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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,[...]

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Considerations for specifying natural stone in residential/commercial vehicle applications.

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[...]

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2014-03-25

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