WHAT IS PORPHYRY?
Porphyry is a very dense volcanic stone consisting of large-grained crystals such as quartz, dispersed in a dense fine-grained matrix. Porphyry stone sits vertically within the mountain and is similar to slate.
Extracting porphyry stone requires very little energy, far less than sawing basalt & bluestone, granite or travertine out of monolithic, block formations, and far less pollution than the heat and carbon dioxide expelled during the process of making concrete pavers. When porphyry is blasted out of its formation, it comes out as random flagging which can be used for crazy paving. Others are sorted according to approximate size and thickness range and moved to cutting equipment to be shaped into cobblestones, random length rectangles and other shapes. The surface of the stone remains in its natural split form and the hues are in the range of grey to brown and purple to red.
Egyptian and Roman empires used porphyry stone extensively for pavements, buildings and monuments. Some relics of these remain today which is a true testament to the strength and durability of porphyry stone.
WHY BUY PORPHYRY PAVERS?
Porphyry stone pavers are widely popular for domestic and commercial designs for its consistency, durability, and come in a variety of flooring formats. The hard-wearing surface of porphyry stone pavers makes it preferred for driveways and high traffic areas.
You can also use porphyry stone pavers around pools, patios and walkways as they have excellent non-slip surface even when wet. Our porphyry stone pavers come in a grey/brown mix imported directly from Italy and in three different stone flooring formats. They are available as porphyry cobblestones, porphyry crazing paving, and porphyry random length paving.
Installing porphyry stone is an art, requiring a longer installation time frame due to the inherent natural random thicknesses. This makes installation costs of porphyry more than basalt & bluestone, granite or travertine. However, the results are truly remarkable while porphyry stone paving requires very little on-going maintenance.
The surface of the stone is very dense resisting chemicals, salt, acid and high temperature variations. You can still decide to seal your porphyry paved area for peace of mind by using our cleaners and sealers, which will keep your beautiful paved porphyry area protected and full of life for many years to come.
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