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Cement vs. Clay Bricks: Which Should You Use?

December 1, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Masonry buildings are the oldest in existence. We can travel all around the world to see how they’ve held up against the test of time. It’s an attestation to their incredible strength and adaptability in modern times. Although much of the world looks for the cheapest alternative, there’s no denying that the resilience of masonry

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Natural Stone vs Faux Stone Veneer: What to Know Before Buying

November 2, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

For any homebuyer, one of the hardest things to predict is whether a home upgrade will go out of style after a decade or two. Instead of dreaming about a white picket fence, you may want to think about modern trends and how they will age. Currently, lavish exterior stone veneers and interior stone accent

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5 FAQs About Mortar: Everything You Need to Know

October 3, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Whether you’re an avid DIY-er or someone seeking professional services for your landscaping project, chances are you may need mortar to put together a brick wall or stone walkway. In this post, we go over what you need to know about mortar before choosing the right products for your project. What is Mortar?  Mortar is

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How to Protect Pavers & Patio Stones in the Winter

September 15, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Our winters are harsh on everything outside, including our pavers and patio stones. While they are engineered to handle the cold weather and do so better than many other hardscaping materials, it is still wise to give them a bit of extra protection. One of the best things you can do to protect your pavers

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Types of Steel Beams & Other Steel Products

August 18, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Contractors, builders and homeowners will need steel beams and other reinforcing products to complete their projects. So, what are steel beams used for, specifically? When adding a shed, building an addition, or even constructing a custom home from the ground up, you may need steel beams to provide structure and support. Steel beam installation may

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Get to Know Grand River Natural Stone

July 1, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Get to know some of the dedicated people who make Grand River Natural Stone the best place for landscaping supplies. Find out what makes the members of our team so passionate about your yard. If you’re curious about a career in landscaping, you’ll also get some more essential information. Check out the end of the

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How to Install a Flagstone Patio  

June 3, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Flagstone patios can look natural and high-end, and are excellent additions to most backyards. However, homeowners who like to take on their own projects might be daunted by the stone, because no two pieces are the same. It is more challenging to install stones that aren’t uniform in shape. Ready to give it a shot

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Outdoor Lighting Guide: Colors, Types, Spread & Angle

May 1, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Outdoor lighting improves your home’s aesthetic and monetary value and, above all, keeps the party going when you are hosting your friends for dinner alfresco. Enhancing your entryway, driveway, deck, and garden with proper lighting creates the effect of a first-rate home.   A little light goes a long way when it comes to outdoor lighting.

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Can You Use Porcelain Pavers Outside?

April 1, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Porcelain may appear to be the last material you’d consider for a porch, balcony, patio, or driveway outside. However, when used as pavers, Porcelain has several characteristics that make it perfect for outdoor use. It is easy to maintain, hard-wearing, slip-resistant, weather-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing as well.  Porcelain pavers are made from clay that has

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The 4 Best Materials for Walking Paths

March 1, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Even the smallest property can create interest in their landscaping theme by introducing walking paths. Walking paths can be installed using a long list of pathway material options laid out as paths leading to specific areas of the garden, or to simply add interest and texture. Here we look at the four best materials for

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