Like many things in life, not all hardscapes or hardscape installers are created equal. And choosing the wrong ones could cause North Carolinians to be faced with unsightly, unsafe and potentially damaging outdoor living spaces. Good thing there are Belgard pavers and educational venues like the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute in existence today.
Belgard has been making first-rate, interlocking pavers since the mid 1990s but our favorite is the company’s line of permeable concrete ones. They are ideal for use in North Carolina’s Piedmont Region because of their ability to handle stormwater surges, drainage, drought and heat island effect related landscaping problems. And they also have the highly respected, Good Housekeeping Seal.
The Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute, on the other hand, has been in existence since the early 1990s. They help consumers separate interlocking hardscape experts from those that merely wish to be thought of as such. They do that by offering landscapers an opportunity to become certified. Certification doesn’t come easy either. In order to achieve it, a landscaper must be at the pinnacle of his or her game.
The way that the institute determines whether or not a landscaper is worthy enough to hold the title involves the completion of a comprehensive exam as well as a commitment to participate in ongoing education. The in-depth exam, by the way, focuses on interlocking concrete pavers like those manufactured by Belgard.
Because of the depth and breadth of the test and the required education commitment, landscapers that hold the ICPI Certification are considered to be among the best in North Carolina. So North Carolinians that hire them to install Belgard pavers won’t have to wonder whether their property’s hardscapes will cause more harm than good.
To learn more about interlocking concrete pavers and why it’s so important to choose certified installers, please contact us at Long Brothers Landscaping. Our ICPI Certified experts may be reached online or by calling our Mount Herman Road location in Raleigh.