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Yes, even for the backyard pool deck or patio pavers The need for stabilization grids is something that is largely unrecognized throughout the construction industry which sort of boggles the mind. I would say that the large-scale industrial masonry world is understood because they have heavy-duty architects working on road projects, etc. those that require forethought, and longevity. Unfortunately, on the mid-size to small scale projects ie: from parking lots to a backyard patio or pool paver projects, it’s usually not a consideration for reasons that are not understood by me. Stabilization is at the heart of the project when it comes down to longevity of the installation. Anybody can lay down some stone or pavers on soil or grass or anything and they’ll stay there for a week, a month or a year, but if you want them to stay in place for 10, 20, 50 years, you[...]
Considerations for cleaning stone * Regular, basic maintenance type cleaningUse any non-caustic degreasing agent (mild dish or hand soap) mixed in warm water.Deep cleaning, minor restoration (mild etch) type cleaningDilute muriatic acid 10 parts water to 1-part store-bought muriatic acidWet entire stone surfacePour dilute mix and move it around with a sponge mop – consider doing in 20 square foot over lapping sections. Don’t let it sit in one place without moving and agitating it. Acid will neutralize after 10-15 seconds.Finish with a rinsing the surface with clean water Sealing the stone ** Before proceeding with sealing, if you applied new grout, you need to wait at least 2 weeks for the outgassing of the grout to complete. If you only did stone cleaning, seal after the stone is thoroughly dry, typically a day or two. * This does not apply to high polished marble – contact us for those details. ** We highly recommend purchasing[...]
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.