Building a Natural Stone Fireplace Starts with High Quality Stone

November 12, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Natural stone is trending this year, and while there are many areas and projects within your home where you can use full bed or thin stone veneer, none is as iconic as a fireplace. Read why you should build a stone fireplace below from our experts. Building a New Stone Fireplace If you don’t have

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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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Fall Landscaping Chore Checklist (With FREE Print-Out)

September 21, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

The days are getting shorter, but there’s still work to do before we say goodbye to our gardens for the winter. That’s why we’re giving you a free Fall Landscaping Chore Checklist to prepare your outdoor space for the colder months. Get ready to protect, preserve, and prep your landscape for a flourishing return in

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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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7 Late Summer Lawn Care Tips (Infographic)

August 10, 2022 by Grand River Natural Stone

Back-to-school is just around the corner, which means fall is just a few weeks away. It’s time to get your grass ready for it with these handy late summer lawn care tips, courtesy of Grand River Natural Stone (click on the image to view a larger version). Here are 7 Lawn Care Tips to Prepare for

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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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