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EP Henry

Updated on January 26, 2014

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EP Henry Coventry Stone II
EP Henry Coventry Stone II

Introduction

A simple Google® or Bing® of the word “hardscape” will bring up tons of articles, videos, and brand manufacturers. Sorting through this plethora of information takes time to digest and process. Pointing you in the direction of one of the better brands out there will helpfully refine your search. As Xerox® is to copy machines, EP Henry® is to pavers.

EP Henry Stores

EP Henry Coventry Stone I
EP Henry Coventry Stone I
Founder Edward Henry
Founder Edward Henry

Company History

EP Henry® is a well-revered hardscape manufacturing company, serving the Mid-Atlantic area. They manufacture concrete structures, such as pavers, retaining walls, and veneers. Although headquartered in New Jersey, their concrete plants are located throughout the region, which span from Pennsylvania to Virginia to purposely reduce shipping costs. Flagship products are their Coventry® pavers, Dakota® retaining walls, ECO® line, and Fire Pit Kits.

Their annual catalog informs users about assorted products. Interspersed are handy tips and tricks of the trade. This well-designed reference tool enables contractors to teach homeowners. In addition, in recent years, many do-it-yourself (DIY) consumers have been tackling installations themselves in order to save money and develop skills. Newer catalogs have dedicated sections to better educate such novices.

In 1903 the company’s founder, Edward P. Henry, began producing block by hand in his basement. This proved successful and the business extended as EP Henry & Son in 1913. During the Roaring Twenties father and son transitioned from contracting to become a purely manufacturing enterprise. More involvement from other Henry family members ensued. In 1970 decorative spilt block hit the scene. The 1980’s established the consumer paver and wall brands that we know today. Ever evolving, EP Henry® continues to innovate by producing contractor training programs, conveniently locating new facilities, and adding more superior products (e.g., stone veneer). What future milestones will legacy owner, J. C. Henry, III, and company employees envision for addressing 21st Century challenges while maintaining longstanding family traditions of quality and value?

Old Towne Cobble

EP Henry Old Towen Cobble
EP Henry Old Towen Cobble

Paver Styles

Perusing the catalog introduces users to numerous styles and options. Three key determinants are color, size, and texture. First, most customers choose muted hues, such as tan, grey, or brown, to meld with (rather than overpower) current home palettes. Schemes identify products with descript terms. To name a few, Autumn Blend depicts brown; Harvest Blend, tan; and Pewter Blend, grey. Next, although sizes vary, most folks purchase pavers measuring 6” x 6” or 6” x 9,” and/or bricks, 4” x 8”. Finally, texture sways from flat to cobbled. Whereas the former (flat) is more conventional, the latter (cobbled) replicates an old-European bumpy feel illustrating a look of ancient Roman roadways.

coventry wall

example of a  beautiful coventry wall
example of a beautiful coventry wall

Wall Types

Before defining details, first and foremost, decide how high you want this masonry structure to stand. Do you want a retaining wall over three feet? If so, then engineering will be required to ensure its future safety and permanence (aside from unforeseen disasters). Are you personally up for this challenge? If so, become a certified contractor. Otherwise, please do not attempt this step yourself. Call an expert.

However, lower (under 3’) garden walls, raised beds, and sitting structures are projects that anyone can accomplish. Examples abound. Brisa Walls® convey a natural, split-limestone look, stacking in multiple lengths. English Garden Walls® easily stack together, forming useful, decorative garden planters. Terrace Walls® create sitting spaces and shorter sections by joining medium-sized blocks. Glance at these (and other) selections by accessing a digital/print catalog or by touching the actual articles in person at your nearest dealer. You’ll eventually fine the style that best suits you by looking at random stacking stones and textures.

EP Henry Stone Veneer

Cast Veneer

Veneers run the gamut of Pennsylvania fieldstone, ledgestone, split rock, river rock, brick, cut stone, and ez fit. This application is often referred to as sticky stone, succinctly meaning that they are secured to the façade of your dwelling. Remodeling run-of-the-mill split-levels and retrofitting old buildings have popularized this technique.

EP Henry Fire Pit

Fire Pits

The EP Henry Fire Pit Kit brings the whole story home. When placed in the midst of a patio, this magical centerpiece lights the night up as a gathering place for the entire family. A kit is simple to install and comes with accouterments--copper bowl, protective grate, and stoking poker.

Fire Pit Kit
Fire Pit Kit

Delivery Pointers

Blocks and pavers are heavy. Thus, delivery is an important aspect of purchasing EP Henry® supplies. Distributors, such as Budding Co, will schedule their rugged boom trucks to bring materials to your home or jobsite. A boom truck has an actual boom crane that lowers pallets of pavers and walls on the property.

Pavercleen 1 gallon jug

Ongoing Maintenance

Alas, awareness about yearly maintenance of your paver patio or walkway is necessary. Don’t be alarmed. “It’s all good” and very simple to take care of pavers. It’s much easier than caring for asphalt in the long run. Your pavers will however dirty over the years from mold and other outdoor elements. Make sure to keep a bottle of PaverCleen on hand for spring-cleaning. It only takes a few minutes to prep with this industrial strength cleaner.

PaverCleen - Paver Cleaner

EP henry eco pavers

Other Remarks

The ECO paver is a very popular product. This type of paver has gaps in the joints. Stone is filled between each paver. Rain permeates down through the subgrade reducing water runoff. This model is great for protecting lakes and rivers from lawn chemicals that easily wash downstream.

EP Henry offers various finance packages. This opportunity affords homeowners who want the job done now, the funds necessary to do so. A representative will go over which package is right for you. Another option is to plan to build your patio in phases. Start with the walkway this year, the fire pit next, and the driveway the year after that. This staggering will distribute costs and lower the capital burden.

Conclusion

EP Henry® offers you a panacea of imaginative ideas and constructive knowledge. (In fact, lack of an index at the back of their catalog is their only oversight.) That said, do your own research and look at other brands. If bottom-line price is your deciding factor, check out the Imperial® line, an economical style with lower pallet prices. Overall, in terms of design appearance and price performance, this masonry brand, EP Henry®, provides a glowing, wide range of options for contractors and homeowners.

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