Home

What is Stone Cladding?

Leave a comment

 

stone claddingStone has been used to decorate homes for hundreds of years. Stone cladding allows homeowners to achieve the look of stone construction in a number of different areas of their home – both inside and out.

Stone Cladding is created when natural stone is cut into thin slices this makes it quite light, which allows to be applied to many different surfaces. It is designed the give the look to the surface of stacked stone. The other side of the cladding is left smooth for easy application. There are a number of different methods of installing stone cladding and deciding which one to use will often depend on the surface that it is being applied to.

Stone Material Options and Applications

Stone cladding can be used in a number of different areas in your home both inside and out. A popular area to use stone cladding inside homes is around fireplaces to give the surrounds of the fireplace a stone stacked feel. It is also often used to bring to life one wall, within a room as a feature wall. On the outside of your home slate cladding can be used, providing you with the look of a solid-rock wall whilst adding strength to the home’s structure

To read this article in full and to get more ideas for using stone cladding with your home click here.

At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of stone cladding products that are suitable for both the inside and the outside of your home.  Contact us for more information about our products or drop into our showrooms and see our new paving display area in Camolin, County Wexford, less than an hour from Dublin.

Design Ideas for Paving Layouts

Leave a comment

PavingNatural stone is a very durable paving material, which can really bring your patio or driveway to life. With a huge amount of colours, textures and sizes available you are sure to find a product that will meet your needs, whether you want a driveway that will blend in with your home and garden or a once off unique patio design.

Popular Stone Paving Patterns

There are a number of popular paving layout designs out there that may be suitable for you. One of which is the running bond pattern where every second row of paving stones are lined up with each other (as you can see in the image). Other well known designs would include stack bond, basket weave and diamond designs. Having a border around your driveway or patio is another thing to consider. Borders can often give a patio or driveway a sense of formality and structure.

Artful Designs

Many of the stone paving materials such as sandstone paving and limestone paving are available in wide range of colours and shapes that allow them to be arranged in a free flowing pattern.

To read this article in full and to get more ideas for your paving layout click here.

At S&N Granite we provide a wide range of paving products including limestone paving & Indian sandstone paving which are sure to meet your design needs for your patio or driveway, you can see our full range on our website. Contact us to find out more information about our paving products or visit our new paving display area located at our showrooms in Camolin, County Wexford, less than an hour from Dublin.

Drainage Considerations for Stone Paving

Leave a comment

PavingA new patio or driveway can give a new look to your home or garden. Whether you choose limestone or sandstone paving ensuring there is adequate drainage during the installation stage is key to ensuring that your patio will last the test of time.

There are a number of different methods that can be used to install paving. One of the main factors in deciding which method to use is how much traffic there will be on the driveway. This will determine whether you will use the dry-laid or wet-mortar method. Sloping your paving is also key to ensure that surface water does not begin to sit on parts of your paving.

Irregular shaped paving slabs can be installed with a larger gap than normal between them. This would be filled with sand, gravel or pebbles which will help drainage.If your patio or driveway is being laid an area that is susceptible to heavy rain or flooding it may be necessary to install underground drainage pipes.

To read this article in full and to find out more about drainage considerations for stone paving click here.

At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of natural stone paving products such as paving slabs, Indian sandstone paving & limestone paving.  Contact us for more information about our products or drop into our showrooms and see our new paving display area in Camolin, County Wexford, less than an hour from Dublin.

Protecting Your Paving Stone Through the Winter

Leave a comment

Granite PavingWhen properly installed and maintained, a paving stone drive or walkway will provide decades of functional service while enhancing the beauty of your property. However, expert installation and routine care are essential factors in this. The winter season is a particularly important time for taking care of your paving.

Drainage will be a very important feature of your paving for the winter months. This is why it is important to use an expert to install your paving. Bad drainage can lead to paving that could swell, heave or loosen.

You can also protect your paving with a stone sealer. These are mainly used to protect your paving from stains such as oil and other fluids but they will also protect your paving from the winter elements. You must be careful when choosing your sealer as some of them will affect the different types of paving – limestone or sandstone in different ways.

Regular maintenance of your paving is also key for your paving to stand the test of time. This can be removing stains from your paving as soon as they occur and sweeping leaves and other debris off your paving on a regular basis so they will not stain your paving.

To read this article in full and to find out more about how to protect your paving through the winter click here.

You can find our full range of paving products on our website. If you would like more information on any of our products please contact us, or you can come visit our display area which is located in Camolin, Co. Wexford, just an hour from Dublin.