The Lime Mortar Difference: Flagstone and Natural Stone Patio
Helping his uncle with masonry while growing up, Brian Fleming, owner of Fleming Landscaping, was exposed to many different methods and best practices for hardscaping flagstone and natural stone patios. One important technique he learned from his uncle was lime mortar. Used for benefits of stability and beauty, lime mortar is a material that should not be overlooked.
According to the experts at Graymont, a global leader in limestone products, it was discovered that limestone, when burnt and combined with water, produced a material that would harden with age. The earliest documented use of lime as a construction material was approximately 4000 B.C. when it was used in Egypt for plastering the pyramids. The beginning of the use of lime in mortars is not clear. It is well documented, however, that the Roman Empire used lime based mortars extensively. Vitruvius, a Roman architect, provided basic guidelines for lime mortar mixes.
Lime products have played a significant role in masonry construction for thousands of years. Prior to 1930, most masonry construction utilized lime-based mortars. Lime has proven performance that is demonstrated by structures, such as the Great Wall of China, which have lasted for hundreds of years. The reason for using lime mortar 2000 years ago still remains the same.
Brian utilizes Lime Mortar to build a patio that not only is aesthetically pleasing to the eye but is durable and will last longer than a simple sand base. Brian is truly a landscape artist. He evaluates each individual building site. From this evaluation, Brian creates a unique design that is site specific and inspired by the surroundings.
He views each patio project as a building project. Instead of simply laying pavers or natural flagstone on a simple sand base, he takes the time to excavate and lay the foundation with intention and integrity. A two-inch layer of stone may have up to an eight-inch layer base that is hidden from the view. This foundation is integral to the quality, durability, and value of each project.
Brian is one hundred percent hands-on throughout the project. He leads each design and installs every project with the assistance of his experienced crew. Brian takes his work very seriously, like an artist commissioned to do a painting. He infuses his passion for his art in each job and sees the artistic presence in each installation.
Utilizing this time-tested Lime Mortar method, Fleming Landscaping builds patios, rock work and retaining walls that will last in the harsh mountain environment of Durango, CO for years to come. His expertise shows in the beauty and durability of each area he creates. Visit our website to view recent projects. Let Brian bring your dream to reality!
Fleming Landscaping is Durango’s sustainable landscaper! Our landscaping services balance your yard with nature. We offer a full menu of property maintenance services including lawn care; rock work and retaining walls; sprinkler and irrigation systems; expert masonry; and fire mitigation. Contact us today for your free estimate – 970.259.1119 or email.
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