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Cleaning Bird Droppings on Natural-Stone Patios San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | April 24, 2019

Natural stone on outdoor spaces such as courtyards, garden paths, and entryways will always add a touch of elegance to a home. However, this kind of upgrade requires a certain level of maintenance to protect your investment from being damaged by the elements. Environmental stains caused by dust and acid rain are major concerns in…

Get Rid of Mold on Stone Patio San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | December 14, 2018

It doesn’t take much for mold to develop on natural stone, especially in outdoor environments such as patios. All mold requires is moisture, dirt, and a porous surface. Ancient builders learned about mold infestations on natural stone the hard way. Italian archaeologists have determined that Tuscan stonemasons used to furiously scrub Carrara marble blocks to…

Cleaning Outdoor Stone San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | December 12, 2018

Unfinished natural stone has been used in exterior construction applications dating back millenniums, but ancient builders didn’t have to worry about caring for exterior stone surfaces until the Egyptians started applying fine masonry techniques to their pyramids. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Great Pyramid of Khafre, the one believed to have been adorned with gold…

Common Outdoor Stone Mistakes
Posted by The Lennys | July 11, 2018

Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your property or just want to build an outdoor space worthy of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens, you cannot go wrong with natural stone. Hardscaping, the practice of building elaborate outdoor spaces with natural stone, is an ancient practice the Greeks learned from the Babylonians,…

Sealing Outdoor Stone
Posted by The Lennys | April 27, 2018

As one of the oldest construction materials still in use today, natural stone can be found in many outdoor structures. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World all featured natural stone, and this inspired Roman and later Italian architects to continue using limestone, travertine, marble, granite, and other metamorphic rocks to build ancient and magnificent…

Natural Stone Outdoor Kitchen
Posted by The Lennys | April 4, 2018

Outdoor kitchens are used more often than most people think. Although these are not standard home features, homeowners who choose to install them often find themselves spending a lot of time cooking in the patio or by the side of the pool. Summer kitchens are great for entertaining guests on the Fourth of the July…

Outdoor Stone Wall
Posted by The Lennys | March 28, 2018

Garden and patio stone walls used to be very popular elements of residential construction. In the past, they were used to establish the legal boundaries of land properties, and they were also built at a certain height to promote privacy. In Ireland, potato farmers would obsessively remove loose fieldstone from their planting rows because they…

Landscape Architects Preference for Natural Stone
Posted by The Lennys | March 9, 2018

If you hire a reputable landscape design firm to handle an outdoor project in your property, chances are the architect will include the use of natural stone in the proposal. In fact, most landscape architects may even go as far as to question your choice of a concrete garden path when tumbled limestone slabs, paver…

Bluestone for Outdoor Spaces
Posted by The Lennys | March 7, 2018

Bluestone is the name given to rocks formed by diverse geological processes that have occurred in various regions of the world. In North America, bluestone is essentially sandstone or limestone that was originally extracted from New England quarries during colonial times, although similar stone formations were later found in the river valleys of Pennsylvania and…

Natural Stone for Garden
Posted by The Lennys | February 7, 2018

The aesthetics of landscaped vegetation combined with natural-stone arrangements dates back to the days of ancient Greece, where sculptors copied the techniques of the Egyptians, first with bronze and earthenware before moving on to marble. Later, ancient Greek explorers learned about the massive Mesopotamian gardens, which made them shift their focus on combining marble structures…

Curb Appeal with Natural Stone
Posted by The Lennys | January 24, 2018

Curb appeal is essential if you plan to sell your home, as it creates a positive first impression and encourages potential buyers to step inside. Your home’s curb appeal is also important even if you have no plans to sell. Enhancing your home’s exterior can boost the home’s value, create a welcoming environment to return…

Caring For Stone Patios And Walkways
Posted by The Lennys | April 16, 2015

The warmer, spring weather is gradually starting to take hold, and those areas hit hard with snow this winter are finally starting to see the last remnants of the white stuff melt away. Time to break out the work gloves and garden tools to get the outdoor landscapes in tip-top shape.  Here are some helpful…

Ask The Experts
Posted by The Lennys | March 13, 2015

Just seven days to go, and it’s officially spring. OK, we know many of you are still waiting for all the snow to melt, but with March 20 just around the corner, we can all be hopeful for more sunshine and the sights, sounds and smells of spring’s fresh air. In putting together our tips…

Granite Cleaning and Home Improvements Tips
Posted by The Lennys | October 2, 2013

Five top tips from five valuable sources to help you with your fall clean-up and home improvement projects. Click on the title of each for more tips and advice. DIY Network’s Autumn Maintenance Tips Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. To prevent exterior water pipes…

Granite Gold Logo®
Posted by The Lennys | June 13, 2013

Cleaning limestone, travertine or slate – the most popular natural stones for outdoor uses such as walks and patios – require just as much care and attention to detail as granite or other natural stone inside the home. Like common cleaning products for chores in the home, similar ones promising to clean all surfaces outside the…

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