What Are Granite Pavers?

Granite pavers are made from natural granite which is an igneous stone, formed by volcanic activity deep in the earth. As molten rock cooled millions of years ago, the minerals slowly crystallised into a solid form. Mineral inclusions are visible in granite. Quartz, feldspar and mica are the most common minerals, giving structure, colour and shine to the rock. Pyrites are also common inclusions, creating a shimmering look with sparks of gold. The variations in mineral content and the rate of cooling of the magma contribute to the variations in colour and particle size of granite pavers, factors that make each type and piece unique.

Because it is formed by intense heat and pressure, granite is one of the strongest and most durable rocks. It resists weathering, can withstand great pressure and heavy weight and does not easily abrade. In addition, it can be finished in many ways to create surfaces that are attractive, durable and safe.

Why Buy Granite Pavers?

The appearance of your commercial establishment, home or public facility makes the first impression on visitors, residents and employees. The decorative style and aesthetics of the approach to a building, entryway, lobby, reception area and hallways set a mood and atmosphere that defines the establishment. In all applications, walkways and other high-traffic areas should be durable, safe and aesthetically pleasing.

The elegance and durability of granite pavers make it a popular choice as a building material. Available in a range of colours, the strength, resistance to stains and slip-resistant surface of granite pavers contribute to its popularity. Dark shades provide aesthetic contrast with other colours and textures in landscapes. while, lighter shades reflect heat in long Australian summers.

Outdoor & General offers only high-grade granite pavers and now available in new colours: Sesame Black, also called Ash Black, Midnight Black and Raven Grey. These three varieties exceed the standards of granite pavers and setting a new trend.

Characteristics of Granite

There are several characteristics used to evaluate granite for outdoor paving purposes. Tests are carried out in accredited testing centres under controlled conditions to evaluate these characteristics. Information gathered from these tests can be lengthy and very costly. In summary, granite pavers generally score a very low absorption rate, making it a superior stone to use in wet areas, and resist staining as the surface does not soak up much liquid. This also makes granite a very durable stone, able to withstand surface abrasion and salt attacks.

Compressive strength of granite is described by megapascals that specify the ability of the material to bear a load, important when architects, engineers and designers select stones for projects. At  Outdoor and General, we house many granite stone that meet and exceed the minimum building standards of 131 MPa. We can help you choose the right stone for your outdoor space and make recommendations on dimensions and stone thickness.

Australia has slip-resistant standards for pedestrian surfaces, which include granite pavers, in Australian Standards AS 4586:2013 Amd 1:2017. The rating is a scale ranging from P0, the least slip-resistant, to P5, the most slip-resistant and safest in wet environments. Outdoor & General’s granite pavers are superior, high-grade products with exfoliated and bush hammered surfaces that meet P5 rating.

Although granite stone pavers are more costly than man-made pavers such as concrete pavers and brick pavers , its durability, resistance to staining, etching and ability to bear heavy loads give it excellent value for money.