Technical Advice

1. Making your selection

You can view our comprehensive website in the comfort of your home and make personal selections thorough our ‘Design a Room’ function. You can also update your own personalized account page with saved searches, projects, previous jobs and email functions to send all your relevant job information to your tradesperson, interior designer or architect.
or pop into our showroom to view our entire range of indoor and outdoor products and rages and speak directly with our friendly and qualified team. For a detailed consultation, book an appointment with one of our representative here or call us on 02 9666 9222.

No time to leave the house or meeting your team on site? Sareen Stone can arrange to send one of our qualified consultants along with their mobile showroom directly to you with an extensive range of samples and accessories for a one on one design, selection and measure.

2. Cleaning and Care

Sareen Stone recommend ongoing cleaning and care maintenance for all our ranges. For detailed information on what type cleaning and care you need for your stone click here (refer link to DuPont > Stone cleaning)
Sareen Stone recommend cleaning & care products by Dupont. To view the Dupont cleaning & care range exclusive to Sareen Stone click here

Care Do's and Don'ts

• DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
• DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
• DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that may scratch your stone’s surface.
• DO place a small rug or mat at entryways to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic.
• DO dust countertops, islands, vanities and floors frequently.
• DO blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone.
• DO clean surfaces regularly with neutral cleaners designed for stone.
• DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, other general purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.
• DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
• DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.

Note: Above instructions are for reference purposes only. Please follow label directions on back of actual product.

2. Drainage

All paving should incorporate good drainage, in particular when laid on a bedding of sand either over roadbase or concrete. It is essential that both the roadbase and the bedding sand can drain freely. After extended rain, water can penetrate through the joints into the bedding sand.

For sand bedding over concrete, if not drained correctly when coarse sand is bedded over concrete the sand will become saturated and the pumping action caused by traffic will expose the pavers to water bourne staining, chipping, substrate subsidence, etc. and may become unsightly and possibly unsafe. Ensure that the concrete on which the pavers are laid has sufficient drainage in the relevant direction to allow the coarse bedding sand to drain off any water that penetrates the paved surface through the joints. If the perimeter / border coarse is to be bedded with mortar as a means of assisting to retain the bedding sand then insert 25mm thick drainage conduits at intervals of 300mm around all perimeters, covering the ends of the conduit with a geo fabric on both ends to prevent them from blocking when screeding the bedding or backfilling the surrounds. Do not mortar bed the perimeter coarse in a manner that will cause water ponding in the coarse bedding sand.

For sand bedding over roadbase, if not drained correctly when sand bedded over roadbase the action caused by traffic will cause water penetration through the coarse bedding sand and into the roadbase beneath exposing the pavers to water bourne staining, chips, subsidence, and become unsightly, and possibly unsafe. Ensure the edge restraint around the perimeter/border coarse allows the coarse bedding sand to drain freely by inserting 25mm thick drainage conduits at intervals of 300mm around all perimeters, covering the ends of the conduit with a geo fabric on both ends to prevent them from blocking when screeding the bedding or backfilling the surrounds.

For more information on drainage for your specific job consult your tradesman or call Sareen Stone and speak with one of our qualified consultants.

4. Edge Restraints.

Depending on the method of laying used the need and type of edge restraint will vary. Where required position an edge restraint around all open perimeters to prevent movement of the pavers and the wash out of the sub-base, coarse bedding sand and jointing sand.

Pavers bedded in sand over compacted roadbase require an edge restraint to contain the coarse bedding sand and compacted roadbse. This should be placed to the full depth of both the bedding sand and compacted roadbse, and can be constructed of a suitable masonry unit or paver laid vertically, concrete, treated sleeper.

Pavers bedded on coarse sand over a concrete slab (not recommended on a slope over 5%)

Use the perimeter coarse mortar (3:1 sand and cement) bedded to the concrete as the edge restraint, ensuring that the coarse sand bedding can drain freely and completely in all directions by inserting 25mm thick drainage conduits at intervals of 300mm around all perimeters, covering the ends of the conduit with a geo fabric on both ends to prevent them from blocking when screeding the bedding or backfilling the surrounds.

Pavers mortar bedded or glue fixed over a concrete slab do not require an edge restraint.
For more information on edge restraints for your specific job consult your tradesman or call Sareen Stone and speak with one of our qualified consultants.

5. Measuring

A simple way to measure a project is to divide it into a series of squares or rectangles.
Measuring and multiplying the length times the width with a metric tape measure will give you the area. For triangular areas measure and multiply the two sides at 90 degrees to each other and divide them by two for the answer.
Adding the series of answers will give you the overall square meter’s in the project.
As a general rule of thumb and depending on the complexity of the job you may need to add a waste factor of approximately 10%
For further assistance on measuring, speak with one of our friendly team. You can call in with a plan, fax or email a sketch and we can discuss it and work it out for you.

If you wish to have your project completed professionally visit our links page here for a comprehensive list of recommended installers or call us on 02 9666 9222.