Paver Basketball Court

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A paver basketball court is perfect when you searching for something unique that will make your property stand out.  Consider a custom-designed basketball court. This brick-paver inlay basketball court is sure to make your home a favorite among the neighborhood kids. If you are in the market for a new concrete driveway consider all of the possibilities before making your final decisions.

Pavers are various sizes of stones that are made of natural stone, clay brick, concrete, or even porcelain. They are utilized to construct an interlocking paving system that is strong and adaptable. The pavers are much stronger than a concrete base and do not easily break or split.

Pavers are more environmentally friendly than concrete slabs because they require less care, are durable, and adapt to seasonal and climate changes.

Can You Play Basketball on Pavers?

Yes, you can use pavers for the floor area of your basketball court.  Paver blocks are in more demand because of their advantages. Pavers effectively reduce runoff from surface water. They also have a minimum 20-year lifespan, making them extremely durable in construction and easy to replace.

An additional benefit of using paver blocks is their ease of installation. A particular block can be changed without damaging the other blocks if any of the blocks are cracked or discolored by corrosive chemicals such as petrol, diesel, etc.  Interlocking the paver blocks is a solution for preserving the environment if you are concerned about the security of your ecosystem or habitats.

Basketball Sports Game Courts Material Options

Brick Paver Basketball Sports Game Courts

This court layout is not new for Gappsi and looks beautiful on a property.  The material complements your property more than any other option. A brick paver basketball court looks nice, especially if you already have a paver patio on your property.

When choosing a brick paver basketball court the lines are cut out and replaced with different colored bricks. The aesthetics of this are beautiful and the athletics are not bad either.  Similar to concrete, there are seams, but if you choose the proper brick it’s not an issue.  The seam between the bricks is small, especially with a straight-edged paver. In addition, many paver companies make slip-resistant pavers that give a player more traction.

Paver Basketball Court2Asphalt Pad With Painted Lines

The most affordable option for a homeowner to have a backyard basketball court is an asphalt pad court with painted lines. The material costs are the least expensive as well as the installation.  This low cost is due to eliminating the expense of painting the entire court and simply only the lines.  Often there is a concern with the durability of unpainted asphalt. In our experience as long as there are no large trees with roots near the court it will be fine.  The roots often cause big cracks as the tree grows causing the asphalt to crack. As for wear and tear, a backyard court will not experience the same traffic as your driveway so the longevity of the sports game court is longer than a standard asphalt driveway.

Asphalt-Painted Courts

In addition, the sports game courts can be painted similarly to what you see on public courts or tennis courts. This often is worth the extra expense. It is absolutely beautiful to look at when painted, especially when custom-colored lines with logos in the key, as well as matching pole pads with lettering, are added.

Concrete Pad Basketball Sports Game Courts

Much like an asphalt pad, a concrete pad with painted lines is more affordable than one that’s painted due to cutting out the painting process. In addition, it tends to look sharper than asphalt with a cleaner look to it.

Expansion joints are added to prevent cracking in the concrete.  It’s a minor detail to consider in the aesthetics of the court. The concrete looks nicer but the asphalt plays nicer.  Also painting a concrete pad looks very sharp similar to the asphalt pad when painted.  It is also worth the extra expense.

Hard-Packed Gravel With Mateflex Sports Game Court Tiles

Many towns have strict zoning laws which regulate the amount of non-permeable coverage a property can have. If your town or village will not allow you to have a non-permeable court based on your property size, then choosing a hard-packed gravel basketball court with Mateflex tiles may be your best and only option.

Paver-Basketball-Court1Gappsi Paver Basketball Court Built in Manhasset NY

Gappsi installed a 22 x 28 basketball sports game court in Manhasset NY, located in Nassau County on Long Island. The court was built with a recycled concrete base and paved with a Nicolock Stone Ridge.  It is a three-piece combination with a smooth texture. We used Granite City for the border and court inlays. Golden Brown for the field and a travertina color for the key in the court. In addition, our team installed regulation adjustable hoops. The patio was cut and the new court was inlaid for a seamless fit and appearance. This is not only a sports court but can be used as a patio because it is made of pavers. It’s very durable and would never need to be repainted and striped. The homeowners are very happy and this is the latest sports game court by Gappsi in Manhasset NY.

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Granite Patio And Pool Coping Long Island NY

Granite-Patio-And-Pool-Coping-Long-Island-NY3Granite Patio And Pool Coping Long Island NY give a home timeless beauty and curb appeal!  Perhaps no single factor is more important to the value of your home than its curb appeal. Update your entry with a beautiful set of granite steps and make that all-important first impression.

  • Rough, hand-hewn, or precisely machined, our beautiful granite posts are sure to add character, charm, and strength to any landscape application.
  • Transform your outdoor space into an inspiring place with the addition of granite pavers, patios, and walkways.
  • A memorial bench made of granite is a fitting addition to a favorite remembrance spot at your home, playground, park, or town common to honor the heroes among us.
  • Naturally durable, granite withstands weathering, freeze-thaw cycles, and ice-melting chemicals, unlike wood, brick, or concrete.

At Gappsi we believe in superior granite materials that result in low maintenance and permanence, assuring an outcome your family and community will enjoy for many years to come.

Natural Stone Options

Travertine pavers and other natural stone pavers offer the best longevity of any paver type. Natural stone options include granite, sandstone, slate, limestone, marble, travertine, and bluestone. The color choices are more varied than you might expect.

Whether you desire the clean lines of pattern pavers on your patio or the rustic appearance of irregular stepping stones for your winding garden path, we have the right cut granite and natural stone to suit your tastes. Available in a variety of materials, colors, and textures. Imagination is your only limit.

Granite-Patio-And-Pool-Coping-Long-Island-NY1Granite Paving is the ideal solution for creating modern patios or pathways! If you’re looking for a high-end finish with plenty of style and durability, granite paving stones are a perfect choice! This hard-wearing natural stone paving features a non-slip and scratch-resistant surface that will stay looking its best all throughout the year.

⇒ Durable & Hard-Wearing
⇒ Flamed Or Shotblasted Surface Texture
⇒ Scratch Resistant
⇒ Non-Slip

Granite Paving Stones

As a hard-wearing natural stone, granite slabs are suitable for any area which will see high amounts of footfall.  Due to their durability, non-slip and scratch-resistant properties they are a perfect choice. Well-known for being robust yet stunning, granite pavers are ideal for use on patios, paths, and around pools in any domestic or commercial project. This popular paving material is available in a range of colors to suit any design needs!

Sizes & Colours To Suit Any Project

Natural granite pavers offer a wealth of design opportunities.  They offer a range of sizes and color options available.  You will always be able to find a style to suit the needs of your project! You can choose from a multitude of sizes, from large format pavers to smaller slabs, or a mixed size, which is perfect for random laying to create a unique finish. Color options range from the light and bright Silver Grey Granite, and the mid-grey tones in Blue Black Granite to something a little darker in our Black Granite Paving. The hard-wearing and durable natural stone paving is designed for outdoor use and will stand the test of time even in harsh weather! Our full range of granite is suited for Long Island New York’s climate that will last for decades.

Granite-Patio-And-Pool-Coping-Long-Island-NYSealing Granite Paving

It’s generally advised to seal granite pavers to help prevent any staining.  Sealing also helps to prevent the growth of any moss or algae. You may want to consider sealing your granite slabs, especially if your stone is light in color, as any stains will be more visible. However, sealing is not compulsory and there is a wide range of sealing products available which will provide various results. Some sealants will simply seal and protect, whereas others can be used to enhance the color of your slabs. When sealing your granite patio you will also help to protect against general wear.  For example, fading can sometimes occur over long periods. As for when to apply a sealer, there are no specific guidelines.  Most landscapers and tradespersons will have their own tried and tested methods.

Often people choose to seal their paving slabs before laying them.  This may prevent any staining during the laying process.  Others prefer to leave their stone unsealed for up to a year, allowing the granite to weather naturally before applying a sealant. To learn more about sealing your pavers check out our Paver Cleaning Service.

Natural Colours & Variations

Granite products are entirely natural and will feature variations in color, tone, and pattern. This is a feature of the product and our product images will give a great overview of some of the natural variations you could receive.

Colors will appear more vibrant when wet and subtler prior to installation before the stone has absorbed any moisture.

Gappsi installed this backyard over 10 years ago, and recently sealed the pavers. The granite pavers look just as good as the day they were installed at the customer’s home. This is the benefit of using natural stones for your patio pool copings. We installed a freeform pool with concrete walls and a vinyl liner. For the patio and coping we used Amagansett Granite Pavers selected from the Gappsi natural stone collection. We designed and built the portico and the outdoor kitchen with travertine mocha veneer.  The appliances used were all Delta Appliances and a Summit Refrigerator with a granite countertop. 

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Granite Patio Pavers and Pool Coping – A Basic Guide

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A granite patio by Gappsi

There’s no doubt about how much a swimming pool can enhance the appearance of your backyard. Regardless of the shape and size, they are a wonderful addition to your home exterior. However, when it comes to pool coping, most people want to stick to granite patio pavers and pool coping. If you’re wondering whether the material is appropriate for your needs, keep reading.

Why Do You Need a Pool Coping?

Before we get into why we need granite pavers, it’s important to understand the role of pool coping. A pool coping directs splashout into the deck drains and away from the pool. It also blocks water flow from the area behind the pool, preventing further damage. The most important role it plays is that of an inhibitor. It inhibits dirt, debris, and grass from entering the pool area. Last but not least, it provides swimmers with a sturdy and safe way to enter and exit poolside.

Granite Patio Pavers and Pool Coping: Why Do You Need Them?

Granite Is Durable and Long-Lasting

Any product you choose for any purpose should have the quality of being durable and long-lasting, especially when it comes to enhancing your home’s appearance. This is precisely why granite is a sought-after choice.

It is a popular choice among many people mainly because of its durability. However, the consensus on its popularity isn’t new. It goes back to the time of the construction of Roman aqueducts. All in all, the material is highly resilient and sturdy and requires minimal maintenance, making it perfect for everything, including your patios.

It’s Moisture Resistant

The best quality of granite is that it adapts well to wet areas in Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. Hence, when you install these pavers as pool coping, you won’t have to worry about water seeping in. The stone is quite impenetrable to most liquids.

It Adds a Level of Elegance to Your Exterior

Our designers at Gappsi ensure that the granite stone you choose enhances the beauty of your backyard or lawn. Furthermore, thanks to the huge variety of colors and formats in our showrooms, you will have no trouble finding your favorite color.

It’s Much More Affordable Than Other Options Out There

Granite stone has long been the ideal solution for most pool copings. Apart from the durability and variety factors, the price also plays a role here. You can get it repaired or replaced at a reasonable price if needed.

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A granite patio in a house on Long Island

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Pool Paver

From our suppliers and distributors to our contractors and installer, everyone ensures that you get exactly what you’re looking for. However, there’s more to the subject than just appearance and durability. You must consider the following factors, too, when it comes to choosing your pool paver.

Price

Cost plays a vital role in the selection process. You want to ensure that whatever you’re choosing is cost-effective and has a long life span. Stone pavers usually require much less upkeep than other options in the market.

Glare And Heat

It’s important to consider how the paver surface feels on a hot day. While most surfaces are prone to getting hot in summer, some get hotter than others. You want to get a denser and lighter paver in Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. You may also want to factor in the amount of glare you’ll experience. The rule is to consider the color. The lighter it is, the greater the glare.

Surface Finish

The surface finish should be a primary factor to consider when choosing pool paving for an outdoor space. Since avoiding spills is the priority, it’s important that you with something with a non-slip finish.

Sealing

Using the right seal for pool pavers is imperative, especially since natural stone is porous. Make sure to seal your granite patio pavers and pool coping correctly, or it may not be able to stand the test of time. The stone’s quality falls prey to environmental factors over time which is why protecting its natural beauty is important. Nonetheless, our manufacturers ensure that you get the best possible quality no matter what type of pavers you choose. You may also want to consult our professionals to learn more about the sealing process.

Pool Coping

If you’ve decided to pave around your pool, you may want to consider a few more questions. Do you want to use a different coping material or run it along the edge? Regardless, you want to go with a paver that merges well with the remaining landscape. All in all, the deal is to choose a material that isn’t only aesthetically pleasing but also performs well, whether you’re using it for your pool, walkways, or wall veneers.

Granite vs. Bluestone

While bluestone has a sawn finish, Granite has a bush-hammered finish. Both are ideal in terms of their performance. However, with bluestone, you can choose various formats, from cobblestones to tiles. On the other hand, granite has its own way of giving you an elegant finish that meshes well with both traditional and contemporary architecture. While the option of custom fabrication is there, it all comes down to personal preferences.

Learn More About Granite Patio Pavers and Pool Copings

You can’t possibly have a pool without coping. It’s almost like having a plane without a roof. Hence, it’s safe to conclude that the final outlook of your pool depends solely on the material you choose for pavers and copings. At Gappsi, we have an endless list of options for you to choose from. We also encourage the idea of familiarizing yourself with different stone options.

After all, choosing a durable, long-lasting material that increases the aesthetic value of your home is the primary goal. From the style to the budget, you want to ensure that your chosen material fits your needs best. Our customized services have benefitted a number of clients over the years. This gives us even more of a reason to transform your backyard or lawn into the space of your dreams.  For more information, call us at Gappsi and schedule a consultation today!

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Nicolock and Cambridge Concrete Pavers – How to Maintain Them

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Nicolock and Cambridge concrete pavers are both excellent choices for your property. However, taking the paver technology into account is as important as taking their feel and look into consideration. Each brand has a lot to offer, from amazing technology to several design options for your property, making decision-making even harder. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each, along with tips for their maintenance.

Nicolock Paving Stones

Nicolock paving stones use its paver-shield technology to manufacture beautiful concrete paving stones. They also manufacture segmental retaining wall systems, precast concrete products, and paving slabs. Thanks to the paver-shield technology, these pavers have a richer and denser surface. They also have a bright, vibrant appearance that just doesn’t fade.

Cambridge Paving Stones

Cambridge pavers have ArmorTec technology that does a wonderful job of improving your home’s appearance. This extra-dense concrete has a rich appearance which also keeps your surface smooth and skid-resistant. There are a number of possibilities when it comes to using them for different designs. The cherry on top is that there are numerous colors and shapes available.

At Gappsi, we make sure to connect you with the best suppliers for Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.

Nicolock and Cambridge Concrete Pavers – How to Maintain Them

When it comes to cleaning and sealing, you want to make sure you’re doing it right. The first step involves getting the stones ready. Start by removing any items touching the pavers, such as toys, chairs, tables, etc. Then, if you notice any weeds, pull them out gently. You want to ensure that you’re working on a clear surface. You can also use a broom to scrub any other growth away.

At Gappsi, our installers and applicators make sure to do the job right, so you do not need to touch the pavers for any form of maintenance for a long time. While there are basic ways to maintain your concrete pavers without professional help, they might not work every time.

What Types of Cleaning Solutions Should You Use?

There are numerous cleaners for pavers. However, you want to stick to an effective and long-lasting solution. Before you take your pick, make sure to test the solutions on a single stone first to record its reaction to the color.

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Backyard Concrete Pavers in Long Island, NY

Diluted Bleach

You can remove a number of stains by using bleach diluted with ten parts water. The stains this solution can easily remove are tobacco stains, wood rot, and beverage stains.

Water And Soap

Sometimes, hand soap or dishwashing soap is also effective in removing moderate stains and grease. You can make the solution easily by mixing some warm water with soap.

Simple Green

The best cleaning solutions for pavers are those that are chemical-free. You want to ensure that you’re using the least number of chemicals when working with any outdoor structure.

There are a number of retailers across the country that sell cleaning solutions for pavers. However, you want to make sure you’re purchasing the one with the least number of chemicals involved.

Hire Gappsi Contractors Today To Clean And Seal Your Pavers!

At Gappsi, we understand how overwhelming the task of maintaining your pavers can be. For this reason, we have a number of skilled professionals to do the job for you. Whether you want to restore the pavers on your walkway or pool patios, trust us to do the job in both Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY.

After all, preventive maintenance of Nicolock and Cambridge concrete pavers is essential to keep their quality intact for the long run. Our professionals will apply low-pressure hot water to clean your pavers to ensure that all the grime and dirt have been removed.

Then, they will refill the joints with polymeric sand before using a specialized machine to apply vibration. Then, they will mist using a garden hose before applying a urethane-based sealer.

Thanks to this product, you won’t see yellow or peeling pavers for a long time. This sealer does not give the stones a shiny appearance, but it makes up by adding a deeper tone to the color. Furthermore, our team will also guide you about ways to clean and seal the pavers yourself.

Preventing Pavers From Fading

It’s important to acknowledge that sooner or later, your outdoor pavers will fade. This is usually because of prolonged exposure to UV rays. With time, you may notice that the aggregate is no longer accepting the color pigments, which will make them appear gray or white the more the color fades.

The good news is there are a few ways to slow down fading. One way is to seal them appropriately. This way, the pavers will be able to resist wear and tear for a long time. However, the benefits of sealing don’t end here. Sealing also prevents Nicolock and Cambridge concrete pavers from water penetration, weather conditions, cracks and damages, moss, mold, weeds, and ants.

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Top-quality concrete pavers by Gappsi

In a nutshell, no matter what type of pavers you have, sealing them will do wonders in keeping their look and quality intact. All you have to do is leave the work in the hands of our experts, who will take care of your investment with due diligence. With years of experience under its belt, Gappsi knows how to serve you best.

How Frequently Should You Opt For Sealing?

At the time of installation, our installer will make sure to apply a sealer to prevent the fading of your pavers. However, doing it once is not enough. As a rule of thumb, you want to go for it every three to five years. If the sun is intense, you want to go for it every three years to maintain the rich appearance of your concrete pavers.

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Fiorito Travertine Patios and Pool Coping

Fiorito-Travertine-Patios-and-Pool-Coping2Travertine Patios and Pool Coping are the perfect stone material to use on Long Island NY for your outdoor living space.  Travertine is a natural stone,  created in shallow bodies of water.  The residue of lime settled and built up over millions of years in a massive thick block. The colors of the travertine derive from soil and minerals that contaminated the ground in the area where lime settled. Fossils trapped between the bodies of travertine accumulate and become the exposed holes you see in the travertine surface.

Formed beneath the hot springs over millions of years Travertine is a gorgeous stone material. When geothermal groundwater heats up, water shoots up, thus creating the pits and unique character on the surface of each stone.  The holes on the travertine pavers may appear to be a defect to some people, but it’s not. It is just a natural occurrence that has happened over millions of years during the stone structure formation. The holes and imperfections of travertine surfaces can never be mistaken with any other stone; it is unique and timeless.

It Stays Cool On Those Hot SUMMER Days!

Travertine is very cool on hot summer days due to the fact that the body structure of travertine is pure lime and contains no minerals or iron.  If you could hire Michelangelo to custom paint your patio I am pretty sure he would not be able to create such a remarkable color pattern as you see in this Fiorito Travertine Stone. This particular Fiorito travertine stone is one of the oldest travertine formations due to the multicolor variation and the line of onyx crystallization that appears on the surface of the stone.

Travertine Pool Decks – What Is It?

Ever so popular, travertine remains one of the most favorable stone tiles because of its unique aesthetics and functionality where it is also used as indoor, patio, and path walk tiles for both residential and commercial use.

A travertine pool deck is an outdoor decking system that utilizes the unique natural beauty and function of travertine tiles. Travertine pool decks offer a rustic appearance, but with the color variations available, you will find that travertine tiles as versatile options that can work on any style you are aiming for.

Color variations include but are not limited to white, gray, beige, silver, rustic black, ivory, walnut, and cream. Travertine tiles give a homey feel to your pool deck area and the subtle differences in the color of each stone will surely make your pool area stand out.

Fiorito-Travertine-Patios-and-Pool-Coping1A beautiful weathered look. Travertine tiles are undeniably gorgeous. Investing in a travertine pool deck will add curb value to your property. You can easily create a comfortable, cozy-looking pool deck with travertine tiles as the graining and primary tile colors have a warm natural color tone.

An attractive quality of Travertine is that it can last a lifetime. With proper care, and correct installation, and is not subjected to extreme wear and tear, average-grade travertine tiles could last over 100 years.

Easy workability. Travertine tiles are easy to cut and shape in any design you want. This advantage makes it easy to work with, especially with uneven surfaces and irregular layouts of pool decks.

Easy and low maintenance. You do not need a little more effort in maintaining your travertine tiles compared to ceramic or marble. See examples of marble pool decks here.

Multicolor Travertine Patio and Coping G035 Fiorito

G035 Travertine Fiorito is a natural stone exclusively produced for Gappsi. It is a unique stone with a large range of color variations created together by Mother Nature. The combination of beige, brown, maroon, gray, gold, peach and many other shades and colors are all in this stone. The finish on this travertine is tumbled and honed. The tumbled finish gives the edges of every stone a rustic look and the honed finish gives a matte and smooth texture, enough to give the top of the stones a comfortable surface when walked on.

It is still considered one of the easiest floor surfaces to maintain. Regular sweeping and light setting on your power wash for removing stubborn dirt.

Fiorito-Travertine-Patios-and-Pool-CopingFiorito Travertine Pavers and Pool Coping In Islip NY

Gappsi recently designed a backyard and installed a pool for a residence in Islip NY. We built a 20×40 vinyl pool with concrete walls. The pool is 5 inches in the shallow area to 66 inches in the deep-end water height. We installed a 2 inches coping and patio with G035 travertine selected from the Gappsi stone collection throughout the backyard, surrounding the pool up to the backyard sliding door.

Gappsi also created 3 sided steps leading to the backyard. We built a pool house with a sitting area to the outside connecting to the indoors with a window to pass through all trimmed with Azek. The floor was carried throughout the inside of the pool house. A bar area was designed including a refrigerator and storage cabinet with a gas fireplace too! We created an open bean look all painted to match the white trim moldings throughout the pool house. Very beautiful functional layout including a bathroom with many details especially in the columns.  Gappsi built pillars below the swimming pool, they are equipped with an auto cover too.

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For more than 35 years, Gappsi has renovated residential and commercial pools in Long Island New York.

Our commercial customers usually renovate their pool and spa to attract new members and retain existing customers at their health clubs or private community.

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Travertine Pool Coping And Spillover Gunite Spa

Travertine-Pool-Coping-And-Spillover-Gunite-SpaWhat Is Travertine Pool Coping & Spillover Gunite Spa?

Travertine is a natural stone that is harvested from quarries in Europe and Asia. This material is widely used for making tiles and pavers for interior and exterior floorings. They are used to make pool copings, too. Did you know that Travertine pool coping remains one of the finest choices in the market for enhancing the look and functionality of the pool area?

Travertine is available in different textures, shapes, and colors, giving homeowners the flexibility to create unique pool copings. If the pool is rectangular, our designers may recommend using travertine drop face pavers. But if your pool is round and curvy, then travertine bullnose pavers may be more appropriate.  Travertine is ready for use in a variety of sizes, finishes, and styles, including roman walnut, coral-stone, ivory, ivory swirl, tumbled bullnose, silver, and other finishes that make your pool area look genuinely outstanding.

Does Travertine Make A Good Pool Coping?

Travertine pool coping remains one of the finest choices in the market for enhancing the look and functionality of the pool area.

Tumbled and honed pavers are often the choice for travertine pool coping because they are rough yet not too harsh on the skin. They also make the surface safer even when wet because they offer friction. This means that you can walk barefoot on wet coping without fear of slipping. Travertine is an ideal material for pool coping for a couple of reasons. The first reason is this stone is cooler to the touch when compared to other stones. The second reason is it offers a high level of slip-resistance, making it safer for wet feet of all ages.

You will often see travertine coping in hotels and resorts because of their enduring beauty and grandeur. Why not bring the same luxuriousness to your home’s outdoor area? Gappsi offers high-quality travertine pavers at great prices.

Give Your Pool A Unique Look With Travertine Pavers

Natural stone pavers are commonly installed in pool areas of luxurious homes because of their beauty and their practicality. Travertine pavers are particularly popular. They are available in a variety of colors and shapes, offering design flexibility. There’s something about a travertine pool deck that is understatedly elegant. Aside from its enduring beauty, travertine also offers many other benefits.

Since this natural stone absorbs water, it keeps the pool area safe. Accidents like slipping can be minimized.  Travertine pavers can keep themselves cool even when they are exposed to heat.  In fact, they are 20% cooler than concrete pavers and other natural stones.

Travertine, like marble, is durable and strong. With proper care, its color and slip resistance capability will remain the same for a long time, thus preserving the elegance and safety of your pool area.

Compare Marble To Travertine & Travertine Wins For Being Less Expensive To Buy & Maintain!

The key to keeping your travertine pavers in excellent condition is proper and regular care. Clean the deck at least once a year using a pressure washer. You can also scrub the pavers with a brush. However, avoid using harmful cleaners that can damage the integrity of the natural stone.  Gappsi offers Cleaning and Sealing services for Paving Stone Patios, Driveways, and Retaining Walls.

Travertine-Pool-Coping-And-Spillover-Gunite-Spa1Are You Considering Adding A Spa To An Existing Inground Swimming Pool?

Even if your pool’s already in the ground, you can add a spa to it. Are you thinking of adding a spillover spa that will be an add-on to your existing pool? Its outer edge will at least be partly in the pool, which is why it’s called a spillover.  The water from your spa might flow into your pool as people get in and out of it.

The spillover spa looks clean and fits right into your existing pool design. Alternatively, you might consider installing an in-ground spa separate from your pool. This option can be designed to blend into the natural landscape with rocks, plants, and trees.

You might prefer a naturalistic, standalone spa, but keep in mind that it may end up costing more than the spillover spa.

The Spillover Gunite Spa is the Easier Option

Your spillover spa will be built into your existing pool. That means you won’t need to buy a second pump to keep your spa clean. Instead, both it and the pool can run on the same pump, saving you money and time on spa maintenance.

Cost isn’t the only thing that makes a spillover spa more appealing. Many people who have installed a spillover spa love the convenience of it. They can jump from the warm waters to the cool waters for a refreshing dip that segues into a relaxing float.

With a spillover spa, you get all of the benefits of having a hot tub, too. It helps you relax and relieve stress and adds value to your property. Why wouldn’t potential buyers want to have a pool-and-spa combo in their backyard?

Finally, a spillover spa looks excellent, too. It’s a streamlined addition to your pool, and it makes the setup appear that much more luxurious. You, your family, and your guests will love using it for years to come.

Travertine Coping And Spillover Gunite Spa In Yaphank NY

Gappsi’s latest home improvement was in Suffolk County Long Island in Yaphank.  The spa was built in gunite and the pool was built using a vinyl liner. We installed an automated control for the heat.  The homeowner can even control the flow of the spa from an iPhone or a smartphone. HOW COOL!  The spa was built between the pool and the pavilion. The homeowner can use the spa and also friends can see from the pavilion creating a congregating area between the spa and the pavilion sitting area. We installed stools wrapped with the liner on one side. Steps to get into the pool. And the pool is a gradual slope with a straight wall that goes from 45 inches in the shallow area to 66 inches in the deep end.

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Bluestone Patio Pavers and Pool Copings in Nassau and Suffolk County

Bluestone Patio Pavers
A custom pool with durable bluestone coping and pavers

Remodeling a patio is a tough task; it changes the entire look of your home’s exterior. You have to be extra careful when creating a landscape design with pavers and pool copings. The pavers and copings should look good and offer durability and convenience. Recently, bluestone patio pavers have become a popular choice amongst homeowners to spruce up their outdoor space. Read on for more details.

What is Bluestone?

Firstly, bluestone isn’t a geological category of a rock-stone. It represents more than 20 distinct rock varieties suitable for construction purposes; their deposits are present worldwide.

The U.S has two distinct types of bluestone: the first is a sandstone found in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The other is a variety of limestone found in Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

The name bluestone originates from the dark-blue-colored sandstone first found in Ulster County, New York. But this doesn’t mean this rock doesn’t have different shades. Besides the blue tones, bluestones also appear in shades of gray and brown.

At Gappsi, our masonry designers and installers are experts at transforming outdoor spaces with high-quality bluestone patio pavers and pool copings.

Why Use Bluestone Patio Pavers?

Bluestone is a trendy choice for patios, walkways, stepping stones, etc. Home improvement contractors in Nassau and Suffolk County recommend bluestone for patios due to the following reasons:

  • Bluestone is a Strong Material

Bluestone is one of the strongest stones used in construction. It ranks sixth on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This makes it harder than marble at fifth and softer than granite at seventh.

Unlike other natural stones, bluestone doesn’t scratch, chip, or break easily. Also, this stone has an above-average compressive strength, meaning it doesn’t crack under pressure easily.

Bluestone’s hardiness makes it a popular building material in the US and worldwide. There are plenty of structures and monuments made of bluestone worth checking out.

  • Bluestone is Weather-Resistant

Bluestone patio pavers last long because the weather doesn’t damage this naturally-occurring rock. It can tolerate all kinds of weather and temperatures, whether sunny, snowy, or even icy. Hence, you can install it on your patio, no matter where you live.

The only point you should remember is to avoid dark shades of bluestone if you live in a highly sunny area; darker shades may get too hot under the sun.

  • Bluestone has Good Drainage

Another quality of bluestone is that its absorption rate is only two percent. This means bluestone patio pavers and pool copings do not become very slippery, a major concern if you live in a rainy area or have children at home.

Moreover, bluestone’s porous nature prevents bacteria and algae from growing on the pavers and copings. Its good drainage properties also prevent pavers from stains caused by the runoff from the snow or rain. Such stains are quite common in other natural rocks with high moisture content, like granite.

  • Bluestone Patio Pavers Look Super-Attractive

The main charm of bluestone lies in its incredible variation. Even the bluestone from the same quarry and batch might differ slightly. You can browse through the different varieties to find the one that suits your preferences.

  • The elegant blue shades and other earth-toned colors look striking with all kinds of landscapes.
  • Uniform shapes easily available in the market are square, rectangles, and straight lines.
  • Don’t want to go too mainstream? You can choose from interesting patterns featuring irregular shapes and jagged edges like chevron and herringbone.
  • Bluestone comes in many sizes, from small pebbles to large boulders.
Bluestone Pavers
Bluestone Pool Coping by Gappsi

Uniform shapes and sizes give a neat look and are easy to design and install. In contrast, irregular pavers are a little tricky to install, but they make patios look natural. Gappsi offers custom fabrication of patio pavers and pool copings so that your outdoor space looks exactly how you want.

  • Bluestone is Easily Available

The United      States has numerous bluestone quarries that make this natural stone readily available in Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. Hence, there is no additional cost of overseas shipping included in the price of bluestone patio pavers and pool copings.

Cleaning and Maintenance of Bluestone Patio Pavers and Pool Copings

Like other natural stones, bluestone also needs proper care and maintenance.

  • Keeping bluestone clean ensures it looks its best and lasts longer. Sweeping dust and debris from bluestone patios and poolsides regularly is a must. Use a water hose for anything that you can’t remove with a broom. For extra-stubborn stains, it’s better to call a professional paver cleaning and maintenance service for help.
  • One of the best qualities of bluestone is that it doesn’t need any refreshing like painted bricks, wood, vinyl, and other materials. It can maintain its natural look over a long time.
  • Remember that bluestone is a natural material. Even if you install uniform-sized patio pavers, the stone still displays a few imperfections like small crevices, clefts, and rust stains. These imperfections are a part of its beauty. This is what makes bluestone ideal for giving your patio a natural feel.
  • Bluestone is a dense but porous material. Hence, sealing bluestone patio pavers exposed to direct sunlight and other weathering elements is important. It protects them from absorbing dirt and other impurities. Sealing also saves the patio pavers from mineral stains and makes them last longer.

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Want to know more about bluestone patio pavers and pool copings? Gappsi provides all the details you need to make an informed decision. You can also browse through patio pavers made of other materials like travertine, limestone, and granite. A reliable installer from Gappsi will make sure your patio has an excellent finish, no matter what material you choose.

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Benefits of Limestone Patio Pavers and Pool Copings

Limestone Patio Pavers & Pool Copings
A custom limestone patio designed by Gappsi

Planning to revamp your patio? Limestone patio pavers and pool copings are your best bet!

The material of patio pavers and pool copings matters because it affects everything, from convenience and aesthetics to budget and several other factors.

Although patio pavers and pool copings are available in many different forms, limestone has remained one of the most reliable paving choices in the market over all these years. Read on to find out why.

What is Limestone?

In simple words, limestone is a natural sedimentary rock formed of calcium carbonate, clay, silt, sand, and many other minerals. The deposits of this naturally beautiful rock are present all over the world.

Limestone is rightly described as universal and timeless; people have used it in many monumental constructions, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Empire State Building, and the Houses of Parliament.

Due to the presence of minerals in limestone, it is available in various natural colors, including blue, gray, tan, green, beige, and red.

Want to know the main reason behind its high appeal and value? It’s the natural feel that radiates from this rock! It can complement both traditional and contemporary settings.

Benefits of Limestone Patio Pavers and Pool Copings

Expert Masonry designers and contractors in Nassau and Suffolk county, Long Island, NY, recommend limestone for patios. The reasons are as follows:

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Limestone Patio and Pool Coping in Suffolk County

Hardwearing

Durability is the first thing people look for when constructing patios; limestone fulfills this requirement perfectly.

Limestone’s high durability may sound surprising because of its soft and elegant look, but this naturally-dense rock is impervious to elements. It doesn’t break or crumble easily under harsh weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

In fact, people have been using it in building things intended for heavy-duty use. This rock is not only suitable for patios but also ground floors, kitchens, and other interior parts of a home.

Aesthetic and Versatile

The best part about limestone is that it fits well with any style and color palette you have in mind. It is available in many colors, from dark to light gray, buff, white, blue, green, and even gold. Hence, you can easily match your patio with the interior of your house.

You can find limestone in different textures, amounts, sizes, and durability. Although most limestone pavers have a honed surface, some varieties can also be naturally split.

Experts usually heat limestone to a high temperature in a flame to create a smooth and uniform surface. They can easily chisel, tumble, split, or cut edges to match your requirements. Some textures are suitable for flat and smooth surfaces indoors, while others are perfect for patios and walkways.

Designers can help you choose from the limestone patio pavers and pool copings displays in showrooms. You can also get custom fabrication done by contractors in Nassau and Suffolk County in Long Island, NY.

An Effective Insulator

With its strong insulating properties, limestone prevents your patio and pool copings from getting too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.

You can walk barefoot on the patio without worrying about burning your foot on hot and sunny days in Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. Similarly, you won’t get cold feet while walking barefoot on the patio on chilly days.

Slip-Resistant Properties

Limestone has a little textured and riven profile, making it even more ideal for patios. How? Its texture facilitates underfoot resistance and reduces the chances of slipping to a great extent, even if your feet are wet or it has rained heavily.

With limestone patio pavers, you can let the children in your family run freely around the patio without having to worry about a bad fall.

An Eco-Friendly Choice

Limestone is one of the best options for environment-conscious people when it comes to remodeling the exterior of a house. This is because it’s a renewable stone and doesn’t increase your carbon footprint. Even if it gets damaged for any reason, its repairs won’t contribute to the already-high pollution levels of the nation.

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Gappsi’s custom limestone patio pavers

Cleaning and Maintaining Limestone Patio Pavers and Pool Copings

One of the best parts about limestone patio pavers and pool copings is that you don’t necessarily have to seal them.

  • The first step to cleaning your limestone patio pavers and pool copings is to brush off the dust and debris from the surface with a broom. But be careful not to scratch the stone with your brush.
  • After removing dust and dirt from the surface, wash the pavers with warm water and non-acidic soap. You can soap the water and use a sponge mop to thoroughly clean all the grime and stains. After that, rinse with clean water and let the surface dry naturally.
  • Limestone is more susceptible to chemical damage than other building materials like concrete. Hence, you should never use any acid to clean limestone.
  • Acids cause chemical reactions and affect the colors and hardiness of the stone. So, always choose your cleaning products wisely.
  • Some soap scum and mineral stains may not come off easily. To get rid of them, pour a mixture of baking soda and warm water on a sponge and scrub well. If a stain still persists, you should let a professional paver cleaning service take care of that.

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Gappsi has been providing masonry services to residential and commercial property owners for a long time in Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. Being an integral part of the masonry industry in our region has enabled us to understand your requirements to the core and recommend the best possible ideas to remodel the interior and exterior of your home.

If you want to install, seal or clean your limestone patio pavers and pool copings, contact Gippsi today to let our experts handle that for you!

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Natural Limestone Patio And Pool Long Island NY

Choosing The Right Stone For A Pool Deck

Natural-Limestone-Patio-And-Pool-Long-Island-NYWhen choosing the right stone such as a natural limestone patio and pool Long Island NY it’s important to embrace some practical and aesthetic considerations.  Whether it’s an elegant light-colored limestone perfect for a hot summer day, a natural fieldstone emulating the feel of a deep woods swimming hole, or reclaimed granite with its timeless weathered beauty, the following points will help in selecting the best stone for a pool deck or patio area.

The Four S’s to Consider

  • Style – The overall appearance of a pool deck and patio may vary depending on style. It could be sophisticated versus a more rustic look and feel.  The sophisticated style generally has clean lines while a rustic style offers an earthy feel and look with more natural, rougher lines.
  • Surface –  The texture of the stone has a big impact on the look as well as the feel of your patio surface.
    • A split face surface, like a reclaimed plank paver, gives a rustic look to the area.
    • A natural cleft surface comes from stones that are split by man along a natural seam in the stone.  This gives the surface an organic feel with a flatter surface compared to a rough split surface.
  • Shapes and Patterns – Stone shapes, whether irregularly shaped or straight edge squares and rectangles, may completely change the design of a pool deck as different design patterns will also,
  • Scale – It is important to think about the size of the stones. Deciding on small, medium, or large stones determine the look and feel of a pool deck area.

PRO TIP: If the deck space is large, consider using larger-sized pieces to give it a grand feeling. Smaller pieces may be used for more intricate patterns and offer a more sophisticated look.

  • Color – Natural stone comes in a variety of colors in addition to color combinations. Deciding on the stone consider if the pool is in direct sunlight for large amounts of time, then a lighter-colored stone would be good to keep the temperature down. Choose a color or color theme that relates to your home, or office building, as well as other stones in the nearby area.

The Right Stone For The Right Condition

A complement to the surrounding landscape, natural stone pool coping is as practical as it is attractive. Natural stone is durable and resists freeze-thaw cycles.

  • Heat Underfoot – Comfortable underfoot is important when choosing a stone for a pool deck and patio. Which type of stone will help to keep the surface cooler? The answer is a stone with less heat absorption. In general, lighter-colored stones have less heat absorption.
  • Freeze-Thaw – If the pool will be located in a freeze-thaw weather zone, be sure to pick a stone with lower water absorption for the pool deck. Granites, basalts, and porphyry top the charts in this category and will hold up to all weather conditions. We have also hand-picked some freeze-thaw-resistant limestones and sandstones that will work well.
  • Slip Resistance – The last thing you want is a slippery stone for a pool deck and patio. Luckily, adjustments to surface texture and joints can make a huge difference when it comes to creating a slip-resistant deck.

In addition to considering the appearance of the texture, consider the effect it has on the perceived slipperiness of a stone. Man-made surfaces provide excellent grip and some split surfaces tend to be less slippery. In general, stone surfaces with indentations and irregularities provide a better grip.

Natural-Limestone-Patio-And-Pool-Long-Island-NY3WIDE JOINTS VS MANY JOINTS

Wide joints between pavers or joints that have grass or other vegetation growing between them make the overall pool deck surface less slippery.

When there are many joints, your feet are always touching multiple joints which helps you naturally grip the surface and it is, therefore, more slip-resistant.

Pool Deck Materials We LOVE at Gappsi

Limestone – The luxurious feel and look of limestone make it a great choice for a pool deck.

Sandstone – A sedimentary rock composed of sand-size grains of mineral, rock, or organic material. Many sandstone materials are great for pool decks as their split surfaces are naturally slip-resistant. Colors range from beige to brown to gray-blue.

Granite – A coarse-grained igneous rock, granite has a high content of quartz and feldspar giving it a speckled appearance. One of the most durable quarried stones from around the world, granite is nearly always massive, hard, and tough.

Bluestone – Bluestone is actually a sandstone with a deep blue color but also appears with other hues such as shades of gray and brown. Bluestone is known for its advantageous price point. Natural cleft bluestone is quite slip-resistant.

Travertine – A form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties.

Marble – Marble can have beautiful pattern movement within the stone and comes in a wide variety of colors from white to salmon to gray, blue, green, and black.

Natural-Limestone-Patio-And-Pool-Long-Island-NY2Limestone Patio And Pool Long Island NY

Kidney-shaped gunite swimming pools remodeled in Center Island NY. We installed new stairs across the shallow area and porcelain tiles in the water line. The pool was totally remodeled with new plumbing and a new finish. We used super blue diamond bright and tile markers on the edge of the steps. The patio consists of G44 limestone in a french pattern and two inches of G044 Marble Limestone all selected from the Gappsi natural stone collection. Very beautiful property, a very beautiful setting. The latest gunite remodels by Gappsi.

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Marble Patios And Pools On Long Island NY

Marble-Patios-And-Pools-On-Long-Island-NY2Make a statement with your backyard; marble patios and pools on Long Island NY by Gappsi.  We designed and built a travertine wood-burning fireplace as well as a gunite pool renovation with a new design of the patio and landscaping in West Islip NY. We incorporated a new wood-burning fireplace and veneered it with multisize silver travertine tumbled veneer and capt with G040 two-inch coping. The patio consists of G040 marble pavers selected from the Gappsi natural stone collection. This stone is a very beautiful marble with many details. A key feature and benefit of marble pavers are they are very cool in the heat, with a sandblasted texture and tumbled texture perfect for around a pool or water.

The pool was remodeled with new porcelain tiles in the water line and new coping was added. Gappsi also built a raised area for the diving section and added two columns each with a led Pentair Water Ball spilling into the pool. The landscape includes some tropical plants, flowery plants, and evergreens. Our team did a very beautiful job, the waterview on the South Bay of Long Island NY is amazing to enjoy with a warm fire while enjoying from the comforts of your home.

Marble Patios And Pools On Long Island NY

One of the most versatile construction materials for pools is Gunite.  It is a simple mixture of cement, sand, and water.  To apply the Gunite to your framework contractors have 2 options; use a spray gun or blow the material onto the rebar framework.  The rebar offers strength and structure to the pool.

Gunite is porous and should not be used by itself to construct a pool. There must be a water barrier between the porous gunite and the pool water. Plaster is then applied to not only ensure a smooth touch on the pool surface but also to create a water barrier between the pool water and the gunite.

Winterizing your pool properly will help to keep your pool’s gunite/plaster structure intact.

Marble-Patios-And-Pools-On-Long-Island-NY1Painting VS Re-Plastering

Delaminations, stains, cracks, and generally dullness and lifelessness are reasons for wanting to give new life to your pool. Painting pools have been an option even before pool plastering came around. Back in the day, all pools were painted; it was an annual pool opening tradition. When the plaster for pools began to be used, pool owners appreciated the long-lasting and durable surface and the smooth white finish.

Longevity Factor:
Re-plastering a pool, when properly mixed, applied, cured, and maintained – can last 15-20 years. Pool paint, depending on the type of paint used, as well as application and curing factors, 2-7 years of life can be expected from a pool paint job.

Durability Factor:
Paints used for pools, spas, and fountains, are specifically made for underwater use and are quite durable against poor water chemistry, temperature extremes, and even rough treatment from pool equipment. Plaster, however, with its usual 1/2 inch thickness, can handle more distress than the thin layer of pool paint.

Appearance Factor:
Both the new plaster and new paint are looking good! Pool paint is shiny and reflective, and new plaster has a deep luster, like an eggshell. Of course, you can add colors and additives to plaster to create custom tones. You can do the same with paint, and could even paint a mural. Plaster may look the best for longer, but at least initially, and for the first few years, the appearance of both is fairly equal.

Travertine Veneer Wood Burning Fireplace

Marble-Patios-And-Pools-On-Long-Island-NY4Fireplaces are a natural gathering place and are often not just the focal point of a room, but often the focal point of the entire home or outside.  A fireplace provides a respite of warmth, conversation, and meditation from the outside world. Many agree that renovating a tired, worn out, and outdated fireplace has the same return on investment as updating a kitchen or bathroom, but with a much smaller price tag. Natural stone veneer panels are an excellent choice for such a renovation because they are cost-effective and incredibly easy to install.

Whether you’re envisioning a rustic, colonial, contemporary, modern, or Old World space, color and design add up to making your project look just right. Natural Stone Colors vary naturally, which is what makes it an authentic material to incorporate into projects.

Whether you’re renovating an old brick fireplace or building one anew, our world-class customer service team will walk you through the right process for you. During a fireplace renovation, you tend to encounter more obstacles than if you are building new. For example, is your existing fireplace built from brick? Is it flat drywall? There are different ways to handle each of these conditions. We welcome your questions, so please don’t hesitate to speak with us.

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Our showroom display also includes the most beautiful as well as unique imported natural stones for patios, walkways, and driveways.

We provide our services in the following areas of Nassau and Suffolk County. Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon, Huntington, Islip, and Smithtown. Brookhaven, Southampton, Riverhead, East Hampton, Southold, Old Brookville, Old Westbury. Mill Neck, Nissequogue, Lloyd Harbor, Muttontown, Coldspring Harbor, and East Norwich
Gappsi’s knowledgeable and experienced personnel can help you create the yard of your dreams!

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