Granite Paving

Granite Paving: Comprehensive Guide

17 June 2024

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Any homeowner will tell you that paving is the finest approach to enhancing your home’s outside design and appearance. Paving is not the only issue, though. Selecting the appropriate type of pavement material is another challenge that many face. Engineers and building builders must use the highest-quality paver materials to increase aesthetics. Granite is said to be the most often used pavement material right now.

For thousands of years, Granite has been utilised in the construction sector. Its applications include dimension stone, building supplies, architectural stone, ornamental stone and a range of product manufacturing. Its principal exterior usage is in building construction, prestressed bridge construction, outdoor pavement construction, monument and fountain construction, among many other uses.

For both residential and commercial buildings, Granite has been the material of choice. It is also because cleaning Granite pavers and tiles is pretty simple. As an addition, Granite has been utilised as stair treads and tiling, among other design elements. Granite is frequently utilised in projects to provide the appearance of elegance and superior quality.

How is Granite formed?

Granite is an intrusive igneous rock that has coarse grains. Its main elements include amphiboles, micas, quartz, feldspar and a few other trace minerals. Granite countertops come in a variety of colours and textures due to the presence and fluctuation of these minerals. Granite developed as the molten rock spontaneously cooled, making it an intrusive igneous rock.

The molten rock cools more slowly when it contains larger mineral crystals; in certain cases, this can result in K-Feldspar megacrysts that are larger than 5 cm. In order to generate enough heat to melt rock, Granite needs to be buried beneath km of rock and silt during its development.

What Types of Granite Is There?

  • Tiles: The first in the list is tiles. These are the ones that are used for indoor flooring and walling. You’ll find 2 types of tile sizes with us: 600x400x20mm and 800x400x20mm.
  • Pavers: The second on our list is pavers, We have 5 types of sizes available with us: 600x300x30mm, 600x300x40mm, 600x400x30mm, 600x400x40mm, 800x400x30mm and 600x300x60mm. We also cater to custom orders to spec.
  • Pool Copings: We also offer pool coping tiles for adding a protective layer 600x400x30mm Bullnose, 600x400x70/30mm Drop Edge.
  • Treads: Granite is also popularly used as threads for outdoor landscaping. We have two types: 1210x350x30mm Bullnose and 1210x350x30mm Pencil Edge.
  • Risers: The same applies to risers; however, we just offer one size for the same- 1210x170x20mm. You can also customise the risers if they are not something you’re looking at.
  • Cobblestones: Last but not least, we offer Granite cobblestones for beautifying the outdoor spaces. We have two sizes 320x320mm and 540x430mm. They come in mesh format, too, which makes them easier to install than the alternative.

What Granite Do Stone Depot Offer?

  1. Austral Verde Granite
  2. One type of dark green Granite that is mined in Australia is called Austral Verde Granite. This stone is particularly useful for design projects such as monuments, worktops, mosaics, fountains, pool and wall coping and exterior and interior wall and floor applications. Austral Verde Granite can be finished in a variety of ways, including tumbled, sandblasted, sawn cut, polished and rock-faced. We at Stone Depot offer them an exfoliated/flamed (anti-slip / slip-rated surface).

  3. Sesame Grey Granite
  4. Sesame Grey Granite has a light to medium grey background with tiny black and white speckles equally spaced throughout the stone. These often have a smooth, glossy or polished texture with a honed surface. It is a popular option for a variety of interior and outdoor design projects because of its neutral and adaptable appearance.

    Our Sesame Grey Granite is a popular choice for outdoor pavement, worktops, wall cladding and flooring. Any area may benefit from its delicate and discreet appearance, which can provide elegance and peace. A wise option for outdoor applications, Sesame Grey Granite is also renowned for its resilience to stains, scratches and weathering. To preserve its beauty, nevertheless, it might need to be sealed sometimes, just like any other kind of natural stone.

  5. Highland Grey Granite
  6. Highland Grey Granite’s remarkable light grey hue and exceptional durability make it a great option for outdoor areas. Its beauty is very attractive in natural light, and it is weatherproof in all types of weather. Its non-slip surface and exquisite design provide your outdoor space with an extra touch of style and longevity. Choose our Highland Grey Granite for your outdoor areas to take advantage of its exceptional toughness and breathtaking beauty.

  7. Raven Black Granite
  8. Raven Black Granite is one of the darkest stones that works particularly well for mosaics, countertops, external and interior wall and floor applications, steps, window sills, fountains, pool and wall capping and other design projects. Its rich textures turn your outdoor space into a visually stunning experience. The pavers endure a long time since they can withstand extreme weather conditions throughout time.

  9. Carbon Black Granite
  10. Black Granite with white veins or wave-like patterns on its surface is known as our Carbon Black Granite. Because of the aesthetic beauty and elegance it brings to the environment it has been incorporated into, this Granite material outperforms all other Granites and is highly regarded. Carbon Black Granite’s deep colour and pattern make it an excellent option for both home and business uses, including wall cladding, workplaces, hotels, worktops, vanity tops, fountains and more. Furthermore, it is difficult to locate a natural stone like Carbon Black Granite that maintains outdoor spaces intact and radiant under the most adverse circumstances. Whether you want to give an area a more refined appearance or a timeless look, our Carbon Black Granite is the best fit and a perfect investment.

  11. Samson Grey Granite
  12. For homeowners looking for a neutral, aesthetically attractive colour for their new countertop, backsplash, or vanity, Samson Grey Granite is a stunning natural stone alternative. The many shades of grey Granite have stunning looks. Whether they are applied to other residential constructions, a backsplash, or a countertop in the kitchen or bathroom. Granite’s aesthetic qualities and other advantages are considered. A few of them are low maintenance and long lasting. It’s easy to understand why so many homeowners go for our Samson Grey Granite.

  13. Silver Grey Granite
  14. Another offering of ours in the neutral grey colour is Silver Grey Granite. It is well-known for its gorgeous light grey colour compared to Samson Grey Grante and its elegant, classy look. This Granite is a preferred option for many architectural and design applications due to its distinctive colour and texture combination.

  15. Honey Jesper Granite
  16. At Stone Depot, Honey Jesper Granite is one of the most well-liked varieties. It is a fantastic substitute for Sandstone since it has the same natural veining and creamy tint. Any interior space, including luxury houses and boutique retail stores, may benefit greatly from the matte finish on walls and flooring. With the hardness and durability of one of the hardest rocks on earth, honey jasper will require less upkeep and cleaning from you.

  17. Juparana Granite
  18. A kind of pink Granite called Juparana Granite is one of our favourites when it comes to unique flooring ideas. This Granite is well-known around the world for its multicoloured pattern, which mostly features shades of pink and grey. Our Granite product selection is highly sought-after because of its exquisite swirling design and excellent colouring. Many people consider it to be among the most exquisite Granites available. Its asymmetrical, flowing shape captures the eye and offers the ideal foundation for designing a space. The arching crystals provide a fully in style feature that is reminiscent of the veining on a magnificent Marble.

  19. Jesper Red Granite
  20. One of the natural stones in the Granite family is Jesper Red Granite. It gives every place a special beauty and refinement with its exquisite veining and prominent, rich red colour. Deep under the ground, minerals are subjected to extreme pressure and temperature for millions of years, becoming Jesper Red Granite. A robust, resilient and long-lasting natural stone is the end product.

    Jesper Red Granite is appropriate for use in both indoor and outdoor decorating projects because of its resistance to heat and scratches. It may be used for a variety of purposes, including flooring, stairwells, vanity tops and kitchen counters.

  21. Diamond Black Granite
  22. Another one from our black category of Granite supplies—Diamond Black Granite. It produces a distinctive and eye-catching stone surface with its blend of vivid hues and varied veining patterns. Diamond Black Granite not only improves a room’s aesthetic appeal, but it also defies impact and scratches well, keeping the surface in perfect condition for an extended period of time. It is the best option for high-traffic and high-usage areas, whether in residential or commercial settings, due to its exceptional durability.

  23. Ocean Grey Granite
  24. If you want to create a calm and pleasant outdoor area, go for Ocean Grey Granite. These grey stones, which lie in the between of black and white, offer a soothing medium for those wishing to soften strong contrasts or mix with almost any shade, including earthy hues. In Australia, these stones with an exfoliated/flamed finish are fashionable. You can’t go wrong with the elegance, drama and dimension of Ocean Grey Granite pavers and tiles, which are typically used to pave roads and walks.

Advantages of Granite as a Construction Material

There are many pros & cons of granite flooring and walling, let’s start with the advantages:

  • Durability
  • Because Granite is one of the hardest-wearing and toughest varieties of natural stone, it is unlikely to chip, wear down, or scratch. It is textured and has stain-resistance potential. When constructed correctly, natural Granite pavers, which come in a variety of hues including grey, black, yellow and pink, offer a strong foundation that may last a lifetime. The durability helps the installation and care of Granite used in high foot fall areas, this is the major difference between Marble and Granite.

  • Looks
  • Granite paving stones are naturally beautiful, so they will enhance the appearance of any patio or driveway. Their colour combinations go well with practically any setting and style, whether it is modern or more traditional in vibe.

  • Safety
  • Slip resistance is attributed to the rough surface of flamed Granite pavement. Granite is a great option if you need to pave the space around your swimming pool because it also doesn’t wear readily. This same rationale makes it ideal for paths as well. Yes, in any area where you may be concerned about slipping. This makes Granite pavers around pool and Granite pool coping an ideal choice.

  • Low maintenance
  • Granite requires less protection and upkeep than other natural stones since it is a robust, durable stone. After installing Granite pavement sets in your yard, you won’t have to worry too much about maintaining its aesthetic appeal. Most of the time, all it takes to restore them to their original brilliance is a quick clean.

  • Heat resistant
  • Granite’s resilience to light exposure is one of its greatest qualities. Since it is totally non-combustible and heat-resistant, it won’t fade in the same way that other stones would under direct sunshine. It is one of the must-known pros and cons of Granite flooring near pools.

Disadvantages of Granite as Construction Material

The following are the disadvantages of Granite as a construction material:

  • Granite is a stone that occurs naturally. As a result, excellent quality cannot be guaranteed. It is solely dependent on luck. Tiles of poor quality might chip.
  • Granite may get quite chilly in the winter.
  • Because Granite needs to be mined, transported from the quarries and polished by professionals, it is an extremely costly material.
  • Granite installation is a bit tricky thus professionals are needed. Installation takes a lot of effort and time.
  • Granite is hefty, which raises the expense of shipping.
  • Wet, glossy Granite floors can be extremely dangerous for both adults and children due to their high slip resistance.
  • Because Granite is costly to repair, it is challenging to restore its original colour.
  • Because of its weight in comparison, it might raise the structure’s dead load.

Applications of Granite

  • Granite Cobblestone Driveway
  • Any house may have a classic and refined entry with a Granite cobblestone driveway. They are strong, weather-resistant and able to sustain high traffic while adding a traditional, elegant elegance to the outside of your house.

  • Granite Cobblestone Walkway
  • A Granite cobblestone walkway will enhance your yard or garden by offering a polished yet rustic route that leads guests through a sight of pure beauty. Granite's resilience makes it an enduring and low-maintenance material that works well in both classic and modern landscape designs.

  • Granite Outdoor Fireplace
  • Installing a Granite outdoor fireplace in your garden will provide a breathtaking focal point. It adds warmth, ambience, and a hint of elegance to your outdoor living space, making it the perfect choice for outdoor events because to its remarkable strength and heat-resistant qualities.

  • Granite Paving Garden
  • Granite pavers can turn your landscape into a tranquil haven. Granite pavers, which are well-known for their durability and lovely beauty, provide a sophisticated base that enhances any garden design by offering both usefulness and visual appeal.

  • Granite Patios Pavers
  • Granite patio pavers are a stylish and durable way to create a welcoming outdoor living space. These pavers are ideal for building a chic patio that is weatherproof and offers a lovely, useful area for lounging and partying.

Step By Step Granite Paving Installation Process

  • Planning and Layout
  • The first thing to do when going for Granite paving installation is to plan the area that will be paved. Choose the location of your pavers and check if there is enough room for them. Graph paper may be used to measure and sketch out your plan. To create the shape of your paved area, lay out your intended area using a hose or some wood. After that, mark or spray paint the outline, leaving about eight inches around it.

  • Calculating the Number of Pavers Needed
  • Measure the length and breadth of the area that has to be paved first. The width and length are then multiplied. You are given the area’s square footage that has to be paved as a consequence. Always add 5% to this amount to account for the pavers that will need to be trimmed to suit awkward angles and curves. Add 10% if you anticipate cutting a large number of pavers.

  • Excavation
  • Determine the maximum height that the pavers must not surpass. Recall that in order to facilitate water drainage, the slab needs to slope downhill and away from the house. You should slope down one inch every four feet. Mark the stakes with the slope decrease and place them around the parameter. Tightly tie a thread around the stakes to signify the desired height.

    Determine the total excavation depth that is required. To do this, add the necessary inches for the foundation (4 to 6 inches), the sand bedding (1 inch), and the thickness of the paver. This provides you with the entire excavation depth. Using a compacting machine, dig out to the designated depth, level the ground and compact it. When excavation is finished, it is advised to temporarily border rectangular areas with two x materials placed at the proper height and slope.

  • Base Material
  • The placement of the base material comes next when the excavation is finished. Typically, 3/4 minus gravel or crushed rock makes up the foundation material. Sharp-edged stones of varied sizes can be found in the crushed rock. Compaction is made simple by the size variation and sharp edges. Compaction is greatly facilitated by using crushed gravel that has been slightly moistened. Depending on the sub-base material and the weight to be placed on the paved area, the foundation material should be laid to a thickness appropriate for the intended purpose.

  • Edge Restraints
  • Maintaining the integrity of your pavement surface requires edging. Pavers will shift and split if edge restrictions are not put in place. Bad weather, heavy traffic and a lack of edge guards will destroy your pavement surface. Wood, metal, pre-cast concrete and plastic can all be used as edge restraints.

  • Sand Bedding
  • The compacted base material is covered with a layer of bedding sand prior to the Granite paver or tile installation. The pavers are placed into this layer, which serves as a bed. Additionally, sand bedding aids in preventing erosion of the sand joints.

  • Laying Granite Pavers/Tiles
  • Place the pavers/tiles according to your intended pattern and layout. Place them closely together. Space bumps are included in the design of certain pavers. Use a motorised splitter, masonry chisel, diamond saw, or safety glasses if pavers need to be cut to size. This is how you can lay granite pavers on concrete or sand bed.

  • Sand Joints
  • Sand is swept across the surface in this stage to fill in the joints and secure the pavers. Using fine-grained sand is preferable to coarse-grained sand. Play sand that has been sorted and bagged as well as “paver sand” works nicely. This is because fine sand fills joints more quickly and compacts considerably better. To finish this phase, the sand and paver area must be dry.

  • Sealing
  • The freshly surfaced area should first be cleaned and swept to get rid of any materials and waste. To guarantee that the joint sand does not vanish, seal the region with a sand-binding sealer. Additionally, this will stop plants from growing in between the joints. By sealing your pavers, you may help avoid stains caused by moss, algae, rust, oil, grease, tyre marks and regular spills. Such stains are easier to remove, thanks to the sealant.

Maintenance Tips for Granite Pavers & Tiles

  • Sealing the Stone for Surface Protection
  • Granite pavers and tiles are the best option for residential, commercial and community pavement applications for high and low traffic volumes. Granite pavers are frequently utilised in residential settings for driveways, walks, patios and pool surrounds. Eventually, these surfaces will need to be cleaned of various substances. Debris, light stains and large stains may often be avoided but can still negatively impact the appearance of the pavement. For this reason, a sealer for Granite pavers is essential, as stated earlier. They provide easy and efficient stain removal and cleaning. For further surface protection, all landscaping contractors will use a sealing compound as the last step.

  • Cleaning Solutions Specifically Formulated for Granite Pavers
  • Homeowners must continue to use a sealing compound annually in order to preserve surface protection and keep their appearance tidy. While certain stains—particularly oil stains on driveways—can’t always be removed, Granite pavers can still benefit from being cleaned with a proper cleaning solution. Specially designed cleaning solutions for both manufactured and natural stone pavers are available. Always make sure the solution you use is specially made for cleaning Granite pavers by carefully reading the label and product information.

  • Cleaning Solutions Containing No Chemicals
  • Knowing how to clean granite patio slabs is something one should know about. There are several paver cleaning products and treatments available to clean certain natural stone pavers, like Granite. If you plan to remove or clean Granite pavement applications on your own, be sure to use the appropriate and right product. Cleaning products designed specifically for Granite pavers are used to keep this kind of natural stone clean. Unlike concrete cleaners, they don’t include any chemicals that might erode or change the original texture of Granite pavers.

  • Cleaning Granite Pavers so the Stains do not Penetrate
  • Cleaning the Granite paver’s surface as soon as possible is essential to getting rid of oil stains and preventing long-lasting ones. Granite pavers that are cleaned as soon as possible can prevent oil stains from penetrating through the surface and perhaps becoming permanently embedded.

Conclusion

These are some of the elements that will assist you in selecting the top supplier of high-quality pavers for your external surfaces. Granite is a great choice if you’re searching for a natural stone that is both versatile and long-lasting for paving projects. We bring wholesale rates when it comes to Granite pavers cost so that even the initial investment falls under everyone’s budget!

*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.

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