Understanding Stone: Granite vs Granite Lookalikes

October 1, 2019

Written by Simon Fenton and Michael Mastro, Natural Stone Specialists, Sareen Stone

In this week’s blog, we compare natural granite to porcelain granite lookalikes. You might be surprised to find out that all is not what it may seem!

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Understanding Stone Series – Pool Coping 101

August 6, 2019

Written by Gary Bazzana, Natural Stone Specialist, Sareen Stone

Pool coping is used around the edge of in ground and other swimming pools. If you are in the water and holding the side of the pool you will be holding on to the coping tiles or pavers. Likewise if you are dangling your feet in the water chances are you are sitting on the pool coping.

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Understanding Stone Series: Handling Stone Around Pools

April 9, 2019

Each piece of natural stone displays the markings of its formation history so no two pieces will be the same. This is the first thing to understand when selecting natural stone for any project including stone around pools.

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Understanding Stone Series: 6. Filling the Holes in Tumbled Travertine

January 22, 2019

Image:  Classic Travertine Tumbled poolside - project by zias building design

To fill or not to fill, when it comes to travertine - that is the question!   Our outdoor stone specialist, Gary Bazzana, explains why our customers usually fill in the holes in the travertine when using travertine outdoors.

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Understanding Stone: 5. How do we select our stone?

September 25, 2018

As importers and suppliers of natural stone our team regularly visits stone quarries throughout the world. But, how do we choose the right block from a quarry, how is it processed and how does that block of stone find its way to our warehouse?

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Ready, set, swim!

September 11, 2018

Pool season is pretty much here. We say ‘bring it on!’. This handy step by step guide, thanks to the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA), on tips to get your pool looking spectacular and ready for the busy swimming months ahead will get things back into shape. Print it out or save to your notes page on the phone so that it’s forever at your fingertips.

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Design Series: 9. Hygge

August 28, 2018

image credit - decotour

Hygge, pronounced ‘hue-gah’ is a way of life in Denmark. In essence Hygge brings focus to the simple things such as your daily well being and living in the present.

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Understanding Stone: 4. Cobblestones - thickness matters

June 19, 2018

All cobblestones are not created equal and as with most things in life you get what you pay for! We import quality cobblestones that are 30mm thick to ensure they will be durable enough to withstand heavy vehicle traffic. This additional thickness and the non-slip finish offer peace of mind in outdoor areas such as commercial spaces, paths and driveways.

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Understanding Stone: 3. Glues, grouts and adhesives

May 15, 2018

While all natural stone will provide beauty and sophistication, when it comes to installation not all stone is created equal. Different stone requires different glues and adhesives and it’s important to know what grouts work best with natural stone.

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Design Series: 8. Bohemian Style

May 1, 2018

Bohemian design never really went out of style but it is certainly enjoying a resurgence right now. Artistic, unconventional and earthy, inspired by a nomadic lifestyle this imaginative and colourful design style allows the freedom to mix and match all your beloved pieces with no strict rule or limits attached.

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