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Benefits of Porcelain Pavers

by Giovani Ricetti The first thing that most people think about when they hear the word porcelain, is their mother’s or their grandmother’s china sets. The assumption is that it is a fine, decorative form of pottery, but in reality it is so much more complex and a material unique to itself. With a long

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Marketing Tips for Stone Contractors

Treat Your Web Site Like A Plant, Not A Brochure

Treat Your Web Site Like A Plant, Not A Brochure Marketing Tips for Stone Masons, Hardscapers and Landscapers Google “reads” your web site based on the frequency of your uploads – that helps customers find your web site. So… Upload at least one photo each week. (You are doing projects, right?) Name the photo file

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How to Install Gator Base for Paver Installations

by Mike Huber Gator Base is a foam base product that has been engineered and designed specifically for pedestrian paver installations. The panels are lightweight and incredibly easy to move around and work with. In this blog post, we’re going to outline, step-by-step, what a typical Gator Base installation involves. 1. Excavation Gator Base eliminates the

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Marketing Tips for Stone Contractors

How To Get People To Find My Business Online

Use the free web site Google My Business Google My Business is a free web site that is tied to Google Maps and user’s phone locations.  It is very important to make sure that your business is listed with Google using this free service.  Here is how to get started:  Open your gmail account (if

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Easy Way for Contractors to Reach Neighbors

Target Your Best Prospects… The Neighbors Around Your Current Projects Mail 50 Full Color Postcards For As Little As $42.50*! With easy-to-use postcard program you can customize and mail your postcards in under 2 minutes Change the coupon on your postcard every time you mail Send your customer’s testimonials to the neighbors on your postcard

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Planning A Stone Project

Dry-Stack Stone Wall Course for Masons

Brian Post, Executive Director at The Stone Trust, taught a two-day dry stack stonewall building class at the Stoneyard showroom and warehouse, teaching the best traditions of English stone walls.  Experienced stonemasons and one determined homeowner spent two full days learning how to construct a stonewall that will still remain standing even if the ground

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Planning A Stone Project

What Stone is Right for a Wine Cellar?

Stone Business Magazine Aging Well WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. – When the look says “castle,” but the construction says drywall, a thin-veneer stone can go a long way. At least that’s the experience of Ed Loughran, owner of the locally based Charles River Wine Cellars, Inc., who’s taken his stone expertise from landscapes to basements in

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Planning A Stone Project

What is an Elegant Stone for a Fireplace in New England?

Building Stone Magazine Article: Stone Brings Rustic Charm To Elegant New England Eatery Written by Jennifer Adams Download PDF of article Elegant, warm and inviting are the three words designer Dana Boucher of Breath of Fresh Art uses to describe the interior dining space of the Copper Door restaurant in Bedford, NH. At the heart

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Planning A Stone Project

How to Install A Dry-Laid Fieldstone Wall

How to Install A Dry-Laid Fieldstone Wall The aged fieldstone wall rambling through the countryside will forever be a symbol of our New England lifestyle. Freestanding fieldstone walls serve as property lines and fences. Retaining fieldstone walls not only are beautiful; they also serve a very important function to hold back and stabilize steep embankments.

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What Moisture Control Cavity Weep System Should I Use?

Why include a weep system? Veneer stone is not a structural wall, it is either adhered to the structural wall (thin veneer) or anchored to a weight bearing foundation (building veneer). Stone and mortar are porous and so water can eventually weep through these materials and cause two potential issues: damage to the substrate or

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Which Cement Board Saves Stone Install Time?

Cement Board Substrate Saves Installation Time by 35% and Cost by 6% National Association of Home Builders Association-affiliated Home Innovation Research Labs finds that using PermaBase Cement Board as a substrate in exterior wall systems with modified veneer mortar reduces adhered stone installation time by 35 percent and total installed cost by 6 percent against

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Planning A Stone Project

What Are The Top 5 Stone Remodeling Projects?

Top 5 Stone Remodel Projects for This Year Tackling your home remodel list might feel like an impossible task. Staying up to date on current design trends is a full-time job in itself, so applying the latest style facts and figures to your to-do list can be overwhelming. If you feel like your home needs

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Why Natural Thin Veneer Stone is Best for Exterior Use

What types of thin veneer are Harsh Climate Approved? The exterior of your home, government, or commercial building faces Mother Nature’s extreme conditions every day. Depending on your location, this could mean anything from bitter cold and snow to scorching heat and hurricanes, not to mention the numerous freeze-thaw cycles that we face here in

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Masonry Selection Process for Thin Veneer

The Masonry Selection Process for Stonemasons To ensure a successful thin stone veneer project, these are steps a stonemason will take before thin stone veneer is applied to the surface. Order samples. Dry fit on the floor. Install on mock-up board or inconspicuous area of project Select grout color Select grouting method (dry stack, jointed,

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Planning A Stone Project

Kitchens with Natural Thin Stone Accents

Kitchens with Natural Thin Stone Accents and Wall Coverings Colonial New England is no stranger to the use of stone in design and construction, including in kitchens. Choosing a natural stone veneer that is native to these grounds for your kitchen design just makes sense. The timeless atmosphere it creates is sure to stir up creativity in design,

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Planning A Stone Project

Choosing the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace

Key things to keep in mind with tips from Tim Carter of askthebuilder.com So you have decided to take the leap and FINALLY cover that old brick fireplace or include a natural stone fireplace in your new home. Here are three tips to help you make the perfect stone choice, some tips from Tim Carter

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