The Right Paving Materials for the Right Paving Designs
Choosing the right paving materials to use in your garden can be a daunting task. It is however the most important question to ask, next to what plants you want to include, when you undertake your garden design. Your paving choice can have a major impact on the aesthetic of your garden and will be a fairly permanent feature, so it is important you choose wisely.
What is the difference between quarried and composite material stone?
The two most readily available and popular types of stone available in South Africa are quarried and composite material stone. Quarried stone is essentially natural stone, such as granite or quartz. Composite material stone on the other hand is pre-shaped, and usually made with concrete.
Our recommendation from an aesthetic and durability point of view, would be quarried stone. It is usually the wiser choice for paving tiles. While it is the more expensive option of the two, in terms of longevity and natural beauty, it is excellent value for money, and well worth the investment if your budget allows for it.
Preparing for Your Paving Ideas
The materials that are most widely available in South Africa make up two categories to select from. The categories are quarried stone and composite material. Quarried stone is natural stone, such as granite and quartz. Composite material is pre-shaped, and usually made with concrete.
Aesthetically speaking, and from a perspective of durability, quarried stone usually makes for better paving tiles. While it is the more expensive of the two, the value for money gained from its long, indefinite service life, as well as the fact that age often serves to increase its aesthetic value, usually means it is the better of the two options.
Choosing the Right Paving Tiles
There are several paving tile options available in natural stone, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider your overall garden design when making your choice. We have outlined the options and the pros and cons of each for you below, which will hopefully help you to make a more informed choice.
Dynamic Stone, Quality Products for Your Garden Designs
Knowledge of the types of paving available to you already serves as a good start towards discovering the perfect paving ideas that suit you and your project. This way, you are also able to approach the important and also costly decision of what the end result of your project will be with that much more confidence.
Dynamic Stone are professionals in their field. A combination of technical knowledge and our assurance in the quality of the products we offer our clients ensures and all of their projects are finished in a timely manner, meeting and exceeding client expectations in the process.
Should you have further queries regarding our products and services, feel free to contact us.
Stonework Masonry: A Look at Stone Building
The artisanal craft of stone masonry is indeed one of the oldest known in human history. Generally speaking, it involves stone building construction, and creating buildings of all different types. Additionally, the term stonemason could refer to a wide range of specific skillsets, and the types of stone they use respectively differs as well.
In a modern society, preference is usually made towards cheaper materials such as brick and concrete. Regardless, stone building retains a vast amount of interest in a variety of facets. A capable stonemason, in combination with high quality materials and appropriate tools, can engage in stone building construction and bring an end result that boasts timeless durability and a very pleasing aesthetic.
The Benefits of Stone Building
Stonework masonry retains a large number of benefits over other methods of construction. For this reason, they remain relevant, and often preferred, despite being one of the oldest known trades in human history.
Stone masonry, when undertaken properly by a stonemason, is a sturdy, durable method of construction. Stone itself has very high compressive strength, being well suited to most buildings up to a certain height. At a specific point, however, high tensile materials are required in order for the construction to remain stable in high winds and other weather conditions.
A stone building construction will be highly resistant to thermal transfer, and is itself noncombustible. For areas that are susceptible to fire, stone is hugely advantageous. Thanks to this, stone can also be considered safer than other materials, and is less likely to suffer damage in the event that a fire does occur.
Despite the structural limitations of a stone building in terms of tensile strength, there are a number of methods that can be implemented to mitigate and eliminate these shortcomings. In the case where tensile strength of a building needs to be increased, walls and floors can be thickened as needed. Alternatively, the addition of steel reinforcement where practical is a viable option.
The Aesthetic Appeal of Stone Masonry
From a visual perspective, one may wonder what sort of material that should be used. Optimally, you would want a material that can stand the test of time and still retain visual appeal. Stone is one of the best options to go for in this regard. A stonemason, using the right materials, and the correct expertise, would be able to achieve this goal.
Stone building is a highly versatile method of construction, as it tends to mesh well visually with other materials. It can also be adapted to a range of different styles. Specifically, you may be looking to build a structure to be majestic or grandiose, but stone can also easily pull off a warm and welcoming look.
As seen, stone masonry is a construction method that offers a huge number of benefits. Its worthiness as a material is truly self-evident. Indeed, some of the most beautiful and important structures in history were carved and built from it, making its worthiness as a construction material one that cannot be understated.
Dynamic Stone, Professionals in Stone Building Construction
Dynamic Stone is an established professional in the stone building industry. Our experienced and capable staff are dedicated to the needs and expectations of our clients. Indeed, this level of dedication has seen to the completion of projects with an exceptionally high level of quality, with professional craftsmanship being a trademark.
Walling, cladding, and paving are our areas of most knowledgeability and experience, and we are also suppliers of natural rocks and stone to private, commercial, and industrial buyers.
For further queries regarding our work, feel free to contact us.
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Contemporary Natural Cladding Stone Design
Lately, there has been an astronomical rise in the international theatre, this rise pertains to the use of natural cladding stone in conjunction with South African interior design methods. South Africa has been a part of this trend all the way up into 2017, with an undoubted continuance into 2018.
Natural design, as it relates to interior design, has a timeless elegance when implemented properly. It has reached the point of becoming a permanent fixture on the interior design scene, always remaining a valid option for those seeking a new perspective. Cladding Stone tiles, walling stone, every cladding stone product down to furnishings fall under this fixture.
Natural Stone cladding Usage
Used as interior design materials, decoration, room furniture, and even light fixtures, natural stone offers unique ways to distinguish and personalise your personal space. Alongside being flexible, with very little you can’t achieve in the way of aesthetics, they also offer durability and practicality into a space. Natural, earthy colours are highly appealing, and with the dizzying array of patterns, textures, and subtle colour tones they offer, it’s no wonder they’ve found their own share of the interior design scene.
Unlike many materials, furnishings, and interior design methods, stone can also be very aesthetically complementary to most other kinds of stones. Thanks to their subtle tones, tiles of one colour can usually harmonise with the walling stone of another. They are bold design statements, and new options that reach the market every day are providing an ever-widening range of options to home and office owners.
Despite the compatibility of differing colours in stones, colour schemes remain important, and consistency is still recommended to maximise the “wow” factor you can achieve in your own design. Additionally, natural stone design should not only account for colours that are trendy at a particular time. Going this route may lead to regret years down the line when trends have moved on.
In tiles, for example, It should be important to note the texture and pattern alongside its colour, to make sure that you have found which combinations you like most as opposed to what is popular at the time. In this way, you are able to ensure that your end result remains timeless for you, the most important person you’re trying to impress. The same can be said for the walling stone, furnishings, and otherwise.
The use of stone in interior design is currently at a point in time where it makes a statement to all that view it. And, with the right amount of effort and research, it can remain that way, ensuring your end result becomes truly unique and timeless.