What Is Stucco and How Is It Used?

February 6, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

“Stucco” is the term most frequently used to describe Portland cement plaster, a material that gets applied to surfaces both indoors and outdoors. It is beneficial due to its hardness, durability and rot and fungus resistance, combined with its low cost compared to other exterior materials. The most common stucco features a mixture of Portland cement materials, sand and water that creates a plaster. However, there are some other options available that will use lime instead of Portland cement, or other types of raw materials. In any case, stucco will always be mixed on site and applied in several layers... View Article

Pros and Cons of Brick Masonry

January 31, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

Contractors have used brick in building construction and ground surface installations for centuries. It’s a durable material manufactured in different colors, but the fire temperature during the manufacturing process (which varies from 1650 to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit) determines whether the brick comes out dark brown, dark red or a dull brown. Because bricks are strong, hard and resistant to fire, they are a popular building material for many different structures, including bridges, homes, buildings, streets, walking paths, foundations and flooring. Brick is also used for aesthetic purposes in these structures. Although there are many benefits of using bricks in Brooklyn,... View Article

What Is Bluestone, and How Can I Use It?

January 17, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re a DIY-enthusiast homeowner or professional landscaper, then you may have come across bluestone in your research. It’s a type of building stone that’s available in two varieties—either Pennsylvania bluestone (a sandstone from New York and Pennsylvania), or Shenandoah bluestone (a limestone from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia). Both types of bluestone are readily available in the United States to use as pavers in hardscaping, so it should come as no surprise that landscape and hardscape projects are the most popular uses for bluestone in Brooklyn, NY. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at bluestone—how it... View Article

Common Kitchen Countertop Materials

December 21, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

For most American families, the kitchen is more than just the place where meals are prepared. The kitchen is also the place where your family touches base before each day, and it’s the place where they reconnect at the end. No matter how far apart our busy schedules take us, the kitchen is always common ground. It’s the core of the home. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your home’s kitchen is a comfortable reflection of your family’s tastes. If you’re looking for a way to revitalize your kitchen, the best place to begin is with the countertops.... View Article

How to Clean Porcelain Tile

December 7, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Few building materials can stand up to the stresses of daily life like porcelain tile. Spills are no problem. Dirty shoes and feet won’t hurt it, either. It will stay nice and shiny for years to come, as well. Even better, porcelain tile comes in an array of colors and sizes so astonishing that one is bound to suit the tastes of even the most discerning home decorator. The one catch with porcelain tile is that it must be cleaned regularly, or it will lose its luster and soak up stains. Not to worry, however—follow these simple tips, and you... View Article