WHO CAN USE YOUR PRODUCTS?
Anyone looking for an effective fundraising, donor recognition, employee appreciation, or memorial program that is intended to raise funds or recognize individuals for contributions of time or money. Our products are intended to leave a legacy that far outlasts conventional means: certificates, plaques, etc.
WHAT TYPE OF PROCESSES DO YOU USE TO MARK YOUR PRODUCTS?
- Laser marking
- Rotary engraving
HOW IS THE MARK PRODUCED?
On clay, lasering is the preferred method. The laser beam melts the clay, producing a black mark. It is the iron, red content, which produces the black color as the clay is melted. The mark is a part of the paver and protects the paver from wear, as it is now much harder than the original clay. If the clay has little or no red color, sandblasting may be the preferred method. There is also the option of lasering the clay paver twice to introduce a color to the light mark of melted clay with little red color, at added expense. Granite, marble, & concrete are best sandblasted. The mark is then accented by adding lithochrome, in a variety of colors, or grout fill. Marble and granite can be lasered, but that is not the recommended method for floor or horizontal applications. Ceramic tiles are lasered. On select metal products, rotary engraving is an option.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS GUARANTEED?
Yes, the mark is guaranteed for the life of the surface of the product. If the product receives extraordinary stress and wear, we will not cover the mark under those circumstances.
WHERE DO WE GET OUR BLANK OR FILLER PAVERS?
We suggest that you obtain a local source. That may provide a substantial savings on shipping. Consideration of a local source should be discussed with a LBT rep before deciding which paver to use. We feel that it is not necessary to have the same manufacturer of blanks as your marked pavers. It is often an advantage to have a flattering contrast, which may also save money. But, be certain that your filler pavers are the same size or larger. Replacing fillers with marked pavers that are a different size can cause problems. Concrete filler pavers are generally not compatible in size to marked, clay pavers.
WHICH PAVERS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
We primarily use Whitacre Greer, which is a cast brick with a smooth surface. We also use wire-cut and extruded bricks: Belden, Boral, Pine Hall, etc. We are able to use bricks from a wide range of manufacturers. Considerations should include: local availability and price of filler bricks, sizes available (8″ x 8″), and does your brick come in a variety of edges (beveled, spacers, straight edge). We will discuss a variety of considerations that will help determine the best paver.
WHEN SHOULD WE CONSIDER CERAMIC TILES?
Ceramic tiles, which are light-colored, are excellent for inside or outside applications. They tend to lighten up an inside location. They are not ideal for floors, as they are ¼” thick. Ceramic tiles are usually best if installed by an experienced craftsman.
DO WE INSTALL OUR PRODUCTS?
No. We encourage our customers to use local installers, especially for pavers. Soil conditions may vary considerably, within a short distance. A local installer will know how to prepare the soil for specific needs in your area.
DO WE INSTALL THE BRICKS WITH CONCRETE/MORTAR?
Very few of our customers have chosen this method, most sand-mount. Sand-mounting allows you to give your project a “finished” look with filler bricks added. As you sell more pavers, you remove the fillers, adding marked pavers. You can then assemble removed filler pavers and expand your project over time.
HOW DO WE PLAN ON HOW MANY PAVERS WE WILL NEED?
With 4″ x 8″ pavers, there are 4.5 per square foot. An area 10′ x 10′ will require 450 pavers, marked and unmarked to be completed.
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE CHARGE FOR OUR PRODUCTS?
Much depends on your potential customers. We have customers who charge from “whatever you can afford” to $5,000 for a 4″ x 8″ paver. Projects will continue to produce results best if represented by an impressive number of pavers to be viewed by the next generation of purchasers. Selling products for $500 may get needed funds, but result in a project that looks under-supported. Over 80% of our clients sell 4″ x 8″ pavers for $100 or less.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS MY COSTS FOR THIS PROJECT?
Our prices reflect your costs, delivered. Other costs may be credit card fees, design and production of sales materials, and installation.
DO WE CONTINUE SELLING AFTER THE INITIAL SALES EFFORT?
We only know of one of our hundreds of clients that elected to suspend sales after the first order, and that was because they truly had no more room. Once others see the project, they also will want to be included.