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[...]
Remember, when implementing or installing a certain fixed pattern it is important to stick within the parameters of the original design. Improvisation and creativity are acceptable and even very admirable in the appropriate …..in this example; not so much!
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The right kind of pool coping can really enhance that feeling of bright freshness that you will want someone to associate with your swimming pool. And nothing does it better than the inviting feel and smooth texture of polished natural stone.
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.
Nothing beats the cool and inviting feel of natural stone flooring. A stone floor, whether it is the smooth, luxurious texture of marble or the more rustic flavor of limestone, makes a home look truly complete and contributes in a big way to making it the place you love.
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.
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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.