Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada




1. What is Thin Brick?

Traditional brick-laying can have thin brick or also known as a “brick slice” is simply a brick that has been cut down, or manufactured into a smaller size. Primarily to eliminate the weight that goes along with full bricks and to make installation easier.

2. Choosing the colour of your stone

Choosing a stone can be overwhelming at first. Looking at a sample board and trying to imagine how it will look on a much bigger scale can have it’s challenges. The key is, whenever possible, try to find a stone that compliments the colours of the home. Either by contrasting a light coloured home with a dark stone, or finding a stone that has all of the colours of the home and can tie it all together.

3. Choosing stone size & profile

For the profile of the stone or sizing, if there is a smaller project that is low square-footage. We recommend that you stay away from the larger stones and look at a stone that would be more fitting to the size of project. Likewise for large-scale projects, a larger stone would be more fitting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a small stone if thats the look you’re going for.

4. What different types of stone are there?

When choosing a stone for your project there are two choices: manufactured stone and natural stone. There are many different brands to shop from with manufactured stone. When it comes to natural stone there are three main classifications of natural stone: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Igneous is the strongest and most dense of the three, an example would be granite. Sandstone and limestone are the most common types of sedimentary material used in construction. Due to these stones ‘layers’ they are not as strong as igneous, but they are easier to split and chisel. Limestone is a ‘dense’ stone but not hard, making it suitable for fine carving. Metamorphic rocks for the most part have a grain, and when struck with the grain the stone tends to break easily. Examples would be slate, gneiss, marble, and quartzite.

5. What kind of maintenance is needed for stone?

One of the benefits of stone is the minimal to no maintenance required. It may require a wash if it’s dirty after strong winds but other than that you shouldn’t have to do anything to it.

6. Should I seal the stone?

Putting a seal on the stone gives it almost a ‘wet’ kind of look and helps bring out the colours of the stone. That being said, we don’t recommend putting on any sealer for manufactured stone. The sealer traps the moisture inside and causes the stone to deteriorate at a much faster rate. We also would not recommend sealing the stone more than once, after the initial seal just leave it as it is.

7. Why did some of my stone fall off?

The reason why a stone would fall off is on a case by case scenario. For instance, if there is a new home and a stone falls off at the bottom, chances are the stone was placed directly on the foundation of the home. When a foundation is poured, an oil is sprayed on the forms to prevent the concrete from sticking to it. The problem is the oil is still present for a couple of years afterwards, and when a stone is placed it will hold initially, but the oil in the concrete prevents the mortar from properly bonding to the concrete causing it to fall off.

Another reason to cause the stone to fall off is that it’s situated too close to the ground. In southern Alberta due to our hot summers and cold winters, the ground (including your driveways) will fluctuate in temperature. Keeping your stone off the ground half to 3/4 of an inch will eliminate this threat.

Sometimes a stone will fall off because the mason installing the material didn’t use enough mortar, or just an improper installation of the product.

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