Podcast on considerations and value of using pedestal systems in exterior applications
Considerations for cleaning stone * Regular, basic maintenance type cleaningUse any non-caustic degreasing agent (mild dish or hand soap) mixed in warm water.Deep cleaning, minor restoration (mild etch) type cleaningDilute muriatic acid 10 parts water to 1-part store-bought muriatic acidWet entire stone surfacePour dilute mix and move it around with a sponge mop – consider doing in 20 square foot over lapping sections. Don’t let it sit in one place without moving and agitating it. Acid will neutralize after 10-15 seconds.Finish with a rinsing the surface with clean water Sealing the stone ** Before proceeding with sealing, if you applied new grout, you need to wait at least 2 weeks for the outgassing of the grout to complete. If you only did stone cleaning, seal after the stone is thoroughly dry, typically a day or two. * This does not apply to high polished marble – contact us for those details. ** We highly recommend purchasing[...]
Tips: Gothicstone Travertine, Limestone or Marble Paver Installation
Installation Considerations – Dry Set:
The use of spacers is not necessary particularly when dry setting these pavers.
No sealing or maintenance is required. Natural rain will flush and clean the stone.
Same installation methods and considerations, like other decorative pavers, should be employed including using a pad on your vibrating plate.
See our blog posts for specific considerations ie: Battling Mother Nature, Part I, mold/algae problems, https://www.gothicstone.com/how-to-battle-mother-nature-part-i/
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[...]
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