About Dirk Braen

Dirk is a Project Manager at Braen Stone. He's an expert on a variety of construction materials and prides himself on helping the company meet the needs of companies large and small.

Slurry Seal vs Thin Overlay: How to Pick the Right Material

One of the primary reasons why asphalt is such a popular choice for paving roads, driveways and parking lots is because it is extremely durable and long-lasting. Even so, the material is not immune to superficial damages due to high volumes of traffic, regular wear and tear, moisture and various weather conditions. Although there may [...]

By | 2017-04-10T16:12:21+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Asphalt|0 Comments

Your Guide to Asphalt Resurfacing and Maintenance

There can be no doubt about the fact that asphalt is one of the very best materials for paving road systems, driveways and parking lots. Asphalt is known for being affordable, attractive, reliable and long-lasting. However, even the most long-lasting materials will need to undergo a little bit of maintenance every now and then. Staying [...]

By | 2017-04-12T10:42:10+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Asphalt|0 Comments

Professional Tips for Your Gravel Driveway

Gravel driveways are extremely popular here in NJ, so if you're interested in installing one of your own, you're in excellent company. Gravel is absolutely stunning, it's highly versatile, it's extremely affordable and, of course, it's very simple to install. Those who love to take on Do-It-Yourself projects have an easy time constructing their own gravel [...]

By | 2016-12-30T10:16:07+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Construction Materials, Gravel|0 Comments

10 Questions to Ask Your Stone Supplier in NJ

When it comes to finding the right landscaping and construction supplier, you simply can't afford to leave a stone unturned. This means that you need to dedicate a bit of time to researching your options and finding the company that will take care of your needs on a budget you can afford. Do you know [...]

By | 2016-12-29T10:37:07+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Blog, Construction Materials, Crushed Stone|0 Comments

What Are the Best Uses for Pea Gravel?

If you’ve ever seen pea gravel, chances are that you’ve been taken with its beauty. This particular type of decorative stone gets its name from its small, round, pea-like shape, but you can expect the gravel to feature a wide range of colors beyond pea green. In fact, pea gravel is recognized for shades including [...]

By | 2016-12-28T11:02:01+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Blog, Construction Materials, Pea Gravel|0 Comments

Stone Delivery: What to Look for in a Company

When you’re planning a project with natural or manufactured stone, choosing the right materials for the work is only half the battle. In addition to selecting the product that reflects your personal sense of style while meeting all of your functional and practical needs, you also have to figure out how you’re going to get your [...]

By | 2016-12-27T15:07:33+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Blog, Construction Materials, Crushed Stone|0 Comments

Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas Using White Marble Chips

Everybody wants their landscape to look great, but most people don’t want to deal with the hassle of a lot of upkeep and maintenance. If this sentiment rings true for you, it may be difficult for you to come up with ideas for upgrading your landscape. Fortunately, it’s a lot simpler than you think - [...]

By | 2016-12-27T10:19:30+00:00 December 27th, 2016|White Marble Chips|0 Comments

Gravel Calculator: How to Budget Accordingly

Planning a construction or landscaping job that involves the use of gravel requires a whole lot more than just deciding what type of stone you'd like to use. From start to finish, the whole process demands a lot of attention to detail - especially when it comes to determining how much gravel you actually need [...]

By | 2016-12-22T17:27:02+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Construction Materials, Gravel|0 Comments

Your Guide to Finding the Right Crushed Stone Size for Your Next Construction Project

Crushed stone comes in all shapes in sizes! That means that when planning your construction projects, you can't just assume that one size will fit all. Instead, you have to recognize that differently sized stone aggregate materials are simply better suited for some jobs rather than others. Knowing the key differences between the various types of [...]

By | 2016-12-21T12:55:18+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Blog, Construction Materials, Crushed Stone|0 Comments

Crushed Granite vs Pea Gravel: Pick the Right Material for Your Project

Working with an aggregate stone material is a great way to improve the overall look and feel of your landscape. Natural stone is not only practical and highly functional, but it's also stunning, beautiful and extremely affordable. All stones are not created equally, though, and some are better suited to specific functions and tastes than others. In [...]

By | 2016-11-29T12:35:46+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Construction Materials, Crushed Stone, Pea Gravel|0 Comments