Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does natural stone need to be sealed?
While not all natural stone needs to be sealed it is something that we generally recommend. In general sealing helps to protect the stone while reducing the ongoing maintenance required.
Due to it’s porous nature we always recommend sealing Sandstone, regardless of the application, whereas some Granites rarely need to be sealed as they are much harder wearing.
If you’re not sure whether sealing is right for your project why not get in touch with us to find out?
Can I seal paving myself?
Sealing is definitely something you can do yourself. Our recommended sealer, #JUSTSEALIT, comes with instructions on the tin and is quite easy to do.
It’s important to thoroughly clean your paving prior to sealing. Anything not cleaned from the stone will be trapped within the sealer.
If you’re looking for a sealing applicator ask your landscaper or we recommend Prestige Surfaces.
Where does your stone come from?
Natural stone is quarried all over the world so the type and colour of stone really dictate where we source from.
Some of the countries we source stone from include; Australia, China, Turkey and Iran.
Are more expensive stones better?
In short, no. Just because a stone is more expensive doesn’t mean that it’s better quality.
Factors that contribute to expense include things like; additional transport from quarry to factory, certain natural products are less abundant than others, driving up the raw material cost, or – as with many Australian stones – the local costs could be higher than alternative products.
There are certainly occasions when a low cost indicates a low quality product. It’s very important to speak to your supplier to understand what you’re buying and what sort of quality you can expect.
Do you supply bench tops?
Bench tops are something which we’ve decided not to supply. While we have the facilities to produce them, bench tops require a lot of work and are best left to those who have the experience.
If you’re looking for a bench top we recommend speaking with Doric Marble.
Is natural stone paving better than concrete or reconstituted stone?
Whether natural stone is better than concrete or reconstituted paving is really a matter of opinion. Of course we consider natural stone to be the better option but, ultimately, it depends on your personal preference and the application.
Natural stone is available in hundreds of different colours and, with numerous finishes and textures to choose from, the options are almost endless. Many natural stones are also easy to clean and maintain and are resistant to scratching, burning and charring from hot items.
In addition to this it can also be easily fabricated, using curves, arches and 90-degree angles.
Will natural stone paving chip or crack?
Natural stones are incredibly resilient and as such, under normal circumstances, should not chip or crack – especially when installed correctly. Many of the problems we encounter are due to poor installation techniques or improper care of the stone.
Will natural stone paving get hot in the sun?
As with anything, if left in the sun long enough, even natural stone will eventually heat up – especially in Australian conditions.
The wonderful thing about natural stone is that we have hundreds of colour choices. We recommend when paving an area that will be exposed to extreme sunlight that a lighter shade and a denser product be selected.