Basalt Pavers Round in Garden show

Basalt Pavers Round Shape

Basalt 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.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show Special Offer

MIFGS Garden Show Special Offer

Edwards Slate & Stone is celebrating Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show by offering 25% off! this garden show special offer covering all Bluestone pavers and tiles except for Pool coping tiles ex. drop face tiles, bullnose pavers and Arris edge tiles.

Offer valid until 31st March, excludes pool coping tiles, stacked stone cladding, stone sealers and fixing materials.

Edwards Slate & Stone is a sponsor of Jake Stone, visit us on stand A71. These Landscape Show Garden sites are located within the Carlton Gardens and are identified by a purple circle on the Show Map. Download the exhibitor site map and locate us!

Discover an inner city oasis! #MIFGS

Bluestone Capping Arris Edge Pool Coping Tiles

Bluestone Capping Arris Edge – Pool Coping Tiles

Bluestone makes great wall capping. This Bluestone 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 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

Bluestone Tiles Online Melbourne

Bluestone Tiles Online Melbourne

I was walking in Caulfield recently and was inspired by this Basalt Honed 600x300mm project. The use of pebbles and the interesting shadow line cast by the front fence created a beautiful entrance to this home. See Edwards Slate & Stone for bluestone tiles online Melbourne.

What is Bluestone?

There are two distinct building materials called “bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s.

In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern suburbs, such as Clifton Hill, Brunswick and Coburg, where the quarry used to source the stone for Pentridge Prison is now Coburg Lake. Bluestone was also sourced in many other regions of the Victorian volcanic plains, and used in towns and cities of central and western regions, including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. It is still quarried at a number of places around the state.

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Bluestone remains one of the most enduring stone choices for people in Melbourne and Victoria due to its durability, great looks and cost effectiveness. Bluestone tiles online Melbourne is a resource run by Edwards Slate and Stone in Melbourne, Victoria for its customers.

There is a great variety of bluestone styles available. For example some of the following bluestone products in Melbourne can be seen below:

Some Gallery Examples of Our Bluestone Tiles Range in Melbourne:

Bluestone Tile Suppliers Melbourne

Bluestone Tile Suppliers Melbourne

Since Edwards Slate & Stone released (Basalt) Bluestone round pavers to the Victorian market, it has become one of the most popular paving stones in Melbourne. This path in front of our showroom, demonstrates how you can create a natural flowing path using varying sized pavers. Edwards Slate & Stone are bluestone tile suppliers Melbourne.

What is Bluestone?

There are two distinct building materials called “bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s.

In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern suburbs, such as Clifton Hill, Brunswick and Coburg, where the quarry used to source the stone for Pentridge Prison is now Coburg Lake. Bluestone was also sourced in many other regions of the Victorian volcanic plains, and used in towns and cities of central and western regions, including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. It is still quarried at a number of places around the state.

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Bluestone remains one of the most enduring stone choices for people in Melbourne and Victoria due to its durability, great looks and cost effectiveness. Edwards Slate and Stone remain the premiere Bluestone tiles suppliers in Melbourne and Victoria. 

There is a great variety of bluestone styles available. For example some of the following bluestone products in Melbourne can be seen below:

As a Bluestone Tiles Supplier, Melbourne & Victoria – Some Gallery Offerings are Below

Bluestone Tile Sale Melbourne

Bluestone Tile Sale Melbourne

Why not consider using Bluestone as the feature stone in your garden. This letter box features 1000x500x20mm Bluestone. Visit Edwards Slate & Stone for a bluestone tile sale Melbourne.

What is Bluestone?

There are two distinct building materials called “bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s.

In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern suburbs, such as Clifton Hill, Brunswick and Coburg, where the quarry used to source the stone for Pentridge Prison is now Coburg Lake. Bluestone was also sourced in many other regions of the Victorian volcanic plains, and used in towns and cities of central and western regions, including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. It is still quarried at a number of places around the state.

Ref Wikepedia

Bluestone remains one of the most enduring stone choices for people in Melbourne and Victoria due to its durability, great looks and cost effectiveness. Edwards Slate and Stone frequently run a Bluestone tile sale Melbourne and Victoria

There is a great variety of bluestone styles available and on sale in Melbourne. For example some of the following bluestone products in Melbourne can be seen below:

For a great bluestone tile sale, Melbourne & Victoria – see some bluestone examples below

The Best Bluestone Tile Range Melbourne

Bluestone Tile Range Melbourne

This Glen Waverley home features Edwards Bluestone. See Edwards Slate & Stone bluestone tile range Melbourne.

Learn More About Bluestone in Melbourne?

There are two distinct building materials called “bluestone” in Australia. In Victoria, what is known as bluestone is a basalt or olivine basalt. It was one of the favoured building materials during the Victorian Gold Rush period of the 1850s.

In Melbourne it was extracted from quarries throughout the inner northern suburbs, such as Clifton Hill, Brunswick and Coburg, where the quarry used to source the stone for Pentridge Prison is now Coburg Lake. Bluestone was also sourced in many other regions of the Victorian volcanic plains, and used in towns and cities of central and western regions, including Ballarat, Geelong, Kyneton, Port Fairy and Portland. It is still quarried at a number of places around the state.

Ref Wikepedia

Bluestone remains one of the most enduring stone choices for people in Melbourne and Victoria due to its durability, great looks and cost effectiveness. Edwards Slate and Stone have the best bluestone tile range Melbourne and Victoria

There is a great variety of bluestone styles available, and on sale in Melbourne. For just a subset of the bluestone tile range in Melbourne, just look at the images below:

For a great bluestone tile range, Melbourne & Victoria – see some bluestone examples below

Bluestone Tile Prices Melbourne

Bluestone Tile Prices Melbourne

This establish garden in Camberwell boasts of 800x400x20mm Bluestone. It is unusual to see this dimension laid in a block or square pattern, but it works very well for this project. See Edwards Slate & Stone for our bluestone tile prices Melbourne.

Characteristics of Bluestone?

Bluestone is very hard and therefore difficult to work, so it was predominantly used for warehouses, miscellaneous walls, and the foundations of buildings. However, a number of significant bluestone buildings exist, including the Old Melbourne Gaol, Pentridge Prison, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne Grammar School, Deaf Children Australia and Victorian College for the Deaf, Vision Australia, the Goldsbrough Mort warehouses (Bourke Street) and the Timeball Tower, as well as St Mary’s Basilica in Geelong.

Some examples of other major structures that use bluestone include Princes Bridge, the adjacent Federation Wharf, and Hawthorn Bridge. Because of its distinctive qualities, post-modern Melbourne buildings have also made use of bluestone for nostalgic reasons. These include the Southgate complex and promenade in Southbank, Victoria, and apartment buildings such as the Melburnian.

Bluestone was also used extensively as cobblestone, and for kerbs and gutters, many examples which still exist in some of Melbourne’s smaller city lanes and 19th Century inner suburban lanes. Crushed bluestone aggregate, known as bluemetal, is still used extensively in Victoria as railway ballast, road base, and, combined with bitumen, as road surfacing material, as well as in concrete making..

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Bluestone remains one of the most enduring stone choices for people in Melbourne and Victoria due to its durability, great looks and cost effectiveness. Edwards Slate and Stone frequently run a Bluestone tile sale Melbourne and Victoria however you can see up to date bluestone tile prices melbourne and victoria at Edwards Slate & Stone.

There is a great variety of bluestone styles available and on sale in Melbourne. For example some of the following bluestone products in Melbourne can be seen below:

For a great bluestone tile sale, Melbourne & Victoria – see some bluestone examples below

Bluestone Capper Pavers

The client chose 600x300x30mm Bluestone pavers as cappers to give a more substantial feel to the garden edging.