

Borealis Square Fire Pit Render

 

First, you will need to consider the location of the fire pit. Be sure to check with your local town’s ordinances and HOA rules to make sure you are complying with all regulations.

Fire Pit PlacementTip: It is also a rule of thumb to place the fire pit on a flat surface that is at least 10 feet away from the nearest structure or trees to avoid any fires. Another thing to consider is prevailing wind direction. Knowing this will allow you to select a spot that will keep smoke and embers from blowing in your face to a minimum.

To make a Square Borealis Fire Pit that measures 4’8” x 4’8” x 1’ 6” you will need:

  • 12 pieces of Borealis Wall (16 pieces come on one pallet).
  • 88 Fire Brick
  • 1 – 10lb pail of High Heat Mortar
  • 1 tube of Construction Adhesive
  • 6 – Five gallon buckets of 3/4″ Crushed Stone

To start the first course place one Borealis slab down on the 48” long side to begin making the perimeter of the fire pit. Place another Borealis slab above the first slab so that it is running perpendicular to the first piece. The 48” length of the Borealis unit plus the 8” depth of the second Borealis unit added together will be the fire pit’s 4’8” length. Place another two slabs on the opposite side to complete the square and finish the first course.

Borealis Square Fire Pit

For the second row repeat the process but stagger the Borealis slabs, as shown in the side view diagram. Use concrete adhesive to secure the slabs in place. Repeat the process for the third course. Again glue down the course with adhesive to secure in place.

Borealis Fire Pit Side View

 

Next you will want to line the inside of the fire pit with refractory brick, otherwise known as fire brick. These bricks are made to within stand temperatures as high as 2700 degrees so they will act as a protective barrier between the Borealis and the fire. You can mortar the fire brick together will high heat refractory mortar.

Once you have lined the fire pit with fire brick, fill the center about 6” high with ¾” crushed stone. The ¾” crushed stone will allow for drainage and protect the ground from the fire.

Borealis Fire Pit Assembly

And you’re done! It’s that easy to make a Borealis Fire Pit and you can add significant value to your home!

Borealis Square Fire Pit w/ Metal Lining Alternative:

If you wish to use Techo Bloc’s heat resistant sleeve for the lining of your Borealis Fire Pit rather than the fire brick then you will have to make minor adjustments to the fire pit.

The fire pit will need to be made smaller to accommodate the sleeve which measures 28” x 28” x 18”. To do this the outer perimeter of the Borealis will need to measure 44” long. Cut the Borealis slabs down to 36” to accommodate this size. Stagger and secure the next two rows of slab. Insert the sleeve to line the fire pit and fill the bottom with about 6” of ¾” crushed stone.

Borealis Fire Pit with Metal Insert Sleeve

Borealis Fire Pit with Metal Insert SleeveBorealis Fire Pit Sleeve Insert Side View Assembly

How to make a Rectangular Borealis Fire Pit:

You can even make a rectangular Borealis Fire Pit using one pallet of Borealis wall block! To make a rectangular fire pit you will need to make a couple of cuts to the block.

Borealis Rectangle Fire Pit Drawing

Cut two pieces of 48” Borealis slabs into two 12” and two 36” pieces.

To start your course, place one full length 48” slab on the outer perimeter and then place a 12” piece next to it. Abut a 36” perpendicular to the 12” piece. Repeat the pattern on the opposite side to make a rectangle that measures 44” x 68”.

Borealis Rectangular Fire Pit

For the second course repeat the pattern but stagger the slabs. Secure slabs together by using a concrete adhesive. Finish the third course by repeating the pattern as the first course, staggering the joints. Line the inside of the fire pit with refractory bricks. And fill the center with ¾” crushed stone.

Borealis Fire Pit Rectangle Assembly Side View

 

Other Fun Borealis Projects:

You don’t have to stop at fire pits, you can take this idea and transform these Borealis slabs into square or rectangular flower plants, water features, even a small outdoor coffee table if you place a custom stone cap on top. The possibilities are endless!

Techo Bloc Borealis wall unit used as a planter
Borealis Planter
Techo Bloc Borealis wall unit used as a planter
Borealis Raised Garden Bed
Borealis Table and Seating
Borealis Fire Pit, Table, and Seating Area
Techo Bloc Borealis Outdoor Kitchen
Borealis Outdoor Kitchen

________________________________________________________________

Get your pallet of Techo Bloc Borealis to make your very own fire pit at TLC Supply! We also have the fire brick, high heat mortar, crushed stone, and adhesive to complete your project. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand, and cement!

 

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

                                                                                                                                              -RR

Allan Block 6 Degree Classic Retaining Wall Blocks

Allan Block 6 Degree Classic

Allan Block 6 Degree Classic

Retaining walls are necessary to keep back soil and other materials. There are several factors that go into designing this kind of wall, and it is important to consider all of them because it will contribute to the strength of the structure. For example, you would have to consider the total height of the wall, the type of soil at the site, if there are surcharges applied, and what the drainage plan will be. If you are planning on building a very tall wall (over 4 feet) you should contact your town hall to find out if there are any limitations on how high you can build before needing engineered plans.

There are many different types of retaining wall blocks on the market but in this post we will be focusing on the Allan Block 6 Degree Classic Retaining Wall Block.

Allan Block Logo

Allan Block is a leading provider of patented retaining wall systems. For over twenty five years Allan Block has been bringing innovative products to the hardscape and masonry community.

KEY FEATURES OF THE AB 6 DEGREE CLASSIC BLOCK:

  • Easy to Install – They are dry-stack blocks which means they can go together without the use of mortar or concrete footings.
  • Easy to Handle – The hollow core feature makes them lighter than some other retaining wall blocks.
  • Great Drainage – Hollow core also promotes good drainage behind the wall.
  • Heavy Duty- The raised lip and notch lock each block in place and creates a natural setback.
  • Versatile -The AB Collection is perfect for small residential projects to  larger commercial retaining walls 6’ and over.

retaining-wall-geogrid-allan-block

HOW TO BUILD AN ALLEN BLOCK RETAINING WALL

For a simple Allan Block 6 Degree retaining wall in standard soil settings, building the retaining wall is straight forward.

First: Determine the amount of blocks and corners you will need for your project. Allan Block 6 Degree is a very popular retaining wall product as it is affordable and easy to use. It is available in 6 different color options:

Allan Block 6 Degree Retaining Wall Colors

TIP: For figuring out how much wall block you need, you can use the simple equation of:

Length of the wall x height of the wall = Total Square footage

The total square footage will end up equaling the total number of Allan Block 6 Degree blocks necessary for your project.

Allan Block 6 Degree Retaining Wall Block CornerIf you need any corners, take this into consideration as well. For Allan Block 6 Degree there are Left and Right Corners.

TIP: On a Left corner, the one long side in the front and the short on the left are the only finished sides on the block. This same idea applies for the Right side. Corners are necessary when taking a 90 degree turn or when ending your wall nicely.

Retaining Wall BaseSecond: Excavate a trench. You will need to dig about a foot down and make sure to allow for space at the front of the wall and the back for drainage fill. This area will then be filled with ¾” crushed stone.

TIP: Crushed stone is a necessity for retaining walls. It helps with the support and drainage. To figure out how much stone is needed use this equation:

((Length of wall x Height of the wall) / 27) x 1.3 = Tons of ¾” crushed stone needed.

Third: Compact it, and place down block of the same height along this leveled pad. Make sure that you back fill the rear of the wall with the same ¾” stone, this will allow for proper drainage and less chances of failure. If cavity blocks are used, fill the cores with the stone as well. Continue by laying the subsequent courses. The connections between the courses will depend on the type of block used. In this case the Allan Block 6 Degree blocks have a rear lip that will hook into the block unit below it.

Retaining-wall-geogridFor extra support you can insert sections of universal geogrid. This will also add to the strength of the wall. Geogrid is a fiber reinforcement that can be used in different applications to distribute a load across a large area. It holds the aggregate together, meaning that it is held tight into the earth.

TIP: Never use heavy equipment less than 3 feet behind the blocks, and never drive directly over geogrid.

Final Step: Finish off your Allan Block 6 Degree retaining wall with Allan Block Cap. This will be the final layer on the wall and is typically applied with Allan Block 6 Degree Retaining Wallan adhesive. Once the wall is all set, you can refill the back of your wall with soil.

Tip: To figure out the number of caps needed, use the following equation:

(Length of the wall x 12) / 17.5 = # of Caps

If you get a decimal, round up to the nearest whole number. This will give you the total number of Allan block caps you need to finish your wall.

Allan Block 6 Degree Sheffield
Allan Block 6 Degree Sheffield
Allan Block 6 Degree Granite Grey
Allan Block 6 Degree Granite Grey

________________________________________________________________

TLC Supply carries all the material you need for your retaining wall projects such as Allan Block 6 Degree Retaining Wall Blocks, Caps, and Corners, as well as crushed 3/4″ stone, geogrid, cap adhesive, and even waterproof sealers to protect your new investment.

We are happy to answer any of your retaining wall project questions, just leave a comment below!

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

                                                                                                                                               -LD

Geogrid

Geogrid inbetween blocks

WHAT IS GEOGRID?

Geogrid is a manufactured high strength reinforcement grid that comes in rolls of various sizes and strengths. It is composed of high-molecular weight, high-tenacity multi-filament polyester yarns that are woven together into a stable mesh. geogrid bi directional

Below are examples of different types of high quality geogrid available from SRW Products.

Types of Geogrid

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF GEOGRID?

  • Adds strength and longevity to your wall
  • Helps prevent wall failure
  • Resistant to biological degradation and naturally encountered chemicals, alkalis and acids.

WHERE CAN GEOGRID BE USED?

  • Retaining walls
  • Steep Slopes/Embankments
  • Sub-grade Stabilization
  • Waste Containment
  • Void Bridging

TYPES OF GEOGRID:

Geogrids are made as either  bi-directional (bi axial) or uni-directional (uni axial).

Bi-directional geogrid has significant tensile strength in both directions. This structure also provides an ideal interlocking system for more effective force bearing and diffusion in soil. Some examples of bi-directional geogrid are the 3 Series and Universal Geogrid from SRW Products.

Tip: Bi-directional geogrid should be rolled out perpendicular or parallel to the wall.

Uni-directional geogrid have very high tensile strength and high stiffness in the machine direction with very low stiffness in the other direction. Uni directional geogrids provide stability and are often used in applications that has little to no loading in the secondary direction. Some examples of uni-directional geogrids are the 5 to 10 Series geogrids from SRW Products.

Tip: Uni-directional geogrid should ALWAYS be rolled out perpendicular to the wall.

This structure has a very high tensile strength. The tensile strength of the product can adapt to a variety of soil, is widely used reinforced reinforcement materials.

WHY IS GEOGRID IN RETAINING WALLS SO IMPORTANT?

Retaining Wall GeogridThe soil behind retaining walls can exert a tremendous amount of pressure on the blocks so it is very crucial to use a high quality geogrid (such as one from SRW Porducts) in-between the blocks to help alleviate that pressure and keep the wall from falling over.

To better visualize how geogrid works think of yourself leaning over. Now imagine someone standing behind you and holding your shirt so that you don’t completely fall over. You are acting as the retaining wall, your shirt is acting as the geogrid, and the person holding your shirt from behind is acting as the Earth. Without the geogrid there would be nothing for the Earth “to grab” and keep the wall from tumbling over.

Geogrid also creates a reinforced coherent mass behind the retaining wall by stabilizing the soil.

To see just how well geogrid reinforces soil check out this one minute demonstration by Allan Block.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ2w6A23ElQ[/embedyt]

 

The test performed takes two cylinders of soil and applies vertical force to see how the soil performs. The first cylinder is just compacted material. The second is also compacted material with the addition of mesh screens to simulate the use of geogrid reinforcement.

Notice in the video how the geogrid reinforces the soil mass so that it can withstand much more force. It also helps the soil that is reinforced to act as one coherent gravity mass. If you consider a simple gravity retaining wall, the forces from the soil being retained must be retained by the mass of the wall blocks.

When you use geogrid with a retaining wall, the mass of the blocks and the additional mass of the reinforced soil helps to withstand the pressures behind the wall. This combined mass is what allows very tall walls to be built when using geogrid.

HOW TO USE GEOGRID IN RETAINING WALLSretaining-wall-geogrid-allan-block

To use geogrid in a retaining wall first follow the installation instructions supplied with the retaining wall of your choice., This includes foundation preparation, block alignment, core filling, drainage rock placement, back fill placement, and compaction. For a brief how to please check out our article on How to Build a Block Retaining Wall.

  1. Start the geogrid near the face of the block and roll out in one continuous piece to the back of the reinforced soil mass (no splicing). Butt together at edges — DO NOT OVERLAP GEOGRID.

Tip: SRW Universal and 3 Series geogrid are bi-directional and can be rolled out either perpendicular or parallel to the wall.

Geogrid Installation of Bi-directional and Uni-Directional Geogrid

2. Install geogrid under tension. Be sure to remove any slack by pulling the grid backwards from the wall face. A nominal tension can be maintained by staples or stakes, until the geogrid has been covered by at least 6 inches of structural fill.

Geogrid placement in walls

3. Place the next course of block on top of the geogrid. Back fill and compact the soil.

Geogrid inbetween blocks

Tip: Always back fill and compact one course of block at a time. Keep an adequate cushion of soil between the geogrid and equipment.

4. Repeat process until retaining wall is completed.

________________________________________________________________

TLC Supply in Quincy, MA is your #1 place to purchase Geogrid for your retaining wall project. We carry several high quality Bi-Directional and Uni-Directional Geogrid reinforcements from industry leader SRW Products

TLC Supply also has a wide selection of retaining and free standing retaining wall blocks from Techo Bloc, Allan Block, KeystoneGenest, and Belgard

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just leave a comment below!

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

                                                                                                                                              -RR

Genest Concrete Bootcamp 2019

2019 Genest Bootcamp

REGISTER FOR THE 2019 GENEST CONCRETE BOOTCAMP!
2019 Genest Bootcamp

February 25th, 2019 @ Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH

February 27th, 2019 @ Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland, ME

This FREE event is designed to help your business grow! Get a first look at new paver products, gain valuable knowledge about installation methods, and learn about the best practices used in the hardscape and masonry industry.

Plus, you will have the chance to…

  • Network with colleagues, vendors, and suppliers.
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast and lunch
  • Be entered to win some awesome prizes
  • Earn 3.5 ICPI Continuing Education Credits!

Topics Covered:

  • Top Reasons for Polymeric Sand Failure
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Regulations – Led by the Division of State Police
  • The Engineering Behind Wall Construction
  • Easy Construction with Ardex
  • Comfort Block CB-8 Demos

Participating Vendors:

  • Ardex
  • Alliance Gator
  • Anchor Wall Systems
  • Beauregard Equipment
  • Boral Stone
  • Cast Lighting
  • Champlain Stone, Ltd.
  • Conproco ProMasonry
  • Delgado Stone
  • Green Build Partners-Proline Radiant Heat
  • New Hampshire Landscape Association
  • Northeast Masonry Dist.
  • Northeast STIHL
  • Optimus Equipment
  • Pierson Nurseries
  • Portland Stone Ware
  • Rockport Granite Inc.
  • SRW Products
  • Techniseal
  • Weber MT

Sign up for the 2019 Genest Concrete Bootcamp here

2019 Genest Concrete Contractor Showcase

———————————————————————————————-

TLC Supply in Quincy, Massachusetts is your #1 Genest authorized dealer! We have an extensive Genest paver inventory and a large outdoor patio display featuring Genest’s premium paving stones and walls. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

Wet Cast Pavers vs. Dry Cast Pavers

While the aesthetics of your concrete paver are an important part when selecting what will be best for your project, knowing how the paver is made is just as important. Ensuring the paver is suitable for the job will help the overall longevity of the projects lifetime. There are two type of concrete pavers: Wet Cast Pavers and Dry Cast Pavers.

What is the difference between Wet Cast Pavers and Dry Cast Pavers? 

The Process: As the name suggests, the concrete used in manufacturing wet cast pavers is typically quite liquid. This concrete mix is poured into a mold shaped for the paver and then vibrated to release air bubbles from the mix.Wet Cast Paver Mold

The curing process for wet cast pavers is much longer than that of a dry-cast, making it more labor intensive to produce. Once this concrete is cured, the mold is removed and the pavers are palletized and ready for shipping.

Dry Cast Pavers - Techo Athena
Dry Cast Pavers – Techo Athena

Dry cast, as it sounds, is a concrete mix with very little water. These are the pavers we typically think of when picturing a paver block. Dry cast paver mixes are similarly placed in a mold, but are then compressed with very high pressure, complex machinery. The compressed molds are cured on racks before being palletized.  Because these pavers are air-cured they can be produced quickly and affordably.

Color & Finish: Wet cast pavers often feature more bold color tones, smoother and more intricate surfaces, and can better imitate natural stone. While dry cast have historically been more simple and basic in color and texture, modern manufacturing has made color blends and surface textures more desirable.

Wet Cast Paver - Techo Block Aberdeen
Wet Cast Paver – Techo Bloc Aberdeen
Dry Cast Pavers
Dry Cast Pavers – Techo Allegro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strength: Both wet cast and dry cast pavers are suitable for residential projects such as driveways, walkways, and patios. When considering a paver for a large-scale commercial project, dry cast is a more suitable choice. Dry cast pavers have a more optimal water to cement ratio making them incredibly strong and high strength, perfect for the load capacity of a road or highway.

Dry Cast Pavers Driveway
Dry Cast Pavers in Driveway – Techo Blu 80
Wet cast pavers
Wet Cast Pavers – Techo Inca

 

Protection & Maintenance: Once you decide which paver suits your project best, you want to protect it from the elements, especially during the winter months here in New England. Dry cast and wet cast pavers should both be sealed to prevent possible staining, chemical deterioration from any acids or salts, and color fading from use over time.  We offer a variety of sealers for pavers such. Alliance Low Gloss Sealer adds a mild sheen and is to be used only on dry cast pavers only. Our best seller, Prosoco’s Siloxane PD is a clear, no-gloss sealer that can be applied to wet or dry cast pavers.

To further protect your new investment, it is recommended to use an ice melt that is safe for hardscape and masonry. Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt is engineered to safely breakdown the ice without breaking down your pavers.

Summary: Wet cast pavers offer more variety in color and finish, and they also typically cost a bit more and are generally less durable. Dry cast pavers are typically very standard in color but have high strength and are more economical, ultimately making them the more popular option. Here at TLC Supply we offer a multitude of both dry cast and wet cast items from leading paver manufacturer’s Techo Bloc, Genest, and Belgard.

________________________________________________________________

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Leave your questions or comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

                                                                                                                                              -GA

G2 Intelligent Polymeric Super Sand

G2 Polymeric Sand Promo

G2 Intelligent Polymeric Sand by Alliance is manufactured by mixing specifically calibrated sand with sophisticated intelligent polymers, which neutralize haze and dust. The end result: a second generation of polymeric sand unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.Alliance G2 Polymeric Sand Logo

  • No Dust
  • Haze Free
  • No Blower Required
  • One Watering

G2 Polymeric Sand simplifies the installation process. Sweeping is all it takes to completely remove the particles from the surface, thus eliminating the additional step of using a blower. And with its uniform composition, water is able to penetrate deeper through the G2 Polymeric Sand. This activates all of the intelligent polymers more evenly to form a stronger, more consistent bond, which only requires only one watering.

How To Use G2 Polymeric Sand in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Spread

Spread the G2 polymeric sand into the paver joints with a stiff bristle broom. Make sure the polymeric sand fills the joints completely. G2 Polymeric Sand Application

Tip: DO NOT USE OTHER MATERIAL IN THE JOINTS. Doing so will cause the polymeric sand to fail.

Step 2: Compac

Vibrate the G2 sand into the paver joints using a vibratory plate compactor. A rubber pad is recommended. A roller compactor is best for slab installation. Joints should be filled up to 3mm (1/8 in.) below the edge or chamfer. It is best to compact in several directions to ensure there are no air gaps or voids in the joints. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to ensure joints are filled and consolidated. Narrow joints require more care to completely fill.

Step 3: Clean 

Using a stiff-bristle broom, remove any excess G2 sand from paver surfaces. Do the same with a soft-bristle broom. Make sure the finished sand level is at least 1/8 in. (3mm) lower than the chamfer of the pavers.

Tip: Make sure the paver’s side and top surfaces are dry before applying the polymeric sand! The polymeric sand will harden if it is moistened and will adhere to the surface of the paver.

G2 Polymeric SandStep 4: Mist

Once you have removed the polymeric sand from the surface of the pavers you can lightly mist the pavers and joints with a hose. Do this at a height of about 4 feet. Mist the area for about 1 minute starting at the lowest point.

.Visit our website www.tlcsupply.com to view all Alliance products we carry and much more.

________________________________________________________________

Before you go check this out! You may even like our post on The Best Polymeric Sand To Use or How to Build a Paver Patio!

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Leave your comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

5 Tips To Prep Your Paver Patio For Spring

5 Tips To Prep Your Paver Patio For Spring

timthumb

#1 Check for Repairs – Once the snow and ice has melted take the time to to check all over your patio for any broken pavers, unevenness, or joints that need to be refilled. The benefit of pavers is that they are all individual pieces so removing and replacing them is a cinch.

Tip: Wet the polymeric sand around the paver that needs repair to soften it. Then use a screw driver or putty knife to dig through the polymeric sand and remove the paver. Sprinkle a little stone dust or concrete sand in the void and tamp down, replace with a new paver and refill the joint with polymeric sand.


#2 Spring Cleaning
– When you have finished making any necessary repairs its time to give your patio a good spring cleaning. TLC Supply sells quality paver detergents to tackle stubborn dirt or moss.paver-cleaner

Tip: Wet your patio and use a diluted mixture of water and detergent with a stiff bristled broom to scrub the pavers and rinse. For more stubborn areas use a pressure washer with a gentle setting.

#3 Consider Sealing – If you are considering sealing your paver patio now is the perfect time to do it. Applying sealer to clean and dry pavers will ensure a better bond between the sealant and the surface of the stone. TLC Supply sells breathable siloxane/silane sealers that will help protect pavers from dirt and minor staining.

Tip: Pavers usually need to be re-sealed every 3-5 years. If you are re-sealing it is important to use the same sealer as originally applied. Different sealers have different formulations and it is critical that the new coat dissolve the original coat in order to bond together properly. If you apply a different sealer you may not get this bond or worse you may have a chemical reaction that could turn the sealant milky. If you are unsure of the sealer previously used it is best to do a small test patch in an obscure area to see how the sealers will react.

#4 Freshen Up Your Landscape – A patio isn’t complete without fresh colorful plants and vegetation! We know it’s no fun but it is important to get rid of those unsightly weeds and remove dead branches from shrubs and trees to make room for new growth. Granite-Cobble-Stone-Edge

Make a homemade concoction of water, vinegar, and dish detergent to create an environmentally friendly weed killer.

Tip: If you’re looking to spruce things up come down to TLC Supply and check out how to enhance your garden beds with granite cobblestone edging or build a beautiful retaining wall planter.

#5 Create Some Entertainment – The sun is staying out longer and so should you! Installing a fire pit is an easy way to warm up those brisk spring evenings. Surround your fire pit with outdoor furniture to create a gathering spot that everyone will enjoy.

techo-bloc-valencia-fire-pitTip: TLC Supply has several easy to assemble fire pits that come in an array of colors to match any landscape surround.

You can also make the most out of Spring with fun outdoor games. Visit our Pinterest page for DIY projects and entertaining ideas.