Reason #2 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 SEA SEAHAZE SAND Seahaze Sand (beige) Limestone pavers with Cream Elite Travertine coping
REASON #1: 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!
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.
If you love the outdoors, you would probably want to find a way to enjoy your stone patio or garden even on a cold night. An outdoor fire pit can make this not only possible, but actually a truly romantic experience. So, whether you are entertaining or star-gazing, you will be able to feel the warmth of an open fire wafting out of your own backyard fire pit. If you already have an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor fire pit is the perfect complement to round out that barbecue or party under the open sky.
Pool coping, countertop or tread edge profile idea……….. Gothicstone has designed a new coping edge profile that has a flat face with “quarter round” bullnose on the top corner and “eased edge” on the bottom. It’s 2″ thick, but LOOKS THICKER because the face is flat, an optical illusion that is very desirable. Caramel Travertine Coping – custom
6 Reasons why limestone should be your paver choice for driveways and pool/patio pavers Stays cool even in direct sunlight Will not react to salt or chlorine Is faster and easier to install – cuts like butter Perfectly rectified / calibrated (perfect 24 x 24, for example) Produced in small or large format patterns, individual sizes Used for both old world and modern designs – more flexibility https://www.gothicstone.com/limestone-superior-bluestone-alternative/
Why do we say Limestone is ‘superior’ to Bluestone? Compare the attributes…. 1) Limestone has NO METAL (practically speaking), unlike traditional Bluestone 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 Bluestone…. 2a) Gothicstone products are produced on marble tile production lines to exact specifications, thereby resulting in a extremely squared and calibrated end product (try comparing that to Bluestone, which is hacked up on very basic saws that[...]
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!