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Employee Spotlight

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Who: Jerry Fountain – Driver for Keego Clay Products

Length Of Service: 49 years

Favorite Memory Working At Keego: “My favorite memories of working for Keego all involved working for Jim Martin in Ft. Walton. He was the manager at the time. He took me under his wing and really treated me like a son and he was just like a father figure for me.”

Favorite Technological Advance: “Moving from Boom Trucks to Moffett trucks really changed our lives. With Boom Trucks you had to be able to get right up next to the house to get the brick close. When they came out with the Moffetts it allowed us more breathing room and really helped us move faster and more efficient. It really made our lives so much easier”

Favorite Part About Working for SABCO: “It’s just a real family environment. Mr. Thompson, when he was able, made sure to always come check on us personally every two weeks or so. That just always meant a lot to me that he cared enough to make that drive even when I’m sure he didn’t want to. He always made me feel like more than just one of his drivers. I guess that’s why I’ve been able to do it for so long.”

We at SABCO want to wish Jerry a happy work anniversary and look forward to many more years of laughs and fellowship together!

MVIS™ Veneer Mortar

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MVIS™ Veneer Mortar is a patented, versatile polymer fortified mortar designed specifically for the installation of adhered masonry veneer, stone and thin brick. A high performance mix provides maximum non-sag performance for vertical installations and also obtains maximum bond strength to the substrate and selected veneers.

Keep up with the increasing popularity of adhered masonry veneers with MVIS™ products. Trust your installation to a complete productivity-boosting system designed to deliver superior, long-term performance on masonry projects of all types including residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Utilizing proven materials, MVIS includes air and water barrier products, sealing tapes, various polymer fortified adhesive mortars that provide non-sag performance, latex admix and epoxy adhesives, pointing mortar, sealants and paver joint fillers.

Unlike traditional methods and materials, the Masonry Veneer Installation System (MVIS™) is engineered to provide a permanent, high-strength installation that uses a revolutionary waterproofing air and water barrier membrane to provide a barrier against air and water penetration into the structure. The MVIS system is designed for thin-brick, manufactured stone and natural stone veneers for interior and exterior applications.

LATICRETE® coverage calculators allow you to calculate product coverage for your specific project. Choose from our online calculator below, or our mobile app for your smartphone or tablet.

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Have a smartphone or tablet? You can calculate coverages right on your device!

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Why Choose Brick? High Wind Protection

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High wind protection – A Shelter from the Storm study conducted in September 2004 shows that homes built with brick offer dramatically more protection from wind-blown debris than homes built with vinyl or fiber-cement siding. Conducted at the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University, the study demonstrated that a medium-sized wind-blown object, such as a 7.5-foot long 2 x 4, would penetrate homes built with vinyl or fiber-cement siding at a speed of 25 mph. By comparison, the same object would need to travel at a speed exceeding 80 mph in order to penetrate the wall of a brick home. The tests found that homes made with brick exceed the 34 mph impact resistance requirement for high velocity hurricane zones in the Florida building code. Brick also exceeds Florida’s impact resistance requirements for essential facilities in hurricane areas. Brick is such a strong and durable building material that your insurance companies may even offer you a discount on your home insurance costs.

 

Elegant Stone Interiors

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“Don’t judge us by our rough exterior – we are beautiful on the inside too” – Alamo Stone Company

Stone is an excellent & widely popular choice for exterior cladding & flooring. The natural durability, color consistency & uniqueness allows for endless design options. For all of these reasons & more, bringing stone INSIDE is a growing trend.

With the advancements in technology, most natural stone can be cut into any shape, thickness, size & pattern with a variety of finishes and edges, making natural stone a perfect option for flooring, counter tops, fireplace surrounds, range hoods, stair treads, sinks, and of course, wall cladding.

As the interest & demand for outdoor living increases, many homeowners desire a natural flow from the home’s interior to exterior spaces. Natural stone allows the same product/stone/color to be used in multiple applications. Maintain the same color, but change the finish or pattern. For example – your interior flooring could be a small hexagon version of your larger, rectangular exterior pavers.  Incorporate the same stone, with a honed finish on a counter top or sink and you seamlessly created a unified design concept throughout your home.

Design an environment beyond your imagination with the elegant beauty & endless options of natural stone.

To view our Designer Collection, click here.

 

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5 Reasons to Insist on Brick

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Affordability, green & health advantages, energy efficiency and resale value are just a few of the many benefits of brick. When building a new home, insist on brick.

Think Thin Brick

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Thin Brick -Henry Brick Cypress Point

Thin Brick -Henry Brick Cypress Point

The growing popularity of farmhouse design is shedding new light on thin brick. Made from real clay brick that has been cut thin, thin brick is easily incorporated into any space. Because it is so lightweight, there is no concern about load bearing walls or reinforced sub-floors.

Designers love the personality & flexibility that thin brick provides. One of the main advantages of thin brick is its versatility. Thin brick allows you to use the same brick in both a full or thin capacity, but always with the appearance of a full brick. For example, while an indoor fireplace can feature full or thin brick, a back splash most definitely requires a thin brick, in place of a ceramic or porcelain tile. Some homeowners wish to match exterior brick with interior features, but don’t want a full brick inside. As thin brick is cut from a full brick, matching the two is effortlessly impeccable.

Thin Brick -Henry Brick Cypress Point

As you can see, thin brick isn’t just for fireplace surrounds. The applications are endless – from back splashes, accent walls, tub surrounds, base of an island or bar, or even as an accent in the back of shelving. Where do you want a thin brick accent?

Featured: Henry Brick Cypress Point Thin Brick with gray mortar

Tremron Stonegate Oak Run outdoor kitchen

Custom Convenience of Outdoor Kitchens

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Tremron Stonegate Oak Run outdoor kitchen

Tremron Stonegate Oak Run

Outdoor cooking is no longer limited to a basic grill & bag of charcoal. Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a whole new level. Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly functional and more elaborate with cooking islands, pizza ovens, refrigerators and even the kitchen sink.

Hungry homeowners are looking beyond the grill & smoker, desiring full outdoor kitchens with features that add convenience and luxury such as counter space, trash bins, ice chests, & cabinetry. Outdoor spaces are becoming more organized, reducing trips back & forth into the house & indoor kitchen.

Wall blocks come in a variety of sizes, styles & colors that coordinate perfectly with pavers & wood accents. Most offer such versatility they can be installed to create a custom outdoor space.

As pictured below, the most common additions to today’s outdoor kitchens are counter space/work space with sinks, built-in grill stations,  stove top burners, as well as space for a ceramic grill or charcoal smoker.

Another growing trend is the incorporation of warming features into outdoor spaces.  Products that lend physical and ambient warmth are in high demand, such as fireplaces & fire pits.

Fire features provide heat and light, allowing you to use your deck later into the evening and into the year, while creating an inviting atmosphere. Great focal points, fire pits and fireplaces also provide natural gathering spots for conversation & of course, s’mores!

 

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Millstone, natural stone

How to Combine Brick & Stone

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Millstone, natural stone, combine brick & stone

Adding stone accents enables you to create elegant & sophisticated points of interest. Whether you are building a new home or simply updating existing features, stone is an excellent companion to brick. Given the varieties of color, texture, shape & size of both brick and stone, the combinations & looks you can achieve are endless. Would you prefer the stone blend in with the brick or be totally opposite of the brick? Would you prefer the stone be focal point of your front elevation or the brick?

Here are a few tips to consider when combining brick and stone…

Don’t look for an exact match
Have you ever driven by a house and asked yourself “Is there brick AND stone on that house?” If the two match closely, making it difficult to tell the difference, why bother using both? A “close match” could easily result in “not close enough” and actually end up creating a design conflict.

Woodhaven Tudor, Coyote Gray, natural stone, combining brick & stone

Create a contrast
Is your brick monochromatic, with a more solid, uniform appearance? Look for stone with a variety of color & texture. For brick that has several colors and/or a heavy texture, look for a stone more solid in color.

Castle Rock Tudor brown brick with Buff, Southern Ledgestone Chardonnay

Consider color combinations
Look for colors within the brick to pull & find a stone that pairs well. For example, if a brown brick has shades of gray, consider a gray stone. If using a solid brown brick & mortar, look for stone with a variation of colors that includes the brick shade of brown.

Wildwood, combining brick & stone

Feature a focal point
Gables, columns, & entry ways are just a few examples of perfect opportunities to add stone to your project. Most of these features create natural stopping points that allow the brick and stone to seamlessly flow together.

Select a stone style that compliments your home
For a traditional look, consider a larger stone style – chopped, mosaic or field stone. These styles provide a natural, rustic look. For a more modern, contemporary or even architectural design, consider a ledgestone or cut stone. The sharper angles & edges present a more finished or polished look.

One of the toughest decisions during the building process is the brick and stone selection. It’s permanent – not something you are likely to change in a few years. Take your time, look at existing homes & choose what you like. We are here to help you!

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Combining Brick & Stone

Combining Brick & Stone

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Palladian Grey natural stone outdoor loving

7 Advantages of Natural Stone

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Palladian Grey natural stone

Palladian Grey natural stone interior flooring & countertop

 

Rough, natural and modern, stone has become one of the leading design trends. With the increasing popularity of farmhouse design, it is a great way to bring a natural, rustic feel into the home. Stone is an excellent accent with unlimited possibilities, both interior & exterior.

Advantages of Natural Stone

  1. Interior & Exterior Application – can be used almost anywhere
  2. Time Tested – used for centuries
  3. Durable – resists fading
  4. Color Consistent – when chipped, displays color throughout the stone
  5. Unique Look – different every time
  6. Adds Value to the Home – many homeowner’s associations and subdivisions now specify natural stone
  7. Endless Coordination Possibilities – many can be used as flooring, wall covering, even countertops

Pictured below: Palladian Grey natural stone in a variety of applications  – exterior flooring & pool coping, interior flooring, stair treads, kitchen & bathroom counter tops

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