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December 22, 2015
Granite countertops, particularly in kitchens, have been the standard in residential design for years now. But did you know granite tile has been gaining popularity in flooring for both new constructions and remodeled homes? Indeed, granite flooring has been making gains in the natural stone tile category when it comes to residential flooring because of its durability and versatility. A natural stone that is one of the hardest materials on Earth, and second only to diamond, granite is resilient, and can resist stains and moisture.
These inherent qualities allow granite to hold up in both residential and commercial settings and make it easy use inside and outside on everything from countertops to walls and floors. The demand for granite flooring in the residential sector has steadily increased over the years and continues to do so. Granite floor tiles are perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms, but can be installed throughout a home, giving it an elegant, clean and sophisticated feel. The naturally occurring mix of minerals in granite produces incredibly varied flooring looks that are aesthetically pleasing.
Colours can range from a midnight to a white diamond. The most popular type of granite flooring is the Raven which is available in:
Granite is stocked in the following colours:
All Granite comes in a variety of sizing,you can also have your granite tiles specially ordered to suit any size.
Some of the sizes that raven granite tiles come in are:
FLAMED AND BRUSHED 500X500X20MM
FLAMED AND BRUSHED 800X400X20MM
December 21, 2015
What is Granite?
Granite is one of the most durable and strong building stones. It has a very hard surface, making it very difficult to chip, scratch or wear. This makes it ideal for use in high traffic areas, for it will last a lifetime. Granite is also colorfast and stain resistant.
Granite is a natural rock that is formed by the crystallization of magma within the earth’s crust. It is composed of three main minerals, known as mica, feldspar and quartz. Granite is recognized for its strength, hardness and durability, making it perfect for use as pavers.
Many homeowners choose to install granite pavers in their driveways, because of their intense strength. This variety of pavers can support the weight of multiple vehicles for decades without cracking. At the same time, granite will also increase the value of your home due to its beauty.
Granite pavers are extremely durable, making them perfect for use in high traffic areas. They can be used for walkways, courtyards, patios and the interior of homes and commercial buildings. They are guaranteed to last a lifetime, with minimal repairs necessary. This is why they are often used in the construction of important buildings that are meant to last for decades or longer.
Many people choose to install granite pavers around their pool, due to the fact that they are water-resistant. These natural stone pavers have a slip-resistant finish when left unpolished. This makes granite one of the safest type of pavers to place around the pool edge.
December 18, 2015
Natural stone surfaces must be sealed to prevent or minimize staining. Leaving natural stone untreated may greatly hinder the complete removal of stains in the future. Allow new installations to dry for at least 72 hours before applying sealer.
When laying natural stone, they need to be sealed twice – with a primary seal and a secondary seal. The primary seal is the first seal and this is done before the stone has been laid. The primary seal is important as it greatly reduces the porosity of the stone. The secondary seal is done after the stone is adhered to the wall and it further protects the natural stone.
The contractor must take precautions to protect the finished work from damage by other trades. Protect installation from exposure to rain for a minimum of 7 days. Allow the cement to cure for a minimum of 7 days at 21 ºC before aggressive cleaning. For interior installations, either a penetrating or acrylic sealer can be used. For exterior installations, use only a penetrating sealer for superior durability. Whilst sealing the stone isn’t always necessary it will protect veneer surface finish and colour. If the veneers are installed near wet areas or areas prone to salt attack, we recommend dip sealing all veneers prior to installation.
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Stone Wall Panels present a natural open cut and irregular surface texture which provides a profound link between architecture and the surrounding landscape design. The depth of the pieces within the panels creates natural shading and texture combined with natural stone colour variations for an authentic feel. This stone wall cladding product, with interlocking corner units and capping options is ideal for a range of residential and commercial landscape and building projects.
3D – ROCKFACE – LEDGESTONE
December 17, 2015
Sandstone Pavers Benefits
Sandstone pavers have many great benefits. First, they are easy to install. Second, they are durable and versatile. Third, they come in a wide range of dimensions. Fourth, an economic benefit is that they last a lifetime, for sandstone is very hard wearing and ages very well.
Sandstone pavers are porous stones. They allow the percolation of water, which means that they can store large amounts of water. They can withstand time and wet weather, and still look classical, two very important benefits!
Sandstone pavers are commonly used in the landscaping field, because of their rich and natural appeal. Sandstone pavers can be applied to create walkways throughout the garden, flooring for a patio or balcony, and can also be applied to create unique wall features.
Sandstone pavers are perfect for pool surroundings or pool coping. They are also a popular material when it comes to cladding and veneering! Sandstone pavers can create a natural earthy look or an elegant formal appearance. This versatility is the reason why they are so widely applied!
Video Link on how to clean sandstone pavers:
MAINTENANCE and CLEANING
Sealing your Sandstone Pavers is highly recommended for the protection against staining. If your Sandstone Pavers are not sealed, you may incur difficulty in removing stains completely. You should consult your manufacturer about information regarding the best type of sealer for your particular application of Sandstone Pavers. This is important because there’s so many sealers available on the market today that you want to be sure to get the right one for your application!
When cleaning your Sandstone Pavers be sure to stay away from solutions that contain alkaline, acid, ammonia and bleach. The reason for this is that these cleaning solutions may break down your sealer, and in turn affect its repellency. It is recommended to use a neutral cleaner that is specially formulated for such natural stones as Sandstone.
Following is a routine cleaning guide:
First sweep or dust mop up any dirt or debris off your Sandstone Pavers.
Then prepare the chosen cleaning solution according to the labeled instructions; you may need to dilute the solution in hot or cold water.
Now apply the cleaning solution to your Sandstone Pavers using a mop, sponge or scrubbing machine.
Lastly, rinse and wipe off cleaning solution with clean water.
Shown above are different types of Sandstoned used for pool coping.
Can you use Pool Coping on a curved pool?
Many people assume that they cannot use square or rectangular Pavers as coping on a curved pool, but the fact of the matter is you can use almost any stone for your pool coping and the vast majority of this work can be done directly at the job site by a skilled contractor or pool builder. All you need is a diamond blade wet saw, access to some water, and a little patience. Stone is relatively easy to cut using a small handheld angle grinder with a diamond blade attached. The saw will cut through the stone in a matter of seconds – saving you time, and tons of money on custom fabrication for your project.
Pool coping is the material above the tile line that generally covers the top of the pool structure. The pool coping is used to separate the pool structure from the pool decking.
This coping also serves as a frame around the pool. Much like a frame around a picture or painting. Coping comes in many different materials such as travertine, sandstone, flagstone, granite, bluestone or tile. If an inground swimming pool is constructed of concrete, it will need coping, which is a cap for the edge of the pool. Besides simply being necessary, the coping provides an opportunity for a decorative accent, which can greatly enhance the appearance of the pool. When someone inside the pool hangs on to the top edge, that’s the coping they’re grabbing on to the coping.
- Coping is mounted on the bond beam, covering its concrete edges and concealing the steel projecting from the pool’s walls.
- It also prevents water from getting behind the pool shell, and integrates the finish and tile of the swimming pool.
- If coping is installed correctly, any water that is splashed out of the pool should flow away from the pool and down into deck drains. Coping should be tilted slightly away from the pool.
Coping refers to the tiles, stones or concrete which are used to cap the wall of the inground pool shell. It adds additional safety as well as providing your pool with a visually polished look.
There are many options when picking tile and coping. Pool Coping can come in many forms from modern to natural. Some of the options to go around the edge of the pool for the coping are; brick, slate, travertine, limestone and flagstones. Please note that some of these materials will vary in shades and thickness.
Variations of Sandstone Pool Coping show above.
December 16, 2015
You rarely have to seal polished travertine, but it would be a great idea to test your travertine tiles before deciding whether or not you need to use a sealer. Try dropping a few drops of water on any hidden areas, let the water stand for approximately 5-10 minutes and blot dry. If the travertine stays a darker colour for more than 5 minutes you will need to seal all your tiles to prevent any stains especially any food or drink areas.
Before sealing you should always do a test patch. Rub in a few drops of sealer in an inconspicuous area of the travertine, let the sealer sit for at least 24 hours before testing.
How to seal Travertine Tiles:
1. Ensure the space you are working in is well ventilated.
2. Apply to the sealer with a lambswool applicator or a spray bottle depending on the whether.
3. If puddles do occur on top of the stone wipe them up with a dry cloth or mop to avoid any stains.
4. Most sealers recommended two coats of sealer, you can test if your travertine needs a second coat by doing a test patch.
5. Make sure you allow enough time for the sealer to dry fully, you can use a dry cloth and buff the travertine to speed up the process but allow up to 24 hours before use.
6. If you have any streaks after the sealer has dried, apply more sealer with a dry cloth and buff the travertine until all streaks have been removed.
TIPS ON HOW TO INSTALL TRAVERTINE TILES
Travertine tile is a classic choice for floors and walls, both indoors and out. It’s versatile and timeless in its beauty and sure to transform any space you install it in.
In this article, we’re going to share 6 high level tips to keep in mind before getting started with your Travertine tile installation project. At the end of the article, you’ll find links to several resources that go into more depth on how to install Travertine tile.
If you haven’t already, you may enjoy these three articles which provide background perspective on Travertine:
How To Install Travertine Tile – 6 Tips
1. Before you start installing Travertine, assemble your tools.
The most common tools used to install Travertine tile – or most tile for that matter – include a tape measure, a rubber mallet, a power drill and mixing paddle, a marker or wax pencil, a level, a tapping block, a torpedo level, a chalk line, tile spacers, a margin trowel, a notched trowel and a wet saw.
Note that the size of the trowel will depend on the size of the mortar bed needed for the size of the tile you’re installing. See What Size Trowel To Use For Tile and Using the Proper Trowel.
2. Prepare your tile installation surface.
The surface you will be installing your Travertine tile on needs to be flat and clean. Be sure to spend time preparing the surface properly:
Remove any older floor covering, i.e., carpet, vinyl, laminate, older tile and replace or repair the sub-floor.
Repair any cracks in a concrete slab or cover them with a quality crack suppression system. See Why Underlayment Matters to a Tile Installation Project.
Rotten wood needs to be replaced and reinforced appropriately as necessary.
3. Lay out your Travertine tiles before installing them.
You read that right! Travertine is a natural stone with a lot of variation. As a result, it needs to be blended during the installation process so all of the dark pieces or light ones don’t wind up grouped together (unless that is the look you are after!).
Blend them. Do a dry run, lay the Travertine pieces out and see how they look. If you have multiple pallets or crates, work out of two or more at one time. It’s much easier to do so now when you can easily rearrange individual pieces rather than later when the tile is permanently “set in stone.”
Chiseled Edged Travertine Tile Finish
4. Make sure both Travertine tile and substrate are completely dry!
You cannot install wet Travertine. Both the tile and the substrate need to be completely dry when you begin your installation.
5. Use a white thinset with Travertine tile.
This is especially true with lighter Travertine. Remember that Travertine is porous; a gray or dark thinset can darken or tint the stone.
By the way, be sure to mix the thinset to a sticky peanut butter consistency.
6. When to seal Travertine tile?
Some installers recommend sealing Travertine before and after installation.
Others recommend before and after grouting.
Regardless, you will need to seal your Travertine tile. The most common sealers are Enhancing and Natural sealers. Enhancing sealers darken stone and give it a ‘wet’ look whereas natural sealers offer the same protection without changing the stones appearance.
(If you’re on the fence about which type of sealer to use, wipe a few pieces of Travertine with a damp cloth to see what an enhanced sealer will do.) We recommend that you apply sealer to part of a single piece of tile in an inconspicuous area to ensure that you’re happy with the results and to get a feel for how to apply it before you start on the bulk of your floor.
TRAVERTINE – Durability, Sealing, Installation, Made Of, Price all of these Questions answered
Are you intrigued with Travertine and its timeless natural beauty? Would you like to learn more? Here are the answers to all of your questions.
1. Travertine is a type of limestone that forms in hot mineral springs around the world. According to Wikipedia, limestone is a sedimentary rock made of calcium carbonate, a primary component of shells. In Turkey it is Pamukkale, whilst in North America, the most notable Travertine formation is Yellowstone National Park.
2. The name ‘travertine’ was derived from the name of the ancient Italian city Tibur, now Tivoli, with roots beyond Roman times. Travertine was known as lapis tiburtinus, i.e., tibur stone, which over time became travertine.
3. Most Travertine is imported to Australia from quarries in Italy, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, and Peru. Tile Outlets across Australia obtains most of its Travertine from Turkey. (Check out Turkey’s Pamukkale natural Travertine terraces and hot springs.)
4. Travertine is mined from quarries all over the world using many methods including Channeling machines, Wire Saws, Chain Saws and Water-Jet Cutting machines. From the quarry, it is either stored in a warehouse or taken to a mill or production facility where it is cut into slabs and sent through different process depending on the type of finish desired.
5. When you look at it, you’ll notice what makes Travertine unique: naturally occurring holes and troughs on the surface. Travertine is also porous. Both of these characteristics result from how the stone forms over time.
6. The holes and troughs that you find in Travertine can be filled with grout, or left unfilled. In many cases Travertine tile is filled at the factory during production. The size of the holes indicates whether or not the stone is a premium, commercial or select cut. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the hole, the more premium the cut of Travertine.
7. Travertine is often used as a building material and can be seen in architecture across Europe dating back to the Roman Empire (Burghausen Castle in Germany) . The Roman Coliseum and bath houses in Rome and the Lobby of the Sears Tower. Travertine has been used in everything from aqua-ducts to load bearing pillars. It is most commonly used today for floors, walls, and backsplashes.
8. Travertine comes in a variety of colors including white, tan, brown, cream and gold. It can also be found in varying shades of red, pink and orange. Some Travertine has black veins running through it.
9. Travertine is produced in a variety of styles including, honed, tumbled, polished, brushed, saw cut and chiseled edge.
10. Modern Travertine tile encompasses a range of sizes. The most common tile sizes are 610mm x 410mm, 610mmx610mm and 610x305x12mm.
11. Travertine can be used inside or outside, by itself or as a decorative piece mixed with granite, marble, ceramic or porcelain tile.
12. Travertine Tile is softer than granite. It needs to be sealed to protect its natural beauty and your investment. Sealing Travertine is very easy and should be done during installation and periodically thereafter – usually every three to five years. You’ll find a number of sealer options available today. The most common are Enhancing and Natural sealers. Enhancing sealers darken stone and give it a ‘wet’ look whereas natural sealers offer the same protection without changing the stone’s appearance.
13. When installing Travertine, be sure to blend the tiles first. Also, use a white thin set particularly with lighter travertine. Gray thin set may darken or tint your stone. Thin set should be mixed to a sticky peanut butter consistency. You will want to use a notched trowel. Some installers recommend sealing travertine before and after installation other recommended it before and after grouting.
14. Travertine Tiles are usually priced from around $49m2, whilst pavers are approximately $69m2 inc GST.
What would you add to this list about Travertine tile?