Techo-Bloc vs Permacon

Overall Techo-Bloc vs. Permacon Comparison

Many reputable hardscapers use Permacon products, and we frequently get questions about how the two brands stack up against each other. Permacon offers options in all of the same categories as Techo-Bloc, but where we feel we win is with regard to quality, specifically products made with their Satura process. Permacon’s Satura technology is basically printed on the concrete and then sealed, instead of mixed into the aggregate like Techo-Bloc’s HD2 products. This printing process can lead to peeling, scaling and delaminating.

 

Instead, Techo-Bloc’s HD2 technology uses smaller aggregates in their mix. This requires more cement and pigments to coat the particles, ultimately resulting in a tighter surface. HD2 products take longer to weather and wear thanks to this tighter surface.

 

Techo-Bloc uses a rigorous R&D approach to our products. We spend time and effort ensuring our products respond to all of our customers’ needs: aesthetics, durability, functionality and installability. We know the installer is crucial to the success of a project, so every product we design, including the packaging, is done in such a manner as to make life simpler and yield stunning results. Plus, we carry a wide variety of styles and colors so you can be sure you’ll find the exact right product for your next project.

Pavers & Slabs

Techo-Bloc pavers are engineered to handle the freeze/thaw that occurs in the harshest of climates. 

  • We use finer aggregates in our mix designs so there’s more cement to bind the smaller particles together.
  • This results in a product that contains fewer potential voids and, therefore, has a lower absorption rate. 
  • Lower absorption rates translate into a more durable product that resists freeze-thaw and de-icing salts better. 
  • Using finer aggregates also requires an increased percentage of pigment used in the mix. More particles mean more color to coat every little grain of sand and stone and results in a richer and more vibrant color that lasts.

 

When it comes to styles, both companies offer a large assortment, with Permacon offering 41 styles of pavers and slabs while we offer 48, so you’re sure to find the right look for your project. 

 

Again, the big differentiator is the technology used to create pavers and slabs. At Techo-Bloc, we use much smaller aggregates (the largest particle size being 5mm) creating a tighter finish; whereas, Permacon uses larger aggregates (the largest particle size being 10mm) leading to a more porous surface. While using larger aggregates results in a strong concrete, it also uses less cement and pigment, resulting in more fading and color changes over time. However, the use of smaller particles needs more cement to be stronger, resulting in a better final result with less wearing, less fading and increased durability.

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Dimensional Tolerance
Color Selection
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
Permeable
Separate small rectangle for inlays & Banding
Available Oversized unit
Other available modular products (fit together)
Product Link
Warranty Info
Techo Bloc
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16" (1.5mm)
Color Selection
8
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
HD2
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
Available Oversized unit
Other available modular
products (fit together)
Valet, Squadra
Product Link
No comparable product found.
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16" (1.5mm)
Color Selection
7
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
HD2
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
Available Oversized unit
Other available modular
products (fit together)
Valet, Squadra,
Blu HD2 Smooth, Blu Polished
Product Link
No comparable product found.
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16"
Color Selection
3
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
HD2
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
N/A
Available Oversized unit
N/A
Other available modular
products (fit together)
N/A
Product Link
Warranty Info
Warranty
Permacon
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/8" (3.2mm)
Color Selection
9
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
Available Oversized unit
Other available modular
products (fit together)
Melville 60
Product Link
No comparable product found.
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/8" (3.2mm)
Color Selection
6
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
Available Oversized unit
Other available modular
products (fit together)
Beacon Hill Smooth
Product Link
No comparable product found.
Warranty Info
Warranty

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Double-Sided Walls

This category is especially important as the versatility of double-sided walls can not be underestimated. These products make the design and construction of seat walls, outdoor living features and raised patios much easier. Plus, double-sided walls reduce waste on-site as two faces of each unit are usable. 

 

  • Just like Techo-Bloc pavers, our double-sided walls are all interlocking to make installation easier and include our patented anchoring system clips packaged with the product at no charge. 
  • Our walls are made with paver manufacturing machines instead of wall block machines, leading to significantly higher density, better resistance to freeze/thaw conditions and de-icing salt resistance, all of which are covered by a lifetime transferable warranty.

 

Both companies offer 10 collections at this time. Aesthetically, the styles offered by both brands are very comparable; however, the difference is in the construction method and time used.

 

Permacon’s walls require base units, followed by structural units and finished with fascia units. This method is up to 20% more time consuming than Techo-Bloc’s wall construction method. The dimensional tolerances for Techo-Bloc’s walls are 1/16” compared to Permacon’s ⅛”. The bigger the dimensional tolerance, the longer the construction time and the worse the final aesthetics.

Permeable Pavers

Techo-Bloc’s permeable pavements are designed to allow for the proper percolation of surface water into the ground. This: 

  • Reduces the risk and severity of flooding
  • Eliminates puddles
  • Speeds up the melting process of snow
  • Reduces winter ice hazards
  • Decreases cost of de-icing salt and snow removal 


We want to ensure we have a wide variety of paver options that are eco-conscious and cost-effective for residential and commercial stormwater management, so we offer 18 different styles. Plus all of our styles can be used interchangeably with permeable pavers or interlocking applications.

 

Permacon offers 10 permeable options in pavers only, with no slab options currently available.

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Dimensional Tolerance
Color Selection
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
Anchoring Pins
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
Radius units for curved walls
Fire Pit
Warranty Info
Techo Bloc
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16"
Color Selection
3
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
*single block is double-sided
Anchoring Pins
Free
Corner/ Pillar option
- included with skid
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
3
Radius units for curved walls
Fire Pit
not pre-packaged,
but design with no cuts
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16" (1.5mm)
Color Selection
8
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
Anchoring Pins
Free
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
7
Radius units for curved walls
N/A
Fire Pit
Circle
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16"
Color Selection
6
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
*single block is double-sided
Anchoring Pins
Free
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
5
Radius units for curved walls
N/A
Fire Pit
Square & Rectangle
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16"
Color Selection
6
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
*single block is double-sided
Anchoring Pins
Free
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
5
Radius units for curved walls
Fire Pit
Square & Rectangle
Warranty Info
Warranty
Permacon
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/8" (3.2mm)
Color Selection
4
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
*Requires Multiple Units
Anchoring Pins
$
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
3
Radius units for curved walls
Fire Pit
N/A
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/8" (3.2mm)
Color Selection
6
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
Anchoring Pins
$
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
4
Radius units for curved walls
N/A
Fire Pit
N/A
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/8" (3.2mm)
Color Selection
5
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
*Requires multiple units
Anchoring Pins
$
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
3
Radius units for curved walls
Fire Pit
N/A
Warranty Info
Warranty
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/8" (3.2mm)
Color Selection
6
Product Line Color Match
Build Vertical
Build Setback
Double-sided
*Requires multiple units
Anchoring Pins
$
Corner/ Pillar option
Recomnded Cap/Coping options
1
Radius units for curved walls
No
Fire Pit
N/A
Warranty Info
Warranty

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Coping & Pool Coping

With over 11 million residential swimming pools across the US and Canada, you need to have a solid offering for clients looking for a stunning poolscape: This means coping is essential. Even if you’re not worried about a pool on your next project, one of the best ways to add value to a hardscape project is through the addition of vertical elements. Caps and coping are the grand finale to complete stairs, walls, fire pits and more. Coping is what takes a job from good to great, but only if you can find that perfect combination of color, texture and style.

 

Techo-Bloc offers 15 different coping options, 8 of which can be used with pools and 3 of which are bullnose style, and all of which are made from precast concrete. And any of our caps can be used on any of our walls and all are available in all of our colors, offering a wide range of style options.

 

Permacon offers 6 wall coping options, 5 of which can be used for pool coping with 2 of those being bullnose styles. 

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Dimensional Tolerance
Color Selection
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
Permeable
Separate small rectangle for inlays & Banding
Available Oversized unit
Other available modular products (fit together)
Product Link
Warranty Info
Techo Bloc
Dimensional Tolerance
plus/minus 1/16" (1.5mm)
Color Selection
7
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
N/A
Available Oversized unit
N/A
Other available modular
products (fit together)
Product Link
N/A
Warranty Info
Warranty
Permacon
Dimensional Tolerance
N/A
Color Selection
4
Product Line Color Match
Facemix Technology
Permeable
Separate small rectangle
for inlays & Banding
N/A
Available Oversized unit
N/A
Other available modular
products (fit together)
Product Link
No comparable product found.
Warranty Info
Warranty

Steps

When it comes to steps, all 5 of Techo-Bloc’s offerings (along with the 2 overlay collections for renovations) are constructed from precast concrete, so you get: 

  • Colors designed to mimic stone’s color variation
  • No potential for irregularities like mineral deposits
  • UV-resistant steps
  • More consistent look from beginning to end
  • Access to the same materials years later, in case you need to replace an individual stone or add to your project

 

Another huge advantage of our step offering is that it matches perfectly with our paver, slab and wall collections. This makes each Techo-Bloc step unit much more versatile than just a tread.

 

Permacon offers 2 precast step options, both of which are drycast concrete. They also offer 2 overlay options, one smooth and one slate.

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Edges

Stone borders or edges complement your landscaping and help to reduce maintenance by keeping mulch in -- and the grass out -- of flowerbeds. Adding edges around flower beds also helps separate the pavers on the driveway from the greenery, creating well-defined and stunning, standout spaces that won’t shift from ground movement. 

 

Since every pavement needs an edge restraint anyway, why not ensure those edges are aesthetically pleasing and bring value to your client? Plus, some of our options, like Avignon and Pietra have an edge restraint anchor built right into the design. It's a 2-in-1 deal!

 

Our 9 edging stone collections add a polished finish to your outdoor space, with enough style and color options to match or enhance the rest of the home’s look. Permacon offers 4 edging options.