10 Reasons why you may want to select Natural Stone Pavers. #1 REAL natural stone is actually less expensive than faux-stone concrete look-alikes….and has a much better look and enduring life span. #2 ASTM* Tested – twice the strength of concrete. #3 Stays Cool Underfoot unlike man-made products or slate. #4 Great for all exterior (pools, patios, driveways) and interior spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, counter tops, basements). Copings, treads, wall caps all readily available in various thicknesses. #5 ASTM* Tested – high co-efficient of friction for a non-slip surface. #6 No Maintenance – no need to seal or coat (especially, if dry-set pavers). #7 ASTM Tested for freeze/thaw compatibility in northern climates. #8 Retains its natural beauty forever! (they are over 50 million years old). #9 Does not scuff or degrade like patterned concrete or stamped asphalt surfaces (asphalt and concrete get very hot). #10 Fashion forward look with timeless beauty.
Why do we say ‘superior’? Because it’s superior in several ways: 1) Limestone has NO METAL (practically speaking), unlike traditional blue stone from upstate PA/NY that is very laden with natural metal content…. 1a) that means it STAYS COOL EVEN IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT. That’s right, since it has no mechanism (metal) to draw the heat into the body of the stone it is THERMALLY INERT! It’s a thermal insulator, rather than a thermal conductor! 1b) it is chemically inert to chlorine and salt….. NO Chemical REACTION! Since LIMESTONE and Travertine Limestone are composed of Calcium Carbonate (chemically similar to a salt itself)…..it doesn’t react with salts or chlorine! 2) It is faster and easier to install than blue stone…. 2a) this product is produced on a marble line to exact specifications, thereby resulting in a extremely squared and calibrated end product (try comparing that to blue stone, which is hacked up on very basic saws[...]
Whenever rebar is used to reinforce concrete around a paving project (I emphasize a paving project because of the horizontal nature of the concrete usually means there will be water sitting on it for extended periods of time) the use of COATED rebar is imperative. The iron in the rebar will eventually oxidize (rust) and expand in the process. The more it oxidizes, the more it expands. The more it expands the more water it can collect and therefore the more it oxidizes and so on and so forth. Eventually you will get a massive failure like this municipal project on the Malaga (Spain) Beach Promenade. By the way, no sense in using coated rebar if you don’t also coat the ends yourself after cutting the pieces to the necessary length for your install. For those that may be interested contact me for information regarding a new generation of lightweight rebar that is a[...]
More and more homeowners are requesting specialty stone pool pavers in their outdoor building or remodeling plans. The visual interest is contagious, and once they see a neighbor’s travertine or limestone-accented swim area, they want pavers too. It may be that every viewer sees the colors and patterns in natural stone a little differently. This unique take makes stone tile an intimate choice of building material. Even though marble or travertine is cool and hard to the touch when unpolished, it is warm and soft to the eye.
Modern architecture has embraced the timeless look of natural stone patio pavers. Demand has grown, but fortunately supplies of marble, travertine, limestone and basalt are plentiful and relatively easily accessed. While stone may be a large investment, it is also quite sound, as patio pavers require little maintenance to look good, and they wear well. The life of a travertine or marble deck will likely exceed one of treated wood, in terms of aesthetics and function.
Architectural styles have become more customized, and natural stone tile can lend a distinctive look to any new home or office building. Conformity used to be the trend, with cookie-cutter facades or landscapes. Now, designers are realizing that manmade constructions can be set apart from their peers by using accents derived from nature. Even if everyone were adding travertine flooring or columns to their projects, each entity would still be unique.
The other choices in outdoor flooring literally pale beside natural stone slabs. Cement is none too beautiful. Brick and manufactured tile are too uniform and breakable. On the other hand, all the color choices in nature are reflected in tough slab pavers. Homeowners, designers and contractors can find an endless selection of slabs, tiles and architectural accents from an online importer.
Designers and homeowners choose natural stone flooring for the kind of beauty that can’t be manufactured. Even the names travertine, limestone and marble have a lovely, exotic quality to them. They aptly describe these unique “building blocks” that reflect and merge with the surrounding landscape. Architects use them wherever an organic look is desired. They are stunning, for instance, in fountain installations, fireplaces and retaining walls.
Move over Congoleum and Pergo, natural stone tile has taken over as the most sought-after flooring around the world. Homeowners are always interested in finding base coverings that look great and require little to no maintenance. Now many are stepping out on the latest architectural fashion: travertine, marble, limestone and basalt mosaic tiles and pavers. The functional perks are secondary only to stone’s impressive good looks. When creatively and professionally applied, this indoor or outdoor flooring garners instant recognition as top-of-the-line material.
When planning a commercial project or home exterior living space, natural stone pavers add distinction and a sense of permanence. It is telling that the ancient Romans used limestone, travertine and marble in their architectural wonders, many of which still exist today. While they couldn’t have performed the geological assessments and comparisons that we can today, they intuitively prized these natural materials for their strength, beauty and longevity.