Masonry trowels come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes and materials. And different trowels should be used with masonry, brick, block, or finishing work. Need a quick primer? check out this fantastic video from This Old House. For all your trowel and masonry supply needs on Long Island, stop by our Deer Park masonry yard.
Most contractors assume that the existing driveway always has to be removed to install a paver driveway. Not so! If the asphalt is in good condition, even with some minor imperfections, using the existing asphalt driveway as a base can make pavers more affordable and decrease installation time, both of which can increase the potential… Read more
Because New Yorkers know their pizza, and Long Islanders love their backyards, we can’t think of a better way to extend an outdoor living space or backyard paver patio than to add a wood-fired pizza oven. Follow along in this how-to video as our friends at Techo-Bloc install a pizza oven using Raffinato steps, Graphix wall… Read more
A concrete paver patio is one of the best ways to add value and additional outdoor living space to your Long Island home. Follow along as the guys at This Old House help one couple choose size and material, dig to depth, keep the patio square, understand pack and base, lay the stone, fill with polymeric sand, and more.
Pillars and columns add vertical interest to paver patios and walkways and often act as a base for outdoor lighting fixtures. Pair them with a free-standing seating wall or retaining wall and you have a gorgeous way to create outdoor rooms. Tying the two together can be tricky though, both aesthetically and structurally. Follow along… Read more
Outdoor lighting in your new Long Island paver patio project is the finishing touch. As Paver Pete from Techo-Bloc likes to say, “You wouldn’t buy a car you could only drive during the day!” Follow along as the team from Techo-Bloc installs lighting in this privacy screen, Borealis bench, planting areas, grill island and water feature.
The key to installing a beautiful paver patio on Long Island comes down to the what comes before the first paver is laid: proper planning, marking, excavation, leveling, compacting and base preparation. Follow along with this in-depth how-to video from Unilock that takes you step-by-step on how to professionally install a paver patio with an… Read more
Long Island masonry contractors know one of the best kept secrets to working less and making more money—the unique Alliance Gator Base tile system. Interlocking Gator Base tiles are made of a durable and light-weight polypropylene and have a number of benefits. The easy-to-install Gator Base system insulates, helping reduce effects from the freeze-thaw cycle… Read more
Badly pitched driveways and patios can lead to drainage problems, soil erosion and even structure damage. Luckily, a handy homeowner can make this simple fix with a little know-how and the right tools. Follow along this informational how-to video as the folks at This Old House help one homeowner fix his asphalt driveway and save… Read more
Long Island can be buggy in the summer and chilly in the fall and spring. An easy-to-manage gas fire pit is the perfect answer. Follow along as our friends at Techo-Bloc install this beautifully modern 7 foot linear fire feature with benches, enough seating for everyone to enjoy the warmth and light. To complete this… Read more
Fire pits are a great way to enjoy the shoulder season on Long Island and get the most from your outdoor space. Follow along this step-by-step video tutorial from This Old House as this homeowner: Learns about the type of curved pre-cast concrete blocks neededLays out the fire pitDigs the fire pit and rainwater drainage… Read more
Stone veneer including some of our fantastic products from Natural Stone Veneers, Inc. (NSVI), R-Stone and Boral Cultured Stone can be installed over a variety of substrates including poured concrete walls, masonry block, and plywood. Check out this informative video from mortar manufacturer Quikrete, which walks you through the steps of: determining quantity of veneer… Read more
Natural stone gives any home a simple and rustic touch. Follow along this step-by-step video from This Old House as the homeowner excavates, lays pack and stone dust, fits and cuts the stone pavers, levels, and edges. Need help with materials? Astro delivers gravel, base material, and natural stone throughout the Long Island and NY-metro… Read more
There are many advantages to using permeable bases, even for pavers that aren’t permeable pavers. Permeable bases… have minimal frost movementare almost self-compactable, minimizing settlementcannot wash out, so are ideal for raised patios and deckare easier to install since they can be walked on during installationhave minimal risk for wash-out from downspoutshave reduced weed penetration… Read more
Bullnose pavers are paving stones with a round edges. They work great in patio and other masonry projects that need visual accents or a soft edge for safety and comfort. One of the most popular uses for bullnose products is pool coping, the masonry edges that border pools. Bullnose pavers are also popular for seat… Read more
On Long Island, driveways are often one of the first parts of our homes that guests see, so they make a fantastic focus for curb appeal efforts. If your masonry or asphalt driveway is in good shape but could use a little enhancement, a new driveway apron might fit the bill. With easily rented equipment… Read more
Shoveling snow is not new to Long Islanders. After last week’s “bomb cyclone”, we all got to pull out the trusty shovels and snowblowers, cross our fingers for the neighborhood kids to come by, and wish there was a magic button we could push to make the snow go away. Amazingly, there is a magic… Read more
Brick and paver walkways are only as good as their base. Follow along on this fantastic tutorial as the pros from This Old House explain how to excavate, spread and compact pack, decide a walkway height, lay pavers, cut angles, integrate edging, and fill in sand. Whew! That was tiring just listing that! Astro Delivers… Read more
Astro delivers polymeric sand throughout the Long Island & NY metro area! Contact us today to order! Using polymeric sand is the secret to a long-lasting masonry installation. Once applied and activated, this special sand hardens between pavers and blocks out weed growth and deters insect activity. Polymeric sand virtually eliminates erosion normally experienced with regular sand… Read more