A new, durable, plastic polymer grid system is facilitating the installation of stone up to 3 inches thick on elevated surfaces. The system, which is designed to support the structural load across a 16-inch-on-center span, effectively opens up the entire range of stone options for elevated surfaces to include the use of natural stone pavers, travertine, pavers, slate, marble, and tile. Designed and manufactured by Sare Plastics, a custom injection molding operation, the Silca System is a deck inlay subflooring grid that can be used on new decks, as well as for retrofit applications. Based on the hexagonal structure of beehives and manufactured from engineered polymers into 1.5-inch-thick grids, the Silca Grates ensure a structural surface for natural stone and manufactured pavers. Read more at www.masonrydesignmagazine.com/elevated-stone-deck-market-opens-up.
As recently as 15 years ago, masons just wanted to make mortar the way they had for the last 100 years. In the last 5 years, however, they have become eager to have companies create performance mortars using admixtures that are approved by the different building codes. Contractors are looking for performance mortars – or architectural mortars – and it’s been easy for manufacturers to keep developing new products when they know there is a market looking for them.
Since the mortar joint makes up about 20 percent of a brick structure’s surface area, coloring the mortar enhances the building’s appearance. Solomon Colors’ Mortar Colors are available in unique, pre-weighed and pre-measured amounts to assure accurate color consistency.