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Archive for January, 2020

  • Sand vs Salt

    Posted on : 30-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Salt on icy stone

    Icy driveways and walkways are something we need to contend with living in Canada. Your best method to avoid slips and falls is to  thoroughly clear your driveway of snow and ice. But that isn’t always doable and living in Southern Ontario temperatures often creep up above  0C and snow and ice melt and then refreeze overnight.

    Salt works well in temperatures above -12C and helps to lower the freezing point of water. Thus preventing freezing.  It is an inexpensive method to deal with slippery surfaces. Salt can be harsh on grass and shrubs so be cautious when using it around areas with lots of vegetation.

    Sanding icy areas during winter won’t help with melting or de-icing. It will specifically helps create traction on icy patches to prevent slipping. Sanding is an option for when temperatures drop below -12C. Be cautious to not over-sand as it can lead to clogged drains in the spring.

    Contact your local Ferrell Builders’ Supply to place get supplies so you don’t slip and fall this winter.

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  • Stone or Veneer

    Posted on : 16-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, Products

    Natural Thin Stone Veneer

    Stone or brick veneer – which should you choose? This has been a question plaguing home builders and renovators for ages. These being the two most popular options many people have a hard time choosing between the two for their home cladding, fireplace, wainscot, and other architectural details. We’re going to outline  the pros and cons of each to help you make a more informed choice.

    If you’re thinking of veneer

     

    • It can go over almost any surface.
    • It comes in a vast range of styles and designs to suite almost any look.
    • Stone veneer is far more flexible of a product than natural stone and can be designed or cut into almost any shape.
    • It’s a lighter weight product which means it’s easier to transport and easier to install
    • Veneer is a more cost effective product because it is lighter weight
    • Veneer is a manufactured stone that is still strong, resilient and heat resistant
    • Manufactured veneer stone is too weak to be used structurally for building purposes. Veneer stone can hold up its own weight, but it cannot carry additional weight.
    • Veneer stone’s colors can fade over time.

    If you’re thinking of natural stone

    • A durable long lasting material
    • Weather proof and holds up great in areas with frost
    • Wide selection of styles, sizes  and looks to fit your needs
    • Highly fire resistant
    • Holds colour well and not prone to fading
    • Can be used structurally to support weight
    • More difficult to cut
    • Heavier to move and install

    Deciding between the two types of stone ultimately depends on the type of installation and the final look you want to achieve. If you’re still unsure of which to go with, you can talk to one of our in-store experts.

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