Introducing Camco Custom Fire Pits: Maine’s Premier Custom Stone Fire Pit Company

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As a landscaping company, M.J. Storey has worked with countless clients to find that perfect look and design for their yards.

Fire pits have always been a popular addition to yards here in Maine.

Over the years, we have worked to perfect a fire pit design that can be custom-designed for our clients easily and efficiently. Our aim was to create a nice-looking, custom fire pit that will complement any landscape and is available in an affordable price range.

We’re excited to announce the creation of Camco Custom Fire Pits, a new company devoted to high quality, affordable custom fire pits for the general public.

Our fire pits are a great way to add a custom feature to your landscaping décor. We hand craft each fire pit in our shop, saving you time and money. When complete, your fire pit can be delivered and installed by us.

With a Camco Custom Fire Pit, you choose:

  • The color of the fire brick
  • The color of the joints
  • The type of stone used
  • The color of the granite top

The result is a completely custom-designed fire pit for your backyard that will last forever.

Visit the Camco Custom Fire Pit website to find out more about these fire pits and place a custom order online.

If you are interesting in being a Camco Firepit vendor, contact us directly for pricing.

Winter Landscaping Projects in Maine

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A winter hardscaping project in process.

Most Mainers don’t think about outdoor landscaping projects when it’s January and below freezing. The team here at M.J. Storey is another story. Even in the dead of winter, we’re out doing hardscaping jobs for clients.

There are several advantages to getting outdoor projects completed during the winter. The pricing is usually lower, and you’re more than likely not outside too much right now anyway. You don’t have to worry about losing your yard during those precious warm summer days in Maine. And you’re keeping a few more Mainers working during a slow time of year.

M. J. Storey Landscape Construction Inc. is one of the few Maine landscaping companies equipped to get your hardscaping projects done in the middle of winter.While you’re inside warm and cozy, we’ll set up a heated tent in your yard to do our work. We’ll be geared up and protected from the elements, and you’ll get the same high quality work you’d get during the peak-landscaping season.

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A recently finished patio, completed in January.

Have a project you’d love to get completed before spring arrives? Some typical winter projects for us include:

  • Patios
  • Walkways
  • Outdoor fireplaces
  • Decorative stonework

Get a free estimate on your project today.

Falling leaves staining your Hardscape

Fall is a season that always seems to go by fast.  With the kids back to school and winter quickly approaching, few people consider taking care of their investment.  Hardscapes are like any other investment into your home or business, if installed properly it should last for many years with little to no change from the original craftsmanship.  With that being said, everyone knows that all aspects of your property need maintenance to protect from the elements.  Outdoor hardscapes are particularly vulnerable due to all the outdoor conditions, such as: weather, tree droppings, algae growth, and human/ animal traffic or accidental spills.  A little maintenance can help restore your hardscape to its original condition, and lengthen the life of your investment.

Few people understand why it is that when leaves are removed off the surface of there hardscape, there tends to be a marking left by that marks the outside shape of the leaf.  This is the natural oils in the leaf that are released from their leaf as it sets on the porous hardscape surface.  It leaves behind a stain that is frustrating to remove with normal cleaning procedures.  Whether it is a few leaves or many leaves over time releasing their natural oils on the surface, the surface will stain and discolor.  This leaves your hardscape changed from its original appearance, for the years to follow.

After all the leaves have been cleaned off the surface, it is not a lost cause.  There are procedures and products that are specifically designed to remove a variety of stains off hardscape surfaces. With a bit of know how and the proper products the surface can be restored to its original state.  As a caution, whenever a product is used for stain removal; damage can be done to the surface or other parts of the installed hardscape if not done properly.

A few other stains that can be removed include:

  • Asphalt and emulsified asphalt
  • Cutback asphalt and roofing tar
  • Blood
  • Candy
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Caulking
  • Chewing gum
  • Clay soil
  • Wood rot
  • Tobacco stains
  • Bird droppings
  • Mortar
  • Car Wax
  • Armor all
  • Dirt

It is also important to note that surface sealing is a good preventative measure.  By sealing the porous surface of the hardscape, the surface will not absorb the stain like an unsealed surface.  So remember, as the months pass by and your hardscape is exposed to all types of different conditions; a little maintenance can save you from having to spend large amounts of money on fully restoring or possibly redoing your hardscape.  Fall should be enjoyed for its beautiful colors and nice temperatures, not hated for its lasting effects on your hardscape.