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5 Reasons Custom-Ordered Stone Makes Good Business Sense
Estimating

5 Reasons Custom-Ordered Stone Makes Good Business Sense

The home improvement industry is highly competitive, whether you're a landscape contractor, designer, architect, mason or homebuilder. To attract and sign new clients, you need to offer them a design that matches their dream for their home; a promise of quality backed up by your reputation ...

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Efflorescence & Natural Stone: What it is, Why it Happens and What to do About it
Installation & Care

Efflorescence & Natural Stone: What it is, Why it Happens and What to do About it

As industry professionals, we've all seen efflorescence before and recognize it for what it is - an unsightly but temporary inconvenience. To a homeowner who has just spent a significant amount of money on natural stone, however, the appearance of efflorescence can leave them feeling less than ...

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7 Simple Ways to Keep Indiana Limestone Looking its Best
Installation & Care

7 Simple Ways to Keep Indiana Limestone Looking its Best

For more than 200 years, Indiana Limestone has been a popular material for building and landscaping projects due to its high quality and consistent colour that improves with age. As with any building material, careless handling or incorrect installation can cause surface damage, stains and ...

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6 Reasons Why Natural Stone is the Best Material for Landscape & Masonry Projects
Natural Stone

6 Reasons Why Natural Stone is the Best Material for Landscape & Masonry Projects

Our contractor customers often tell us they wish all their clients would choose natural stone because the results are unrivaled by any other building material and the best way for a contractor to sell more jobs is to prove that they can deliver amazing results. But it's no secret that natural ...

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Aggregate Estimating Made Easy
Estimating

Aggregate Estimating Made Easy

In our last post , we discussed how to estimate armourstone, building stone, wall stone and flagstone. This time we’ll look at how easy it is to estimate quantities of decorative aggregates, construction aggregates and brick sand. In landscaping, when we talk about a yard of gravel or a ...

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Natural Stone Estimating Made Easy
Estimating

Natural Stone Estimating Made Easy

People love natural stone for its beauty, durability and… well, its natural-ness. Every piece of stone is unique, which is great for the finished appearance but can make determining your material needs tricky. Estimating natural stone shouldn’t be the hardest part of your day. ...

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Fire Pits & Fireplaces: 2015
Trends

Fire Pits & Fireplaces: 2015's Hottest Outdoor Living Trend

Backyard fire pits are where summer memories are made. Friends enjoying a cold fireside brew on a warm summer evening. Kids writing their names in the dark with the glowing ends of burning sticks. Marshmallows carefully roasted until, in a split-second of inattention, one goes up in ...

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Important Zoning Information for Hamilton Landscape Contractors
Industry

Important Zoning Information for Hamilton Landscape Contractors

The City of Hamilton has proposed a bylaw that would prevent landscape contracting businesses from operating on agricultural or rural properties unless the primary land use is as a nursery. This means that, under the proposed bylaw, landscape contractors can only legally operate out of a rural ...

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