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 the stone requires very little energy, far less than sawing granite, basalt & bluestone 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. The stone is sorted according to approximate size and thickness range and moved to cutting equipment to be shaped into cubes or cobblestones, rectangle and squares. The surface remains the same in its natural split form and the hues are in the range of grey to brown and purple to red. A testament of the true strength and durability of porphyry stone is Egyptian and Roman empires who used it extensively for pavements, buildings and monuments, with some relics of these remaining today.
WHY BUY PORPHYRY?
Porphyry 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 cobblestones makes it preferred for driveways and high traffic areas. You can also use porphyry pavers in an array of formats for areas around pools, patios and walkways, enjoying the benefits of non-slip surface even when the surface is wet. Our porphyry 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.
Laying down porphyry is an art and generally more costly due to the random thicknesses. However, the results are truly remarkable while porphyry pavers need 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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