Recycled concrete- We try to go green whenever possible. Upon removal of existing concrete we use roll off companies that recycle concrete and in turn when we need gravel (which is all the time) we use recycled concrete gravel (it is similar in size to#57 gravel)
Using Bricks as a Green Material - Using used brick on a construction project is an
environmentally friendly building strategy. First and foremost you'll be
using a recycled material, minimizing the need for new production and
all the environmental hazards that come along with it. Add to these benefits the antique look and character that
comes from building with used brick and it's clear why many homeowners
are choosing salvaged brick for their building needs. Typically these bricks are more than 100 years old. They are from demolished buildings and paths. The bricks are cleaned up and ready to use.
Protect your investment
You should power wash and seal your brick and flagstone flat work once a year. Sealing in the fall before winter is best to seal up any areas and protect it from water getting in. We recommend a product called Chemstop WB it is a water repellent sealer which can be sprayed or rolled on. Chemstop WB can be purchased at White Cap they are located at 8090 Alban Road in Springfield VA 22150. You can call White Cap directly at 703-912-5900.
Protecting your Masonry in the winter months from snow and ice!
You should not use any form of de-icer products or kitty litter on
masonry. Even the products that say safe for masonry. It
will cause brick, flagstone, mortar and concrete to deteriorate. We recommend using brown sand to melt ice and snow from your masonry surfaces. It can be purchased at any Hardware store.
Efflorescence (Where Does It Come From)
A source of water soluble salts. Water moving through the material to carry the salts to
the surface. The water evaporates and
leaves the white powder behind.If this appears you just need to wash down the surface with a mild detergent