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[...]
Recently I took a call from a prospective pool decking customer that was wondering if maybe he bought the wrong material when he had just placed an order for slate from a competitor.
I felt terrible explaining how and why slate was such a weak choice. First of all, due to it’s high metal content, slate acts like a “heat sink” storing the heat radiating from the sun and making it very uncomfortable to walk barefoot on during hot summer days. Unlike slate, travertine and limestone are formed from calcium carbonate sediment and therefore have virtually no metal content. Sadly, most end-user customers think that the heat building up in the stone decks is due to the color of the stone. That’s not the case, it’s the composition of the stone. The lack of metal content actually makes travertine and limestone a thermal insulator rather than a thermal conductor, trapping the[...]
Gothicstone was honored to participate in the Ursinus College Digital Spark Internship program this summer with a fantastic sophomore student, Zachary Goss, focusing on competitive and market research for new products we have designed for worldwide distribution. Thanks, Zachary, great work this summer! Enjoy Ireland!
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