Brick and stone

October 01, 2001 |

Claims for products described editorially on this and other pages are taken from statements of product manufacturers.

Durable art

Round and square planters in 27 designs and a choice of sizes, materials, finishes and colors are available in cast stone and the lighter-weight glass fiber-reinforced concrete and Glascrete.

Dura Art Stone.

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Free of stain

A stain-free grout, Kerapoxy has been reformulated for reduced skin sensitivity, spreadability, reduction of film during wash and minimal sagging.

Mapei Corp.

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Radiant in red

A granite-clad and copper-roofed rotunda modeled after the centenarian Texas State Capitol is a key feature of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Rotunda arches, cut on a radius, are fully clad in red granite. Two interior staircases and interior floors also employ granite.

Cold Springs Granite.

Reader Service No. 251

Finishing touch

The Tumbled Stone, Vallano and Sandy Ridge Signature product lines of coordinating floor and wall stone tiles and a glazed porcelain tile, Earthscapes, are available in a range of sizes and colors, some up to 18 inches square.

American Olean Tile.

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Essence of Venice

The city of Venice, Italy, provides the inspiration for the Venezia Collection of decorative stone tile, borders, decos and medallions. Details are etched into antique-finished stone using water pressure, then the stone is stained.

Walker Zanger.

Reader Service No. 260

Mauveulous, simply mauveulous

Concrete Terra-Pavers, along with matching accessories such as steps, copings and planters, transform outdoor areas into works of art. In a variety of colors, the pavers are available in exposed stone aggregate, exposed granite aggregate, a direct washed surface, a shot-blasted surface, a natural mottled color blended on stone textured surface and a texture pattern surface.

Wausau Tile Inc.

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Limestone, brownstone, terra-cotta can be replaced

The Wrigley Building in Chicago and the Kentucky State Capitol Dome in Frankfort are among many buildings constructed between 1880 and 1930 that are being restored, requiring replacement of both dimensional cut limestone, brownstone and terra-cotta from Ibstock Hathernware Ltd. in the United Kingdom.

Swanson International Products.

Interlocking system

Streets in the Nationwide Arena District in Columbus, Ohio, may not be paved with gold, but their interlocking clay pavers might last longer. The manufacturer lightened the coloring of Old Tavern pavers to complement the bricks used to build the arena. Landscape architects also chose pavers to pave the plaza, walkways and sidewalks.

Pine Hall Brick.

Reader Service No. 255

Stone face

The elegance of quarried stone along with easy maintenance and slip-resistance are benefits of the Antique Stone product line, a grouping of six styles and colors, which meet or exceed Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines of 0.60 coefficient of friction. The line is recommended for baths, corridors, food service and utility areas.


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Of the manor born

Tile, borders and trim that resemble natural tumbled marble, the scratch- and stain-resistant Manor Stone Series is available in eight colors and three sizes as well as 1-sq.-ft. sheets comprising nine 4-sq.-in. tiles.

Crossville Ceramics.

Reader Service No. 254

Doubled up

A double wall system uses two brick walls separated by a 4-in. air space to create a load-bearing exterior wall. The process creates low-maintenance interior walls that have brick's natural warmth and charm.

Acme Brick Co.

Reader Service No. 268

Great fake stone face

The four-story, 250-by-150-ft. central atrium in the Embassy Suites Hotel in Destin, Fla., is divided into three circular areas at different elevations and contains planters, a fountain and a waterfall. At the end of each curved wall is a column that must look part of the surroundings as must other columns in the structure. To obtain the look of fine stone without the cost or bother, the columns were capped and planters were wrapped in a high-density resin imitation stone, the Travertine Stone Replica System.

The product also is used on exterior steel columns and lines the roof of the porte-cochere at the front entrance.

The system weighs less, allows more margin for error and costs less to ship than precast stone and is even superior to wood trim, since it is more durable and much less expensive to install as only one step is required. The entire installation used 5,000 feet.

Unique Originals.

Reader Service No. 269

Counter proposal

A quartz engineered stone suitable for countertops, bathroom vanities, walls and floors, Legacy resists heat, staining and scratching.

Santa Margherita USA and Verona Marble Co.

Reader Service No. 264

Overlay Init