This past summer, Tiffany Koss of Kafka Granite was featured in an article by Use Natural Stone. In it, she shares how the stay-at-home orders brought on by the pandemic have influenced people to see opportunities for exterior renovations. Specifically, the article explores the various ways natural landscaping stone may be used throughout a property.
Now that we’re several months into the pandemic and the new year is dawning, it’s time to take another look at the landscaping industry to see what may have changed in light of the pandemic’s influence, and how landscaping stone can bring natural beauty and functionality to residential and commercial properties.
Companies See an Influx of Demands in Landscaping
Now, it seems the landscaping industry is experiencing an influx of demands for installations and renovations. Stoneyards are having trouble staying stocked as the demand for updates and maintenance on private and commercial properties rises.
Perhaps one reason why there is an influx of landscaping demands is the fact that many homeowners are spending more time at home. And with more time than ever to spend enjoying their property, they’re seeing opportunities for increasing their yard’s aesthetic appeal and, consequently, their property’s value. Why put money toward vacation during a pandemic when you could invest in something that elevates the beauty of your home?
Let’s not also forget the effect that the pandemic has had on the housing market. Improved landscaping may give sellers the bump in the value they need to make up for property value they may have lost.
More than Just an Investment
While property value is a motivator for people looking to shake things up with landscaping changes, it’s important for people to also note opportunities for increases in functionality. Decorative stone, for example, can be used as ground cover with greater longevity than mulch. What’s more, when renovating or updating with natural stone products as opposed to manufactured products, you choose a product that is less susceptible to color fading. This improvement will wear and weather beautifully, so it can be enjoyed for the lifetime of your home.
How Kafka Granite Can Meet Your Landscaping Needs
At Kafka Granite, we supply landscape contractors and suppliers nationwide with a variety of natural stone hardscapes, pathway mixes, landscaping stone, and thin stone veneer. Our materials are derived from quarries around the continent, providing us with an array of colors and natural stone solutions crushed or cut to meet your project’s needs. When it comes to landscaping, there are several reasons to invest in a new design or update your current one.
Outdoor Gatherings Mean Even More Now
As people continue their attempts at social distancing, the time has never been better for you to update your outdoor space – whether you’re a property owner or a business owner working to adapt to pandemic restrictions. With the right landscape designer or architect, the value of outdoor living spaces will skyrocket. Designers masterfully curate the necessary stone materials and plants to create a beautiful and functional space perfect for parties and intimate gatherings.
For contractors and property owners seeking a bit of sophistication for their project, our natural stone drywall and sawn steps come in four sleek and natural-looking colors—including Harvest Gold and Starlight Black—and the natural rock, unsawn facing of our steps help to maintain the integrity of an organic aesthetic. You can also create additional routes across your property with the help of our Thermal Flagstone.
Create an Inviting Impression for the Property
Prevent an unkempt property landscape by boosting a building or home’s curb appeal. Whether looking to our striking thin stone veneer for a beautiful facade or reliable natural stone hardscapes to create a statement retaining wall the opportunities for an eye-catching first-impression are vast.
Looking to sell your home or commercial property in the near future? Having a landscape architect update your property with an inviting environment could significantly increase your home’s value, not to mention leaving you with something to be proud of. What’s more, nothing adds to the tranquility of a neighborhood or industrial block quite like a well-designed, natural landscape. Combat the hustle and bustle of everyday metro life with natural materials that are sure to improve the overall mood and quality of your environment.
Contribute Positively to the Environment
When you supplement your project with natural stone rather than manufactured stone, you choose a longer-lasting, durable product that is far more likely to sustain its color and avoid negative impacts on the environment. Take, for example, Kafka’s decomposed granite pathway mix which is both permeable and sustainable for long periods of time. Retaining walls and riprap may also help reduce the property’s chances of erosion.
Learn More About Kafka Granite’s Natural Stone Landscaping Products
We have provided natural stone solutions to businesses and contractors for over 40 years. Connect with our office today to better understand how our landscaping products can improve the quality and aesthetic of both commercial and residential environments.
Kafka Granite began in 1979 when Wisconsin native Glenn Kafka bought a backhoe at a local auction and started laying tile for local farmers. Shortly thereafter, he took advantage of an opportunity to purchase a granite pit and found himself taking his next steps toward a multifaceted natural stone company.
Flashing forward to the present day – Kafka Granite utilizes quarry sites in both the United States and Canada. But the heart of our business remains in Central Wisconsin, where we manufacture our diverse aggregates for a wide variety of client needs and specifications.
Wisconsin Is Our Home and Is Perfect for Our Industry
To find the right spot for Kafka Granite, Glenn Kafka never had to go far. Much of Wisconsin consists of a unique geological makeup which makes it a perfect home for us. The varying granite, marble, and quartzite available helps Kafka Granite acquire its large variance in natural stone colors.
In fact, our immediate area is rich in mineral deposits – providing us with the opportunity to have numerous hues on hand. Other states in our country offer less variance in natural stone. Within just a hundred miles of our Wisconsin location, you can find pink, blue, red, green, gray, and black granite, beige and gray limestone, and gold, gray, and purple quartzite.
Get to Know Our Products
Our range of materials can serve the demands of various industries and project types. From indoor commercial remodeling to outdoor siding and decorative landscapes, our 60+ color options and dynamic natural stone products are perfect for nearly any endeavor. Here are just a few of our products.
Aggregates for Precast Concrete Applications
Our precast aggregates come in a wide spectrum of colors and can be used for a variety of purposes, including architectural wall panels, pavers, pour in place concrete, and site amenities. These products featuring Kafka’s specialty aggregates are commonly used in hospitals, office buildings, stadiums, and other commercial locations.
Aggregates for Epoxy Resin Applications
We manufacture and supply specialty aggregates for terrazzo flooring, epoxy stone flooring, and manufactured quartz countertops, These customers need stone that meets specific specifications, while also being dry and dust free, allowing them to produce high-quality floors and countertops for residential and commercial applications.
Aggregates for High Friction Surfacing and Demarcation
Kafka Granite produces specialty aggregates for use in epoxy overlays – perfect for roads, bridges, curves, crosswalks, bike lanes, bus lanes, and various streetscapes in need of better traction on surfaces. Our high-friction surfacing aggregates can withstand the harshest of Wisconsin’s weather conditions, providing efficient traction for your surface year-round.
Natural Thin Stone Veneer
Our natural thin stone veneer is a durable, nonstructural product that can be used in both outdoor and indoor projects. Benefits of choosing thin stone veneer include:
- Lightweight: The lightweight nature of thin stone veneer makes it cost-effective and easier to ship in bulk. Its weight also makes for an easier installation – in fact, it can be installed without footings or support ledges.
- Versatile and long-lasting: You can use thin stone veneer for a fireplace in a lobby or as a facade on a multi-story office building. Its natural durability also prevents excessive wear and tear from harsh weather and temperatures.
- Easy application: While we still recommend hiring a professional for installation, note that thin stone veneer can make for a relatively easy application. With the right preparation, it can be installed over various surfaces, including concrete, metal, and plywood.
Our thin stone veneer will look just as natural and beautiful as full stone veneer, and it comes in classic colors perfect for commercial and residential endeavors.
Sports Turf Solutions
From our Wax Polymer Pathway Mix to Stabilized Ballyard Mixes, we are proud to manufacture a selection of softball, baseball, and golf course materials. Our ballyard materials enable safe footing and consistent ball hops, while our golf course solutions are designed to create easy to install, low-maintenance, erosion resistant, and dust-free pathways and out of play bunkers.
We also offer alternatives to hardscape for pathway needs. We manufacture materials fit for garden paths, bike paths, courtyards, nature trails, and more. Not only do our pathway materials come in over 40 colors and have a natural look and feel, but they are designed to reduce mud, dust, and erosion.
Looking to add to the beauty of your outdoor landscape? Our natural stone hardscapes include cut steps, drywall, and flagstones that will help you design a lasting landscape oasis, while our landscape stone, boulders, and rip raps are the perfect accent to round out your project.
Learn More About What Kafka Granite Can Provide for You
For decades, Kafka Granite has helped local and nationwide businesses and contractors find the material they need to achieve their goals. Whatever your project, our state-of-the-art process allows us to crush and screen aggregates to meet the needs of your design or specification.
Thanks to our extensive selection, architects, stonemasons, designers, and contractors from various industries come to Kafka Granite with thin stone veneer, aggregate, and other natural stone needs. We offer a broad range of specialty natural stone products for an array of project demands and are always expanding our offering to meet the needs of our customers.
Whatever your situation, we can steer you toward the right product. Contact us today – our knowledgeable sales team is happy to chat through your project or provide you with samples.
From specialty crushed stone in over sixty different colors for manufacturing, to beautiful multi-colored, naturally round granite boulders for landscaping, Kafka Granite is one of the largest and most specialized producers of landscape and architectural aggregates. Having been a leading and established supplier of granite, quartz, marble and recycled materials for over three decades, many of the top architects, landscape architects, contractors, and manufacturers turn to Kafka Granite aggregates for variety of projects, including:
- Architectural precast aggregates for exposed precast concrete office buildings, medical complexes, skyscrapers, sports stadiums, etc.
- Specialty crushed aggregates and manufactured sands for manufacturing decorative precast concrete pavers, or bricks, and precast concrete amenities such as trash cans, tables, planters, etc.
- Contemporary natural thin stone veneer in a wide variety of cuts and colors for both commercial and residential design
- Over 60 colors of granite, quartz, marble, and recycled materials crushed, dried, and bagged for use in manufacturing epoxy resin countertops, tile, and terrazzo flooring.
- Epoxy Overlay Aggregates for High Friction surfacing applications that provide high-friction, non-skid surfaces for bridge decks, entrance/exit ramps, curves, bike paths, and pedestrian crosswalks.
- Bulk quantities of decorative landscape stone that includes various colors and sizes of crushed stone, round pebbles, multi-colored granite boulders, and decorative rip rap boulders.
- Natural stone hardscapes including thermal-top steps, sawn cut drywall, and thermal flagstone, for a variety of functions and applications that elevate the beauty of commercial and residential properties
- Decomposed Granite pathway materials for a more natural alternative to traditional hardscape solutions such as asphalt, concrete or pavers.
- Reduce golf course maintenance with Kafka’s erosion resistant Wax Polymer Pathway Mix and Bunker Sand
- Premiere ball yard infield mix, warning track mix, and mound clay available at a variety of price points to provide lower maintenance, better drainage, safer footings, and consistent ball hops.
With so many products available, sometimes it’s difficult to understand all of the choices, but we are here to help! The Kafka sales team is standing by to help with your next project, but this short guide might be a simple first step in answering many of your questions. Let us break it down:
Architectural Precast Aggregates
Architectural precast is one of the most durable materials used in the exterior construction of commercial buildings today. But it is the exposed precast stone aggregate that truly gives the final product its unique aesthetic. Architectural precasters are looking for the perfect combination of aggregate with a very specific combination of stone size, color, and strength to create the perfect end product. With a massive network of stone quarries throughout North America and the unique ability to meet any size specification, Kafka Granite has the perfect aggregate and will work with you to make your next project a success.
Decorative Precast Concrete Aggregates for Decorative Paver and Amenities Manufacturing
Concrete bricks and pavers are always a popular decorative hardscape solution. However, adding Kafka Granite’s naturally colored aggregates to your precast concrete mix has the power to make them even more unique, by adding visual interest to the face-mix. Many of the top producers of decorative precast concrete pavers, bricks, and amenities trust Kafka Granite as their aggregate supplier–especially for the specialized colors, sizes, and recycled content not found anywhere else. With the rise in popularity of permeable pavers, we also offer complimentary permeable paver grit that’s crushed to size to ensure proper drainage and durability in freeze/thaw conditions.
Thin Stone Veneer
An elegant, nonstructural stone product fit for numerous applications, natural thin stone veneer can be used in indoor and outdoor renovations. Lighter in weight than full stone veneer, thin stone veneer is also cheaper to ship in bulk and can be easily installed without support ledges or footings. With proper preparation and installation by a professional mason, this product may also be adhered to a variety of existing surfaces such as plywood, paneling, concrete, metal, and more. Kafka Granite thin stone veneer comes in dozens of natural color choices and will hold up to weather and wear much better than manufactured, artificial stone alternatives.
Epoxy Resin Aggregates for Countertop, Tile, and Terrazzo Floor Manufacturing
With the ability to crush, dry, and bag 60 different colors of granite, quartz, marble, and recycled materials, Kafka Granite has a long history of supplying crushed stone chips for manufactured countertops, tiles, terrazzo flooring, and other epoxy resin-based manufacturing. Many of the top producers of Manufactured Quartz Countertops use a variety of Kafka’s aggregates and recycled materials in their production. Furthermore, Kafka has a longstanding relationship with T&M Supply, who distributes Kafka’s aggregates for stunning terrazzo flooring solutions throughout the world.
Epoxy Overlay Aggregates for High-Friction Roads and Non-Slip Pedestrian Walkways
There are many times when traditional concrete and asphalt are simply unsafe for high traffic roadways and walkways. During certain times of the year, these surfaces can become extremely slippery and unsafe, especially on bridge decks, sharp curves, and entrance/exit ramps. High Friction Surfacing is the perfect solution, with Kafka Granite’s Epoxy Overlay aggregates offering a high level of traction in all kinds of weather, while also being durable enough to withstand harsh freeze/thaw conditions. The epoxy overlay aggregates can also be used for Streetscape applications such as crosswalks, medians, sidewalks, and bike lanes to create a non-slip surface for pedestrians while also enhancing the aesthetics of the pre-existing hardscape.
Landscaping Stones and Boulders
Kafka offers a wide variety of decorative landscape stone and boulders that will provide the perfect solution for landscape designers and contractors. Offered in a variety of colors and sizes, use Kafka’s Decorative Landscape Stone to define walkways and driveways, to enhance gardens and flower beds, or to brighten heavily shaded areas. Kafka Granite also offers a beautiful array of naturally round, glacially deposited multi-colored boulders that range in size from 3-6-inch cobbles to massive boulders over 60-inches in diameter. Use round boulders, or consider the variety of Decorative Rip Rap boulders, for retaining walls, water features, ponds, shorelines, or simple, yet effective, accent pieces in your landscape design.
Natural Stone Hardscapes
Thanks to a wide range of uses and sleek, natural colors, stone hardscapes have the ability to seriously elevate the beauty of your property. From flagstone to retaining walls and stone steps, Kafka Granite is proud to offer stone hardscapes that serve your project needs. Some of our hardscape products include Sawn Cut Drywall, Thermal Flagstone, and Thermal-Top Steps. A thermal finish on the top surface of your hardscape can increase traction while maintaining the natural integrity of your stone.
For pathways, bike paths, and other trail systems where a more natural look and feel is desired, consider a more organic material that is both aesthetically appealing and durable. Sometimes traditional concrete or asphalt just won’t do. The Standard Pathway Mix is made from decomposed granite or crushed stone, screened to a specific size to ensure a maximum compacted surface that retains firmness, flexibility, and permeability. Kafka also offers two additional levels of durability. The Stabilized Pathway Mix includes an organic binding agent for a stronger, more stable, and less erosive surface. Meanwhile, the Wax Polymer Pathway Mix is the best pathway solution for extremely high traffic areas or steep inclines, as it’s non-permeable surface allows water to bead off the surface, eliminating mud, dust, and erosion.
Golf Course Solutions
Kafka Granite has developed solutions specifically for golf courses. These products are designed to provide a natural look while being incredibly easy to install. They drastically reduce maintenance, mud, dust, and erosion. Durable, long lasting and lightweight, Kafka’s Wax Polymer Pathway Mix is perfect for golf course pathways. Not only is it appealing to the eye, it’s erosion resistant, easy to install, and dustless. Developed with the same technology, our wax polymer bunker sand was designed for out of play or target bunkers, and may be installed easily over preexisting bunker sand. It allows water to shed into draining systems without erosion.
Finding the proper materials for baseball or softball diamonds can be a nightmare; most of the traditional materials are too muddy, too dusty, and too high maintenance, which all take valuable time away from both the groundskeepers and players. However, Kafka Granite specializes in low maintenance, high drainage products that minimize mud and dust, while retaining the natural playing surface that players know and love. From standard high-drainage top dressings, to high-quality, professional-grade infield mixes and warning track mixes, Kafka Granite offers a variety of solutions for any price point: from the little league to the major league.
Kafka Granite Does It All!
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Just ask! After all, most of Kafka Granite’s products were originally developed to meet customer requests, and we are not limited to the product lines you just read about. We are a custom-orientated company, so whether your firm is trying to match an aggregate used in a pre-existing structure, meeting a unique size specification for your manufacturing process, or just making a statement with a completely unique, custom color combination, Kafka Granite will work with your team to make it happen.
With so much time spent at home in 2020, people are recognizing the areas in need of improvement as well as opportunities to increase the value of their properties. Homeowners are especially keen on sprucing up the external elements of their homes – particularly renovations to landscaping and outdoor living spaces.
Despite the pandemic, the housing market is still quite active. In fact, by fall of this year, housing prices were up over 11% annually, which is the fastest pace for the housing market in nearly 15 years. If you are considering selling your home at any point in the future, this current market season provides ample reason to invest in exterior renovations.
The Benefits of Hiring A Professional Architect and Contractor
While it may be tempting to try to save a buck and do it yourself—or call up your handyman uncle or sibling—exterior renovations are worth the investment you make when you hire a professional. Many architects and contractors have a well of knowledge from experience. Not only do they know the dos and don’ts, but they will have a better idea of the range of options you will have in renovating. Other benefits include:
- Renovations made with high standards of quality
- Acquired experience in project planning
- Expertise that will help you prevent future issues
- A network of resources necessary for the job
- Niche industry awareness
- Your own valuable time saved
Perhaps most vital to your exterior renovations is the architect and contractor’s vision for your home’s potential. Having another mind, an expert mind that is, to share ideas for your home with will give you a better sense of what will work and ultimately add excitement to the endeavor.
Increase the Value of Your Home with Quality Exterior Updates
A well-designed, appealing exterior will go a long way in providing a great first impression to potential home buyers. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the right landscape design to add upwards of 20% to a property’s value, which could mean additional home pricing in the tens of thousands.
Furthermore, the right renovations and landscaping updates will not only add numbers to your home’s final price tag, but in building something you will be proud to sell, you are also helping the potential new owners feel confident that the property was in good hands.
That said, selecting the right material for your renovations is vital to achieving this goal. When it comes time for you and the expert you hire to start getting down to brass tacks and hammer out the details, know that there are few things that can improve the functionality and aesthetic of exterior renovations quite like natural materials.
Natural Stone Hardscapes and Landscape Stone
Looking to add sophistication and elegance to your property? Updates with natural stone can do wonders for your curb appeal. You could simply amplify the aesthetics of your groundcover with crushed, unique landscape stone, and feature decorative accent pieces with decorative rip rap boulders. And why stop there? Add retaining walls and a staircase using natural stone hardscapes that will bring a unique charm to your property.
Establish an Accent Wall with Thin Stone Veneer
Looking to update your vinyl or brick siding? Few external updates are transformative as an exterior facade made of natural thin stone veneer. Thin stone veneer is lightweight, making renovations simpler than a structural full stone veneer. Due to his lightweight, it is also more cost effective to ship and install than full veneer building stone. Kafka Granite’s thin stone veneer comes in dozens of color and cut options, ranging from contemporary to rustic.
Whatever your project, natural stone not only provides functionality and beauty, but it will stand the test of time.
Update Your Exterior Spaces with Kafka Granite Natural Stone
Between our reputable pathway materials, quality landscape materials, and elegant thin stone veneer, Kafka Granite’s offers a wide variety of natural stone selections for your exterior renovation needs. Since 1979, we have provided quality products to natural stone suppliers and contractors seeking to amplify their product offering and services.
Contact our office today to learn more about how our products will complement your projects.
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