Taking place alongside GIE+EXPO, this year’s Hardscape North America trade show will once again feature educational sessions and a 6,500-square-foot outdoor demonstration area adjacent to the exhibit hall.
Back by popular demand, the live hardscape demonstrations will return again this year at HNA. Frank Bourque, the new presenter of the hardscape demos will lead the continuous build sessions that showcase topics such as tools of the trade, SRWs, permeable interlocking concrete pavements, outdoor kitchens and much more.
With a new focus on “Hardscape Meets Water,” the live sessions will demo how to build hardscape projects around different water features with lasting results.
“These demonstrations really provide the best construction and business practices,” Bourque says. “My goal is to really bring those highlights to each topic.”
The outdoor demonstrations will consist of six different presentations: Tools of the Trade, Base Construction
With these trends becoming increasingly popular in the hardscape industry, Bourque says that it’s important for landscapers and
For the first time, HNA will put more emphasis on water features within your hardscape projects. They’re a focal point in many hardscape designs, but Bourque says that not all
Things like perforated liners or leads can happen during an improper installation and create a lot of
“Water features within a project are always beautiful, and our industry does a great job with creative design,” Bourque says. “But the little things, that’s what can make or break the project.”
Tools of the Trade.
The tools of the trade demonstration will focus on the best and most efficient hardscape tools to use in order to maximize efficiency and minimize effort. This topic will allow attendees to see and hear first-hand what tools are on the market as well as their proper use.
Bourque says from experience that business owners need to take a look at their current practices, then ask themselves if it’s really working or if there’s a better, faster way to do it. Things
Other trends that will be covered during the live demonstrations include fire pits, BBQ’s, raised patios and outdoor living spaces – trends Bourque has seen a lot.
“People are trying to create outdoor living rooms, so we’re trying to focus on each feature and educate contractors on why you do or do not want to install each type of feature depending on the
The demos will give attendees tips on design, such as avoiding dark colors in your outdoor living spaces to avoid creating something akin to an oven, where
“Each of these different topics
Another feature of the hardscape demonstrations that past attendees have really enjoyed is the ability to try out the different tools and equipment following the live presentation. Bourque says being able to try the equipment will help people get a hands-on feel for different products they’re considering purchasing for their businesses.
“Very seldom do we get the opportunity to try equipment at a show,” Bourque says. “We’ll get to see someone else operating it, but it’s rare we get a chance to hop on and try it for ourselves.”
Bourque hosts conferences throughout Canada and the United States but he says that HNA offers the most. He says that he usually has to go to at least three or four shows to get the same amount of knowledge that the HNA show offers in one.
“There’s a way to save time, money and to be more efficient,” Bourque says. “That’s what the show offers in my opinion.”
As a long-time attendee of the show himself, Bourque says that HNA offers a wealth of information and attendees will be able to walk away with the knowledge to better themselves and their businesses.
Bourque recommends that first-time attendees plan ahead by looking at the show website, reviewing the indoor and outdoor floor plans, and downloading the free HNA 2018 mobile app. If they are interested in attending any of the conference sessions, look at the topics and presenters ahead of time and pick those that align with the areas they are struggling with the most at that time.
“There’s going to be so much there, you can’t possibly see it all in one trip,” Bourque says. This is one of the events that you can get a lot more out of the show if you take the time to do a little pre-planning beforehand.”