How do I select the right stone product for my job?
Selection of the right stone for the job is essential to the appearance, the longevity and the general performace of the product in the specific application.
If using stone for paving, you must be sure that the stone is hard enough to cope with the wear, is not too slippery so it's safe for all users, that its maintenance regeme is what you are wanting, and finally that it is fit for the purpose intended.
The staff at yarrabee have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all of these important issues and are there to help and advise.
Always ask if the stone has been independently tested for slip resistance and salt attack when selecting a stone to put around your pool. Using unsuitable products can be problematic- so ask the experts!
What do I seal my paving with?
All paving products used outdoors will require some maintenance to keep them looking their best. General dirt and dust in the atmosphere combined with soiling from bird droppings, heaven forebid a spilt glass of red, or dirty dog paws will all detract from the appearance of any form of paving be it natural stone, concrete paver or even exposed agregate. Some cleaning will be needed from time to time.
The use of a sealer on any product simply adds protection against these stains getting too deep into the paving thereby becoming hard to remove.
Outdoors it is essential that only penetrating sealers (not topical/surface sealers) are used. This is critical firstly to ensure that the stone/paving remains natural in its appearance i.e. topical sealers come with a shine. Secondly the stone has to allowed to breath. Moisture has to be able to pass through the paving product and dissipate into the atmosphere. A Penetrating sealer allows this to occur while a surface sealer will block the stone. This often causes moisture to become trapped between the stone and the sealer resulting in the sealer turning white/milky. Don't seal anything without asking the experts first!