Florida Today Money Section, Aug 26, 2011
Hermann Back Paving Stones in Cocoa installing a driveway of a
home under construction at The Legends at Suntree.
Florida Today Business Section, Aug 3, 2011
Business: Hermann Bach Paving Stones Inc., 607 Florida Ave., Cocoa.
Business description: Sales and installation of interlocking pavers, wall systems, cultured stone, bullnose coping and brick-design construction.
Professional background: College and computer training. Bach also has managed diverse businesses, construction and has experience in marketing and sales.
Business motivation: Constantly improving the business and meeting challenges. Giving the best customer care.
Lessons learned: "Quality workmanship and a quality product are most important. We appreciate customers who recognize and value quality."
Best business experience: "The fact that we don't reduce care and service to keep up with competitors has won us much praise from customers, many of whom have become our friends."
Business goals: For the company "to become even more synonymous with quality and care."
The Benefits of Pavers, Jan 1, 2001. By Angela Bach
Interlocking concrete pavers are a sensible and aesthetically attractive choice for all outdoor surfaces. They can be applied in both residential and commercial settings, including surface coverings for driveways, parking lots, promenades, sidewalks, pool decks, patios, streets, golf cart paths and even roof gardens.
Pavers' combination of strength, excellent abrasion resistance and flexibility deliver highly durable, crack-proof pavement able to handle wheeled traffic and pedestrians with very low maintenance requirements. Areas surfaced with concrete pavers are immediately useable once locked in position, guaranteeing a speedy process of the work contracted, which is especially important when resurfacing highly populated areas. Whether for new construction or resurfacing of old unsightly or damaged surfaces, consider the valuable benefits of pavers.
Manufactured to tight dimensional tolerances, pavers are stronger than regular poured concrete surfaces and more durable than black asphalt. They can take more abuse and last for generations. A segmental paving system allows for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks, unlike monolithic concrete surfaces and stamped concrete.
On both vehicular and pedestrian applications pavers have a non-skid surface even when wet -- an important safety feature.
Another benefit of pavers is that they can be removed and reused without visual or structural changes to allow access to underground utilities or to exchange heavily soiled sections of paved areas.
When considering maintenance and replacement costs, pavers offer an economical long-term alternative to other types of pavement. They can be laid in almost any weather condition and require no grouted joints, mortar (other than perimeter reinforcement), concrete sub-base or curing time.
Since pavers are made of natural aggregates without petroleum-based products and water percolates through joints, they present an environmentally conscious product.
The beauty of pavers adds value and visual appeal to any property. The design advantages over other surfaces are reflected in a wide range of shapes and colors, with virtually unlimited pattern possibilities. By adding flexibility not possible with rigid pavement, pavers can flow with existing landscaping to deliver beauty to any property.
Interlocking pavers are available in two thicknesses -- 2 3/8" and 1" tiles. One-inch tiles should only be applied in pedestrian areas, since they are definitely not suitable for wheeled traffic. Vehicular areas require the thicker paver for durability. In some cases the excavation of existing concrete surfaces used for wheeled traffic might only be partially necessary, thus eliminating the need for complete removal and thereby lowering the job cost. To assess the situation and your options, acquire information and advice from knowledgeable paver installers. However, to rid a structure of unsightly, damaged and unsafe surfaces, the removal and new installation costs will be financially beneficial when viewed in the long term. Pedestrian areas usually do not require removal of existing surfaces so one-inch pavers are a perfect resurfacing method that won't dramatically change elevations. Paved traffic and recreational areas may be sealed for added protection against fading and soiling.
Pavers are easy to maintain. Regular sweeping and occasional rinsing are usually the most maintenance needed. For heavy soiling, pressure washing with appropriate clearing solutions (re-sanding of joints will be necessary) or a simple spot treatment with a brush, cleaner, water and some elbow grease will solve the problem.
A well-manufactured paver is guaranteed not to crack or delaminate, especially pavers with complete color saturation.
In summary, pavers will offer the following benefits:
. Safety features
. No surface cracking
. Ease of installation
Be smart. Be savvy. Choose pavers.
Hermann Bach Paving Stones Completes Major Interlocking Paver Project at the Kennedy Space Center, Aug 1, 1999
Hermann Bach Paving Stones Inc., an 11-year-old company, specializes in the sales and installation of decorative surfaces in Brevard, Orange and Broward counties. The Brickyard offers an array of products to beautify your community association.
- Interlocking pavers - Available in 2 3/8" and 1" thickness, they bring longevity, low-maintenance and appeal to pool decks, walk ways and entryways.
- Cultured stone - A decorative wall surface that emulates the look of real stone.
- Wall system stones - Ideal for retention walls, raised flowerbeds and borders.
- Bullnose coping - Provides rounded edging around pools, spas or steps.
- Drive-on specialty tiles - Used on driveways, parking lots and pool decks, this slip-resistant product offers durability in heavy traffic areas.
One of the Hermann Bach Paving Stones' most exceptional projects was scheduled for completion last month at the Kennedy Space Center. Angela Bach, The Brickyard's manager and design consultant, describes the enormous scope of the project. "The installation of 65,000 square feet of pavers was part of a major renovation project at the Kennedy Space Center overseen by Ivey's Construction Inc., a general contractor. The Hermann Bach Paving Stones was responsible for the installation of different shaped/colored pavers in the entrance area of the newly designed visitors' center. Organizing the deliveries of all materials needed, processing change orders and coordinating with other trades and the general contractor were all part of the job. Our greatest accomplishment was completing work ahead of schedule, despite design changes and having to work around the other trades (carpenters, roofers, painters, etc.). Ingenuity and flexibility helped us accomplish our goal of delivering superior products and craftsmanship."
You can visit The Brickyard's showroom at 607 Florida Avenue in Cocoa. Call (321) 636-7364 or Toll Free (888) 353YARD for more information.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Choosing the Right Paver, Jun 1, 1999. By Angela Bach
You decided to resurface or newly create your recreational areas with interlocking pavers, have obtained quotations for your budgeting and done your construction-related homework. You are now ready to sign a contract. The next step is the excitement of choosing a pattern and colors.
Choosing the right shape/pattern and the right colors can be a difficult and unsettling task. Color is the most vital component in your project. How the colors you pick look together, suit your space and harmonize with the existing colors will greatly affect the success of any project. First, be aware that no two people see color in the same way; color is perhaps the most subjective area of design. Choosing colors that you enjoy seeing together will lead you on the path to success.
The colors you select must always be considered in relation to those around them. For help in determining combinations that work well together, you can refer to the established rules of design or contract with an experienced designer. Bear in mind, however, that with any rules there are exceptions.
The best advice is to remember that your instincts are probably right. Trusting your instincts might be at first challenging for you, but the easiest way to gain confidence in your instincts is to answer the following questions.
- How do the colors make you feel?
- Do you like them together?
- Are they the ones you want to live with now and in the future?
Nobody can answer those questions better than you can. What pleases your eye has the best chance of being right for your project.
Manufacturers of interlocking pavers offer a large variety of shapes and colors. They offer a selection of solid colors and color blends. Color mixes can consist of blends of up to four colors that harmonize well together and give a surface an interesting and lively appearance. In choosing a color, make sure that your installer and/or the sales rep of a manufacturer (whoever you prefer to deal with in this matter) shows you a wide selection of colors and provides you with several locations to view the installed colors. Seeing a color on a larger scale, in natural sunlight and shadows, surrounded by landscaping and in combination with colors on adjoining buildings, will give you the best impressions and serve as a good test to challenge or reinforce your instincts.
If it is not possible for you to travel to different locations, make sure your contact has displays of colors large enough to really observe and appreciate a color or color blends. A single paver in a certain color serves you well, as a sample to ensure the tone or hue of a color matches the existing colors or to select pool tiles, awnings or other fabrics. For an overall impression in relation to the surroundings, however, it is important to see a color on a larger scale. Large uninstalled displays (in a showroom, for example) give you an opportunity to play with different colors and help you to visualize and find the right combination.
Knowing beforehand what effect you are striving for is also crucial in your selection of colors. Should the area to be paved blend in calmly to create a subdued appearance or do you want the area to appear more vivid to jazz up subdued surroundings? Ask your professional to provide you with color samples, spread them out on your premises and "live" with those samples for a period of time to ensure you feel comfortable with them.
Your next decision concerns shapes. Manufacturers offer a multitude of shapes that can be combined, from simple patterns to intricate patterns. You can create your own unique design by mixing and matching different shapes and colors. Some shapes and their patterns are of larger dimensions and they need a larger area to show their beauty. If you have a combination of larger and smaller areas, combining different shapes will be easy. Keep in mind that you should use color combinations for a pleasing effect. The same applies for areas to be installed with 2 3/8" pavers in ground and 1" pavers on existing surfaces. Most shapes come in the two sizes to provide a match, but again you can easily mix shapes as long as you keep within the same color scheme.
Remember that color is the first impression your recreational areas will reflect from afar, a higher elevation and up close. Choosing the right shape is important, but the perfect color is the key to a successful beautification of your recreational areas.
Certificate presented by Friends of Taylor Park, Oct 1, 1996
Friends of Taylor Park salute the stellar contribution of Herman Bach to the effort
of rejuvenating Taylor Park in Rockledge, Florida.
Quote from Robi Roberts, President RKT Contractors, Feb 7, 1992
"I wish to take this opportunity to advise you that on Friday February 7, 1992, I visited Cruise Terminal #4 with Gary Neth, Project Manager. I felt that on the paver bricks you did an outstanding job an I think you need to know that I am proud of the quality you gave your portion of the job." - Robi Roberts, President RKT Contractors