New, up and coming look? We have it! SBC now carrying Creative Mines.

In this fast-paced world we are always looking for the “up and coming” restaurant, neighborhood, technology and fashion. We want to continue to help you stay ahead of the trend. Summit Brick Company is now a proud distributor of Creative Mines! We are very excited to add this to our product selection giving you a fresh look on design and manufactured stone veneer. Please visit creativemines.us to find out more about Creative Mines masonry veneer.

WELCOME, CREATIVE MINES.

CRAFTED MASONRY VENEER

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Whitegold Craft Orchard Limestone

Creative Mines creates a variety of beautiful crafted masonry. We love this fresh Whitegold Orchard Limestone for residential.

CRAFTED CONTEMPORARY

The contemporary styles from Creative Mines is where we get ECSTATIC. We think the Board Form and Flamed Rectangle products will bring our customers something new and unique to get them ahead of the trend.

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Monsoon Craft Board Form

We have never carried anything like this product and we are hoping you love it as much as we do. The Craft Board Form has a potential to be extremely versatile and monumental in our market.

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About Creative Mines

PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE

Our people represent the core values of Creative Mines. We’re a family with a passion for fresh ideas and superior masonry veneer products. We combine the perfect blend of experience, knowledge, youth and energy in everything we do.

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Unconstrained by the burden of past building cycles, old inventory and antiquated technology, we collaborate with the building and architectural communities and explore new concepts. Our goal is to always uncover relevant, end-user appropriate masonry veneer products.

RESPECT FOR THE USE OF APPROPRIATE MATERIALS

Masonry Veneer products should be suitable for deserving architectural styles. We get that. And, in doing so, dreams more easily turn into reality. With a constantly evolving variety of products, Creative Mines provides a motherlode of solutions for today’s interior and exterior cladding needs.

CRAFTED TO BE TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR

For our crafted masonry veneer line, we have developed a superior mix design composed of 70% post-industrial content. This mix also eliminates the need for smokestack-produced fly ash used by other manufacturers. Instead, we use high-purity, natural pumice pozzolan that enhances compressive strength, minimizes efflorescence, resists sulfate attack, reduces permeability and improves durability.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO A NATURAL SOLUTION

We’ve spent years unearthing the best natural stone from North America. Our rigorous evaluation process ensures each and every stone meets our standards of consistency and availability. Consequently, Creative Mines Natural Masonry Veneer delivers a more streamlined and efficient selection process for natural masonry veneer projects. We’ve also taken a commonsense approach adapted from our Crafted Masonry Veneer that results in a simplified installation process.

 

Please call your Summit Brick Representative with any questions or inquiries today! www.summitbrick.com

 

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To see all of Creative Mines crafted veneer, go here!

Thin is in?

Thin is in?

Across the nation, clay brick manufacturers such as ourselves are offering thin brick as a veneer system alternative to the full bed depth veneer system that has been used for centuries.  Manufactured stone veneer has soared in popularity offering a low cost alternative and similar look to natural stone.  This has led to major improvements in design, strength and quality of thin veneer applications.

I have very fond memories of the numerous family birthday dinners that took place on my grandparent’s brick patio.  Now, raising a family of my own, I want to create those memories for my kiddos.  I am currently building an outdoor living space that is going to take shape over the next years as I balance shuttling kiddos around, chasing puppies and keeping a house running.  Also, the wallet only allows me to do so much each year.  I needed to weigh the benefits of both veneer systems.  A big plus of the thin veneer system is that I would be able to locate the components of the living space without doing a lot of upfront layout and planning.  Knowing that my family is dynamic and changing, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick a game plan and stick with it.  That flexibility on the thin system offered a value to me that was intriguing.

The system I want to use needs to be very durable.  I remember shooting hockey pucks and bouncing baseballs off of my parent’s brick house growing up.  Thirty years later, you would never know the abuse that wall took from me and my siblings.  Thin veneer definitely would not fit this calling.  Also, I don’t want to incorporate any wood into my project as I want it to be maintenance free.  Wood invites insects and organisms to the party and I would rather keep them away.  There are options out there for thin veneer that use cement board rather than wood, but they are a costly alternative.  Another thing I took into account is that I want the components of my living space to be permanent and strong.  I know that I am going to have a few hundred pounds of kids climbing on them at some point.  Also, knowing that this clay masonry is going to be subject to large swings in temperature when I build fires in the new outdoor fire pit and pizza oven, this is further pushing me towards the proven strength of full bed depth masonry.

After all of the mental anguish of trying to select a certain system I came to an eureka moment.  Why limit myself to one system when I can have both?  The colors are going to be exactly the same and I can design using the strengths of each system.  Use the thin veneer system when it has the most benefits and use the full veneer system when it has the most benefits.  Don’t limit yourself because you can design both systems into new construction, remodels and renovations.  Now when I am listening to stories while enjoying pizza on the back patio around the fire, I can know that I used each system in the best design application and cost effective way to suit my needs.  While the weekend warrior is looking to save a few dollars and put some sweat equity into their projects, they are also looking for answers to keep the high end quality and aesthetics of masonry incorporated.  There are great ways to design with clay masonry and having both full bed depth veneer along with thin brick veneer vastly expands your options.  New construction can benefit from both.  Remodeling or upgrading can benefit from both.  There are places that both excel in performance and design flexibility.

-John

Design with inspiration!  Design with elegance!  Inspiring Architectural Elegance…

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