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Garden Show Project Basalt Pavers Bluestone Round

Basalt Pavers Round in Garden show

Basalt Pavers Round Shape

Basalt Pavers(Bluestone pavers) round shape features in one of the achievable garden project in this year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Bulleen Art & Garden is one of our wholesalers and supply this project.

Basalt also call Bluestone in Victoria, Australia, Edwards Slate & Stone was the first Australian company to import Bluestone for the domestic market, our experience counts.

Achievable gardens

This is a contemporary Australian garden, designed to allow you to escape from the stress of your everyday life.

It is a harmonious space where you can step into another world inhabited by the local wildlife, feeling a sense of calm and connectedness.

Garden sizes are getting smaller, but this shouldn’t impact upon the feel of your garden or the safe haven that can be created for the local wildlife, who need this as a way to combat their fast diminishing natural habitat.

Focusing on a multi-layering of Australian native plants and some exotic plants, this is a contemporary spin designed to attract local birdlife, butterflies and other wildlife.

This space is all about creating a garden that allows you to connect to nature whilst enjoying the benefits this has on your health and wellbeing.

Designed by Micaela Hibbert, Holmesglen Institute.

Bluestone pavers quality control process

Where do Bluestone pavers come from? Part 8 Quality Control

Bluestone Pavers Quality Control Process

This video demonstrates the quality control process in the factory manufacturing Bluestone pavers.

Why Quality Control Matters

It is important to select Bluestone suitable for Australian conditions and fixing methodologies. Not all Bluestones are “stable” and will not respond well to laying in mortar. This is well documented in the Discovering Stone magazine by the Australian Stone Advisory Association.

Edwards Slate & Stone was the first company in Australia to import Bluestone and offer it to the domestic market thus reducing the cost of purchase dramatically.
Our Bluestone has the longest and a perfect track record for responding well to local fixing methodologies. In addition it closely resembles Australian Bluestone with “cats paw” (small holes) thus creating aesthetic interest in the stone. This type of Bluestone has outstanding wear characteristics and provides excellent results in the long term. In other words, your Bluestone will last a generation.

Bluestone tiles are great pool coping

Bluestone step treads

Solid Bluestone step treads were popular choice for Melbourne Churches and commercial buildings due to its plentiful supply and hard wearing characteristics. Today step treads are formed in concrete first and then Bluestone tiles are laid over the top.

Bluestone @ South Melbourne Commons no.2

The Commons Cafe Grounds feature beautiful garden vegetables and a kids play area, the setting is really great for family outing. Our 600mmx300mm sawn face Bluestone also be seen in the foreground.

Bluestone @ South Melbourne Commons

Enjoy a trip to South Melbourne Commons on the corner of Montague St. and Bank St. South Melbourne. This project was initiated by the Friends of the Earth Melbourne. The Commons Cafe serves great coffee and you can see our 600×300 sawn face Bluestone pavers laid at the entrance. This stone has been laid directly over crushed rock in a mortar base.

Bluestone Honed Step Tile

Selected Edwards Bluestone Tiles & Pavers

There are many different types of Bluestone, the colour, quality and essential aesthetic beauty varies according to where the Bluestone has been quarried.

Our Bluestone is exclusive to Edwards Slate & Stone and only available from our Mt.Waverley showroom/warehouse.

Our Bluestone has been carefully selected:-

1. Suitable for Australian conditions and fixing methods.

2 Aesthetic beauty and colour. Just the right amount of “cats paw” (little surface holes) are present to add interest. This Bluestone closely resembles Australian Bluestone, which is known for its aesthetic value as well as inherent quality.

In addition Edwards Slate & Stone is the only company to operate a quality control system from sourcing the raw material, cutting and processing to packing. This allows us to maintain a high standard of quality to the Australian public.

All our Bluestone is in stock and we invite inspection prior to purchase.

 

 

Bluestone Drop face tiles

Bluestone Paver Sizes

Bluestone Paver Sizes – How To Choose Dimensions

By choosing Bluestone paver sizes you will have an opportunity to choose from a wide variety of tile dimensions.

This is an important consideration, as the tile size plays an important role in determining the final result. In the past, the general rule of thumb was small tiles for small areas and large tiles for large areas.

However this is not the case for Bluestone. Large tiles formats are often used for small areas with dramatic results. For large external areas a tile of at least 500x500mm or greater works best. Common sizes for Bluestone are 500x500mm, 600x300mm, 800x400mm, 600x600mm and 1000x500mm.

Uses for Basalt

While it isn’t as widely used as limestone or granite, basalt does have some uses. It can be used for structural building materials, like bricks or foundations, and sculptures. Certain shapes of basalt can be used for cobblestones and exterior road or landscape materials. And when it is heated and processes in a certain way, it can produce a product known as stone wool, which is used as a thermal insulating product. Samples of basalt from the moon and Mars are most frequently seen as museum samples or in high-end personal rock collections.

Ref Source: what is Basalt

Basalt Crazy Paving Bluestone Pavers

Sealing Bluestone Pavers

Sealing Bluestone Pavers

When sealing Bluestone pavers or tiles, do not use hydrochloric acid to clean. When using coloured grout, always pre-seal the tiles prior to grouting, to minimise colour leaching into the tile. Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (occasional iron pyrite reacting with water).

Sealing stone has many advantages, it provides protection from stains, facilitates easy clean up, reduces the effects from chemical attack and can enhance the beauty of the stone. Sealing stone can extend its life and as well reduces the effects of oxidisation by reducing the movement of water through the stone.

There are two main types of sealers, the first is an invisible penetrating type, which leaves the stone with a natural look. The second enhances the colours within the stone. The price of the sealers varies considerably according to its longevity and its application. For this reason, we always suggest seeking professional advice before making the final selection.

We always suggest sealing natural stone around a swimming pool coping, this is because swimming pools can contain salts and other chemicals, which can leach into the surrounding areas. There are different types of sealers for various applications.

Natural Stone Sealers

At Edwards Slate & Stone we stock two different brands of professional stone sealers. This means we can help you make your final decision based on, application, aesthetic finish, longevity and budget.

Dry Treat Sealers

Dry Treat is backed with a 15 year warranty. It includes a very good quality penetrating sealer for pool surrounds as it protects stone from chemical attack.

Tasman Chemicals Sealers

Tasman provides a range of quality sealers that are more budget orientated.

Bluestone Tiles Garden Edges Glance

Bluestone Pavers Thickness – What To Choose?

Bluestone Pavers Thickness

There are many different types of Bluestone pavers, the colour, quality and essential aesthetic beauty varied according to where it the Bluestone has been quarried. Our Bluestone has been carefully selected for its character, colour and superior honed surface. Just the right amounts of “cats paw” (little surface holes) are present to add interest, while the surface has been evenly honed for a very consistent finish.

We recommend 20mm thickness of Bluestone tiles for general use over a concrete slab in exterior applications, as the additional strength provided by the thicker stone resists movement in the substrate and provides a very stable platform for vehicles in driveway applications.

30mm thick Bluestone Pavers which are suitable for pool coping, very high wear areas or for laying in the more traditional method over crushed rock with mortar.

Bluestone Pavers Basalt Tiles Garden

Bluestone Maintenance Guide

Bluestone Maintenance Guide – Sealing & Cleaning

Sealing:

Sealing stone has many advantages, it provides protection from stains, facilitates easy clean up, reduces the effects from chemical attack and can enhance the beauty of the stone. Sealing stone can extend its life and also reduces the effects of oxidisation by reducing the movement of water through the stone.

There are two main types of sealers, the first is an invisible penetrating type, which leaves the stone with a natural look. The second enhances the colours within the stone. The price of the sealers varies considerably according to its longevity and its application. For this reason we always suggest seeking professional advice before making the final selection.

We always suggest sealing stone around a swimming pool, this is because swimming pools can contain salts and other chemicals which can leach into the surrounding areas. There are different types of sealers for various applications.

Bluestone is so tough and hard wearing it does not need to be sealed. To aid cleanup, an invisible penetrating sealer can be applied prior to grouting. Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (occasional iron pyrite reacting with water).

Grout Clean-Up:

Clean up grouting shortly after application with a sponge and plenty of clean water. Do not allow grout to dry on the surface of the tile. Do not use hydrochloric acid to clean up grout smears.

If any grout smears remain seek professional advice before using grout removal chemicals, as some chemicals will harm the stone.

Do not use Hydrochloric acid to clean as this will cause minerals present in the stone to react.

Maintenance:

Sweep or high pressure wash when needed. To remove dirt & stains use a solution of mild detergent, we recommend
Apply the solution on the surface & agitate the area with a stiff broom or brush prior to rinsing with water. Moss can be removed with a mild solution of household bleach and water.

Notes:

Do not use hydrochloric acid to clean. When using coloured grout, always pre-seal the tiles prior to grouting, to minimise colour leaching into the tile.

Sealing also reduces mineralisation in the stone (a red colour forming on the stone as a result of iron pyrite reacting with water).

If using adhesive to increase the bond between the stone and the mortar or adhesive bed then butter a thin coat on the entire back of the tile, do not just notch trowel the back of the tile with adhesive.

For best results select tiles from different crates to ensure a blend of colour. We recommend the use of expansion joints for exterior & interior applications.

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