Is Natural Stone for You?
Considerations for Natural Stone in Your Home
When you install natural stone in one or more areas, you are making an investment in upgrading your home. There are several things you should consider prior to making your choice.
Do You Want an Elegant and Classy Look?
The appeal of natural stone does not date. The use of natural stone in your bathroom, kitchen, living room, outdoor living space, or other areas around your home will instantly add class and elegance.
What Finish and Effect Are You Looking for?
Natural stone comes in many different finishes. Granite & Stone Gallery can advise you on what finish will best suit your application, depending on your choice of stone.
If you want an architectural look, and don’t mind that it can be hot under foot, Granite paving is for you, whereas Travertine & Limestone is much cooler under foot but has a warm appearance.
Do You Like Something Striking?
Natural stone has the Wow factor. It has many applications – inside your home as floor tiles and kitchen benchtops and outside as pool paving & pool coping, alfresco & patio areas, driveway paving and cladding a feature wall. Granite & Stone Gallery can supply custom ordered materials in larger formats or special shapes to be used in and around your home.
Do You Want Something That Can Last?
When cared for correctly, Natural stone has longevity and will outlast any other material in your home.
Do You Want to Work with A Reputable Company?
When you choose to work with Granite & Stone Gallery you are working with the owner directly. We specialise in Travertine, Limestone and Granite natural stone paving and have done so for over 10 years. Our experience isn’t just in supplying paving – we can offer you valuable advice on choice of materials and colours to suit your application, as previously we were involved in the construction of swimming pools.
At Granite & Stone Gallery we work with skilled tradesmen who understand the difference between installing natural stone and traditional clay & cement pavers.
Here are some helpful tips for correct installation.
Preparation – the ground is prepared using a good road base (crusher dust or crushed limestone) ensuring the longevity of the installation.
Whilst Travertine & Limestone can still be paved in the same way as traditional pavers, natural stone is butt jointed when laid (no gaps or tile spacers) it is advised not to use a plate compactor over the stone upon finish as this may chip the product.
Wet Laying is the preferred method to lay the materials upon a bed of bricklayer’s cement (as per the photo below) 20 to 30mm thick as the pavers can be then laid like a tile, ensuring the stone is laid flat and has a stronger base below. This method is strongly recommended for Granite due to thickness variations as this will ensure the pavers are flat and will prevent weeds and ants.
Once an order is placed with Granite & Stone Gallery we can recommend skilled tradespersons to undertake any aspect of your project, to ensure the result matches the quality of the materials. Contact us if you would like to know more.
We use and recommend the following Crommelin commercial grade sealer.
– Stain Guard (water based – minimal colour change)
– 1800 655 711 (Crommelins 7-day technical advice)
Natural Stone products are a naturally occurring material and may vary in colour, veining and texture which is beyond our control. Whilst best endeavors are made in the supply of natural stone materials as close as possible to samples given, some variations may occur.
Please consult with Granite & Stone Gallery prior to your next purchase for advice, tips, sealing and installation techniques to ensure your purchase meets your expectations.