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Basalt Pavers for Home Entrance in Dandenong

Basalt Pavers for Front Entrance Floor in Dandenong Melbourne

I was walking in Dandenong recently and was inspired by this Basalt Honed Pavers 600x300mm project.

The use of pebbles and the interesting shadow line cast by the front fence created a beautiful entrance to this home.

What is Basalt

Basalt is a dark-colored, fine-grained, igneous rock composed mainly of plagioclase and pyroxene minerals. It most commonly forms as an extrusive rock, such as a lava flow, but can also form in small intrusive bodies, such as an igneous dike or a thin sill. It has a composition similar to gabbro. The difference between basalt and gabbro is that basalt is a fine-grained rock while gabbro is a coarse-grained rock.

Uses of Basalt

Basalt is used for a wide variety of purposes. It is most commonly crushed for use as an aggregate in construction projects. Crushed basalt is used for road base, concrete aggregate, asphalt pavement aggregate, railroad ballast, filter stone in drain fields and may other purposes. Basalt is also cut into dimension stone. Thin slabs of basalt are cut and sometimes polished for use as floor tiles, building veneer, monuments and other stone objects.

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Basalt in victoria, Australia called Bluestone

There are two distinct building materials called “bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s.
In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern suburbs, such as Clifton Hill, Brunswick and Coburg, where the quarry used to source the stone for Pentridge Prison is now Coburg Lake.
Bluestone was also sourced in many other regions of the Victorian volcanic plains, and used in towns and cities of central and western regions, including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. It is still quarried at a number of places around the state.

how to remove acid burn on Bluestone tiles

How to remove acid burn on Bluestone Pavers

We do not recommend the use of hydrochloric acid or oxalic acid to clean Bluestone. Ask your stone specialist for advice on cleaning products if required. There are specially formulated cleaners and sealers for stone which are effective and easy to use. This project in the photo attached, was cleaned with a strong solution of hydrochloric acid then a strong solution of oxalic acid. As a result an acid burn was left on the surface of the Bluestone. This was removed with a light sand with an 80 grit sandpaper, however this process is unnecessary if the correct cleaning agents are used.

Bluestone boulder compare to human size

Why do large format Bluestone tiles cost little more?

It is normal to pay a little more for large format Bluestone Tiles or Pavers compared to their smaller counterparts as large freestone Bluestone boulders are harder to find. In this photo Steven Edwards is in China selecting this very large boulder for 1000x500x20mm Bluestone tiles.