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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6 Exciting Exterior Home Designs with Stone and Brick

October 1, 2021 by Grand River Natural Stone

New exteriors are one of the best ways to radically alter your home’s appearance and value. Whether you have brick and want to add some stone or are thinking of adding both materials to the front of your house, there is a whole world of exciting possibilities to explore in mixing these two materials. If

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Popular Brick Paver Patterns for Patios

May 5, 2021 by Grand River Natural Stone

If you are considering installing a new patio there are so many options available today it can be hard to know where to start. Here we review the most popular brick paver patterns to create an impressive patio for years of enjoyment and increased home value. Two-Tone Designs You can bring your brick paver pattern

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How to Repair Exterior Brick Veneer

April 1, 2021 by Grand River Natural Stone

If you spot cracks in your brick veneer it can be a little disturbing. It might seem your home is doomed to experience leaks due to poor installation. Usually, the cause of cracked brick veneer is that your installer didn’t use expansion joints, or they didn’t apply enough moisture to allow the mortar to cure.

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What to do with an Old Brick Feature Wall

February 1, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

You may be wondering what to do with your old red brick feature wall. Exposed brick is becoming an increasingly popular interior décor trend. The historical background of the brick combined with modern design ideas provides the chance to try several neat décor opportunities.  If it is Already Exposed  If you live in a home

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What is the Difference Between Brick and Brick Veneer?

January 23, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

A common question that we hear all the time is: “What is the difference between brick and brick veneer?” Brick (also known as full bed veneer) and thin brick veneer often look identical. However, there are key differences. Mainly, thin veneer products are not real stone or brick. Instead, they are often cement-based and shaped in

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Benefits of Stone Veneer Installation Brick & Siding

January 9, 2017 by Grand River Natural Stone

Firstly, everyone at the four Grand River Natural Stone locations (Kitchener, Stoney Creek, London & Fergus) would like to wish you all the best for the New Year. Speaking of the New Year, January has always been a popular time to install brick veneer. That’s because of its five key advantages which homeowners and contractors alike

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Five Key Advantages of Brick Veneer

January 11, 2016 by Grand River Natural Stone

Every January, once the holidays have subsided, many people visit Grand River Natural Stone asking about the advantages brick veneer. This year, of course, is no different. So our first blog of 2016 looks at 5 important reasons why you should consider brick veneer for any wall or fireplace project you have in mind. 1.

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Fireplace Safety During the Holidays (Infographic)

November 18, 2015 by Grand River Natural Stone

Your fireplace is going to be very busy over the holiday season; providing warmth and a cozy atmosphere throughout the home. Before you enjoy a crackling fire this winter, you should make certain your fireplace is up for the task with these vital safety tips, courtesy of Grand River Natural Stone. We’re your source for

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You Can Now Get Your Brampton Brick at Grand River Stone!

February 13, 2014 by Grand River Natural Stone

Grand River Natural Stone is pleased to announce that we are now official Brampton Brick distributors. Grand River Natural Stone and Brampton Brick have a long history and we couldn’t be happier to announce this new chapter. Brampton Brick has been the industry leader for over 55 years, setting the absolute standard for excellence, innovation

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