Mold on hardscaping can be avoided with simple techniques! Hardscaping can be relatively maintenance-free. However, issues may arise if your patio or pool deck is not properly maintained or the initial installation isn’t correct. The first topic in the “Battling Mother Nature” series addresses how to avoid having a persistent mold and/or algae issue on any type of hardscape installation. The problem is often thought to be not enough sunlight in that area (particularly in the case of mold and mildew). Of course, it may help to have plenty of sunlight to mitigate the mold growth on the hardscaping. However, the problem is not the surface. It lies underneath. The problem is almost always about the substrate in paver, tile and other types of exterior or interior environments. The unfortunate appearance of mold and/or algae can readily be avoided with proper installation vs the age-old excuse of insufficient sunlight or other natural causes. The Problem and Solutions So,[...]
Pedestal systems have been used for decades now, most familiarly for lightweight rooftop applications such as installing a patio utilizing the existing roof substrate. Additionally, they are commonly used in computer rooms where access to electrical and telecommunication cables beneath the floor is necessary. A pedestal system lifts the paver up above the substrate Here’s how they work with paver or paver tile projects. Basically, a pedestal, typically made of plastic, raises up the four corners of a paver off the ground with small spacers in each corner. This leaves a small spacer (or tiny little gaps) on each side of the paver or tile, allowing the floor to breathe or, in the outdoors, for drainage and access. Other benefits, discussed in detail below, are time savings for installation, accessibility for both future changes/retrofitting and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing). Limitations of pedestal systems It is recommended that you have a flat plane (not necessarily[...]
Natural stone for residential or commercial vehicle specification One of our prospective clients asked us about the ability to use natural stone pavers ie: travertine, limestone, sandstone or marble for re-designing a commercial and pedestrian plaza area where commercial trucks and cars will be driving on the plaza. They also wanted to know if we could produce the pavers in 2 ¼” thickness, as well. The plaza carries both commercial vehicles and cars. Along the plaza are pedestrian walkways. Yes, we can produce pavers at 2 1/4″ thick as well as 3″ or any thickness desired. As far as the concern re: the ability to handle truck traffic, the larger issue is the surface dimension of the pavers (ie: not necessarily the thickness of the pavers) as a fulcrum point or large void underneath the center of any paver can easily result in failure. Consequently, a 4″x4″ paver would be highly unlikely to ever snap or fail, whereas, a large format paver[...]
Cell-Tek Stabilization Grids Yes, even for the backyard pool deck or patio. The need for stabilization grids is something that is largely unrecognized throughout the construction industry which sort of boggles the mind. I would say that the large-scale industrial masonry world is understood because they have heavy-duty architects working on road projects, etc. those that requires forethought, and longevity. Unfortunately, on the mid-size to small scale projects ie: parking lots to backyard patio or pool projects, it’s usually not a consideration for reasons that are not understood by me. Stabilization is at the heart of the project when it comes down to longevity of the installation. Anybody can lay down some stone or pavers on soil or grass or anything and they’ll stay there for a week, a month or a year, but if you want them to stay in place for 10, 20, 50 years, you need to[...]
Caramel Travertine - warm creamy beige color.
SEAHAZE SEA and SEAHAZE SAND limestone large format pavers in 2cm/3cm/4cm/5cm/6cm thickness for even the most industrial application.
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Gothicstone is introducing our African Collection of Limestone, Travertine and Marble SLABS, PAVERS, COPING, TREADS, DRIVEWAY SYSTEM, PLUS….
Gothicstone was the 1st company in the US to market travertine pavers, from Turkey, nationwide.
In addition to our long-term strong partnerships in Turkey, dating back to the 1990’s, we’ve excited to announce our new portfolio of materials we are producing in Africa.
This is in response to the market demands and our customers’ requests for new and exciting materials, as we have been known in the industry, to embrace “cutting edge” materials, technologies and fashion forward aesthetics. We are consultants, we are at the quarries, around the world, and embrace……….
We specialize in large format stone for a more sleek and modern look
Now we’re providing more cutting-edge offerings of limestone and marble.
The production tolerance comparisons to bluestones and slates: the SeaHaze Sea and Sand are honed and calibrated, in addition to the fact that they are produced on a marble production line, insuring their squareness and suitability for ease of installation. Unlike practically all bluestones and slates, the SeaHaze products are much faster and easier to install, thereby, reducing the overall budget of your client’s project. Even “so-called” calibrated bluestone (and obviously slates) can’t fully benefit from the uniformity of the calibration process because of their innately irregular surface textures.
SEAHAZE SEA (grey selection 18″x36″ tile) – cut on same production line as 1 1/4″, 2″, 3″ thick pavers.
SEAHAZE SEA (blue selection pavers)
The heat issue re: exposure to direct sunlight in warm climates, for both SeaHaze Sea and Sand limestone stays relatively cool on pool decks, with the beige (SeaHaze Sand) excelling a bit better than the darker blue grey (SeaHaze Sea) version. In any case, there is no comparison to the “You could fry an egg on it” surface of bluestone, granites or slates, due to their unusually high naturally occurring metal content.
Seahaze Sand (beige) Limestone pavers with Cream Elite Travertine coping
Salt: our limestone materials have negligible quantity of naturally occurring metals/iron oxides that would cause corrosion and subsequent failure, around a salt water or chlorine pool environment. Calcium Carbonate (limestone) is naturally inert, in regard to salt reactivity issues, in a pool deck environment. In contrast to the typical Indiana Limestone, this material is denser (therefore stronger) and you will not have an issue in that regard.
SEAHAZE SEA (blue selection) 16×24 Pavers + Coping (we specialize in large format any size/any color)
SEAHAZE SAND Limestone Pavers
Truth! Travertine or Limestone, the intelligent choice for pools, driveways
Travertine and limestone are pure calcium carbonate materials – they both “lack any significant quantity of naturally occurring metals”, unlike most other natural stone materials which tend to have significant quantities of metal in the form of Silica or Iron Oxide (like granite, sandstone and quartzite). Even concrete is very high in naturally occurring metal content (silica). So, for the perfect exterior natural stone, both travertine or limestone are perfect for pools, patios, walkways, driveways, etc. because they DO NOT react to salt because they lack any significant quantity of naturally occurring metals. And, an added benefit of travertine or limestone is that they DO NOT GET HOT even in direct sunlight!