Bluestone Tiles March Sale

Bluestone Tiles March Sale

No matter where you live in Melbourne it’s a great time to visit Edwards Slate & Stone.
When you arrive you will see the largest range of stone for outdoor use and pool surrounds anywhere in Victoria.
Thinking about Bluestone pool coping? We stock the most extensive range of Bluestone pool coping in Melbourne and it is all at 20% off.
If you’re looking for matching Bluestone tiles then take 25% off the regular price of our body tiles.
Even our crazy paving is 20% off during our sale period.
In addition 20% off the price of our stone sealers.
Finally with *half price delivery for goods dispatched before the end of March, it doesn’t matter where you live in Melbourne you will get the best deal at Edwards Slate & Stone during March.
*conditions apply

 

Garden Edging Stone Bluestone Pavers

Garden Edging Stone – Outdoor Bluestone Pavers

Apprehensive of using stone to make DIY garden edging stone? This garden edging outdoor Bluestone in our display area was made by a 19 year old with no landscaping or gardening experience at all.

  1. First a 20cm deep trench was dug & then crusher dust was shovelled in to a depth of around 15cm.
  2. Placed the ‪‎Bluestone/Basalt‬ into the crusher dust. A string line was used to make sure each Bluestone pitcher was level.
  3. After all the Basalt/Bluestone pitchers were laid a slurry or mortar was placed against the back of the pitchers to stop them moving. (in case a car backed into them in our car park).

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Basalt Outdoor Pavers in Garden Show

Basalt Outdoor Pavers Round Shape – Garden Show

Basalt outdoor pavers round shape features in one of the achievable garden project in this year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Bulleen Art & Garden is one of our wholesalers and supply this project.

Basalt also call Bluestone in Victoria, Australia, Edwards Slate & Stone was the first Australian company to import Bluestone for the domestic market, our experience counts.

Achievable gardens

This is a contemporary Australian garden, designed to allow you to escape from the stress of your everyday life.

It is a harmonious space where you can step into another world inhabited by the local wildlife, feeling a sense of calm and connectedness.

Garden sizes are getting smaller, but this shouldn’t impact upon the feel of your garden or the safe haven that can be created for the local wildlife, who need this as a way to combat their fast diminishing natural habitat.

Focusing on a multi-layering of Australian native plants and some exotic plants, this is a contemporary spin designed to attract local birdlife, butterflies and other wildlife.

This space is all about creating a garden that allows you to connect to nature whilst enjoying the benefits this has on your health and wellbeing.

Designed by Micaela Hibbert, Hoimesglen Institute.

Bluestone Arris Edge Pool Coping Tiles

Bluestone Arris Edge – Pool Coping Tiles

Bluestone makes great wall capping. This Bluestone tile has a a arris edge giving the wall a very clean look.

However a bullnose edge Bluestone could also be used in this circumstance.

Bluestone Arris edge tiles also used for swimming pool coping tiles, step treads and raised garden beds.

Arris Edge

In architecture, an arris is the sharp edge formed by the intersection of two surfaces, such as the corner of a masonry unit; the edge of a timber in timber framing; the junction between two planes of plaster or any intersection of divergent architectural details. Also the raised edges which separate the flutings in a Doric column.

The origin of the term arris is from the Latin ‘arista’ meaning the beard of an ear of grain or the bone of a fish. See also arête.

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Which Is The Best Bluestone?

Which Is The Best Bluestone?

An Overview

Which Is The Best Bluestone? This is a commonly asked question and the answer is not straightforward. Without going into the technical aspects of Bluestone, which this article does not attempt to do, I will try to give a summary of the situation in Victoria as it stands now. For those who like the science behind this summary, a good article to read is contained within Discovering Stone issue 22 2012.

Since the foundation of Melbourne City Bluestone, which has the geological name of Basalt, has featured strongly in our churches, walls, foundation stones and all aspects of building. Our local Bluestone responds well to traditional methods of fixing using mortar (a mix of sand and cement). As a result Bluestone had an excellent reputation as a building product.

In 2005 Edwards Slate & Stone imported a variety of Bluestone outdoor tiles that closely resembled the Australian variety of Bluestone from a part of China in both colour, pore size and the distribution of larger holes which is locally called “cats paw”. This type of bluestone was substantially cheaper than the Australian variety and as a result started the resurgence of Bluestone as a tile in the domestic housing sector. This type of bluestone could be laid in the traditional manner using mortar, the only slight disadvantage was that it sometimes contained a minimal amount of iron than the locally quarried bluestone and as a result an occasional tile could discolour slightly. This can be neutralised with certain easy to obtain chemicals.

In 2011 we became aware that there were a number of failures to do with fixing Bluestone in Brisbane and Sydney. Up until then we had not heard of any failures in Melbourne. In 2012, as best as we can tell, large volumes of Chinese fine pored bluestone began to be imported into Melbourne and with this the number of failures to do with fixing began to rise. When we say Chinese Bluestone I should qualify what this means. The two main areas for quarrying Bluestone In China are around 1400kms apart, that is from about Melbourne to Coffs Harbour in distance. The nature and quality of the Bluestone varies considerably depending on where it is quarried. On this basis it is impossible to say “All Chinese Bluestone is bad” or “All Chinese Bluestone is good”, it really depends on where it is quarried and other factors such as thickness and size, which this article does not attempt to discuss.

Between 2013 and the date of this article, very large volumes of a particular type of fine grained Chinese Bluestone has been imported into Victoria and the resulting failures during the fixing process has increased alarmingly when this stone was used.

So this leaves us with two questions. The first is why are importers choosing this new type of fine grained Chinese Bluestone and secondly how would it be laid successfully if you cannot use a traditional method?

The first is easy to answer. Originally I do not believe importers realised that they were importing a variety of Bluestone that could not be laid using traditional methods. And the price of the fine pored material was cheaper and could undercut the existing variety of bluestone on the market, so it was easy to gain considerable market share quickly.

Secondly the market demanded a consistent colour and fine grained finish, both of which this new variety of Bluestone displayed.

Unfortunately the results for the end user could be catastrophic when regularly the entire bond between the mortar and the tiles failed in the first few hours after fixing. We have also heard many reports that even if adhesive is spread onto the tile before fixing into mortar the bond still breaks.

What Is The Solution?

We suggest purchase from a well established company with a good reputation. Ask the supplier, “Is this Bluestone suitable for use using traditional fixing methods?’ And be wary, a substantially cheaper price may not always save money in the short and long term.

Conclusion

A good quality Bluestone from China will last a lifetime and provide an easy to care for and slip resistant surface. The colour never dates and compliments modern and traditional homes, and the range of complimentary bullnose and drop face tiles is second to none. I have chosen Chinese Bluestone for my own home and the results have been outstanding.

Steven Edwards