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Outdoor Living & Stonescapes.

A Variety of Design Options.

We offer options that can make a dramatic difference in home landscaping and enhance property value.

When it comes to patio surfaces, the choices abound. Patio surfaces can be not only functional, they can be beautiful as well. The right patio surface can last forever and can give you the appearance you desire.

Brick

Brick is a popular patio surface, and it works well with houses of just about any style. Its strength makes it ideal for outside use, and its shape means that you can use it to build additional structures, like planters and garden walls. Brick comes in a variety of sizes and colors, is moderately priced, and can be easily found at local home improvement centers or masonry suppliers.

 

The strength and durability of paving stones are the reasons why they were used in Ancient Rome, and they are the same reason why they are still used today. They can withstand the harshest of weather conditions and still manage to maintain there natural beauty.

If you are going for a natural, untamed look, few surfaces will work as well as stone. Stone works with many different architectural styles. It also comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can get it as rough pieces of flagstone, or you can buy manufactured stone that comes in uniform dimensions and thicknesses. The geographical location where a stone was quarried will determine how hard it is. For example, some types of sandstone are as hard as marble, while other types are easily dented or scratched. Some stones are also more porous than others. Stones with lower porosity are more durable and last longer than stones that absorb lots of water. If you are considering stone, be sure to take into account the porosity, durability, and hardness of the stone.

If you are looking for a smooth-surfaced patio and don’t want to spend a lot of money, concrete is the way to go. Concrete is durable, can be formed into just about any size and shape, and blends well with other surfacing materials. You don’t need to think gray and boring when it comes to concrete. It can be finished in many colors and textures, and can be decorated by pressing small stones or rounded rocks into it when it’s still wet. Concrete that is poured correctly is very durable and should last a lifetime. One drawback of concrete is that it can crack, especially in climates that have temperature extremes. Here at Johnston Masonry we will install the concrete correctly, using certain methods designed to prevent cracking.

Concrete Paver

If you don’t want to pour concrete, concrete pavers work well and are available in a variety of different designs and shapes. They last indefinitely and generally don’t break or stain. Outdoor tile is also a beautiful patio surface choice, although it is labor intensive because it needs to be set into concrete.

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The Bottom Line is Quality.

When all is said and done, the quality of a completed stonescape project is dependent upon the workmanship of the paving contractor plus the quality of the concrete used in the project.

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Our Clients Say.

“I contacted your company on 06/21/2012 following a flood in Duluth, MN on 06/20/2012. Despite all the work which would become available to you due to the entire city affected by the unusual storm system, you responded quickly to my desperate message. I am selling my house, and inspections were due within the week. By July 2nd, you had completed all work, as promised. The flood was unlucky, but choosing your company was good luck. Thank you.”

Joan Burns