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Our range of Natural Paving products is available to purchase through our extensive network of distributors and stockists. To find your nearest stockist, please contact us.
As the stone is natural, no two pieces are the same, allowing designers and homeowners to create stunning bespoke and individual designs which will outshine the likes of concrete and other man-made building materials. Some of the benefits natural stone has to offer include:
There are multiple types of stone that are formed under different conditions over time:
Igneous rock comes in two forms, Extrusive or Intrusive. Extrusive rock is formed on the earth’ s surface, when there has been a volcanic eruption, i.e., Lava which then cooled rapidly forming small crystals, of which basalts are an example. Intrusive rocks crystallise within the earth’s crust without erupting, the magma cools slowly allowing large crystals to form. Intrusive rocks are generally granites.
As the name suggests, these rocks are formed from sediment that has settled at the bottom of a body of water or been deposited in a desert environment and have then been compressed over millions of years. Examples of sedimentary rocks include Sandstone and Limestone. Sandstone is predominantly silica sediment, often with beautiful shade variations and unique striations, that are even further enhanced when wet. Limestone is predominantly carbonates, such as calcite and dolomite. Our limestones are very dense in nature with low absorbency, displaying the occasional unique mineral vein. Our sandstone and limestone ranges are versatile and broad in choice.
These are originally either igneous or sedimentary rocks that have been exposed to concentrated heat and/or pressure which causes them to change into a denser form of rock. Examples of metamorphic rocks include Quartzite, Marble and Slate. Our Slate ranges are resilient to weathering and are easy to maintain.
Being fully aware of the inhumane practices that exists in parts of the world, Natural Paving Products has made a firm commitment to demonstrate to our industry just how natural stone mining should be conducted successfully and ethically. We are a part of the Ethical Training Initiative (ETI) and ask that when you purchase your natural stone products, you ensure they are ethically sourced.
By only purchasing ethically sourced stone you will help to ensure that:
Understanding the importance of ethical sourcing is vital. By supporting and working with the ETI, we can help to eradicate not only child labour in the stone industry, but also inhumane and unsafe working conditions for all stoneworkers. By sourcing stone ethically, we are helping more children get into schools, giving them the best possible start to life, whilst also giving their parents the opportunity to have a secure and safe job. Natural Paving Products has engaged with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights and education advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. As part of the BBA auditing process, Kailash and his team have visited our factory and he is now working very closely with ourselves on various charity projects with our ultimate aim of eradicating child labour and improving education standards within the stone regions of India.
There are a few things to consider when placing your order for natural stone:
For information on installation methods for our Natural Paving Products see our Guide to Planning & Installing Natural Paving
On patios and paths, for easy, all-weather joint filling on all our stone ranges, you can use Pavetuf Jointing Compound. For joint widths of 3mm – 20mm, minimum depth of 20mm. Refer to www.pavetuf.co.uk for full details.
For use on patios and driveways, a stronger, rapid setting mortar that is suitable all our stone ranges, use our Pavetuf Jointing Mortar. More suited to professional installers, for joint widths of 5mm – 50mm and minimum depth of 200mm. Refer to www.pavetuf.co.uk or full details.
Alternatively, you can point with a traditional mortar joint. Mix four-parts building sand with one-part cement. Add as little water as possible to bind the mortar, use a plasticiser as directed. Use a small pointing trowel to feed the pointing mortar into empty joints from the edge of a larger trowel and then use a pointing bar/ iron to press it down, taking care to clean the edges of the slabs with a wet soapy sponge as you go.
You must always lay the largest face (and uncalibrated, riven face) upwards. Please see our Guide to Planning & Installing Natural Paving for further information.
There are many sealers available on the market that offer different finishes. Natural stone does not have to be sealed so sealing is a personal choice. Some sealers are designed to affect the appearance of the stone, such as leaving a satin finish. Sealing can help delay the absorption of liquids also.
An important factor to consider if deciding to seal your stone is whether or not the sealer is breathable, because if it is not then mobile salts in solution can be trapped beneath the surface. An example of a potential problem caused by the use of the wrong sealer could be where efflorescence develops but the sealer prevents salts from exiting through the sealed surface. The build-up of the salts not only can result in a difficult to remove stain but can often cause disruption and breakdown of the surface itself.
With un-breathable sealants, manufacturers will normally recommend that you wait three months before sealing your recently paved area, to allow efflorescence to appear. This can then be washed off before sealing.
If using a breathable sealant, the paved area can usually be sealed straight after installation, but always check with the product manufacturer.
If you make the decision to use a sealer on your natural stone, test the product on a small, discreet area first, to make sure you are happy with the result.