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Ultimate Backyard Giveaway: EP Henry & Angersteins


A.H. Angerstein, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company that opened its doors for business when Albert H. Angerstein, Sr. purchased a small company that sold coal and feed in 1924. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the store now with two locations – Wilmington and Milton, Delaware. There are six family members who run the business today! Read more in the recent article in the News Journal.

Building Supply

photo: News Journal

E P Henry is always at the top of contractor’s list when it comes to designing an outside patio, pool, walkway or driveway. EP Henry also offers a huge selection of colors, textures, and shapes so you can make the patio of your dreams. It is because their good reputation and long-standing history in the community, which mirrors that of Angersteins Building Supply, that we have chosen to giveaway a beautiful, long-lasting, memory-making paving stone patio by this pretty fantastic company.

All of us at Angersteins hope that you enjoy this amazing opportunity to own an EP Henry paving patio of your own……and thank you for your 90 years of patronage.


INCLUDED in EP HENRY ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY: (estimated value $15,000 including installation).

-225 sf of any, in stock EP Henry paving stones

-Aggregate & Sand necessary for a standard installation

-polymeric sand for a standard installation to seal pavers and reduce penetration of weeds between them

-snap edge for the perimeter of the patio

-one delivery charge in New Castle county, Delaware

– deliveries outside of New Castle county Delaware will incur a surcharge

– installation: EP Henry will pay for install. A $10,000 value!

Not included in prize:

-Wall systems are not included but can be purchased separately

-taxes and fees associated with winning a randomly-drawn free prize

INSPIRED DESIGNS by Local Designers: Thank you to all of the contractors & companies who have sent in photos over the last few years of EP Henry projects.

Design By Autumn Hill Patio & Landscape

EP Henry

EP Henry Patio

Autumn Hill Patio & Landscape:  We are a full time hardscape installer & with that said we need a distributor that  can keep up with our needs. We have found Angerstein’s to be our main supplier of hardscape materials as well as equipment & repairs. Angerstein’s has proven time & time again to meet & exceed our demands & has been influential on the quality service we provide to our clients. They build excellent relationships with contractors to give them confidence in handling any situation. I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking to take on any building project weather contractor or homeowner.

Bella Terra Landscaping: “Angersteins has everything you need for your outdoor space. Their outdoor display area is very helpful for prospective clients in showcasing multiple product lines. Their staff always goes above and beyond to help with our needs.”

Bella Terra Designs:

EP Henry

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CNN Landscaping: Highland Township Custom Barone Homes Patio Design.

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CJB Landscaping & Hardscaping has been working with Angersteins since 1997. “The prices are always competitive, and everyone has always been extremely helpful and knowledgeable about everything I have needed. In the past 17 years I have dealt with every supplier in the tri-state area. When it comes to prices and service no one comes close to Angersteins. Thank you for an amazing 17 years and look forward to 17 more.”

More design ideas from EP Henry:

Ep Henry Pavers

Patio with Village Square and Brisa Wall

EP Henry Patio

EP Henry Patio in Bristol Stone

Outdoor Living – with EP Henry & Angersteins


Beautiful fireplace with EP Henry veneer stone, real brick and stone age concrete forms making building the fireplace, walls and firewood boxes easier to build. More photos to come!


EP Henry Fireplace

Fall Projects – Angersteins


As the economy continues to shift, so does the goals of consumers. Are we more cautious in making new purchases or remodeling endeavors; and how does that affect our spending habits?

“Kitchen upgrades still appear to be a top priority for homeowners”, says Kristen Ursomarso. “While the economy is improving,  the customers are still feeling the impact of the recession,”

Finding and spending the time and money to complete home remodeling projects may be difficult;  our customers are finding a way to do  both. We find the reasons why homeowners are remodeling remain the same, they take a more planned approach and projects are on a smaller scale.

They are spending their money on items used in their daily lives and are making strategic updates..

The outlook for bathroom and kitchen projects are very positive, many of our customers are remodeling within the next six months. Projects topping that list include painting, installing a new countertop and adding new lighting. Homeowners are also looking for trusted brands that will increase their projects’ impact on their homes, with long-lasting value and durability.

Outdoor Lighting remains a strong category for fall. Customers want to make use of their outdoor living spaces well into October. Creating a living space for fireplaces & firepits is always a popular update project this time of year.


Outdoor Lighting


Firepits & Fireplaces – Angersteins


Outdoor fireplaces and firepits bring the warmth and ambiance of your living room to your backyard for fall.

It can be surrounded with brick, stucco, stone, or concrete to complement the architectural style of your home and can use wood, natural gas, or propane for fuel.

fireplace - angersteins

photo courtesy of Autumn Hill

firepit Ep Henry

Another way to extend the season is with a gazebo. Gazebos create a beautiful focal point in your backyard and provide an inviting place to relax with your coffee on a crisp autumn morning or host a tailgate party with your closest friends. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, including wood, vinyl, and metal. Though gazebos are traditionally open-sided structures, newer models allow for removable vinyl or plexiglass windows that extend their use in cooler weather by offering protection from chilly winds. Window options range from simple roll-down  vinyl panels that are fastened to the gazebo’s wall posts with Velcro to track-style vinyl or plexiglass window panels in an aluminum frame that mount to the wall sections of the gazebo.

pergolas at Angersteins

As the days get shorter, proper lighting will keep you and your guests out of the dark on lovely fall evenings. Place path lights along walkways, driveways, and other small areas of your backyard to provide an illuminated route to your patio or deck. Add both beauty and function by lighting up the perimeter of you deck with lantern-style solar LED post lights. If you have a covered patio or gazebo, try hanging a wrought-iron chandelier or string lights for sparkle and ambiance.

Outdoor Lighting – Angersteins


Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you spend outdoors. And it is an investment that pays off handsomely in the value it adds to your home.

For added security, illuminate any side of the house that would otherwise be in shadow. To conserve energy, install a motion or heat-sensitive control that will switch on the light only if someone approaches that side of the house. An automatic timer can control a portion of your outdoor lights to turn off at a certain hour, while basic security lights can be left on through the night. Another proven safety measure is to use timers on interior lights to make your home look occupied when you’re away.

Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting Tip
In order to prevent unwanted glare from your outdoor lighting, use bulbs with reasonable illumination levels. You may also use full cut-off fixtures to direct the light down towards the ground, where it is needed, rather than being cast to the side or up towards the sky, where it is wasted.

Angersteins – Paving Stones: EP Henry


Retaining wall and paver blocks

Angerstein’s is Delaware’s leading distributor of E. P. Henry™ Hardscaping™ products. E. P. Henry is the oldest family-owned and -operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in America and has long been committed to being the market leader in both consumer and commercial Hardscaping. E. P. Henry’s commitment goes beyond just having the highest quality materials and the broadest product offerings. The company also ensures that you get the best finished Hardscaping project. E. P. Henry is the leader in training professional Hardscaping contractors. Training sessions are held frequently at their facility throughout the year and the lessons go above and beyond industry certification standards. Each February, the company holds an annual Midatlantic Hardscaping Trade Show. Again, this event keeps their suppliers and Hardscaping professionals up-to-date on industry changes and provides continuing education to those in the field who work with their product. It is because of these standards of excellence that Angerstein’s has created a partnership with E. P. Henry.

Angerstein’s is E. P. Henry’s top Authorized Hardscaping Distributor in the state of Delaware. We have been selling E. P. Henry paving stones for over 18 years.  Because of this, our sales associates are well-versed in all things Hardscaping. Angerstein’s sales associates can walk you through your project from start to finish. They can provide you with ideas, show you beautiful product displays, assist with material calculations, accessories and the tools and equipment needed to complete your project. We even sell landscape lighting, grills and patio furniture to put on your patio after it’s completed!  Angerstein’s is a full-stocking distributor and can usually fill any order in just a few days.

Angerstein’s has two convenient locations in Delaware – in Wilmington, and close to the beaches, in Sussex County, in the town of Milton. You can pick up your paving stone order or we can deliver directly to you. Just like E. P. Henry, Angerstein’s is dedicated to educating our customers. We hold several paving stone “How To Install” seminars each year.

Please click here if you would like to be on our mailing lists for Angerstein’s events. Even if you do not plan to install your own patio, we recommend that you attend the seminar to learn more about the installation process.

Not a Do-It-Yourselfer? Angerstein’s can lead you in the right direction by recommending one of our Authorized Hardscaping Contractors. Authorized Hardscaping Contractors are independent contractors who are not industry certified, but they have also met the standards set by E. P. Henry to ensure the highest level of performance.

Specialty Hardscaping Products

Angerstein’s also carries a beautiful, high-end line of paving stones by Andes Collection. This line of unique marble and travertine pavers is imported from the Andes Mountains in Peru. Please call our sales associates for pricing and availability.

Once you’ve finished your paving stone project, it may still not be complete. By installing a PaverArt medallion or custom design, you will certainly distinguish yourself from your neighbor’s paving stone project. PaverArt designs are crafted from pigmented, concrete paving stones that are built to withstand the test of time. Certainly their beauty will be something you’ll love forever. Please call our store for more information.

In order to protect your paving stone or hardscaping project, many customers turn to Angerstein’s for care and maintenance products and tips. Angerstein’s carries a line of products by TechniSeal® that will help consumers protect their investment. TechniSeal manufactures premium products engineered to clean and protect interlocking pavers. Call Angerstein’s for more information about these excellent products.

Don’t forget the lighting!

Landscape Lighting manufacturer, CAST Lighting, produces landscape lighting fixtures, landscape lighting transformers, landscape lighting wire, low voltage bulbs and other outdoor lighting system components.

Patio Furniture – Angersteins


Whether it’s a single bath light or an entire house of lights, Angerstein’s Design Center provides the services to fit your needs. Need assistance with your patio furniture layout & design? We have a fabulous selection to choose from!

summer classics - St Croix



Great Gift Ideas for Fathers Day from Angersteins


Looking for gift ideas for Father’s Day? We have a great selection of gadgets, firepits, and grills! 

Comfortable and easy to use, STIHLS handheld blowers help you clear the yard quickly and easily. Check out the variety of STIHL grass trimmers for around the home today. Lightweight yet powerful.


Summer Time means Grilling Time! Free Cover with purchase.  

fresh designs june - smokers and grills

So for Father’s Day, consider setting your resident grill master up in style with:

Weber Performer Charcoal Grill in green (top left, $329) for the guy that loves an old-school charcoal taste

Weber Genesis S330 Gas Grill (top right, $949) – the closest you can come to a built-in grill look with portability

Traeger Pellet Grill and Smoker (bottom right, $699) offers the key to real Texas barbecue – Free Pellets with

Big Green Egg Smoker (bottom left, $850 including stand & shelves) – the most popular cermaic kamado-style cooker out there.

fresh designs june - weber Q220 on sturdy cart

Does the dad in your life spend a lot of time on the boat, hunting, camping with the kids?

If so, this Weber Q220 portable gas grill ($329) is the best way to a hot, tasty meal.

fresh designs june - grilling accessories

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Already have a great grill or smoker?

Then it’s time to accessorize! 10% off all grill accessories!

Grab Dad the latest & greatest grill tools, smoking chips or barbecue pellets.

In the end, you’ll all benefit from these fun, reasonable gifts!

Seen above are (clockwise from top left):

Corn Grill Basket ($12.99)

LED Grill Light ($19.99) to be sure he doesn’t lose his focus while manning the grill

Veggie Grill Wok ($14.89)

Traeger Barbecue Smoker Pellets ($18.99) available in mesquite, cherry, apple & alder woods

Jack Daniels Smoker Chips ($9.99 for 2 lb. bag)


fresh designs june - portable firepits

Which Style of Firepit is right for you?

Pictured above, from left to right, are:

35″ Bronze Fire Pit & Screen ($192) with its sophisticated basin & domed screen

Pewter Cast Iron Chimenea ($179.99) – a fashionable pot belly stove for the patio

30″ Stainless Steel Black Fire Pit & Screen ($139)

fresh designs june - firepit accessories

If you want to rekindle Dad’s interest in the fire pit you already own, try either Pinon Wood mini logs ($14.99) which act as a natural insect &

mosquito repellant or Fire Starter sticks ($4.99 for a 12-pack) which guarantee him success getting things going.

20% OFF ALL Lighting and Ceiling Fans!

Hot Trends in Backyard Landscaping


Hot Trends in Backyard Landscaping

JUNE 7, 2012 BY 

Now is the best time of year to be outside enjoying our outdoor living areas. While “new” landscape design products are exciting to reveal, there are a few backyard products we all know and love that are blossoming this year.

One of the best examples is the outdoor firepit. What family wouldn’t love to gather around a warm, inviting fire? Today there is a bouquet of longer-lasting firepits from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.

Classic Wood-Burning Firepits

Homeowners who prefer the beauty of a true wood-burning firepit now can choose rounded, square, rectangular, ground-hugging or bar height. Some are works of art, crafted from clay and stone, in a variety of colors that will make selecting a landscaping focal point easy. Many have large ledges that act as a table. Paving stone manufacturers, such as EP Henry, have caught onto this trend and now offer easy-to-build firepit packages with the right number of bricks along with the pan, screen and poker.

Clean-Burning Gas Firepits

The newest generation of gas firepits is incredibly convenient. Best of all, you avoid the hassle of finding dry wood, starter gel and a match to fire up your evening and the nuisance of smoke wafting in your direction. My favorite is a sleek, rectangle style, modeled after those cool linear direct-vent fireplaces for indoor use. It’s got a dark, charcoal grey base and stainless steel rectangular top. The fire line is cool, straight and narrow and has clear glass beads under the dancing flames. In a more traditionally designed space, try a square or oval gas firepit with a round or square fire line. Choose a softer base, with either stucco or stacked stone. If you want to add some pow to your firepit, change the color of the beads. The most popular, next to clear, is amber, but there are 18 colors to choose from.

Waterfalls in Color

Water is also finding new form this season. Waterfalls are more beautiful than ever with added color for night-time entertainment! Using LED lights and an ingenious remote control, you can pre-set your waterfall to illuminate colors throughout the evening – even red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. If you want turquoise to match your patio cushions, turn the dial on the remote and you’ll get a rainbow of blues. It’s really fun.

Low-Voltage Lighting Now Lasts Longer

Low-voltage landscape lighting is also sprouting new varieties. Manufacturers, such as Cast Landscape Lighting, are adding handsome LED lamps to their product lines faster than a slug can eat your favorite flower. Take advantage of the lighter load on your transformer and reduced maintenance. How does changing bulbs every five years sound, as compared to every year? If you are not ready to make that big of a change, try buying landscape lights with adjustable hubs. They lower the sockets so you can actually get your fingers in to change the bulb. Ah, spring blooms eternal.