What is stone veneer?
Stone veneer can be made from natural or manufactured stone. Here at Ricardo’s we carry only the natural stone version made right here in the USA. Natural stone is cut to an exacting thickness and weight, which is uniform regardless of the number of pieces you order.
What are the advantages of natural stone veneer?
- Stone veneer is durable, since its’ real stone it will not fade or crack.
- Made by mother nature, it looks perfectly natural right down to it’s unique shapes and sizes.
- It’s not nearly as heavy as lugging in real stone, so there is no need for wall ties or footings etc.
- By the project stone veneer most like will take less time to install than it would natural stone.
Boston Blend™ Mosaic Thin Stone Veneer consists of irregular pieces of natural stone used for facing, cladding and siding. The shapes of this natural stone consist of triangles, octagons and somewhat square pieces.
Where can stone veneer be used?
Veneer is used as stone siding for interior and exterior walls, cladding, chimneys, fireplaces, foundations, wine cellars, columns, hard-scapes and any other decorative feature for both residential and commercial architectural construction applications.
Stone veneer can really spice up a room when placed on one wall. Perfect wall to accent with a wine rack, or bench etc.
Same applies to the outside of a home, where you’ll find stone veneer being used along the front side of a home wrapping around a den window for example.
As shown above in the bullet points, stone Veneer is lightweight, (about 15pounds per square foot), and generally lower cost over real stone. Being lighter in weight can have it’s advantage, eliminating the need for structural support is one. Which means you can place it on that wall in your office or home that you really don’t know what else to put there.
Let us help you in crafting an all natural, real stone veneer from Historic New England Fieldstone and other all natural stone products. Contact us today!
Mulch and compost are often used together and, sometimes, are used interchangeably. However, while compost can be used as mulch, mulching is not the same as composting. Composting is decomposing organic matter and recycling it into fertilizer for soil. Mulching is placing a protective cover of the soil to preserve moisture, decrease erosion, and stifle weed growth.
It’s that time of year again: Days are longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and before you know it you’ll be landscaping your property or touching up the landscaping from the (fortunately) mild winter we’ve had this year.
Either way, you’ll be investing in new plants, and there’s no better way to maintain healthy plants than with mulch. But with so many options, how do you know which one is right for you? For a quick reference, review our guide on mulch vs compost to get a better idea of what the two options are.
You’ve decided pavers are the right fit for your project. Now what?
Types of Pavers
Do you want to use natural stone, brick (or clay), or maybe concrete? Depending on where you are putting the pavers—is it a high traffic area like a walkway or just decoration amid the landscape—and what look you want to achieve, you’ll want to weigh your options. And, if you’re looking to use pavers in several areas, you may find you want to use a mixture of paver styles versus other materials.
If you’re debating between pavers versus concrete and which material best suites you, consider this: Concrete isn’t as durable as other materials, it’s extremely difficult to repair—and it may cost you more in the long run.
No matter what your project is—patio, walkway, driveway—you want the result to bear harsh New England weather, from cold winter nights to warm summer days. And, ideally, you probably want minimum maintenance. No one wants a brand new walkway to look weathered and worn the next season.
When deciding between a wooden or a vinyl shed, it comes down to your preference for appearance as well as level of maintenance.
Wooden sheds, in many buyers’ eyes, have the aesthetic advantage over vinyl sheds. The natural structure can also get adapted over time with customized additions. Perhaps you have a wooden house; a wooden shed will seamlessly blend with your property, especially if you decide to match the paint color of your house and give your shed a custom coat.
In this way you have complete control over whether your shed stands out and becomes a characteristic of your property, or blends in with a more garden environment. Plus, wooden sheds come from a renewable resource.
Wood pellets require an initial investment in a pellet-burning stove. However, wood pellet stoves are widely considered the most efficient stoves on the market, offering you long-term cost-savings. They often exceed 80% efficiency ratings and emit 50% to 60% less pollution than conventional heating methods.
Made from sawdust, wood chips, paper waste and other organic raw materials, wood stove pellets are clean and an eco-friendly alternative to traditional heating fuels. They’re even a better alternative to other organic fuels such as corn. When comparing corn versus wood stove pellets, a big factor to consider is the ease of storing. Pellets are easily stored in any dry area, whereas corn can attract rodents, birds, squirrels and other vermin, making storage more of a challenge.
Made from compacted organic raw materials—including sawdust, bark, wood chips, waste paper and agricultural crop waste—wood pellets are an effective clean energy alternative to fossil fuels and a renewable energy resource.
The raw organic materials are prepped by removing any small particles of metal or stone and are then reduced into small pieces with a hammer mill or shredder. The material is then dried until it is free of most moisture.
Wood stove pellets are then put into a compression device called a pellet mill. Heat and pressure are used to bind the material—whether it’s sawdust, bark, wood chips or some other product—into its pellet shape. Each material is different, as the density of the wood stove pellet affects its combustion efficiency and, therefore, how clean it burns and how effectively it heats your home.
Before the 20th century, there weren’t tons of options for heating homes: 90% of Americans used wood. Luckily today we have choices, including a renewable clean energy alternative that is a cost-effective and easier alternative to fossil fuels: wood stove pellets.
Wood pellets have seen relatively stable pricing compared to fossil fuel prices, which, especially over the past few years, tend to fluctuate. In fact, when adjusting for inflation, pellet prices are about the same today as they were 10 years ago. When it comes to wood pellets vs other fuels, no other source of energy allows you to get more heat for less money out of renewable resources.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our newly re-designed website. Ricardo Corporation was started in 1984 by Michael Ricardo as a an Excavation company and as an outlet providing Construction Materials to the wholesale market.
We offer a wide variety of landscaping needs including Pavers and walls, mulch, stone, sand, and loam. We also carry a vast amount of Sheds, Wood, and Pellets. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us. We take enormous pride in our products and services, and we look forward to doing business with you soon.
Be sure to give us a call today at (508) 992-0169 for more information on any of our products!