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Meeting the demand for hardscape restoration
For 10 years, Sean Crohan worked for other contractors, mostly installing hardscape. But for a couple of those years he did a lot of hardscape maintenance work, restoring old paver projects, cleaning, re-sanding and some sealing. He saw an opportunity. “There are millions of square feet of pavers installed out there. And, restoration is not really something that's offered in our area... So, starting up our own restoration company was a no brainer”... MORE
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Keeping up with hiring, wages & work hours
If an employee decides they are open to a job change, and they post a profile on a website like Zip Recruiter, they will be recruited via email on a constant basis (perhaps more than a daily basis). All of our employees are just 1 click away from a swift offer to a better opportunity! Keep up with hiring trends or risk losing employees and good prospective employees... MORE
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Spend more of your work time generating income
Too many contractors and their employees waste too much time on non-productive work. Productivity is often a misunderstood concept. Productivity is about what you actually install and produce, not about how hard you work. You can work really hard hand-carrying material but maybe a forklift can do the same thing in a fraction of the time. To understand more about productivity, let’s start with some basic concepts... MORE
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Filling joints in segmental pavements
Segmental pavements have a 7,000-year history of success. They have evolved from rough fitting stone to manufactured units made indoors under controlled conditions to strict durability standards. Over the years joint filling techniques and products have expanded and advanced as well. We’ll look at jointing material such as Washed Concrete Sand (WCS), Masonry Sand, Polymeric Sand and Jointing Compounds first. Then we’ll discuss open, poorly graded aggregates like ASTM #8 and #9 stone... MORE
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5 tools to double efficiency
Research shows that the best feature of the best companies is to focus relentlessly on excellence in the workplace by developing a culture of efficiency and the implementation of good work tools. Here are 5 of my favorite hardscape tools, relatively inexpensive for the value they provide, that can easily help you double your efficiency and the happiness of your employees... MORE
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable

Contractor Profiles

Contractors start up a supply yard
August/September 2021

Contractors start up a supply yard

Opening a supply yard wasn’t in the plans, but the opportunity was too good to pass up. MORE


Interior design wins exterior awards
June/July 2021

Interior design wins exterior awards

Contractor stays on the leading edge of hardscape design trends by following interior design trends. MORE


Get smart building walls
April/May 2021

Get smart building walls

Educate yourself and your people to grow your company building more complex walls and bigger projects. MORE


Hand drawings win big projects
February/March 2021

Hand drawings win big projects

Contractor finds peace & profits transitioning to hardscape with a smaller, diverse, skilled crew. MORE


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