Straw Wattles

Straw Wattle Roll

Straw Wattles Roll

What are Straw Wattles?

Straw Wattles are tubes of compressed weed-free straw. They are typically encased in jute, nylon, or other biodegradable material. Our straw wattles are 9 inches in diameter and are 25 feet long.

What are Wattles used for?

  • Control storm water runoff
  • Prevent slope erosion by stabilizing slopes by slowing, spreading and filtering overland water flow. Wattles work to reduce the erosive effects of slope length and steepness.
  • Capture inlet sedimentation. When wrapped around storm drain inlets, protects area drains and storm drain inlets from fast water flow and sediment.Straw Wattle Drain
  • Diverting the flow of water to appropriate areas.
  • Prevents soil from washing onto pavement and asphalt at active construction sites.
  • Promote stabilization and re-vegetation of stream banks and shorelines. Straw wattles prevent sediment pollution of streams.

Other Advantages of Straw Wattles:

Easy Garden Path Ideas

Happy Earth Day! What better way is there to enjoy mother nature than by strolling through a beautiful garden path?

A well designed garden path can create an inviting atmosphere for you and your guests, plus it can enhance the functionality of your garden.

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There are numerous ways you can create a alluring and fun garden path, you just need to think outside the box! A path that curves and disappears around a corner draws attention to what lies beyond. A straight, narrow path can make a garden appear longer, especially if the end point is hidden. We’ve collected some of our favorite garden path ideas to help inspire your design.

Idea #1. Elegant Entry with Techo Bloc’s Maya Stepping Stone


Garden Path Techo Bloc Maya Step

Techo Bloc’s Maya stone slab is an excellent way to enhance your garden path. These slabs come in 4 different earth tone colors to mimic the natural beauty of real stone.

Idea #2. Broken Beauty

Garden Path Irregular Bluestone

Irregular Bluestone slabs give off a rustic look. The irregularity and sharp edges of the stone will contrast nicely with the delicate softness of your flower surround.

Idea #3. Clean Lines

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Lay granite or bluestone pattern stock in crushed stone to create a minimalist garden path with clean lines.  You may opt to surround the granite with black Mexican beach pebbles to give a striking contrast.

Idea #4. Playing with Texture

Garden Path Crushed Stone

To expand on Idea #3, try creating landings out of bluestone or granite pattern and alternate with crushed stone. These varying layers of texture and rectangular forms will create visual appeal.

Idea #5. Staggered Lines

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Instead of laying stone in a straight line, mix it up by staggering 12″ x 36″ stone planks. The alternating stones draws the eye from side to side and creates an elongated appearance.

Idea #6. Geometric Intrigue

Garden Path Brick

Garden Path Brick

There are many versatile ways to lay brick and one option for your garden path is to make basket weave squares. Brick is timeless and it’ll add charm to your garden.

Another option is to surround a 12″ x 12″ bluestone square to create colorful garden steppers.

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Let us know which garden path design was your favorite in the comments below!

You can find all these materials at TLC Supply in Quincy, MA. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

Before you go, be sure to check out last year’s Earth Day post on Permeable Pavers.

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

Using Porcelain Outdoors

Porcelain Pavers

Versatile. Durable. Stunning.

With a new year comes positive change and new trends! With that said one outdoor trend that is gaining traction is the use of porcelain pavers or “slabs” for patios, pool decks, walkways, and driveways.

If you don’t already know, patios are becoming increasingly popular and it’s very easy to see why. Home additions such as outdoor living spaces can bring a lot of benefits to homeowners such as more quality bonding time with family and friends and of course the added increase in home value. The versatility, durability, and aesthetic beauty of porcelain is a definite trend to keep in mind when designing your patio.

High Performance

Mirage Outdoor Porcelain Tile Porcelain Pavers

Porcelain slabs are excellent in terms of strength, resistance, reliability, and safety. They can withstand incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2,000 lbs) and can be placed virtually anywhere – dry laid on grass, gravel, dirt and sand or onto terraces and roofs.

Additional Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain:

  • Frost resistant
  • Acid resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Scratch proof
  • Durable
  • Responds well to changes in temperature and inclement weather
  • Colors will not fade
  • Moss or mildew resistant
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Easy to work with
  • Environmentally friendly

Unparalleled Beauty

Porcelain comes in a variety of attractive finishes, harmonious colors, sizes, and thicknesses.  You can choose from a wood grain mimic to something with more profound nuances or intricate veining details, or select a piece that is simple and minimalistic. Each slab is unique and will compliment any landscape pallet.

Belgaard Hardscapes - Ardesie Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Ardesie Mirage Porcelain Tile
Belgaard Hardscapes - Na.Me Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Na.Me Mirage Porcelain Tile
Belgaard Hardscapes - Quarziti 2.0 Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Quarziti 2.0 Mirage Porcelain Tile
Belgaard Hardscapes - Sundeck Porcelain Tile by Mirage Porcelain Pavers
Belgard Hardscapes – Sundeck Mirage Porcelain Tile

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If you would like to explore the idea of using porcelain slabs for your patio please visit TLC Supply, Inc.

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

Before you go check this out! You may even like our post 10 Unique Hardscape Ideas!

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply, Inc.

Ice Melt Safe For Pavers & Stone|Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt

Mr.Magic Premium Ice Melt

Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt

 Our #1 Recommendation for Protecting your Hardscape and Masonry During the Winter Season.

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Your hardscape project is a big investment so it is important to protect it all year round. Failure to do so during the winter season can result in some serious problems. For example,

  • Water can freeze leaving an ice cover on the patio for anyone to slip and fall on.
  •  Freeze and thaw cycles can crack pavers and stone. As the ice and snow melts it becomes salt water that seeps down through tiny crevices in the stones surface and freezes. When the water freezes it expands and forces the crevice to become larger leading to cracks and spalling.
  • Using the wrong blend of ice melt can contain harmful chemical compounds that can deteriorate stone and concrete surfaces.

Our #1 recommendation to preserve the beauty of your pavers and other hardscape/masonry projects is Mr.Magic Premium Ice Melt.

Mr. Magic outperforms other ice melts because it works fast and has a great residual effect, preventing further ice from forming and melting snow as it falls.

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Mr. Magic Premium Ice Melt

Mr. Magic is safe enough for the environment, concrete, brick, natural stone, decking, and pets, but it is effective enough to keep working at temperatures down to -25° Fahrenheit, when other ice melts stop.

How is that so?  Mr. Magic’s  unique formulation consists of a special blend of five biodegradable ingredients; potassium chloride (a fertilizer), calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and sodium chloride. And it is coated with calcium magnesium acetate. This makes it safer and more effective than conventional rock salts.

The orange coloring of Mr. Magic is an added safety bonus because it allows you to see exactly where its been placed so you don’t over or under apply! And it won’t track into your home.

Click Here For Your Downloadable PDF Brochure!

50lb bags are available at

TLC Supply, Inc. 

36 Vernon Street

Quincy, MA 02169

617-773-0055

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If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for other great tips to prepare for winter check out this helpful article from Houzz.

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.”

 

Permeable Paver Benefits

Permeable pavers are an excellent way to preserve and protect the environment all while giving your home some attractive curb appeal!

The unique design of permeable pavers allows for the proper percolation of surface water into the ground by allowing water to naturally drain into the surface through the voids in the pavers. This promotes the infiltration of rainwater and also helps to recharge the groundwater.

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Techo Bloc Permeable Paver Mista

 

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Genest Permeable Paver Tidewater

 

Go Green! Permeable pavers are a great way to protect the environment because they help to reduce the amount of storm water runoff entering natural waterways which can otherwise carry contaminants and pollutants into the waterway. These pavers reduce the risk and severity of flooding, thus protecting streams and riverbeds from erosion.

Permeable pavers also eliminate puddles, speed up the melting process of snow, reduce winter ice hazards and provide cost savings on de-icing salt and snow removal.

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Genest Permeable Paver Grand Baxter

 

In addition they are extremely durable and perfect for walkways, driveways, and even high traffic areas. You can also qualify for LEED Green Building Rating System credits!

Find out more about Interlocking Permeable Pavers here!

 

 

 

~ Create beauty in your home while preserving the beauty of our environment ~

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Techo Bloc Permeable Pavers in Antika
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Techo Bloc Permeable Paver Pure
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Techo Bloc Permeable Paver Victorian

TLC Supply carries only the highest quality pavers backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee. Call or visit TLC Supply to learn more about the wide selection of permeable pavers available from leading manufactuerer’s, Techo Bloc, Genest, Belgard Hardscape, and Cambridge Paving Stones

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! Stay connected with us on Twitter and Facebook. And for even more inspiring paver patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just leave a comment below!

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

Paver Pool Deck & Patio Ideas

Patio pavers around a pool are a great way to create your very own private oasis right in your backyard! Make your outdoor swimming pool deck a stunning and inviting resort with patio pavers, slabs, pool coping, flagstone, or natural stone.

What better way is there to enjoy the upcoming warm days than relaxing or entertaining by your new pool with friends and family?

Did you know?  Pavers are the perfect performer for pool decks!  Since concrete pavers are designed with textured tops they make for a safe, comfortable, non-slip walking surface even when wet! In addition, the high density structure of pavers will help minimize penetrating moisture and reduce damage caused by freeze conditions.

Now Dive Right In! Take a Look at These 7 Beautiful Hardscape Poolsides! 

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Techo Bloc Inca
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Techo Bloc Portofino / Antika
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Techo Bloc Bullnose Pool Coping
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Techo Bloc Royale Slab
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Techo Bloc Athena Paver

4 Helpful Tips for Your Next Paver Pool Project!

TIP #1: To install a patio around your pool you would follow the same steps as installing a basic patio (click here for paver installation guide). The difference is that you will need to use an expansion joint around the perimeter of the pool that sits between the patio pavers and the pool coping.

There are several reasons why it is necessary to use a strip foam expansion. First, it will assist in freeze thaw cycles and even in hot weather because it will allow for flexibility and movement of the pavers. Secondly, it will help prevent any water from seeping down behind the pool shell and weakening the concrete joints.

To use the foam expansion you would simply place the foam around the perimeter of the pool coping. Then install your patio pavers as you normally would. The foam expansion will help keep out any poly sand you use to fill the paver joints. Next remove the 1/2 “ tear strip on the foam expansion and fill the void with a self-leveling pool caulk.

Tip #2: To keep pool caps from popping off you may want to use a fiber reinforced mortar such as Ardex X 32. We recommend Ardex X 32 because it is designed to handle the most challenging moisture sensitive stone, granite, marble, as well as  tiles, both interior and exterior. Ardex X 32 is durable, easy to use, has great bonding capabilities and controlled setting time, and it will not warp or shrink.

Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Mini Creta Retaining Wall
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Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Techo Bloc Flagstone

Tip #3: You can even dress up the landscape around your pool even more by incorporating decorative plants and flowers.  Add an accent trim to your surrounding garden with patio edging pavers or granite cobblestones. You can build raised planters with pavers or even with retaining walls.

Retaining walls and stone walls surrounding the pool area also serve as privacy walls. Incorporate stone pillars and fences to keep the area gated and safe while adding a touch of elegance.

Adding a cabana or pergola gives you and your family added protection from the sun and serves as an additional area for entertaining guests day or night.

Tip #4: If you want to take it to the next level you can incorporate other outdoor elements.

Feed your hungry guests from a new outdoor pizza oven (pre-cut and ready-to-assemble) and stay outside longer with fireplace and fire pit kits for those chilly nights. Pre-assembled fire pit kits are can be installed quickly and fit into any budget!

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Belgard Fire Pits
Paver Patio Pool Deck Pavers
Belgard Outdoor Kitchen
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Let us know which poolside design was your favorite in the comments below!

TLC Supply carries a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc as well as from Genest ConcreteBelgard and Cambridge Pavers. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver pool decks, patios, as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Before you go check this out! You may even like our posts  on How to Build a Paver Patio! or Ardex Mortar – The Efficient & Easy Way to Install Stone!

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

10 Unique Hardscape Ideas

10 Hardscape Ideas You Can Do to Enhance Your Backyard Living!

Incorporating hardscape into your landscape design is a great way to add major curb appeal and value to your home.

There are many ways you can create an enticing and beautiful backyard and/or frontyard that your whole family will enjoy for years to come. Check out these ideas below!

Idea #1: Use various colors and textures to create eye catching paver patterns and mosaics.

Chevron Hardscape Pattern
Techo Bloc Borealis Chevron Pattern
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Techo Bloc Travertina
Hardscape Pavers
Techo Bloc Antika / Blu Grande

Idea #2: Include custom design work by engraving your stone.

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 Idea #3: Bring the waterpark to your backyard with permeable pavers by building a fountain play area for kids or pets.

Permeable Pavers
Belgard Permeable Paver Eco Dublin

Idea #4: Entertain your guests with outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, fireplace kits, and recessed seating areas.

Outdoor Fireplace
Techo Bloc Mini Creta
Outdoor Kitchen Hardscape
Belgard Harmony Element Kitchen
Hardscape Outdoor Fire Pit
Techo Bloc Valencia Firepit

 Idea #5: Add decorative paver edging and cobble stones to a garden or create raised planters to keep pet’s out of your beautiful flowers.

Paver Edging
Techo Bloc Avignon
Hardscape Retaining Wall Stone
Belgard Retaining Wall Stone

Idea #6: Dress up a garden with natural stepping stone, garden stones, or slate pavers.

Natrual Stone Step

Natural Stone Step
Techo Bloc Maya Step

 Idea #7: Create the illusion of separate spaces by using different pavers in various areas and separating spaces with retaining wall systems or pillars.

Hardscape Ideas
Belgard Weston wall

Outdoor Hardscape Grill

 Idea #8: Light up the night with paver and outdoor lighting.

Hardscape Patio Ideas
Techo Bloc Raffinato
Cambridge Pavers
Cambridge Pavers LED Lights

Idea #9: Bring the resort spa into your backyard with natural stone and stone veneer.

Natural Stone Veneer
Natural Stone / Veneer
Natural Stone Veneer
Realstone Systems Shadowstone

Idea #10: Relax with the soothing sound of an outdoor water feature or pond.

Natural Stone

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Techo Bloc Mini Creta

Start planning your springtime hardscape project with TLC Supply. We are open year round so come on down with your plans, pictures, and ideas. Beat the rush by planning early and let us dedicate our time to you so that you can create the wonderful outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming of all winter.

TLC Supply carries a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc as well as from BelgardCambridge Paving Stone, and Genest. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand, and cement!

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver patios as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Before you go check this out! You may even like our post How to Build a Paver Patio!

We are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

 

Protect Pavers During Winter

Protect Pavers and Other Hardscape & Masonry this Winter!

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Protect pavers with these 4 simple tips! Keep these in mind this winter to help prevent any damage winter may bring  to your pavers, brick, or any other hardscape products . I’ve also included 3 Tips on how to protect your roof and prevent any water damage from ice dams. So let’s get started!

4 Tips to Protect Your Precious Patios, Driveways, and Walkways: 

Safe Ice Melt for PaversTip 1: Use an ice melt that does little damage to infrastructure and environment. We recommend ice melts with a blend of Magnesium Chloride which is a safer alternative to rock salt. Calcium Magnesium Acetate is another smart alternative because it is biodegradable and safe for pets, masonry, and the environment. Mr. Magic® is a great premium ice melt brand that is fast acting and long lasting! It works at temperatures down to -25° Fahrenheit.

Mr. Magic is safe for masonry, decks, roofing, pets, and the environment! Always make sure the ice melt label says it is safe for hardscape and masonry products. If you cannot find any ice melt that is safe for hardscape then you can sprinkle sand or cat litter for traction. If you opt to use regular (non-safe) ice melt then just be aware of the risk and use it sparingly. But I do have to say this – Please do not risk your safety or the safety of others to protect your hardscape! If an area is heavily coated with ice then go ahead and use the necessary amount of ice melt (whatever it may be) to prevent slips and falls.

Rubber Snow PlowTip 2: Metal blades on shovels and plows can scratch the surface of your driveway, walkway, or patio. If you hire a plowing contractor be sure they use a rubber or polyurethane blade on the plow. Be sure to use a nonmetal shovel as well.

Paver freeze thawTip 3: If you are using a snow blower please be careful of pavers that may have moved or lifted during freeze and thaw cycles. Avoid any “lippage” which can occur when a paver, brick, concrete, or even cobble stone edge sticks up from another. This “lip” can catch on snow blowers, plows, and shovels.

Tip 4: On a warmer day you may want to sweep off any excess snow or products on your pavers. This step is not necessary but it never hurts! This can help remove any harmful deicer products and prevent future damage.

 

3 Great Tips for Removing Snow from Your Roof: 

We have been getting some great questions from customers asking how to remove snow from their roofs. Here are a few simple steps you can take to eliminate snow and ice dams which can otherwise wreak havoc on your roof. As always please proceed with caution when removing snow from your roof, be aware of any icicles that may be hanging, have someone assist you with a ladder, and wear protective clothing and eyewear.

Roof RakeTip 1: Purchase a roof rake to help alleviate some of the stress the snow may be putting on your roof. A roof rake is a solid piece of metal or plastic about 16 to 20 inches wide on the end of an extension pole, which allows you to rake or pull snow off the roof. Please refer to manual for proper handling and safety instructions.

Ice DamsTip 2: Diminish ice dams with panty hose or long socks! It is that easy! All you need to do is fill the leg of a panty hose with ice melt and lay the hose onto the roof so that it crosses the ice dam and slightly hangs over the gutter. Use a long handle stick to position the hose or sock if necessary.

Ice pucksTip 3: Do-It-Yourself Roof Melt Tablets. Roof Melt Tablets are little pucks that you can easily toss onto your roof to help prevent damage from ice dams. The way these tablets work is the salt and water mixture melts and drains down, melting the ice in its path. If this is not done then there is the potential of snow and ice buildup underneath shingles which can then seep into interior walls and attics. A simple way to make your own roof tablets is by following the same steps in Tip 2. This is where your old mismatched socks come in handy! All you need to do if fill up socks with ice melt, tie them, and carefully toss them all over your roof.  Ice melt socks are porous and flexible and they are just as effective at removing ice dams.

TLC Supply carries a wide selection of premium pavers from Techo Bloc as well as from Genest ConcreteBelgard and Cambridge Pavers. Please visit our website to see even more hardscape and masonry products ranging from bluestone,granite,brick,natural stone,block,sand,cement, and much more!

If you liked this page be sure to share it with all your friends! And for even more inspiring paver pool decks, patios, as well as backyard DIY projects and outdoor entertaining ideas follow us on Pinterest!

WAIT! Before you go check this out! You may even like our posts  on How to Build a Paver Patio

The experts at TLC Supply are happy to answer any of your project questions, just give us a shout! Send us an email to info@tlcsupply.com or leave your comments below. 

 

 “Best Price, Best Advice” -TLC Supply,Inc.

Realstone Veneer Panels!

It may be chilly and snowy outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t complete your home makeover project. Stay inside where it is warm and cozy and opt to transform an interior wall or fireplace with stone veneer panels from Realstone Systems! The best part is that these panels are made to fit snug, making layering a cinch. What else does this mean? It means that this can be an easy do-it-yourself project that can be completed in one weekend! Stone veneer can transform any interior or exterior wall into an eye-catching focal point!

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Realstone Systems® is one of the largest top quality stone veneer product lines in the industry. They have stunning new designs available that will add a timeless look to any project! Let’s take a look…

Hive Tiles are one new product from Realstone Systems® that will add a unique look to any room. Hive tiles feature deep relief patterns comprised of repeating hexagons. These tiles are made of engineered marble and travertine stone by recycling waste marble and travertine powder. Choose from four different options, Barn Wood, Chiseled Cream, Etched Cream, and Drift Wood. Each style will come together to create a visually stunning display!

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Portugal Collection Panels are another striking addition. These panels bring together the natural beauty of real stone in a model and sleek style. Create a multitude of patterns and styles with these three set patterns that come in four distinctive shades, Terra Limestone, Cinza Marble, Venato Marble, and Areia Limestone.

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If you prefer a more natural stone look you can always go for Ledgestone, which is a thin stone veneer that features a rough cut, split face stone with a weathered finish. The varying profile of the stone gives depth and texture while displaying the natural beauty of stone. Realstone® Ledgestone patterns come in many colors and are the most traditional pieces. They are perfect for achieving that rustic and natural look.

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How do I install dry stacked stone veneer panels?

Please note that this is a general guideline to installing veneer panels.

Step 1: Calculate the square footage of the area. Veneer comes in corner pieces and flat pieces. Corners are sold by the linear foot and flats are sold by the square foot. To figure out the square footage simply multiply length by height. To calculate the liner footage for corners simply measure the height of all walls and add together. Be sure to subtract the areas filled by doors, windows, and fireplace openings! This will help determine how much material you will need to complete your project.

Step 2: Prepare the surface area by removing the existing material. Make sure that the remaining drywall is sound and level. If not then be sure to take the necessary steps to patch or repair it.

Step 3: Apply a cement underlayment board such as Durock® Cement Board to the surface of the wall. View installation here.

Step 4: Apply scratch coat. We recommend using Ardex X5 which is a flexible tile and stone mortar. Then comb through the mortar using a notch trowel. Doing so will create grooves and a textured surface for the stone to adhere to. Allow the scratch coat to dry overnight.

Step 5: Lay out the stone on a flat surface to create a visual template of how you will place them on the finished wall or fireplace. It is helpful to start with the corner pieces and then fill the inside. Pieces may need to be cut to lay flush against the floorboard, ceiling, or fireplace opening. You may cut the pieces with a wet saw using a carbide or diamond tip blade. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and follow proper safety measures when cutting stone veneer.

Step 6: Using a trowel, apply a  1/4 inch layer of  Ardex X5 to the back of the stone. Place the stone onto the wall and wiggle it gently to ensure even coating and a secure bond. If the mortar seeps out you may use a damp cloth to wipe it away.

For more installation tips and techniques please visit Realstone.com.

As always if you have any questions please contact the experts at TLC Supply, Inc. We will help you every step of the way!

 

 

*If you are interested in Realstone products please call TLC Supply for availability.