Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New England Fieldstone – Ledgestone Building Veneer

New England Fieldstone is a very colorful stone when it is split to expose the graining in the stone. This graining is very strong and durable because the stone has been transformed into quartzitic stone with the use of high heat and intense pressure.

I have a building veneer stone that features the beautiful graining and colors in the stone while still providing structural durability to allow it to be used as a building veneer. This is my New England Fieldstone Ledgestone Building Veneer, or Ledgestone for short.

Ledgestone is very popular when the customer is looking for a wide palette of colors. The colors of the ledgestone include gray, brown, beige, green, white, orange and black. This broad range of colors is found in the New England Fieldstone because fieldstone is a conglomeration of stone with many different minerals and colors. The colors do not come to life until the stone has been split open. Once split open it exposes its vibrant colors for all the world to appreciate. It is not afraid to share its beauty as it sits proudly on the many buildings, fireplaces, chimneys and accent walls that it adorns.

I’ve included some pictures of a chimney constructed with the New England Ledgestone. You can see the full range of colors and the interesting grains in the stone. The chimney has a few pieces of the New England Fieldstone Roughly Square and Rectangular pieces mixed in with the ledgestone. These are the larger pieces that have square and rectangular shapes. This is also a building veneer, and is very popular when looking for shaped pieces of stone that still have the natural weathered face exposed on the veneer. I think it is a good compliment to the ledgestone because of its sizing, finish and texture.

If you are interested in these or any of my New England Natural Stone veneer products please give me a call at 800-231-2200. One of my knowledgeable sales representatives will be able to assist you in determining your stone requirements for your individual project.

Give it a try on your next building stone veneer job.

Either ledgestone or square and rectangular, they make a statement to lasting strength and unique beauty.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bluestone Pavers

I want to take some time to tell you about my thermal bluestone pavers. The material is a very nice blue/gray color with some sand swirls in the stone which gives it some added life. The sizing of the pavers are 12 x 12, 12 x 18, 12 x 24, 18 x 18, 18 x 24, 24 x 24 and 24 x 36.
Because the pavers come in seven sizes they can be installed in many different patterns. Check out the paver layout section on my website for different patterns and designs for your walkway or patio.
Random layouts are also available if you are looking for something that is a little different.
Talk to one of my sales reps for help on getting a random layout for your project.

The really nice feature about these pavers is the uniformity in size and thickness. The pavers are a very consistent 1.5 inches thick.
One of my dealers told me that he installed these pavers in the same way that he installs concrete pavers. He levelled out the base and started dropping in the bluestone. Because the thickness was consistent he did not have to spend much time raising and lowering pieces so that the tops were level and on the same plane. He told me that he installed the same square footage of these pavers as he does with the concrete man-made pavers.
The big difference that he noted was that the bluestone looked real and natural and would maintain its color and texture for years. Bluestone does not fade because it is the same color throughout the entire thickness of the stone. It may take on a little dirt from its surroundings, but that can be remedied with a little soapy water and a nice clean rinse. After that the stone is back to its original look.

What I like best about this stone is that it can be used for many different applications. The obvious applications are any of the horizontal ones. Walkways, patios, steppers and steps to name a few. The stone can also be installed as a veneer in a vertical application. At 1.5 inches thick, it weighs a little more than 16 lbs/sf so it will require a footing for support. The pieces can be used as they come in squares and rectangles, or they can be broken to give a broken ice mosaic look.

This stone can also be used as coping for pools, capping for walls, sills and lintels for construction and hearths and mantles for fireplaces. If the 1.5 inch thickness is not enough, I can provide the same material in 2 inch thick pieces.

This product is my most popular product for paving, coping, capping, steps and many other specialty applications. Its versatility and ease of workability make it a great choice for many applications. Its color, strength and texture make it a popular choice for many homeowners.

Give it a try for your next stone project.

You will enjoy its long lasting durability and beauty.

Friday, June 15, 2007

New England Fieldstone and Stone Masterscapes VIDEO

I've shipped out a third truckload of stone to Ben Forsberg of Master Stonescapes in Jordan, MN. He has been as dealer for about 30 days and now has over 60 ton of my New England Fieldstone in his yard.

The stone that I featured in this video is New England Flat Select Wallstone, New England Round Select Wallstone and New England Large Flagging.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Customer Testimonials

Here are a few comments from some of my customers. They were happy with the products and service that they received from Stoneyard.com and shared their satisfaction with me. I thought you would enjoy listening to what they had to say.

Send me your thoughts and comments and I'll include them in future videos.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Stoneyard.com - Stone Splitter Video

I put together this video on our stone splitter. We are working up New England Fieldstone and making it into square and rectangular pieces.

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did making it. If you get a chance send me your comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Take a moment to read this thought about life, and try creating more moments in your day-to-day living.

“Life is defined by memories, and memories are made up of moments. Live for the moments, in the end it will be what you have left when you look back at your life.”

Enjoy the moments when they present themselves to you.

Friday, June 08, 2007

New England Granite VIDEO

Here is a video featuring my New England Granite. The granite comes in random wallstone pieces or I can sort it to give you square and mosaic veneer stone. I also have some wonderful accent pieces that can be used as flagging, steppers, steps and more.

Enjoy the video, and let me know what you think of this wonderful stone from the Penobscot Bay area in Maine.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Stone Professionals – New Dealer in Dallas, TX Area

I would like to welcome Tim Koscinski of Stone Professionals to our Dealer Program. Tim’s company is located out of Carrollton, TX which is just outside of Dallas,TX. Tim has been working with us for the last year and has decided that now is the time to start providing our natural stone products to his customers. Check out Tim’s website at http://www.stoneprofessionals.com/ for a complete listing of Tim’s products and services. You will also find a link to stoneyard.com, where all of our products can be found in my online store and design center.

Stone Professionals is America’s natural stone resource, and will be carrying a complete line of our products to include polished and seaside pebbles, New England Fieldstone products, natural stone pavers and cobblestones. To assist in locating the company, Stone Professionals is listed in our Buyer’s Guide.

If you are in the Dallas, TX area give Tim and his staff at Stone Professionals a call. They can help you with all of your stone needs to include some of the finest stone available from the New England area.

Friday, June 01, 2007

GB Quartzite - Not Just For Pavers Anymore

An excellent choice of material for pavers, wall caps and pool coping applications is a quartzite stone. The GB Quartzite that I carry is one of the most popular quartzites for these applications.
Quartzite is a great choice because it is a very hard stone formed from quartz and/or feldspar, which are common minerals found in the Earth’s crust. Quartzite started its life as a sandstone, and was converted to quartzite by applying heat and pressure to the stone.

To get an idea of how strong the stone is think of this.

Imagine taking a piece of sandstone and baking it in a furnace until enough of the minerals melt to create a cement like bonding agent. Then apply pressure to the stone while you are slowly cooling it. This is the metamorphosis that sandstone undergoes to become quartzite. After it is slowly cooled it is pushed to the surface of the Earth, where it is quarried and processed into pieces of stone that are used to adorn beautiful landscape applications.

Because the stone has been formed by heat and pressure bonding the sedimentary layers together it is very hard. However, it still maintains its grain which was formed when sediments were compacted together to form layers. The layers were then compressed to form sandstone formations. The heat and pressure created enough energy to bond the layers together, but not enough for the stone to lose its grain. Because quartzite still has a strong grain in it, it can only be processed by splitting it in the direction of the grain. If you try to split against the grain of the stone it will shatter and fall apart.

This is the main reason why the stone is quarried in pieces that are much smaller than granite, sandstone or marble. My maximum lengths for the 2 inch thick coping pieces is 36 inches. The maximum width is 24 inches. This still allows for a very nice piece of coping that is proportional to the pavers and other coping products.

Because of the grain formation the stone needs to be rocked from the edge and not the top. This edge rocking creates a very rough split looking edge that highlights the grain and different mineral colors that are captured in the stone.
I think it looks fantastic. Take a look at some of the pieces that I fabricated for pool coping and let me know what you think. The pool coping runs right to the edge of the pool with the quartzite pavers butting up to the coping. All of the material is cut from the same stone so it is a perfect match.
The range of colors for the quartzite is another reason that it is such a popular stone for paving, coping, wallcaps and accent pieces. The minerals that helped form the cementing material as well as iron oxide, carbonate and clay all give the stone its vibrant full range of color. These colors include gray, brown, yellow, tan, pinks and dark shades of reds. This palette of color provides for some very interesting streaks, lenses and textures that are not found in any other stones.
Quartzite is a stone that is just starting to find its way into pool coping and wallcap applications. If you are looking for a product that is durable, lively and original try my quartzite. It will wear well both functionally and aesthetically.

Let me know what applications you have for my quartzite stone. You will enjoy the product for many years.

I read this quote from a motivational newsletter that is put out by the Napoleon Hill Foundation. I think it is sage information that we should think about everyday.

“Strife and struggle can inspire you to overcome adversity and to propel yourself to real achievement. View every struggle as an opportunity for personal growth. It is the struggle itself, not the result that builds character. If you know you are right, stay the course even though the whole world seems to be against you and everyone you know questions your judgment. When you prevail-and you eventually will if you stick to the job-they will all tell you that they knew all along you could do it.”

Enjoy the weekend!