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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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Pedestal Systems expand their footprint in both interior and exterior projects.

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[...]

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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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Concrete Pavers vs Natural Stone Pavers……You Decide!

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.

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Patio Pavers

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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Landscape Pavers

As globalized life gets more and more transitory, designers are using natural stone landscape pavers to lend a sense of permanence to indoor and outdoor spaces. Limestone, travertine, marble and lava stone are becoming the building and accent pavers of choice among homeowners and architects. Even if it weren’t all the rage, natural stone would do its job day in and day out. Good looks and practical function prove that investing in superior materials does pay off.

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Marble Tile Installation

Designers and builders looking for a unique edge can now choose to install marble pavers for a wide variety of architectural applications. This traditional building material is finding myriad new uses in today’s homes and offices. Natural stone tiles are finished to a softer look and feel than super-polished stone, requiring less care. The exotic pattern of deep color broken by contrasting veining is spectacular as flooring, fountain or pool material.

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Marble Floor Tiles

When a remodeling client wants marble flooring, a helpful and reliable source can be found online. Every aspect of the job can be scoped out and budgeted for time and money with the help of an online importer. Experts who know natural stone and see it from quarry to building project have everything that designers and builders need to see their visions become reality. Whether their plans incorporate interior flooring, staircases, patios or pools, they can get started with samples, product info and application suggestions online.

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Marble Countertops

When it comes to luxury, marble pavers turn ordinary kitchens, baths or swimming pool areas into something ethereal. While this distinctive stone may seem rare and precious, it is actually quite plentiful and practical as a building material. Few types of flooring last longer, and few types of paver can match it for its colorful beauty. Contrasting veins embrace deep blue-grays, dusty roses and austere creams. When these random color patterns repeat in tiled floors, accents or installations, the effect is striking, especially over large paved spaces.

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Marble Pavers

While some stone materials may be trendier, marble floor tiles are the unquestionable height of elegance. The smooth, dense stone with a surface that reflects light draws and pleases the eye. While this ancient stone was prized and used abundantly by early Greeks and Romans, today its popularity is even greater. Modern quarrying and finishing techniques make marble available for more applications than ever before. These include floors, sinks, countertops and custom accents.

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