• Granite pavers: Beauty and quality

    Dependable Natural Building Materials

    Natural building materials are strong. Given the length of time it takes for Mother Nature to form these materials, durability and dependability are synonymous with them. Granite is a building material which takes years to form. Granite in Melbourne, Sydney and other cities worldwide is a popular choice for pavers. Read on to find out if granite is the best paver for you.

    Granite’s paving quality

    Granite is hard, which makes it more durable than many other stones. It can resist the long-term effects of weathering, and also has the ability to cope with cold environments. Due to these exceptional qualities, granite pavers offer a number of benefits. Have a look at some of the wonderful features of granite :

    Beauty: Granite is an extremely beautiful stone. Using granite pavers gives an attractive look to otherwise plain driveways or patios. Granite’s natural beauty blends in with the surroundings and enhances the entire look of the property where it is installed.

    Endurance: There can absolutely be no question over the durability of granite. It is a very hard surface which resists scratches, dents, and is perfect for high-traffic areas.

    Easy maintenance: Maintaining granite is simple, easy and convenient. To keep its beauty intact, you just need to clean and re-seal regularly.

    Resistance to heat: There is no harm in installing the granite pavers around furnaces or barbecues as the stone is heat-resistant.

    If you are looking for pavers, add to the beauty of your home with granite!

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  • Concrete Pavers – for fashionable homes

    Concrete pavers create an elegant ambience at the entrance of your home, instantly impressing visitors and passers-by alike. Add some architectural flair to your home! Who wouldn’t like the well-defined look of stylish paths and sophisticated garden spaces? The best way to create lasting paths is by using concrete pavers.

    You can now rejuvenate dishevelled yards by bordering the garden and lawn areas with meandering paths. Along with their alluring appearance, concrete pavers are durable. Available in varied sizes and colours, pavers create chic entrances and can be laid in many different patterns to create awe inspiring outdoor rooms.

    There is a huge variety of pavers in Australia. Hand crafted concrete pavers are quite easy to install. And with high wear resistance, they are ideal for residential applications.

    Australians love for the outdoors makes these pavers a popular choice. These pavers provide an element of style while creating organised spaces. And the robustness of concrete pavers makes them a low maintenance investment. With all these benefits it is certain that these pavers will remain beautiful for years to come!

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  • Installing Travertine Pavers on a Concrete Base

    Travertine pavers should laid on a concrete base.

    Before you lay your travertine pavers:
    Have the concrete ready first- Sweep off any loose pieces so that the surface is completely smooth. Any mould or mildew present must be removed.

    Patch the holes – Watch out for small and large holes in the concrete base and patch them using a good quality concrete patching product. You can easily get it from a hardware store. Due to their adhesion, patching products bond better than normal concrete.

    Make your design – Place your travertine dry on the concrete and move the pieces to design the pattern you want. This will also help you determine whether any of your travertine pavers need to be cut. Measure and mark carefully before making any cuts.

    Mortar preparation – The best place to prepare the mortar is outdoors. You can use a wheelbarrow to mix the mortar. If you are not sure about the quantity required for doing small sections, it’s recommended that the whole bag is used.

    Avoid any use of black or grey cement as in time it will permeate through the paver.

    The holes on the back of the pavers should be filled before they are laid, with the same glue or material being used to lay the pavers. All holes must be filled.

    Spreading mortar – Once the mortar is ready, spread it on the concrete using a trowel. Make sure that you hold it on a 45 degree angle. Also, apply a small layer of mortar on the back edge using a small layer. This will join the paver to the paver next to it. Continue with the process until all of the full sized pavers are laid.

    Use only the best quality off white or adhesive glue.

    Joints – Joints should be not less than 8mm (irregularity of the natural stone can vary 2-3mm when smaller or longer – hence the reason for the 8mm)

    Cutting – Once you have finished laying the full size pavers, you can start cutting the ones you marked for cutting. Once they are cut, you can apply mortar and lay them down to finish the design. These pieces should be laid in the same way you did earlier.

    Grouting – Grouting should be done all over the paver, not just the joints.

    Cleaning DO NOT use acidic agents to clean travertine.
    Use non-acidic cleaners for natural stone. There are many non-acidic cleaners for natural stone available.

    Sealing – Sealing is very important and we highly recommend you to use only the best – there are a number of excellent quality sealers on the market.

    If you are using Travertine as a wall cladding, avoid inspot fixing with the glue – treat the stone as a whole.

    In case you use sand and cement to lay your pavers, please use an agent to avoid penetration of efflorescence that will come through the paver over time.

    If in doubt, please call us and we will have our stonemason consultant contact you for on the spot assistance

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  • Concrete Pavers – DIY Sealing Tips

    Concrete pavers add value to your property. Concrete is known for its durability and that makes it an ideal material for patios; however it is very important to seal concrete pavers to ensure its longevity. Here are few simple tips to help you seal your concrete pavers

    Preparation – Sweep and remove all the dust and debris from the surface. After the surface is thoroughly swept, pressure-wash the surface. The pressure should be set to high to remove stubborn stains, dirt and dust. If there are any stains on your pavers, ensure that the stains have been completely removed before sealing. Use a cleaner appropriate to the type of stain. Follow the directions recommended by the manufacturer of the cleaner you select.

    Cracked Areas and Surrounding Structures – Fill up any cracked or hollow areas on the patio surface so that those areas are in level with rest of the surface. Check if there are any structures that need to be covered up to protect them from any sealer which may accidentally land on them. You can cover these areas using a canvas cloth.

    What Type of Sealer Are You Using? Is your sealer water based or solvent based? If you are using a water based sealer, you do not have to wait for the surface to dry completely – a damp surface is OK; however, when using a solvent based sealer, you must wait until the surface dries. You can use a low pressure airless spray to apply the sealer, or a brush or lambswool applicator.

    Applying Sealer – Thoroughly read the manufacturer’s instructions written on the pack, before you start applying the sealer. For safety purposes, put on gloves, and wear any other personal protective clothing/equipment the manufacturers recommend, before you start the process. Follow the instructions mentioned on the pack of the sealer before applying the sealer to the pavers. Make sure that the surface is evenly coated. Do not allow the sealer to pool on the surface. Each coat should be a full coat.

    Points To Remember

    • Always do a test patch first.
    • The sealer sets in a couple of hours.
    • You can apply the second coat while the first is still wet if using a spray applicator.
    • Make sure that there is no chance of rain for at least the next 12 hours after sealing.
    • When sealing, ensure the temperature is not over 30°C or under 5°C.
    • It is important to leave the area undisturbed for a full day after sealing.
    • Surface sealers generally need to be reapplied every 1-2 years.
    • Penetrating sealers will protect your pavers for longer. The time between re-sealing will depend on which brand of sealer you have chosen.
    • Choosing a penetrating sealer will extend the life of your pavers.
    • Sealing will protect concrete from staining, efflorescence, picture framing, freeze-thaw and salt attack.

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  • 4 things you should consider when choosing pavers

    1. The Look-

    First things first, do you like the pavers? Take home a sample to see how the paver’s colour blends and/or contrasts with the design and colour of your house. If you don’t love how it looks, return the sample and take home a different sample!

    Natural stone pavers can vary in colour and pattern, even when hewn from the same quarry. This is due to the naturally occurring variances within the stone. This is part of the charm and appeal of these pavers. It adds interest and character to the landscape of your outdoor living space. If this is the look you are after, natural stone pavers may be perfect for you.

    If you prefer a more homogenous look, you might like to select from our range of hand-crafted concrete pavers.

    It is important to be certain of your selection, as once they are laid, removing and replacing pavers can be costly.

    2. Wear and tear

    This is very important. Concrete and/or natural stone pavers are a good choice as they can handle high foot traffic. However, some natural stones are more hard-wearing than others. Granite and bluestone are the most durable, whereas sandstone and travertine are softer stones. Even so, all natural stone can last a lifetime, provided you take care of it.

    3. Comfort level

    Your comfort is another key consideration that you should bear in mind when making a choice. On hot summer days, travertine, limestone, and marble are the coolest stones underfoot. However, if you are more concerned about glare, perhaps you should consider a darker stone like bluestone, or black granite.

    4. Budget

    You always want the best for your home, however, it is still important to keep within your budget.

    Concrete is generally cheaper than natural stone. However, not always!

    Natural stone varies considerably in price…for example, black granite is dearer than light grey granite. By changing the colour palette of your landscape design, you can still have the beauty of natural stone, at a more affordable price.

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  • More About Marble

    Marble’s quintessential beauty symbolises success and immortality.

    Marble is formed via sedimentation. Silt, plant matter, shells and skeletons of animals solidify over time into stone. Marble is actually formed from limestone which has been exposed to heat and intense pressure. Marble is highly resistant to abrasion, and is perfect for floors. Marble can also be used as tabletops and benchtops. Marble is a porous stone, so it should be sealed properly.

    Never use acidic cleaners to clean marble, as acids cause marble to fizz and dissolve. Lemon juice, vinegar, nail polish remover, and orange juice can damage marble. Warm water and a soft cloth is usually all that is required to clean marble.

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  • Why choose Travertine?

    For its durability, reliability, luxury, and rich-toned beauty. Travertine integrates seamlessly into rustic, traditional or contemporary designs.

    Did you know that travertine is a type of limestone that forms in streams often near waterfalls or alongside hot or cold springs?

    Many famous buildings are made of travertine. These include Los Angeles’ Getty Centre, Paris’ Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and Rome’s Colosseum.

    Are you looking for a floor surface that does not get too hot in the summer? Consider travertine! Earthy hues create a warm look with travertine pavers that stay cool! Due to the relative absence of metals contained in products like concrete and slate, travertine says cooler under foot than many other types of pavers.

    Travertine is not just for flooring. Complement the elegance of travertine floors with travertine walls, fireplaces, fountains, benchtops, and tabletops.

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  • Why choose Bluestone?

    Because one of its many charms is that it evolves over time, bluestone develops a characteristic patina as it ages.

    Because one of its many charms is that it evolves over time. Bluestone develops a characteristic patina as it ages.

    The bluestone palette includes earthtones, greens, lilac and of course blues. The colours in the bluestone pavers are dependent on the quarry they are sourced from, and what depth they are cut from. Our bluestone is sourced from a quarry where the stone has a consistent blue colour, has only micro-holes and the pavers are fine-sawn so that no sawn marks are visible.

    Design your dream environment around the rich beauty of bluestone. Transcending styles from the sophisticated to the rustic, bluestone can complement your individual creativity.

    There are many reasons to choose Bluestone pavers . Bluestone is a picturesque and versatile material and can be used in a number of different applications.

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  • Why Choose Granite?

    In a word, beauty. Each quarry has a unique palette of colours, making your selection distinctive.

    Granite has been used since ancient times as it is a very durable building material. On Mohs scale of hardness where 1 is talc and 10 is diamond, granite is rated 8/10. Granite is a lasting investment. Rather than being formed in the silent depths of bodies of water from bodies of beings, granite is born in the fiery centre of molten mantle deep within the Earth.

    Granite is formed at temperatures around 760°C. From its molten origins, it cools and crystallises and its structure becomes granular. This intense heat creates a very hard and durable stone. As a result this stone is able to withstand heat from hot cookware or liquid better than its water-born cousins from the marble family.

    The Inca walls of Cusco are enormous granite blocks that fit together so precisely that there was no need for mortar to hold them together. These walls have withstood the force of numerous earthquakes that destroyed a great deal of the Spanish architecture that was built on top of them.

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  • Bluestone Pavers Advantages

    Advantages:

    • Bluestone is economical and comes in varied sizes, shapes and designs.
    • They are easy to install.
    • Their rough texture not only gives a nice appearance but it is also safe. It could be used around pool areas as well.
    • Since it is a high density material, it can withstand harsh weather conditions as well as heavy foot traffic.

    Applications:

    Although bluestone can be applied in any flooring application, but due to their toughness, safety benefits and durability they are best suited to outdoor applications. They can be used for:

    • Sidewalks
    • Driveways
    • Poolside
    • driveways
    • patios

    Things to Remember

    Bluestone is a porous stone and although it is a durable stone that is capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions, yet if not sealed it can lose its sheen and beauty with time passage. Hence it is recommended to seal it with a good sealant which will keep your bluestone pavers safe from scratches and marks and from heavy foot traffic as well.

    If you are looking for quality bluestone in Melbourne or any suggestions pertaining to that, then you can contact our professional and friendly team which will be more than happy to answer your queries.

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