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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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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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Limestone, the ‘superior’ Bluestone upgrade

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[...]

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Why Coated Rebar is Imperative in Paving Projects!

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[...]

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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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Flagstone Patio

A flagstone patio is perfect for that sunny winter afternoon or a summer night party. It has to be a leisurely space that you enjoy being in and grow to love. At Gothicstone that is just what we seek to create with the flagstone patios that we build for you.

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