Stone of the Week – Bluestone Stepping Stones

The product of the Week! (ending on may 22, 2017)

This week’s product of the week is the unique and in demand Bluestone Stepping Stones. Our bluestone stepping stones are natural pieces of stone that are sawn from boulders in all of kinds of natural shapes and sizes.
We categorize these as a small, medium and large, with some being as large as 1.2m! The texture of the stone is non-slip with the beautiful natural boulder texture and colour around the outside of many pieces remaining, creating a beautiful natural stone look. Perfect for your pathway or entrance.

Browse our Gallery and find more information at https://stone-pavers.com.au/product/bluestone-paver-17/

Who wants Bluestone Stepping Stones?
Bluestone Stone Stepping stones are perfect for those with a natural earthy home, wanting to pull into the rustic and natural features of their surrounding environment. You can grow grasses and plants in the surrounds of the stepping stones to really blend them in, or leave them built up to be up to see the natural sides, for extra effect. For those feeling extra creative, you can try creating a mosaic pathway.

Those with a modern home can also use Bluestone stepping stones,  when laid in concrete or exposed aggregate for a feature piece. Pictures of both uses are above.

What are Bluestone Stepping Stones?
Bluestone Stepping Stones are slices of stone, cut from natural boulders that vary in size as the boulder size changes, making each piece unique. Many stepping stones still have the natural outside of the boulder, adding character and a even more natural look!

What Bluestone finishes are available?
The Bluestone Stepping Stones currently on come in one finish, which is a sawn and lightly honed finish, with the natural borders.

What sizes are available?
As the stepping stones have been cut from natural boulders, each piece will vary in size. To account for this, we sort them into three groups.
Small – 400-700mm diameter
Medium – 500-800mm diameter
Large – 700-1100mm diameter

There above sizes all come in 20 and 30mm thick to suit the needs on those laying on slurry’s or concrete as well as those laying on sand and dirt.
Usually there will be one side that is flatter than others, as this is the bottom of the boulder.

Durability of Bluestone Stepping Stones
Bluestone Stepping Stones are more than durable enough for your home or project. To give you an example, they are more than strong enough to withstand the traffic each weekend at the Melbourne football stadium with 70000+ people walking across. So long as laid correctly, you should have no issues.


Maintenance of Travertine Tile Flooring

As with any flooring option, regular cleaning is key to keeping your floors looking beautiful for longer. Stepping stones will require less maintenance than most flooring options. It is easily managed by sweeping often, ensuring that dirt and grit don’t get a chance to build up is a brilliant idea. A regularly high pressure hose over your area will help keep them it spotless. As with any natural stone it is porous, and so can be susceptible to spills and stains. If you do spill something, be sure to wipe it up immediately and don’t let it set in. If a high stain area, sealing is an option! Seal and then reseal your stone every couple of years at the least to keep them extra resilient. If you want to use a stone cleaner, be sure to get one particularly meant for natural stone, and discreetly spot test it first to ensure that there won’t be any nasty surprises.

What do I need to know about installing them?
You need to keep in mind that one should be careful regarding how high or low you install them. If they are installed too low, the grass will forever grow over the top and the resolve this you will need to trim this back by hand. If they’re installed too high above the ground, you will struggle to move the lawn mower overtop of them. One should aim to set them around level with the soil, so the blades of grass sit above the paver, but do not cover.

 

How far apart?
It is advisable to step out the placement of stepping stones before installation and purchasing, as you don’t want to be having to take large strides or shuffle along.
The average person’s stride is about 45cm. If this is the case for you – and the people who will most often be walking the path – place each stone so the centre of each stone is 45cm from the centre of the next.

Quality is Key!
One should be aware the it is vital to choose a high-quality Natural Stone. We have worked tirelessly to get the best quality at the best price and we try our hardest to remain the cheapest seller in Victoria.
Contact us now if you think Bluestone Stepping Stones would be suitable for your next project! Or browse our range at https://stone-pavers.com.au/product/bluestone-paver-17/

Enjoy your day from the Team at Stone and Slate Discounts!

 

 

 

Product of the Week – Kakadu Crazy Paving – ending Saturday, May 6, 2017

The product of the Week!
This week’s product is the outstanding rustic Kakadu Crazy Paving! Kakadu Crazy Paving is natural stone that is used most often as external paving. It is also suitable for use vertically on walls and fireplaces. We have even had customers lay the inside of their pools! It is extremely popular due to durability and attractive appearance.
Browse our Gallery and find more information at: https://stone-pavers.com.au/crazy-paving-pavers-stepping-stones/

Who wants Kakadu Crazy Paving?
Kakadu Crazy Paving is brought most often by customers who are living in the surrounds of nature. It is perfect for those who are wanting a product that fits in the colours and textures of their surrounding environments. With oxidisation forming over many millennia, the stone is a true part of history. The colours vary from darker greys to crisp burnt oranges and are emphasised and brought out by fire pits and flames. With many matching products, including Stackstone, tiles and pool coping, it is suitable for those who enjoy a continuous flow of colours and texture.

What is Kakadu Crazy Paving?
Kakadu Crazy Paving is a type of Slate. Slate is a metamorphic rock, it is created by the alteration of shale or mudstone by low-grade regional metamorphism. It is popular for a wide variety of uses such as external and internal paving, vertically on walls and fireplaces and, pathways and stepping stones because of its durability and attractive appearance.

Where does Kakadu Crazy Paving come from?
The tectonic environment for producing slate is usually a former sedimentary basin that becomes involved in a convergent plate boundary. Shales and mudstones in that basin are compressed by horizontal forces with minor heating. These forces and heat modify the clay minerals in the shale and mudstone. Foliation develops at right angles to the compressive forces of the convergent plate boundary to yield a vertical foliation that usually crosses the bedding planes that existed in the shale.

The Unique Kakadu Look
Kakadu crazy pave is a slate product displaying bold burnt and rustic tones. It has become one of our staple products proving to be extremely popular for its vibrancy. Your likely hood of getting any two pieces of Kakadu Crazy Paving that look the same are one in a billion. The colour of slate is often determined by the amount and type of iron and organic material that are present in the rock. Most slates are grey in colour and range in a continuum of shades from light to dark grey, Kakadu has most burnt orange and golden colours throughout because it is high in its’ iron content.

What Travertine Finishes can you use?
Kakadu Crazy Paving regardless of its layout, is a natural split finish. This refers to the undulated finish to each piece. The texture is one of the stone finest characteristics and what sets it apart from other crazy paves. The uneven surface does not affect the many ways in which you can use the stone and it has become a sort after product for pathways, patios, feature walls, and even driveways due to the finish creating a non-slip, aesthetic finish.

What sizes are available?
The Kakadu crazy pave is available for purchase in two formats, loose and on mesh. The loose products will vary in their size, shape and thickness. Typically, the size allowance is 300-700mm in diameter. Keep in mind that being a natural stone this can always vary beyond those measurements, this is simply an education guess based on the average sizes across the board of what we receive. Thickness can also vary substantially however being a slate product that is extremely common. Some pieces can be as thin as 10mm and as thick as 40mm so it is always best to sort through your product prior to laying so you can group the sizes/thicknesses to make for an easier installation.
The mesh products have smaller cut to size pieces that are glues on a mesh sheet with a 10mm gap between each to allow for grout lines. When your creative side just isn’t shining through, these sorts of products can help achieve an interesting and effective finish. The mesh sheets measure to approximately 600x400mm which therefore means you will have 4 sheets per square meter. Unlike the variations of thickness in the loose product, the mesh is a consistent 15mm thick. Remembering that again it is a natural stone, we need to allow 1-2mm variation in thicknesses.

Durability of Travertine Tile Flooring
The last sentence says it all. As a slate product and a layered stone, the strength and durability to Kakadu slate is fantastic. When laid for a driveway it must be on a concrete slab. This doesn’t reflect the strength of the stone, it is simply ensuring there is no movement of the stone with the weight of a car or other vehicle. We have seen more and more want for this product as it one of few natural stone products you can get away with no sealing because of its sporadic colouring and density.

Maintenance of Travertine Tile Flooring

As with any flooring option, regular cleaning is key to keeping your floors looking beautiful for longer. Kakadu Crazy Paving will require less maintenance than most flooring options. It is easily managed by sweeping often, ensuring that dirt and grit don’t get a chance to build up on your floors is a brilliant idea. A regularly damp mop or vacuum over your area will help keep them it spotless. As with any natural stone it is porous, and so can be susceptible to spills and stains. If you do spill something on your floors, be sure to wipe it up immediately and don’t let it set in. If a high stain area, sealing is an option! Seal and then reseal your stone every couple of years at the least to keep them extra resilient. If you want to use a stone cleaner, be sure to get one particularly meant for natural stone, and discreetly spot test it first to ensure that there won’t be any nasty surprises.

Quality is Key!
One should be aware the it is vital to choose a high-quality Natural Stone. We have worked tirelessly to get the best quality at the best price and we try our hardest to remain the cheapest seller in Victoria.
Contact us now if you think Kakadu Crazy Paving would be suitable for your next project! Or browse our range at https://www.slatediscounts.com.au/crazy-paving.php

Enjoy your day from the Team at Stone and Slate Discounts!

Product of the Week – Travertine – ending Saturday, April 22, 2017

The product of the Week! Travertine
This week’s product is our most in-demand product, Travertine! Travertine is a luxurious natural stone that is used as a building material not just as flooring, but also for pool paving and pool coping, countertops, backsplashes, facades, bathrooms and listless other purposes.

Please browse our range of travertine tiles/pavers at https://stone-pavers.com.au/travertine-products/

 

Who wants Travertine?Travertine has a long and prestigious history as a favored building material for everyone from Michelangelo to Richard Meier to your neighbor down the street. Italy is filled with travertine quarries, so it’s no surprise that the Romans made extensive use of travertine in structures as varied as baths, amphitheatres, flooring, aqueducts, and temples. The iconic Colosseum in Rome is constructed almost entirely out of travertine, in fact. Travertine was used by Michelangelo in the construction of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Gian Lorenzo Bernini used Travertine to build the St. Peter’s Square Colonnade in the 1600’s. In 1732 Nicola Salvi chose travertine for his construction of the Trevi Fountain. But it’s not only in Italy that travertine was popular. The iconic Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris makes extensive use of travertine, and the lobby walls of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago are lined with travertine. Giving the Colosseum a run for its money in the extensive use of travertine stone is the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, whose façade is made up almost entirely of travertine. Travertine has been a prominent building material going back to the Middle Ages, with some reports even earlier than that. In more recent times, Travertine has been considered a high-end product to use, as it has been an expensive product to purchase, until now, here with us at Stone and Slate Discounts.

 

Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which, if you’ll recall your elementary school geology, refers to stones that are formed by deposits of minerals and other materials (sediment), in contrast to igneous or metamorphic rocks. The sediments that make up Travertine are usually found in geo-thermally heated hot springs and geysers, or limestone caves. Travertine is actually a type of limestone, which is also a sedimentary stone, whose sediment is made up of calcium carbonates such as aragonite and calcite, just like travertine. Travertine goes through an extra procedure, though, wherein hot and mineral-rich water flow through the limestone, and the carbon dioxide released creates the distinctive and unique porosity of travertine. Most travertine tiles are about half an inch thick, and the surface of a travertine tile can come filled or unfilled.

 

What is Travertine?
Travertine is a sedimentary stone, which, if you’ll recall your elementary school geology, refers to stones that are formed by deposits of minerals and other materials (sediment), in contrast to igneous or metamorphic rocks. The sediments that make up Travertine are usually found in geo-thermally heated hot springs and geysers, or limestone caves. Travertine is actually a type of limestone, which is also a sedimentary stone, whose sediment is made up of calcium carbonates such as aragonite and calcite, just like travertine. Travertine goes through an extra procedure, though, wherein hot and mineral-rich water flow through the limestone, and the carbon dioxide released creates the distinctive and unique porosity of travertine. Most travertine tiles are about half an inch thick, and the surface of a travertine tile can come filled or unfilled.
Where does Travertine come from?
Most of today’s travertine comes from Italy, Turkey, and Mexico. We source our Travertine from Turkey!

 

The Unique Travertine Look
Travertine is known and appreciated for its distinctive, rustic, and classic look. The colour of travertine is determined by its iron content. Travertine has a characteristically aged look, which accurately represents the long history of its use. The weathered look of unpolished travertine is one of its most desirable qualities. While this rustic travertine is the most common image of it, there are actually a wide range of potential appearances, depending on the finish. Travertine is a natural stone, so it’s important to keep in mind that no two travertine tiles will look exactly the same, and if you want an entirely uniform experience, travertine might not be the right choice for you. Pits and holes, which speak to its porous nature, characterize unfilled travertine in its natural state, and some travertine can feature minor veining that gives it a similar look to marble. Because travertine tiles can be cut to size, you can go for large slabs or small mosaic tiles, depending on the look you’re aiming for with your floors.
What Travertine Finishes can you use?
The first thing to consider is whether you want filled and honed or unfilled and tumbled travertine. We mentioned that travertine is porous and features many little holes throughout its body and surface. Filled or unfilled refers to whether these holes are filled. While our last post discussed the general appearance of all travertine, the look of your specific travertine floors will depend entirely on the finish applied. The main finishes are unfilled & tumbled or honed & filled. Honed travertine is the most common type of travertine flooring. This means that the surface of the travertine has been polished flat, but not completely glossed. The surface of the floor will be matte and non-stick, and will more closely resemble traditional travertine. When most people think of travertine tiles, honed travertine is the finish that comes to mind first. Honed and Filled traverine is suitable for indoors only, as it can be slippery when outdoors. Unfilled & Tumbled travertine tiles have textured surfaces that reflect the least amount of light and have the most muted colours. This Travertine is our best seller, it is perfect for internal and external application, and for pool areas where it really adds character. This Tumbled travertine has more texture than honed & filled travertine, and sometimes features rounded edges that give it a distinctive look. Tumbled travertine also looks distinctly more aged and weathered.

 

What sizes are available?
Ivory Travertine is currently being stocked in a rectangular size 610×406, a square 610×610 and in the forever loved French Pattern an it is stocked in a 12mm and 30mm thickness.
We have many other colours and sizes, so If the above isn’t quite what you are after, you can contact us and we will see if we can arrange something special for you!

 

Durability of Travertine Tile Flooring
Travertine, like most natural stone flooring options, is a very durable material that will stand up well to heavy traffic. Travertine is a solid natural stone, comparable to marble in its Measurement of Hardness (MOH) rating, so it’s perfect for high traffic areas. Travertine’s distinctive aspect of durability is its capability to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, so it can be used in outdoor settings and is frequently found by swimming pools or on patios.

If your Travertine is filled and sealed with high quality products, it will be essentially waterproof and stainproof, unfilled travertine may still absorb things food spills over time due to its porosity.

 

Maintenance of Travertine Tile Flooring
As with any flooring option, regular cleaning is key to keeping your floors looking beautiful for longer. Travertine will require more maintenance than some flooring options, although this is easily managed. Sweeping often to make sure that dirt and grit don’t get a chance to build up on your travertine floors is a brilliant idea. A regularly damp mop or vacuum over your travertine will help keep them really spotless. As we’ve said, travertine is porous, and so can be susceptible to spills and stains. If you do spill something on your travertine tile floors, be sure to wipe it up immediately and don’t let it set in. Reseal your travertine floors every couple of years at the least to keep them resilient. Travertine is particularly sensitive to acidic substances and alkaline such as lemon, wine, juice, and coffee, so avoid acidic cleaners and be particularly wary of having these materials around travertine. If you want to use a stone cleaner, be sure to get one particularly meant for travertine, and discreetly spot test it first to ensure that there won’t be any nasty surprises.

 

Quality is Key!
One should be aware the it is vital to choose a high-quality Natural Stone. We have worked tirelessly to get the best quality at the best price and we try our hardest to remain the cheapest seller of Travertine in Victoria.

Contact us now if you think Travertine would be suitable for your next project! Or browse our range at https://stone-pavers.com.au/travertine-products/

Enjoy your day from the Team at Stone and Slate Discounts!