Technical Information

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PAVING SECTION

How Much Do I Need

The area is most commonly cited in square meters (m2). Measure the area length by width and multiply both to calculate the area. If measured in feet use the following to convert to m2.

m2 = ft2/10.764

When you have determined the pattern and no of pieces you require, you can then pl linear metres, please feel free to contact us and we will be able to confirm the quantity you require. We do allow returns in small quantities as the long as the stone is returned in the same condition as it was supplied.

We do apply a restocking charge of 10% on all items returned, so it is better to underestimate the amount you require.

Laying Patterns

We have included some patterns for laying Indian Sandstone below and provided a link to Stonemarkets Random patio generator. In order to use the Stonemarket tool you must create an account.

This can be accessed through www.stonemarket.co.uk, by selecting on the random patio generator icon.

The paving expert website is also quite useful in terms of general tips and advice, this can be located at….www.pavingexpert.com.

Installation

This guide can be used for all paving slabs including sandstone, crazy paving and granite paving. One of the most important issues when laying stone, is employing a professional. The details below are not an exhaustive list of the do’s and don’ts in laying paving but they are a good start.

Selection

We recommend that whenever laying Natural Stone you should mix your paving from 3-4 different packs/crates (where possible). Proper stone selection will allow the colours to blend and help to improve any shade variations that may occur between packs, giving your patio a more natural look.

 

Laying

It is recommended to use a slightly wet mortar mix – 1 part cement: 5 parts building sand. Some paving slabs can vary in thickness and as such the following five spot method is recommended. Starting from a corner or straight edge, trowel five large dabs of mortar at each corner and in the middle of each slab’s intended position, placed slightly higher than the finished level of paving. Once you have laid the first slab, lay the 5 spots of mortar for the next slab. You could also lay a strip of mortar where the next joint will be, this will help minimise pointing afterwards. A paving joint of minimum 10-15mm is recommended. Use a rubber mallet to tap each slab down to required level. Check all levels and falls during the laying process using a spirit level. Do Not Walk on the paving for at least 24 hours. A fall on the patio is vitally important as this will prevent water from lodging on the patio.

Cutting

If you need to cut a lot of slabs it is advisable to hire a powered cutting tool with a diamond tipped blade. Any hire shop will advise you of the relevant machine and blade you will need. Take relevant safety precautions and ask your hire shop for the tool instructions and relevant safety equipment.

Pointing

There are several methods and products on the market to help with the pointing of paving products. We highly recommend the use of ROMPOX jointing mortar (please see detailed instructions below in word and video format). A mix of sharp sand and cement (3:1) is also often used. The joints should be pointed as soon as possible, except where adverse weather conditions are forecasted.

Rompox Installation Guide and Video

Rompox is suitable for use in wet and dry weather. We stock a range of colours Sand (cream coloured), Stone Grey (g603/ light grey colour) and Basalt (jet black). Rompox should not be used in extremely warm weather, it will melt and stain the stone if left for long periods.

See YouTube Video for detailed instructions.

ROMPOX Installation

We have provided instructions below in the form of two pdfs and a useful video.

Rompox Video – www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlOmCh1r1mU

ROMPOX Instructions (Please insert link document here – I have included in the email).

Rompox Safety Test Sheet (Please insert the document here – I have included this in the email).

Cleaning and Maintenance

We recommend you clean your paving at least every 6 months. Avoid using power washers as it will lift the jointing. We do recommend the use of sealants as they are suited to the extremes of weather we experience in Ireland.

We have a range of cleaners for various patio stains including algae, oil and general wear and tear.

We would recommend cleaning your paving at least once per year.

GARDEN AGGREGATES

How much do I need? Please see the calculator provided under the Garden Pebble section, to calculate how much you need.

Please see the detailed notes above to complete your calculations.

BUILDING PRODUCTS

Dry Dashing

Dry Dash is widely used as a decorative finish to external buildings and walls. Generally the decorative pebble is cast onto a base coat mixture of sand and cement or a coloured render. The decorative pebble protrudes from the white or rendered background. Some of the more common mixes are shown under the Building section however custom mixes are available upon request.
The Advantages of Dry Dashing are as follows:

  • Improved water shedding properties
  • Gives good impact resistance
  • Provides a low maintenance decorative finish
  • Protects the substrate
  • Gives architects and designers a wide choice of colour and texture

How much do I need?

The quantities noted below are rough guidelines. It is advisable to consult your plaster or employed tradesperson for more accurate information.

1 50kg of Dry Dashing covers 4 sqm
1 25kg of Dry Dashing covers 2 sqm
1 25kg bag of limestone sand covers 1.25 sqm
1 25kg of White cement covers 25 sqm*
1 Tonne of Wet Dash covers 40 sqm

*Limestone sand & white cement (ratio 4:1) are usually mixed for form a base coat for the dry dash.

 

Wet Dash

A traditional pebble dash approach. The pebble is pre-mixed with cement and lime and cast onto a scratch coated wall. The pebble is sunk within the mixture and presented as a rough textured finish. It is usually white or grey in appearance (depending on the cement used).

How much do I need?

The quantity required for a project is best determined by the plasterer employed to complete the job, however on average 1 Tonne of Wet Dash covers approximately 40sqm. The wet dash contains lime, pebble (10mm) and cement, it is cured over a period of time.

Fire Hearths

To seal a fire heath use a mix of equal parts of linseed oil and white spirits.

Fire Hearths should include an expansion joint and a thickness of 30mm would be recommended to reduce any chance of the slab cracking.

Stick on Stone

Our range of stick on stone is applied using Ardex adhesive, there are separate types of adhesive depending on whether the stick on stone is near heat or not.

Please feel free to contact us and we can talk you through this issue.

BLASTING MEDIA

Blasting Media

Below we have attached the MSDS sheets for both of our blasting products AG06 or BG15, it is very important that each customer reads this information prior to their use.

AG06 and BG15 are suitable for use for cleaning old tractors, alloys and most metals.

We recommend the use of AG06 for lighter applications and BG15 for heavier applications.

We also stock Garnet.

BG15 Material Safety Data Sheet
BG15 Material Safety Data Sheet

 

FURNITURE & WATER FEATURES

Granite Garden Furniture

We recommend the use of monumental sculptors or qualified tradespersons to carry out your installation of our Garden Furniture. Our website clearly details the dimensions of the furniture and it is important from a Health and Safety view point to use a qualified tradesperson.

Natural Stone Water Features

The installation of the water features shown on the site requires the use of an external power unit which should only be installed by a qualified electrician or trades person.

 

 

 

RETURNS POLICY

Please note that the return or rejection of products which we have correctly supplied is costly. When in doubt about colour and form of a product please ask for samples prior to placing an order. Samples can be provided at minimal cost.

  • Any order cancellation must be made prior to product despatch.
  • In the event that the customer wishes to cancel an order and the correct order has been despatched, the return cost of the product will be at expense of the customer. We can arrange for collection and the customer will be advised of the costs in advance. If a product is returned and we find that the incorrect product was initially delivered or indeed that the product supplied was faulty we will exchange the product as soon as possible at no extra charge.
  • In the event that a customer has ordered too much product, goods are refundable* provided they are returned as they were supplied. Cost of return will be at the customer’s expense and returned items will be subject to a restocking charge of 10%. We strongly advise careful measurement of area and calculation of quantities required.
  • Paper bagged product are non-refundable e.g. white cement, fine sand and all blasting media (garnet, bg15, ag06)
  • Delivery is non-refundable. Where a product is to be returned, delivery will be charged at 55e per pallet and 15e per smaller packaged items, VAT included.
  • Returned items will be subject to a restocking charge of 10% of the original order less the cost of delivery.

Important: Please take time to inspect packages prior to signing for the goods; we will not accept responsibility for damaged goods that have been signed for.