Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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42 LC DBM cent are recommended for their superior bond strength and resistance to water penetration." Common practice is to use a ½" mor - tar joint between each standard sized clay brick. An important thing to remember when constructing small walls of brick is to start at the ends and work inwards – always making sure your bricks are level during the entire process. Clay Pavers Essentially, clay pavers are thin bricks that, according to the business manager of Pine Hall Brick, Walt Steele, are designed to be used in two types of applications. Besides indoor applications, "they can also be used outside as overlays on ex - isting concrete that can't accommodate the height of full thickness pavers; for in - stance, on a front porch where the door only has 1" of clearance over the current concrete slab," conveys Steele. Pavers also come in a range of colors and sizes, just as bricks do. Steele's com - pany offers four thicknesses of clay pav- ers: 3/8" paver tiles, 1-3/8" thin pavers, 2-1/4" standard pavers and 2-3/4" heavy vehicular pavers. As for brick paver patterns, landscap - offers six very common patterns: basket weave, circular, herring - bone, European fan and running bond. For installation of clay pavers, the web - site states, "Although it is common to use mortar, it is not a requirement; you can use gravel, sand, or even types of grass - es or moss to fill in between." More Information The Brick Indus- try Association has more than 48 techni - cal guides on working with bricks. There is information on ev - erything from sound installation practices to painting bricks. The association also formed the Brick In - dustry Association Certified Brick Specialist certification, which recognizes individuals that passed "in-depth technical and sales training on brick." Their website lists the individuals who have passed this course and obtained the certification, which could be a terrific source of contacts for information; and once you become a part of that list, a mar - keting tool for your company. LC DBM Left This hardscape, located at an elementary school in Philadelphia, effectively transformed a predomi- nately paved, non-porous schoolyard into a more sustainable landscape with over 5,500 square feet of per- meable clay pavers that efficiently manage stormwater from both the schoolyard and the public street. The project also involved planting 3,000 perennials, 35 shrubs and 19 trees. ThinkGreen LLC of Pennsyl- vania was the contractor for this project. The final results accrued two awards: a silver award from the 2017 Bricks in Architecture compe- tition and an inaugural award from the Green Stormwater Infrastruc- ture Partners in 2016 Right Paver tiles and thin pavers are great for placing on top of an exist- ing concrete hardscape. While these pavers are about half the height of a normal brick, 3/8" and 1-3/8" respectively, they are still durable and scratch resistant; making them suitable for indoor or outdoor use that in- corporates furniture or sees a lot of foot traffic. A handy tip is to use thin pavers if a door only has 1" ground clearance over the current concrete slab. For this floor in an outdoor living room, thin pavers were installed on top of the existing concrete slab.

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