• Selecting Natural over Ceramic

    Natural is always better

    There are a few alternatives to choosing natural stones for paving areas inside and outside your
    home. Some might say that concrete paving is essentially the most practical and cheap
    alternative to paving with natural stones. However, we would like to present you with an
    alternate and more informed view of things.

    First, we would just like to state some of the common uses of stone paving for residential and
    commercial applications:

    • Stone paved patios
    • Providing a stunning look and an anti-slip surface around pool areas with stones such as Bluestone
    • Can be cut as elegant table tops for dinner tables of all sizes and front desk at commercial establishments
    • Steps and stair treads can be equipped with smooth bullnose edge pavers
    • Pathways leading to the house from driveways and street edges can be lined with beautiful slabs of natural stone that require minimum maintenance
    • These are just a handful of applications that we would like to state for now, but as you can imagine there is hardly any area that a natural stone paver cannot uplift

    Choosing the right natural stone:

    We have no objections against concrete paving and we point our customers in the right direction
    if that is what they choose to work with. However, with the rapidly developing technology in
    production and logistics, natural stones are being made available at prices like never before. No
    matter what the theme of your home decor is, there is a perfect stone paver waiting to be cut to
    your requirements.

    Furthermore, Natural stone paving has an everlasting charm that in most cases, matures like
    fine wine. While concrete like products can appeal to a highly practical customer, natural stone
    paving has been carried out since centuries. And it must be noticed that most of those
    structures can still be seen standing around the world such as in countries like Rome and
    Germany.

    Why choose Premier Pavers & Stone?

    • We not only provide paving material but also help you find the right landscaper and designers based on your design and budget requirements
    • Our extensive reach caters to suburbs from Richmond all the way to the Mornington Peninsula
    • Team of highly qualified and experienced personnel with a keen eye for details
    • Proud partners of Landscaping Victoria
    • Working with some of the most reliable suppliers from all over the world

    If you’re considering to get any type of paving done, or would just like to give your home the
    face-lift that it deserves, look no further than Premier Pavers & Stone.

  • Choosing the Right Pavers for Your Pool

    While there are many materials to choose from, adding pavers around your swimming pool can be beneficial to both homeowners, and those who are set to enjoy hours of fun splashing around. If you’re making the decision on what to cover your outdoor area with, nothing can really compare with the quality of natural stone and concrete pavers. Based on our longstanding experience in the industry, Premier Pavers & Stone has years of experience in creating the highest quality pool paving.

    Not only can pavers create a natural-looking environment for everyone to enjoy, but they can also withstand the effects of both chlorinated and salt-water pools. With this being said, there are many reasons why people opt for pool pavers in the landscaping of their outdoor pool areas.

    Why Use Pavers Around Your Pool

    • Affordability : Pool pavers are a very cost effective alternative to other means of covering your outdoor area. Not only are they cost-effective to install, but they also require less expensive maintenance than other materials.
    • Durability : Installing pavers around the pool are a good way to ensure the durability of your outdoor area. Pavers have the ability to withstand wear, pressure and damage, making them perfect for tackling the elements.
    • Strength: The right type of paver for your pool area will be strong enough to withstand the effects of foot traffic, furniture and water splashing. They will also be strong enough to withstand the effects of chlorine and salt water, giving you peace of mind about the rate your pavers will wear and tear.
    • Easy installation: Installing pavers can transform any outdoor space, plus they are extremely affordable and simple to install around the pool. Using pavers is economical, while allowing you to create patterns with shapes, sizes and colours to suit your landscape design.
    • Non-slip surface: One of the key advantages of pool pavers is the peace of mind that they are slip resistant. It is so important when installing a pool, to know that safety of your family comes first. Pavers can ensure that all your guests will be safe when playing and walking around the pool.
    • Easy to repair : The great thing about pavers is that they can be easily repaired and replaced. Instead of pulling up the entire floor, single pavers can simply be removed and replaced. Pavers are a very cost effective material when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
    • Versatile: Pool pavers come in such a wide variety of colours and shapes that the design possibilities are endless. An assortment of pavers can create a range of looks that will suit your pool area. Pavers are available in various colours, textures, shapes and sizes, which means that you can basically create designs from scratch.

    What Type of Paver to Use Around Your Pool

    After you have made the decision to pave your pool area, there are still a number of other factors to considered. There are a number of types of pool pavers that can be used to compliment your outdoor area.

    Bluestone Pavers

    As a paving material, Bluestone is extremely durable, environmentally friendly and very popular. These pavers are designed to be safe and attractive for people of all ages. Sandpapered twice with a #200 grit sandpaper, our #400 grit Bluestone has anti-slip properties that are perfect for any pool area.

    Concrete Pavers

    The best thing about concrete pavers is that they allow you to enjoy a sophisticated and decorative finish. Our concrete pavers are a perfect fit for any outdoor setup, as we allow you to customise the colour and finish to suit your pool area.

    Porcelain Pavers

    If you are looking for pavers with the least amount of maintenance, choose porcelain pavers. Porcelain pavers are UV resistant, and have a slip resistance of R11. They don’t need to be sealed, and are easier to keep clean than concrete or natural stone.

    Travertine Pavers

    Travertine brings a sense of elegance and sophistication to any outdoor space. Because they are cooler under foot than concrete, bluestone or granite, travertine has become a very popular choice, favoured for its stylish design and timeless finish. These pavers are an ideal fit for any outdoor feature wall or floor space, providing an easy to sweep, non-slip surface.

    Planning Your Pool Paving

    When planning to pave your pool, we can provide you with the peace-of-mind you deserve. Premier Pavers & Stone sources its products from the very best manufacturers worldwide. Based on our long-standing experience in the industry, we ensure that our stone is of the highest quality possible. We provide the confidence to you that our pavers will be superior in style, durability and performance.

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  • How to Clean Bluestone Pavers

    Bluestone pavers are a fantastic addition to any home. Bluestone is a beautiful material to work with. It offers natural variation, subtle elegance and is incredibly versatile.

    Some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings and landmarks, including the Old Melbourne Gaol and Princes Bridge have been constructed out of bluestone and that’s because it offers so much on both a functional and aesthetic level.

    For the most part, using a broom or blower to remove any dirt, debris, or grime from your bluestone pavers will be all that is required to keep them looking good as new.

    However, if you have had your bluestone for a long period of time, some extra cleaning may be required. So, here a few pointers on keeping your bluestone pavers in tip-top shape.

    The Basics On Cleaning Bluestone Pavers

    To give your pavers a once over, all you need is water and a high-pressure water cleaner. There’s no need to lug around heavy buckets of water, or crawl around on your hands and knees scrubbing away at your paving—let your high-pressure cleaner to do all the work for you!

    Step It Up A Notch

    If your bluestone pavers are looking a little tired you may want to consider giving them a more intensive clean. This may involve a little bit more elbow grease, but the results are incredible, especially if you have had your bluestone pavers for a while.

    For more intensive cleaning, we recommend products that are designed both for the particular stain that you’re trying to eradicate, and for bluestone itself. So, your best bet is to call our showroom so that we can recommend a cleaning product that is safe for natural stone, and tailored specific to your need, whether this be grout marks, timber stains, rust stains, or tyre stains.

    Regardless of which cleaning product we recommend for your needs, always ensure that you use it according to the manufacturers instructions—dilute the cleaning product exactly as the instructions state, apply it using the recommended method, and never leave it on your pavers longer than necessary. In addition, it’s usually not a good idea to carry out this type of cleaning on a hot day – if the cleaning solution dries into the bluestone, your pavers could be left with strange marks and discoloration.

    If you follow all this advice, the top layer of grime, dirt and debris should come away very easily. All you’ll need to do is give your pavers a quick hose down, and your patio will be looking as good as new.

    HOT TIP: Never clean bluestone with HCl (Hydrochloric acid). HCI can cause the iron and ferrous minerals that are naturally found in bluestone to react and rust.

    Prevention is Better Than Cure

    Like so many things in life, prevention is often better than the cure. So, keep your bluestone looking its best, we recommend that you have it sealed. Sealing your pavers makes cleaning easier. You can either purchase sealer from us and apply it yourself, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or contract a professional to do the sealing for you.

    So, there you go, that’s all the information you need to keep your bluestone pavers in perfect condition for as long as you need them. Of course, if you get the pavers from the professionals at Premier Paver’s we’ll make sure you receive all the advice and after-sales care information that you’ll need to keep your bluestone at its best.

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  • Where to Use Pavers Around Your Home

    Pavers add a distinctive earthy, natural quality and feel to your home and are a popular choice to create a pathway, terrace, feature wall or general flooring. The trick is not only in finding the best type of pavers to use, but also the most appropriate type of pavers for specific areas of your home.

    Even the best looking pavers can become a little bit lost if they aren’t in the right spot, and while some are very versatile, there are always particular places to put them that unlock and maximise their potential.

    What Are the Best Pavers?

    With an abundance of pavers to choose from, it can get a bit tough sifting through the masses to arrive at the right one for your home. Some pavers that are great in commercial settings aren’t ideal for the home, so the first step is to create a shortlist of the pavers that best compliment a residential property. These include:

    1. Bluestone Pavers
    2. Travertine Pavers
    3. Granite Pavers
    4. Concrete Pavers

    Each has its own distinct style and qualities that make it suitable for different areas. Of course, these aren’t hard and fast rules. No paver should be pigeonholed into one specific area, but some guidance can be extremely valuable to help you bring out the best in your chosen paver.

    Bluestone Pavers

    Bluestone (also referred to as basalt) is one of the most versatile pavers you will find. It is a tough, eco-friendly material that boasts natural colour variation in its grain that can appear to change depending on time of day and light reflection.

    Because of it’s classy aesthetic, bluestone pavers don’t really look out of place inside or outside the home, which makes it an attractive option if you’re looking for a material that will make a seamless transition, giving your entire house an outdoor feel.

    Bluestone is sandpapered twice, which gives it the prized combination of a smooth look while being an anti-slip material. This makes it perfect for poolside walkways, particularly if you have kids, without sacrificing anything visually.

    Bluestone pavers’ natural, earthy undertone makes it ideal to create a stepper pathway that compliments any ideas to have soil and planting around and in between where you’ve laid them.

    Travertine Pavers

    Travertine pavers’ sophisticated, elegant look epitomises the dressed up outdoors area. If you’re looking for a paver that will give your patio or alfresco area a refined, classy feel then this is the one to go with.

    Travertine pavers also serve well as an ornamental enhancer. In particular, they compliment entrance pillars and garden walls very well, but also make for fine wall cladding in general.

    Granite Pavers

    Granite pavers are a dense, heavy-duty option that comes in several different forms. Its adaptability, weather resistant qualities and texture makes it suitable to be utilised in outdoor settings such as:

    • Feature walls
    • Driveway paving
    • Pool coping
    • Outdoor cladding

    Indoors, its natural range of colours and textures make for an aesthetically pleasing compliment material to areas in your home that tend to take a bit of a beating such as fireplaces and benches. It is a rare material whose beauty is matched by its ability to resist scrapes, scratches, heat and pressure and maintain a charming air of resilient shine.

    Concrete Pavers

    Concrete pavers are generally best restricted to outdoor use. It is an economically attractive choice that has an exceptionally wide scope of choice and ability to manipulate to create a look that fits with your home.

    The variety of colours and surface textures make it a great option to tie everything together and can be used anywhere outdoors. Concrete driveways are an old favourite, but using concrete pavers for a walkway, around the patio or alfresco area or as stepping stones are also common choices amongst Melbournians.

    Concrete pavers are a simple, economic solution when you want to add an understated utility or feature that won’t conflict with any surrounding materials.

    Where To Put What

    It’s clear that there is a lot of overlap when it comes to where to put what type of paver. The key is to keep in mind the aesthetic and material strengths and weaknesses so that you can make an informed decision and install pavers where their good qualities can be maximised, and their weaknesses remain unexposed.

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  • Choosing coping pavers for around your pool

    Pools of all shapes and sizes are a wonderful addition to your back yard. Deciding on which coping tiles are best for your pool is an important decision.

    There are many natural stones you can choose from… Granite , Bluestone and Travertine are very popular for pool coping at the moment.

    Appearance:

    • Granite’s colour palette includes blacks, greys, whites, and peach. The speckle through granite adds interest and sparkle to your pool surround
    • Bluestone comes in shades ranging from almost blue-black to blue-grey. The ‘aero’ marks in bluestone add to its appeal.
    • Travertine ranges in colour from creams, to browns, to silver. Each piece of travertine is unique, and the patterns created by the variability of colours in the stone results in a visual feast.

    Dropface pavers or bullnose pavers

    • Bullnose pavers have a rounded edge, whereas dropface pavers can have a straight edge or a rounded edge. Depending on the design of your house, you may prefer the more classical look of a rounded edge, or the more modern look of a straight edge.

    Surface finish

    • Granite is available in a flamed surface which is the highest grip available in natural stone finishes.
    • Bluestone is available in a sawn finish, and Travertine is available in a tumbled and unfilled finish. Both of these are smooth surfaces, which are still anti-slip.
    • We do not recommend honed pavers for around swimming pools, as they are very slippery, especially when they are wet.

    Sealing:

    • It is vitally important to correctly seal pavers and coping tiles around your pool. This is because natural stone is porous, and over time the salt/chlorine/chemicals used in your pool may negatively affect your pavers if they have not been sealed correctly.
    • Resealing regularly is very important, especially for pavers that are often in contact with the pool water.

    Strength:

    • Granites and Bluestones are cut from rock that has been formed in lava. Due to the heat involved in the formation of these stones, both granite and bluestone are very durable and strong.
    • Travertine is formed through sedimentation. Though it is still a strong stone, it is more fragile that granite and bluestone, and it needs to be treated with more care.

    Heat:

    • Granite and Bluestone will get hotter under foot in summer than Travertine, due to the increased levels of metals and minerals in the composition of these stones.

    Glare:

    • Darker colours will create less glare than lighter coloured stones.

    Choosing coping pavers for around your pool is an important part of creating your perfect outdoor living space. You are welcome to bring in your plans and colour swatches, and we will be happy to help you find the paver that best complements your design and lifestyle.

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  • Choosing the right colour for your granite pavers

    When it comes to paving, many people prefer granite. One of the reasons is because of the beautiful palette of colours that granite is available in.

    The colours that Premier Pavers currently has available in granite include shades of black, grey, and golden peach. Many more shades, like whites, greens, reds and pinks, can be ordered in. Granite pavers in black and grey are the most popular, but there is a great demand for other colours too. With so many colours available, how do you choose between them?

    • Choosing the granite colour samples

    The very first step in choosing the colour of your granite pavers involves coming in and looking at the display of colours that are available or that can be ordered.

    Consider whether you would like your pavers to blend in with the colour scheme you have already designed, or whether you would like your pavers to contrast with the colours in your home and garden.

    Talk with us about your design, bring in your photos and plans, and we will be happy to offer you our suggestions. We will then offer you a few samples to take home so you can see how they look alongside the other features of the area you will be paving.

    • Checking the colour with a full size paver

    After finalising the colour of your choice, pop back in and borrow a full size paver in the colour you like best. Take it home, and check that both the colour and size of the paver are what you had in mind.

    Granite pavers come in many different colours and by choosing the colour carefully, you can give your project a wonderful look that will last for years to come! Come in and select some samples today!

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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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  • Granite Pavers Maintenance Tips

    Granite pavers can be cleaned with warm water and mild detergent without putting in much effort; however, the size of the area and the amount of foot traffic has to be taken into consideration as well.

    If you want to clean a small area with not much foot traffic, then warm water with mild detergent can be used for cleaning, but a huge area that withstands heavy foot traffic such as a shopping mall will require the expertise and resources of a cleaning company.

    For large areas, ride on cleaning machine or floor scrubbers can be used. Generally speaking, cleaning of granite pavers in large area should be carried out once every month, but the cleaning frequency should be determined by considering dust accumulation, traffic volume etc.

    Things to remember for granite pavers cleaning:

    • Never use acid unless you are sure how the stone will react to it.
    • Do not allow soiling to sit on the surface for a long time, especially if the area is exposed to sunlight, as the stain will become permanent and/or difficult to remove.
    • Be very careful with the grout or joint material while cleaning.
    • Refrain from using abrasive products as scratching can spoil the surface.

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