Bluestone Tiles & Pavers - Why Is It A Popular Choice?
Majority of people love it and the rest of us either hate it or think it is boring to look at. I will start with boring because bluestone has been used for hundreds of years in Melbourne. They have paved streets with the old chiselled finished look and also for on-street gutters. This is a very common sight. Professional stonemasons, tilers and stone restoration experts hate it as it can be quite impossible to work with. What can you say, the majority of Melbournites love it. It has become synonymous with the cultural heritage of beautiful Melbourne.
A LIttle History
The volcanic basalt plains of Western Victoria are the third largest in the world, and date from 4.5 million years ago. They flowed from the west and south-west of the state more or less to the point where the Merri Creek meets the Yarra River in Melbourne. Bluestone was often quarried by convict labour, and it has been suggested that Ned Kelly, the Victorian bushranger, might have laboured in the bluestone quarries in Williamstown. Bluestone sites (cemeteries, morgues, gaols) are often said to be haunted: a major feature of contemporary heritage tourism. Bluestone was also sent back to England as ballast in ships that had brought convicts, settlers and supplies to Australia. The stone was used in buildings around the port areas of London, so bluestone also has a global history. More recently, bluestone was used to create a Cretan labyrinth near the Merri Creek in 2002: a new age meditative practice using local stone to express an ancient tradition. This labyrinth is cared for by members of the local community.
Current Uses For Bluestone
As mentioned earlier, bluestone was used to pave roads, walk-paths and on-street gutters. It has always been available and in plenty. It is hard and durable making it an ideal choice for foundation structures and as a building material. However, today bluestone as a building material has taken different forms and is now commonly used internally as wall and floor tiles in bathrooms, ensuites and toilets. It is used as a floor covering both internal as well as external. This has brought about much grief and the complications that comes with it for all those who are involved. Let me tell you a few things on why this is happening:
Stone Doctor Australia To The Rescue
We do have a strict guideline to solve all installation, pre-sealing, grouting, cleaning and sealing issues which forms the majority of the problems associated with using bluestone tiles. This takes the grief and complications out when working with sawn finished, honed and polished bluestone tiles. Here it goes.
For Chiselled & Sawn Finish - Use Lithofin MN Builders-Clean
It is acidic but essential for these rough type surfaces.
For Honed & Polished Finish - Use Lithofin MN Power-Clean
This is alkaline and will not harm the surface.
After 24 - 48 hours from cleaning and keeping the surfaces dry, you can now seal the surface and grout with Lithofin Stainstop W invisible penetrating sealer. It is premium and its’ performance is certainly worth the while.
These internal floors and external pavers can be left open to foot traffic after 24 hours. However, if the these tiles need protection assuming trade work still needs to go on, then it has to be temporarily protected using the only breathable floor protection system available in the market called Landolt Floorliner Vapor. This can be placed on the floor after 72 hours of sealing. For internal use only.
For actual applications instructions, required product quantities, tiling tools, electric mixers, and all other equipment.. kindly contact our team here at Stone Doctor Australia. Phone 03-9429 1223 or email to email@example.com