Brick and Brick Veneer R-Values Compared

December 12, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

What Does R-Value Mean? The insulation property of building materials can be expressed as its per-inch R-Value, which indicates its degree of thermal resistance per inch of thickness. However, it is common practice for products, such as fiberglass insulation, to list their total thermal resistance as a single R-Value on the package. For example, regular

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Guide to Installing Brick Veneer

December 10, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

As Beautiful as Full-size Brick Considering the aesthetics, durability and affordability of brick veneer siding as compared to real brick, veneer siding is often a winner. In terms of appearance, anyone would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between full size brick and brick veneer once installed and pointed with mortar. Also, It lasts as

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The Benefits of Thin Brick Veneer

December 9, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Add Value to Your Home If you are looking for a way to add value to your home by cladding it with brick, but would like to do it yourself, consider installing brick veneer. At Grand River Natural Stone Ltd. we have a selection of many different looks of brick veneer to choose from. Our

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DIY Cascading Stone Water Wall

August 19, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Desktop fountains were a popular gift item several years ago. They usually consisted of a short wall with water flowing down into a small basin and circulating in a continuous cycle. Not much more than a foot tall and wide, these self-contained units provided the soothing sound of water in an affordable, reasonably attractive package.

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The Tricks to Building a Natural Looking Waterfall

August 8, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Creating a water feature in your backyard landscape is the type of project that provides multiple benefits. It becomes a focal point in your yard, adds value to your home and makes your outdoor space a more enjoyable place to spend time. Photo credit to Hamed Saber under cc2.0 Designing and building a natural looking

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How to Create Your Own Bubbling Rock Water Feature

August 6, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Building your own backyard water feature is a fun project for do-it-yourself types that has become much easier in recent years with lots of kits and products on the market. If you understand some landscape construction basics and don’t mind getting a little dirty, creating your own bubbling rock water feature is a fun &

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Get the most Unique patio with a Flagstone Mosaic

June 24, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Natural stone patios, whether they are constructed with flagstone, slate or field stone, are a popular addition to the backyard landscape of many homes. A well designed patio is an enjoyable place to spend time outdoors. Depending on the size of yours, it can be a place for outdoor dining, gathering around a fire pit

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Flagstone/Natural Stone Walkway Ideas

June 6, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

  Creating a walkway or path out of natural stone or flagstone is a popular choice for many homeowners. With the unique natural material and the limitless design options, no two features ever look the exact same. Here are some things to think through as you consider different natural stone walkway ideas. Choose Formal or

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Interior Natural Flagstone Ideas

May 28, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Imagine a flooring material suitable for both formal and informal design styles that is durable, easy to maintain and looks much more expensive than its actual cost. Flagstone is a natural stone material with all of these characteristics, but it is often overlooked when homeowners are planning their interiors. Why? Many of us think about

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How to Install Stone Steps

December 24, 2012 by Grand River Natural Stone

A great accent for your walkways and paths is a set of stone steps on any gradation on your property. Proper planning and preparation of the ground are vital to installing stone steps that last. Get ready for some dirty work! 1. Plan the location and materials First you’re going to have to choose the

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