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  • 1 What is Granite?

    • Granite is basically a natural rock or stone. Granites have a broad geological definition and include most hard medium to coarse crystalic rock that will accept a high polish. This makes granite ideal for a variety of functional and decorative building and landscaping applications including pedestrian walkways (both externally and internal), wall cladding, decorative monuments and benchtops.

      Next to diamonds, corundum and Topaz, granite is the hardest natural product on earth. Once polished, natural granite, especially Adelaide Black (select) will maintain its high gloss virtually forever.

  • 2 Where is Granite used and why?

    • Due to granites inherent beauty and durability, it has long been recognised as one of the most appealing and versatile natural stones available. With its attractive and hard-wearing surface, granite is used extensively in residential and commercial building and landscaping applications, granite is used for:

      • Pavers, kurbstone, and landscape features;
      • Tiles, decorative panels and slabs;
      • Exterior and interior cladding of buildings and structures;
      • Kitchen & bathroom benchtops;
      • Commercial countertops;
      • Structural components having established dimensions;
      • Monuments

      Paving
      Natural stone has been used in paving walkways and roads since ancient times and many are still in existence and in use even today. Granite has been selected by designers primarily for its attractive, hardwearing and low maintenance qualities; and is used extensively for:

      • Civic developments – Council streetscapes and landscaping
      • Landmark projects
      • Civil & infrastructure projects
      • Residential projects
      • Commercial projects

      Natural granite paving combines both serviceability and function with a surface which provides a range of appearance in terms of colour, sizes and texture. Our granites hard surface and dense structure provides for a long lasting, easy to clean and low maintenance surface.

      Our Black Granite has been tested for Slip Resistance in accordance with standard AS/NZS 4586. Our sawn and exfoliated Black Granite conforms to the friction requirements of the Standard in both wet and dry conditions including performance on pedestrian surfaces.

      Kitchens
      Granite has been used for the past 50-60 years as bench-top surfacing in kitchens. Prior to that, most stone kitchen bench-tops were marble.

      With the ability to choose from a huge variety of granite colors you are assured your countertop will be an original.

      Granite is the most durable of all surfaces used in counter top construction. When it comes to kitchen benchtops, normal use of kitchen knives, cutlery, and cookware leaves no scratches. Heat has almost no effect on natural granite, making it much safer than synthetic surfaces with polyesters and resins. Granite surfaces are virtually stain proof.

      Granite is the hardest natural product on earth. Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever.

      Building façades & wall cladding – Many significant and landmark buildings feature granite dimension stone as part of their outer decorative façade as well as the interior foyer/lobby area cladding to make a striking architectural statement. Traditional practices of solid stone block construction have been largely replaced by modern building techniques that are cost efficient (in terms of material cost and speed of construction) to provide an attractive and durable finish to any project.

      Natural granite cladding combines both serviceability and function with a surface which provides a range of appearance in terms of colour, sizes and texture. Our granites hard surface and dense structure provides for a long lasting, easy to clean and low maintenance surface.

      Thin stone panels /veneers, (generally ranging from 20mm to 30mm in thickness depending on application and stone properties), are most commonly used to provide a cost effectively method to decorate the façade of any construction and overcome cost and handling difficulties associated with solid stone walls.

  • 3 How does Granite compare to Marble?

    • Although both are stones and both are quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is an igneous rock formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures, and is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals.

      The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, and onyx – starts out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. Over a period of millions of years it undergoes a metamorphic process whereby solidifies into stone. Because marble (and limestone) are calcium carbonate, the polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, ketchup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction that will remove the polish.

      Marble countertops can be scratched more easily than harder stone such as granite

  • 4 What do the finished surfaces of granite look like?

    • Designers and consumers can choose from an extensive range of finishes and textures. The four most popular granite finishes are:

      • Polished (shiny)
      • Honed (matte),
      • Exfoliated ( textured)
      • Brushed (textured)

      The polished and honed surfaces are flat and smooth. The exfoliated (or flamed) and brushed surfaces are flat and textured. The polished surface is shiniest, while the brushed surface reflects the least amount of light.

      Honed granite has a matte or satin finish, rather than a high reflective polish doesn’t readily show etching or wear patterns on floors. It is preferred by some because “honed” stone has a less formal, softer appearance than polished stone.

      Exfoliated granite is produced by applying a very hot flame (torching) the surface of the stone. This causes the surface to melt and some of the crystals to shatter, leaving a highly textured surface that’s ideal for exterior paving or wet areas requiring a non-slip surface.

      Granite which is crystalline in structure generally has tiny pits (voids between the various mineral crystals), and slabs (generally used in countertops) may sometimes have natural fissures which may look like cracks. These are naturally occurring features and not structural defects nor are they a hindrance to achieving a highly polished or mirror-like appearance – These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and do not impair the function or durability of the material.

  • 5 What is the difference between a Pavers and Tile?

    • Most people associate pavers as being generally thicker (usually ≥ 20mm) and for outdoor use and tiles as being thinner (typically 10mm to 15mm) for indoor use. Pavers are generally regarded as products to be used over soft bases (substrates) such as rammed/compacted earth, road-base or sand. On these foundations the stone used needs to be thick and strong enough to ensure against movement that might cause cracking. As a result, the thickness of the stone needs to be 40mm or more depending on the traffic load.

      It is most common these days for outside areas to be concreted and for the concrete to provide a strong and very stable substrate or base. As a result, a much thinner “tile” of 10 – 15mm might be quite adequate (depending on the flexural strength of the stone and the traffic load expected). The adequacy of the overall system has more to do with the laying/fixing method than the tile thickness.

      Apart from the thickness of the stone and the cost (tiles are cheaper!) there is no difference between a tile and a paver!

  • 6 Does Australia quarry granite and stone?

    • Yes, in relatively small quantities and from locations all over Australia.

      Australia’s largest ‘granite’ quarries are at Black Hill near Mannum, about 100 kilometers north east of Adelaide in South Australia, where Granites of Australia quarry this igneous rock of gabbroic norite composition which, although not technically a granite, is marketed as Adelaide Black Granite as either as select (Imperial Black) or veined grade (Austral Black) depending on the visibility of igneous layering in the final product.

      Adelaide Black granite from our quarry at Black Hill has supplied high grade black granite to the Australia and overseas market for over 40 years and has been used extensively in landmark and significant Australian projects.

      Granites of Australia primarily source product from its Australian owned quarries located at:

      • Black Hill Granite Quarry – Black Hill SA
      • Riverina Quarry – Tocumwal NSW
      • Mudgee Quarry – Mudgee NSW
      • Steel Grey Quarry – Dundee NSW

  • 7 Why is Australian granite considered superior to imported stone?

    • Australian Granite, and in particular Adelaide Black is highly sought after not only because of its superior hardness and durability but also because of its intense black colour that will accept a high polish and retain its dark colour over time.

      Australian granites are recognised as unique and desirable by the world market. Exports of finished slab and granite block have been made to Asia Pacific, Japan, Taiwan, China, America, United Kingdom and Europe.

      Comparing Adelaide Black’s physical properties to imported (generally lower cost) granites shows that Adelaide Black is generally denser, harder, stronger, has lower water absorption. The benefits of using Adelaide Black over an imported stone extend to:

      • Intense dark colour and aesthetic appeal
      • Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever.
      • Keeps its colour – especially on monuments that contain precious memories
      • Higher likelihood of matching new with old stone by dealing with a local quarry
      • Potential to use a thinner paver due to its physical strength advantage – thinner, lighter pavers also make lifting and installation easier
      • Provides better wear and tear
      • Easier to clean
      • Reduced maintenance
      • Reduced long term upkeep cost
      • Less prone to water staining

  • 8 Are imported Granites prone to water marking and staining?

    • Imported granite is sometimes used in commercial and residential projects. Many of the popular colours are very light and very porous compared to Australian granite.

      Water marking is a commonly experienced problem resulting from reverse staining that occurs when the piece of granite is exposed to water and chemicals usually associated with cements or other fixing materials. This moisture is absorbed into the dry granite which dissolves minerals in the granite. As this moisture dissolves and migrates through the granite and works its way to the surface to dry, the minerals are left behind and almost always alter the colour of the stone. Unfortunately, the problem with this is that the contaminates show a much darker colour that the balance of the stone and a resulting stain remains and can be impossible to remove through cleaning efforts. This stain often surrounds the perimeter edge of the granite where the grouting occurs.

  • 9 Can you supply and fix Australian Granite?

    • In addition to the supply of a wide range of granites and natural stones with a range of finishes, Sam the Paving Man also offers a complete installation service.

      Sam the Paving man has earned the respect and trust of leading designers, architects and builders and has an envi able reputation for constantly delivering paving projects of the highest standard on time and on budget, no matter how big or small. With a passion for paving and a can-do attitude, Sam the Paving Man and his many work crews take great pride in their work to ensure that client and customer are always pleased with the quality of our work and our professionalism.

      Sam the Paving Man delivers the experience and flexibility that’s required of any major design project.
      Contract Laying Division
      Sam the Paving Man provides end-to-end paving solutions. We supply the expertise, labour, materials, specialized tools, plant and equipment.

      Using over 20 years’ experience across all types of projects, our workforce comprises teams of specialists. According to your requirements, we assign a team or multiple teams with the appropriate skill-sets to ensure quality workman ship and efficiencies. On larger projects we can use several teams to complete separate elements of work on the one job-site.

      Our record of delivering quality paving under intense time constraints has been proven time and again; from early projects such as West Line Ford (1985) – 650m2 completed in 3 days, to the more recent Sydney Olympic Park requiring 14 million pavers and delivered ahead of its tight schedule.

      Whether hardscapes or streetscapes, Sam the Paving Man has the knowledge and experience to add beauty and style to any project.

  • 10 What experience do you have with supply and fix on major projects?

    • Sam the Paving Man has grown to become Sydney’s foremost paving contractor, collaborating on culturally significant landmark projects with some of the world’s leading architects and designers to leave an indelible mark on urban streetscapes.

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      Sam the Paving man has earned the respect and trust of leading designers, architects and builders and has an envi able reputation for constantly delivering paving projects of the highest standard on time and on budget, no matter how big or small. With a passion for paving and a can-do attitude, Sam the Paving Man and his many work crews take great pride in their work to ensure that client and customer are always pleased with the quality of our work and our professionalism.

      Contract Laying Division

  • 11 Does Granites of Australia have storage and warehousing capability for handling stock
    major civil and landmark projects?

    • For larger civil and landmark projects, you can use our vast storage capacity to reserve large quantities of matching stock and to ensure availability

  • 12 How hard is granite?

    • Granite is one of the hardest materials known to man and one of the hardest stones in the world – just slightly softer than diamonds. Hence, it is ideally suited to use for kitchen bench-tops and vanities and pavers.

      Granite is highly resistant to scratching in ordinary use. A knife blade will not scratch a granite kitchen benchtop (as steel is softer than granite).

      Use of scouring pads (made of silicon carbide) should be avoided on granite and also on ALL bench-top surfaces. Granite can be scratched by harder substances such as silicon carbide and with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite like tungsten and diamond blades.

      Granite with a Mohs’ rating of around 7 would be required to handle pedestrian traffic and the grit accumulated on the bottom of footwear that has a Mohs’ value of around 6-7, furthermore, granite has a typical abrasive index from 50 to150 with anything over 25 being suitable for all paving applications.

  • 13 Is Australian granite expensive?

    • All the granite products supplied by Granites of Australia are premium quality genuine “Australian” natural stone.

      Australian Granite is generally more expensive than important products due to higher local extraction and handling costs. Importantly though, Australian granite is generally of superior quality both aesthetically and in terms of material properties – delivering benefits of superior performance and lower maintenance over the life of the installation.

      Unlike some imported stones, once polished, natural Australian granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever.

      It may be possible in some instances to utilise a thinner paver or panel due to the superior physical properties of many Australian granites. A thinner stone will generally reflect a lower material cost, making the selection or specification of an Australian product even more attractive.

  • 14 How does Granite compare to man-made resin-based synthetic stones?

    • Granite is a 100% natural stone material that’s been in use for a long, long time. It will most likely have slight shade and colour variations, some veining (depending on the stone selected) and some composition variations which con tribute to its’ natural beauty.

      Unlike resin/plastic based products, granite will NOT burn. Most resin-based products create highly toxic fumes when burnt (and this can also happen during cutting).

      Granite is generally harder and better wearing product than the resin/plastic based products.

      Resin/plastic based products are a poor man-made imitation.

  • 15 How does Granite compare to man-made concrete pavers?

    • There is a market for both materials. Personal preference, performance expectations, life cycle and maintenance requirements, and budget constraints, will, to a large degree, dictate selection.

      The inherent beauty and durability of granite (particularly Adelaide Black) has long been recognized, making it one of the most appealing and versatile natural stones available. With its attractive and hard hard-wearing surface, it is ideal for pedestrian, landscaping and commercial applications.

      Coveted for its durability, strength and natural beauty, granite paving requires little ongoing care and only gets better with age. Granites unique physical properties enable it to resist weathering and staining to provide enduring performance and longevity.

      Due to the hardness of granite and the surfaces resistance to soiling, generally little maintenance is required compared to man-made pavers. Compared to man-made pavers, granite pavers and in particular Adelaide Black, are less porous and sealing may be considered an option in some cases.

      Unlike man-made pavers which are manufactured in a batching process that produces a product of homogeneous appearance, granite, as with many natural stones, will most likely have slight shade and colour variations, some veining (depending on the stone selected) and some composition variations which contribute to its’ natural beauty.

  • 16 Is Granite available in white or cream tones?

    • No, not in white, however granite does come in a variety of tones including light tones.

  • 17 How do granite bench-tops handle hot pots?

    • In ordinary use granite doesn’t burn. Granite can withstand up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, and disperse the heat throughout its surface area.

      Granite will NOT burn like most resin-based products that produce highly toxic fumes when burnt. Most house fires start in the kitchen.

      Hot cookware can be placed on the surface without worrying of burning the surface. It is perfectly okay to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite.

  • 18 Does granite need to be sealed?

    • Pavers – Due to the hardness of granite and the surfaces resistance to soiling, generally little maintenance is required. Natural stone pavers are porous to a degree and sealing may be considered an option in some cases. Adelaide Black granite pavers are generally left unsealed on the majority of projects.

      General advice – All stone, even granite, is porous to some degree, and will absorb moisture over time. Some stones are more porous than others, so it is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from oil, wine, or other liquids from soaking into the surface where the surface is likely to be subjected to these conditions.

      See “Protection, Cleaning and Maintenance

  • 19 How do I clean and take care of granite?

    • You should always use products designed specifically for natural stone. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic stone, and might damage your stone floors or benchtops. The rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t normally use on your hands. Avoid using products that are acidic (other than for the occasional well ventilated external paving cleaning situations); this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners.

  • 20 Will my granite look like the online sample?

    • Granite is a natural stones created by the forces of nature. They are composed of various minerals and are susceptible to wide variations in color, texture, spotting, veining and cracking. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty. The samples you see on your monitor may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems, monitors and software compression.

      Granites of Australia make available a free sample service to designers and developers – simply fill in an on-line sample request or contact us.

      Furthermore, everyone is welcome to come and visit our display centre.

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