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Why Granite Paving Stone

Why Granite Paving Stone 

  • It is an ideal material for pool surrounds and withstands the effects of salt chlorination.
  • The large format sizes, 500x500mm & 800x400mm are ideally suited for external uses. A wide variety of complimentary bullnose and drop face tiles finish the job professionally.
  • Natural, environmental friendly and easy to lay.
  • Long lasting and can be used in driveways and even commercial areas.
  • Cost effective, well priced, and often cheaper when compared to man made products.
  • U.V resistant, resists fading in the harsh Australian sun

High price often reduces the popularity of a construction material and granite often costs significantly more than man-made materials in most projects. However, granite is frequenly selected because it is a prestige material, used in projects to produce impressions of elegance, durability and lasting quality.

Granite has been used for thousands of years in both interior and exterior applications. Rough-cut and polished granite is used in buildings, bridges, paving, monuments and many other exterior projects. Indoors, polished granite slabs and tiles are used in countertops, tile floors, stair treads and many other practical and decorative features.

So, why Granite paving stone, the answer is very obvious!

Granite block with diamond saw

Where do Granite pavers come from? Part 7

This video shows how a skilled worker can shape Granite tile by hand. Granite is suitable for most exterior landscaping, pool surrounds and pool coping.

Storage of Granite Pavers

Light coloured Granite is better stored inside to prevent water penetrating the packing timber and carrying a red colour stain onto the surface of the tiles. This red colour is actually from the sap in the timber and will eventually dissipate from the Granite tiles when exposed to a season of sun and rain, however it is unsightly in the early stages. Your Granite supplier should have sufficient undercover storage area.

drop face light grey Granite

Flamed Granite vs other outdoor paving

Flamed Granite pavers has some key qualities that makes it an outstanding paving solution.

1. It is durable and long lasting.

2. Excellent non slip properties.

3. Is is cut and sized accurately which results in “clean” lines on the project.

4. It is very cost competitive.

We suggest comparing these qualities with other man made products and you will find flamed granite is an excellent option to consider. In addition, if you are considering granite as an outdoor paving, then Bluestone might also be of interest. Visit www.melbournebluestonetiles.com.au to find out more.

light grey Granite bullnose

Do I need to seal flamed Granite tiles in an outdoor setting?

Do I need to seal flamed Granite tiles in an outdoor setting? The short answer is no, flamed Granite is not difficult to clean and will not colour fade. Over time many contaminates will simply dissipate.

However there are some major benefits to sealing any stone outside, and this includes flamed granite. Clean up will be made even easier, and around B.B.Q areas that is a must! Also general dirt, moss and other contaminates can be cleaned up with ease.

We attached this link to help you decide on which sealer suits you best.

dark grey Granite bullnose

What is a flamed surface on Granite tiles?

When Granite is cut from a large solid block of stone from the quarry it has a flat, and uninteresting surface.

Depending on its final use, the stone can be processed in different ways. Typically when the granite is used for building facades it is usually polished into a highly reflective surface. This polishing has the benefit of highlighting the natural colour of the stone as well.

For outdoor use the granite can be flamed to improve its non slip characteristics as well as its aesthetic appeal. This involves passing a high temperature flame over the surface of the granite, which causes the surface of the granite to break away leaving a lovely textured finish. The finish is called flamed.

At Edwards the Granite has gone through an additional process to take the superficial roughness that sometimes results from the flaming process, creating a good balance between a non slip product, yet pleasant to walk on, even in bare feet.

 

Black flamed Granite

What size tile should I choose for Granite?

Traditional thinking used to say that, “the larger the area to tiled the bigger the tile should be.” While this rule has some use however nowadays it should only be used as a guideline. It is normal for large format tiles to be used in small areas, especially when the product is flamed Granite or Bluestone.

It is especially desirable to use large format tiles as feature stepping stones, whether in a formal setting, such as the entrance to a modern architecturally designed home or an informal setting such as a garden path.

At Edwards Slate & Stone we stock 500×500 and 800x400mm dimensioned tiles which will work well in any setting.