Concrete Products

JUN 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 36 of 51 June 2017 • 35 INNOVATIONS REPORT HARDSCAPE my customers desire using stone, slate, or bricks—including two-story decks, two- or three-tier decks, and stairs." Richardson adds that the system can even accommodate the use of sand, whether as foundation to even out irregular stone or polymeric grades between pavers, by first installing several layers of non-woven textile on the fastened Silca Grates. The system also suits the do-it-yourself market. Sherwood, Ore., homeowner Mark Batz was looking to replace a well-worn 25-year- old cedar deck. Recurring pressure washing and mandatory sealer treatments every few years were taking their toll on Batz, who was looking forward to relaxing on his deck rather than maintaining it. Wood decks can warp, crack, distort, split, fade, and promote mold and mildew; to maintain them, homeowners must seal the wood on an annual or semi-annual basis, along with replacing broken screws and individual boards. When Batz came across a local contractor looking to discard several truckloads of used pavers and sand from a recent municipal project, he decided to use the material to install two ground level patios in his backyard. His next idea was to remodel his elevated wood deck as well. After conducting some research on "elevated stone or paver decks," he discovered the Silca System. Batz purchased the product and then installed the pavers on the grates with the help of a contractor friend who also assisted in obtaining the required permits for the project. He then utilized the remaining pavers and Silca Grates on some stairs and even created a hardscape pathway to match the deck. Batz says the grates were easy to work with despite some intricate deck features. "I had to create very specific shapes to fit several octagonal breakfast nooks," he explains. "We used a circular saw with a blade for plastic and the grates cut like butter. They were so easy to install … I recommend [the Silca System] for anyone that is trying to build an outdoor surface elevated above ground. Even the inspector said he had never seen an elevated stone deck before, and was impressed." — Silica Systems, Alliance, Ohio, 330/821-1585;

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