Pro Gc LLC, Offers a Variety of Hardscape Products

Visit Ep Henry's website above or click 2011 Ep Henry Catalog, Devon Stone or the 2006 Ep Henry Detailed Catalog for ideas.

 

 

Techo-Bloc the New Paver with Benefits compared to other Pavers

Visit Techo-Bloc website above or Catalog or Specs for ideas !

 

Travertine Pavers

Why Travertine Pavers ? Travertine Pavers are cool to the feet with any temperature Perfect for Pools and Full Sun Patios.

  • Travertine Pavers are cool. Travertine Pavers stay much cooler than the typical surface because they are light in color and have low iron content.  Have you ever stepped on a dark flagstone in the middle of the Summer?  Ouch !

  • How strong are travertine pavers?  Ask a Roman.  They still exist in Italy a few thousand years later.  Why did they last so long?  They are a super durable natural stone.  Travertine pavers are 2-3 times stronger than concrete.  In fact, you can drive a large truck on them.  You can put them in your driveway and drive your cars over them.  It is hard to imagine that the concrete in your garage will begin to crack before the travertine pavers do.  But they are powerful.  They have the highest compression strength of any paver at over 17,000 PSI.  This is why they are the most widely used natural stone in modern architecture.  They are actually pretty thin at an inch and a quarter.  But their strength allows them to be thinner and yet pass the competition in strength. 

  • One of the main reasons you should pick travertine pavers for your patio is the cost issue.  Travertine pavers have become more affordable in the last few years allowing them to be competitive with other pavers and yet retaining their high end qualities

  • Another advantage is that the travertine pavers are low maintenance.  A simple sealing with a high quality sealer takes care of the patio surface.  The surface will look better in ten years than it did the day it was installed.  So there is just very little upkeep.  The strength will allow you to drive a truck over the surface without damage.  The strength and durability allows you the freedom to not worry about the maintenance.

  • In addition to your patio and swimming pool decking, you might want to decorate your walkway with travertine pavers.  You can pick smaller sizes for your walkway like 6x6 sizes or some people decide to just match their walkway to their driveway or patio and use the larger stone pieces.  Travertine pavers come available in the 6x6 pieces and they match up nicely so that a subtle transition can be made right into the walkway.  With the right landscape, this can give you the feeling of walking through an Ancient city.  Travertine pavers are flat so you can ride your bike right up to the house or garage on top of the pavers.  The pavers are also so heavy that they will resist popping up if they are laid properly. 

Driveways

  • Installing travertine pavers on your driveway is the same process as any other paver.  Travertine Pavers are strong so they can be much thinner than most pavers and yet more durable. We will use a laser level to mark out your driveway before the project starts.  We can set up the driveway with the appropriate slope (slope is for water to allow water to move off the driveway).  A usual slope for a driveway is around 2".  This is a more extreme slope than the slope that is made on a backyard pool deck.  You will want the slope to move toward the street and away from the house to avoid water from rain in your basement.  We will lay out the stakes.  It is not unusual to find out that the ground already slopes down away from the house so a natural slope may already be in place.  The digging for the driveway can usually be done in just a day or two. A typical dig for a driveway will be much deeper than a dig for a pool or patio decking.  In fact, the dig can be as deep as 9 to 11 inches.   The roots of nearby trees will also factor in to the equation.  Even a dead tree can sometimes have a rotted section leaving a sinkhole in the ground.  The last thing you want is a dip or low spot to sinking from a dead tree that is considered to be no longer threat.  So the preparation of the surface can actually be more time consuming than the actual laying of the travertine pavers.  Once the ground is prepared we will then lay the stone gravel and the sand.  We will use a compactor to push the gravel and the sand down.  The compactor can weigh up to a few hundred pounds.  After the sand has been laid, we are then safe to begin to lay the travertine pavers.

Sealing Your Travertine Patio Pavers

It is important to seal your travertine pavers in order to avoid problems down the line.  A sealer will enhance your natural and will tend to make it brighter in color.  The sealer also protects the stone and makes it easier to clean. A sealer can protect against oil, grease, wine or any number of staining material that may be dropped on the stone.  The sealers also protect against water or other contaminants that can work on the stone in a subtle way over time.  The sealer forms a barrier on the surface of the stone.  It can be a gloss finish or a matte finish sealer.  The sealer penetrates the travertine pavers and repels the stain.  It is not uncommon for a contractor to seal the pavers 2-3 times on the initial installation.  Sealer also prevents against the loss of the sand in the joints and will limit weed and grass growth.

 

 

Lighting

Wow... More Endless possibilities!

CAST Lighting

The CAST Lighting Experience is the night-time transformation of your home and property - made possible with CAST-trained lighting designers and professional quality landscape lighting products that last a lifetime.

For 2011 CAST Lighting is offering most of their Path Lights with LED Technology, saving energy and extended lamp life!


Below you can view a number of examples of the fixtures CAST Lighting has to offer.

CBAL1CB Area Path Light
CBL5CB Mini Bullet Light
 CCH1CB Small China Hat
CCH2CB Large China Hat
CCTL1C Tree Light 
CDL1CB Deck Light
CWL5CB Engineered Wall Light
CNL1CB Niche Light
CSA1CB Savannah Pathway
CWLWFL Well Light with Grate
CWW1CB Wall Wash
CAST Lighting Example

Integral Lighting

Catalog

The standard 6" under-wall lights in Black, Bronze, Sand and Clay are stock items.. Non-Stock colors and products are often available with a 24 hour turnaround.

Integral Lighting now offers their popular fixtures with LED Technology.  The output is equal to the 10 watt unit, but now only uses 2.4 watts of power; plus 40,000 hour lamp life!  The LED fixtures are available in all of the popular colors, and also in a 18" Version for wider applications.

New for 2011 is a line of lights for your wood or composite decking.

Integral Wall Light 
Wall Application
Column Application 
Step Application 

Kerr Lighting

Please Visit Kerr lighting link above to see more products. This product is available at Home Depot or Lowes which we don't typically recommend from these large chain warehouses.

 

 

Sealers

Techni-Seal

Techni-Seal offers ultimate protection against oil and other stains!

The installation of pavers represents an investment in curb appeal and gracious outdoor living. Like any decorative exterior surface, pavers aren't immune to the effects of time and use. Preserve the value of your hardscape projects with the application of a Techniseal Protector.

Techniseal offers a complete line of products for optimal protection against discoloration and weathering. They make surfaces easier to clean and can also bring old pavers back to life.

We supply Techni-Seal including the RG+ and HP2 Polymer Sands; Paver Cleaners and Sealers and tools to apply the products.



Poly Sand RG+
Tan or Gray 

Poly Sand HP
Tan or Gray 

Hardscape Cleaner
 
Efflorescence Cleaner
 
Color Boost Sealer


Wet Look Sealer 


Clear Look Sealer



Slit Foam Roller 

Sprayer for HC and EC

 

Installation

Pro Gc LLC, Installs all Pavers and Retaining walls above all manufacture specifications.

Manufacture specifications are followed as a minium standard.

Pro Gc LLC, Minium stone base:

Walkways : 2" of 3/4" clean stone, 2" of modified stone, 1" bar sand plus paver.

Driveway : 4" of 3/4" clean stone, 4" of modified stone, 1" bar sand plus paver.

Driveway Aprons: 6" of 3/4" clean stone, 6" of modified stone, 1" bar sand plus paver.

Edging: After edging restrains are installed and pavers are tamped in place. We then surround the entire edge with a 2"-4" concrete. This will keep your pavers in place compared to most other contractors. Take a look around your neighborhood. I guarantee you will find many failing hardscape projects including pavers and walls.

 

Travertine Pavers and Concrete Pavers Installations: 

 

First we set up a laser lever or water level. Then we determine our excavation heights. Excavate area with mini excavator. Once excavated we will tamp the base. Install 3/4" clean stone which allows drainage and prevents freeze breaking. This is all contractors mistake when installing concrete or pavers. Then we install a modified stone base on top. Once stone has been compacted correctly. We then install any lighting. Now we are ready for paver installation. We install a 1" sand base for pavers. Once pavers are cut and in place. we then tamp entire project down with special plate tamper with rubber pad on base of tamper.

We compact base using a powered plate compactor, or hand tamper in small areas. We compact material every 2"as plate compactors will not tamp properly unless we use this method. We make sure the moisture content of the base material or soil is just right. Soil that is too damp or too dry will not compact properly.

Travertine Pavers and Concrete Paver can be dry set in stone and sand base which allows for a much simpler installation and easy repairs. Pavers can also be mud set on top of existing concrete.

At the edges of your paved area where there isn't an existing surface to butt up against, we install proper edge restraints. This can range from pre-fabricated flexible plastic edging, metal edging to creating a "soldier" course using a paver secured by concrete as your edge. But we always secure adding a concrete base along edging. Most paver projects fail in a year or two because they use the plastic restraints only which will always fail.

Travertine pavers are cut using the same blades and tools that are used to cut brick pavers or other natural stones.

To finish the installation, sand can be swept into the joints once everything is in place, or you can even use grout for travertine. There are different types of sands and colors that can be applied. Poly metric sand or Epoxy sands are more expensive but will not wash away and lock pavers in like concrete.

 

Retaining wall and landscape wall installations:

Retaining walls will vary depending on your product. But typical installation will require 10 % percent of wall height to be buried. We will excavate area for wall. Then for small retaining walls we install 4" 3/4"clean stone base for drainage which will prevent heaving from freeze breaking. Then 4" modified stone base for tight compaction. Then 1" sand to set wall base. Then we burry 10 % percent of wall height. Now some walls require a geo textile grid which is just a plastic grid which gets buried at different levels to prevent the wall pushing from time. Some walls require pins but all get concrete glued including caps. We always backfill with stone never dirt. Depending if you have a large wall. All retaining walls need drainage which is why you see most walls falling over in less then a year.

Notes: Townships may have certain requirements for walls over 30" in height or steps exceeding more then four steps. This may require a engineer drawings, railings for wall, and hand rails for steps.