Natural stone pavers are strong, beautiful and durable outdoor pavers.
Outdoor stone pavements add a sense of style, luxury and sophistication to any commercial or residential building project or landscape design.
In Australia, they’re primarily used around the house, garden, driveways and poolside areas.
If you are thinking of using stone pavers for your outdoor space, the experts at Armstone can help you find the perfect paving stones for your project.
To help you decide, our display home in Glebe boasts a wide collection of natural stone including pavers made from marble, limestone, granite, travertine, bluestone, sandstone, crazy paving and much, much more. These are showcased in a true-to-life setting, allowing you to visualise how they will complement your existing, or yet-to-be-built, home.
Our stone pavers are wildly popular for many reasons.
Firstly, they are created with modern materials and technology while upholding a timeless and classy look. This makes the pavers extremely durable and long-lasting. Our core mission at Armstone is to provide you with pavers that are both aesthetically pleasing and structurally superior, quality products.
In order to deliver on our mission, we source our materials from around the world. Our experts spend hours researching and locating the best samples of each product. Safety is another one of our top values. This is why we test our materials to ensure that everything is of the highest order.
We believe that every project is unique and so we work closely with you to understand your specific lifestyle and environment.
Like the name suggests, Limestone Pavers are pavers that are cut from large limestone blocks. Whether you are considering them for your interior decor or to install them in an outdoor area, they will instantly add a sense of sophistication and elegance to your space.
As a stone that is formed from the remains of ancient sea creatures, limestone is truly a testament to the forces of nature. A cream coloured, sultry natural stone, it is as beautiful to look at as it is durable and hard-wearing to use.
Throughout the centuries, limestone has been a key construction material. You would probably recognise it from the most prominent global landmarks including Egypt’s pyramids and the classic architecture found in ancient Rome and Greece.
From a practical perspective, limestone pavers can withstand extreme temperatures and are ideal for creating elegant walkways through the garden. They make attractive courtyards, patios and entertainment areas, and stunning pool surrounds.
Compared to travertine, limestone pavers are also less porous which makes their surface much denser and less prone to stains. So if you are looking for a low(er)-maintenance natural stone due to a busy lifestyle with a young or growing family, limestone may be the perfect choice for you.
Like all natural stones and pavers, no two limestones are the same. Depending on their density, colour and cut, some pavers are more superior than others. The general rule of thumb is this: if you invest in limestone that has a higher density than porosity, it will be more superior quality. This is a crucial consideration, especially for saltwater poolside areas where, if you invest in a low-quality limestone that is extremely soft and porous, it will disintegrate and crumble over a prolonged period of time. This will cost you more time and money to fix than if you initially invested in the correct stone for the area you are paving.
Looking for a natural stone that oozes sophisticated charm?
Marble will bedazzle you and all your guests!
Marble pavers are the perfect solution for any outdoor space.
As a form of limestone, marble is a hard crystalline metamorphic rock whose luxurious aesthetic and durability is truly a testament to the forces of nature that formed it. Marble is created when a stone at the Earth’s crust is under enormous pressure and heat, causing it to recrystallise. As a result, the transformed stone is incredibly dense and made of an interlocking mosaic of tiny crystals, giving marble its distinctive look.
Marble pavers were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to build majestic buildings that, millenia later, still shower us with their awe-defining glory. Marble is also a key material in the iconic Taj Mahal. As such, marble is one of the most durable natural stone pavers on the market. Marble pavers are an excellent choice if you want your space to stand the test of time for generations to come.
Marble is durable, versatile and heat-resistant. In Australia, we are prone to extreme heat. Whether you choose to lay marble pavers indoors or outdoors, the area will stay cool! Yes, even if the pavers are under direct sunlight or around your poolside surroundings, you can rest assured that the stone will not burn your feet or heat up.
If you desire to create a home that stands out and leaves a lasting impression on anywho who experiences it, you can only go right when choosing marble pavers. Whether you use them for your outdoor entertainment area, patio or garden walkways, your guests (and family) will always feel its magical touch. As marble is on the higher end of the natural stone investment spectrum, simply by laying marble pavers you are adding tremendous value to your home. If you are a long term picture kind of person, this is definitely worth considering.
Are you looking to transform your backyard, courtyard, patio or maybe pool surroundings with a timeless natural look? Then Travertine Pavers may be your ideal choice of stone!
For centuries, travertine was used as a building material across Ancient Europe and Italy. It has now become increasingly popular for exterior paving and its unique worn look also makes a beautiful and decorative stone.
Travertine is a light-coloured, calcite-based stone formed from mineral springs. It is typically found in limestone caves or at the mouth of hot springs.
Travertine pavers are strong, durable, and low-maintenance pavers. As a light coloured stone, it’s surprisingly easy on the eyes – even on the brightest days! High-density, first-grade travertine pavers can also be laid on a sand base. However, in saying this, it is better to lay them on a sand-cement base rather than a river-sand bed as this will help you grout the joints in between the stones.
Given that it is a desert climate, temperatures in Australia can reach highs of 40 degrees Celsius and higher. When installing a paver for your walkway, patio or outdoor entertainment area, you want to consider a material that will stay cool under the feet during such extreme heatwaves. Travertine pavers are renowned for staying exceptionally cool even when exposed all day to direct sunlight which makes them ideal for the Australian climate.
Another benefit of travertine is that it doesn’t fade. These pavers have a consistent colour variation and thickness. As already mentioned, they’re ideal for a hot climate. On the flipside, they can also withstand freezing temperatures without cracking under the pressure of changing climates.
As with all natural stones, sealing your travertine pavers is recommended. This will help increase the stone’s longevity by protecting the stone from environmental factors and preventing stains penetrating into it. While some people want to maintain a natural look for their travertine pavers and don’t grout them, this can become problematic as the spaces between stones can collect dirt. As it’s a natural stone, this can be tough to clean and can attract mould and mildew. As such, to maintain your paver’s cleanliness and aesthetic, it’s best to grout the paver joints and the entire paver.
If you’re looking for a premium stone surface that’s also easy on the eyes and extremely durable and hard wearing, it’s hard to go past granite pavers.
Granite is an igneous rock which is formed by magma or lava solidifying and cooling over the span of millions of years. Mainly made of quartz, mica, and feldspar, this hard volcanic stone is popular in the building and construction industry because it is extremely tough and durable.
These qualities make granite pavers an ideal natural stone paving for interior and exterior areas. Due to its genetic makeup and strength, it is most suitable for driveways and commercial applications where the stone will be subject to heavyweight or pressure. Granite pavers are also highly resistant to scratching and abrasion which makes them super easy to maintain.
As a natural stone with speckles or flecks throughout it, granite is available in a few colours. At Armstone we offer a range of charcoal, mid-grey and earthy granite pavers for your choosing. Our pavers are also available in a variety of shapes and sizes whereby you can select thicknesses ranging from 12mm to 30mm.
As granite is a natural product, it has small hairline fractures throughout it. While you won’t be able to see them with your naked eye, they are there and under immense pressure can cause potential breakages down the track. So if you are considering using granite pavers for a driveway or heavy foot traffic area, we strongly recommend choosing thicker pavers that are at least 30mm thick.
Part of the durability of granite is that it is highly weather-resistant. As it is made of lava and magma, it is robust and can endure cold temperatures and heavy downpours.
When choosing your granite pavers you also want to consider its finish. At Armstone, we have both flamed and exfoliated finishes. A flamed finish means the paver has a textured surface which gives it a non-slip quality. This makes the granite pavers suitable for use around your pool, patio, courtyard or other outdoor areas with pathways and heavy foot traffic.
Bluestone pavers are a popular choice in the building industry amongst homeowners and builders alike. Their naturally beautiful grey-blue hues, versatility and durability, give any outdoor paving project and property a modern and contemporary look that leaves an impression on anyone who experiences them.
Bluestone is a dark, fine-grained volcanic rock that sometimes has visual columns throughout it. This basalt stone is composed of plagioclase, pyroxene and olivine minerals and like all volcanic rocks, bluestone pavers are formed over millions of years from hardening lava. This makes the stone incredibly dense and strong.
Bluestone pavers are available in natural dark blue, grey and charcoal hues. Due to their cool colours, and minimum colour variance, bluestone pavers can add a contemporary feel to outdoor areas without detracting from the lusciousness of garden environments. This makes them ideal for garden paths, driveways, patios and for use as stepping stones.
Whether you’re starting a DIY home project or hiring a professional to pave your garden, you’ll be glad to know that bluestone pavers are easy and cost-effective to lay. This basically makes them a no-brainer choice if you’re looking for contemporary, affordable, hassle-free paving.
Given its stone structure, bluestone pavers can withstand heavy pressure and harsh weather. As a durable and salt-resistance stone, with an added flamed non-slip surface as a finish, bluestone is an ideal choice for wet spaces like pool coping and general poolside surroundings. However, since it is a volcanic stone, it can get quite hot when exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time making the stone really hot underfoot.
Bluestone is available in three finishes: sawn, sawn and honed and flamed. Each finish is practical for different purposes. If you need some guidance with this, it’s best to speak to a supplier and an expert for the best recommendation.
As with all life investments, quality materials will help you in the long run. Poor quality bluestone pavers are prone to ‘curling’, or else known as, ‘cupping’. This is when the outer edges of the paver lift before the mortar or adhesive have fully set, creating a hollow effect. Stone density affects curling and cupping. As such, we strongly recommend investing in thicker bluestone pavers to avoid this problem.
Porphyry pavers are beautiful, durable, slip resistant, require little on-going maintenance and can last for millennia at a time.
The word “porphyry” is used to describe an igneous rock that consists of large-grained crystals, like quartz and feldspar, which are spread within a fine-grained silicate based groundmass. The word itself comes from the Greek term “porphyra” which means purple. In the Ancient Greek, Babylonian and Roman era, purple was considered a colour of royalty and subsequently, porphyry stones were used to create many statues, monuments and building structures like palaces and roads. Some of these stand to this day! The others didn’t vanish because of damage to the stone but because others valued it so much, that they stole it!
Porphyry pavers have a high compression breaking point, can withstand high temperature changes and are resistant to chemicals. So if you are looking for a durable paver that will stand the test of time for heavy traffic areas like footpaths and driveways, porphyry pavers are an ideal solution!
As the stone is formed from magma, it comes in a variety of colours. The rich, but gentle, combination of purple, warm grey and orange tones of Porphyry pavers means that they don’t stain as easily, which allows for easier maintenance and upkeep. If you have a busy lifestyle and want a beautiful natural paver, without the time consuming upkeep that many natural pavers demand, porphyry pavers may be perfect for your project and home.
These pavers are a complimentary addition to driveways, pathways, garden patios and indoor flooring in Californian Bungalow, Federation and Victorian style homes.
Like most natural stones, Porphyry pavers are available in a variety of finishes including split and sawn. Split sided Porphyry pavers, with their rough and organic look, are most suitable for gardens where they add another texture and aesthetic to the backyard. On the other hand, the smooth sawn sided Porphyry pavers are better suited for foot traffic and are ideal for installation at town centres and market places.
Sandstone is a natural sandy stone that blends well with a variety of landscaping environments. With a warm tone and vibrant, natural colours throughout, sandstone pavers are the perfect choice for footpaths, patios, gardens and entertainment areas.
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock consisting of quartz, sand grains or rocks that are cemented together with organic particles. As a common rock, it is found in sedimentary basins all around the world and is popular in the building industry.
Sandstone is a timeless material that looks great in both modern and traditional property and landscape designs. It is a durable stone and has a natural organic appearance which is typically available in tan, gold, yellow, red or brown colours. These warm and earthy tones are commonly used to create an elegant and welcoming feeling in landscaping and outdoor entertainment areas such as patios and courtyards.
At Armstone, we source our quality sandstone pavers from Australian and Indian/Himalayan quarries to offer you a wide choice of profiles and colours. Our sandstone paver collection includes Teakwood Pavers, a natural stone from India that mimics the look of wood, Himalayan Sandstone Pavers, both natural and honed with its beautiful mint hues, and Sydney Sandstone, with its vivid colours and distinctive Sydney-esque feel.
Though tempting, we highly discourage our customers from laying sandstone around poolside areas. In a nutshell, as sandstone is an extremely porous material, it is very vulnerable to acid and salt. Your poolside area is subject to all kinds of acids, harsh chemicals, salt, water and other environmental substances that are sometimes beyond your control. When these substances come in contact with the sandstone, they seep into its pores and start eroding the stone from the inside. While some professionals in the industry believe that a correct sealer will help, this is simply a misconception and if sandstone is installed by a poolside, it will cause a bigger headache for you in the long term. If you love sandstone and want to install it around your pool, our recommendation is to use porcelain pavers instead. These look natural and only have a 0.5% porosity which means you won’t need to worry about deterioration or sealing.
If you’re an abstract lover, crazy about asymmetry and absolutely detest the structure of straight and neat lines (even pavers), then crazy paving was designed especially for your outdoor area!
Crazy pavers (also known as random pavers) are very much like they sound: a collection of natural stones in mixed shapes and sizes, arranged in a ‘crazy’ manner. As a flexible material, crazy paving allows you to create your own patterns and designs, providing depth and variety to any area.
What makes crazy pavers so popular is the ability to combine large pieces and smaller pieces of natural stone and quite literally create a unique paving design depending how you choose to lay them. The irregular shapes will help you create a natural and dynamic one-of-a-kind look. Of all the natural stone pavers, this style is the most practical for curved garden areas.
Crazy paving can be used for all your outdoor paving requirements, from garden paths and walkways to patios, courtyards and driveways. You can also spruce up any plain wall structure with our crazy wall cladding. We suggest using a natural stone style whereby the random stone pavers will complement your current home and garden design.
At Armstone, we supply most of our crazy paving stones as loose pieces in varying sizes. We stock a whole range of crazy paving in our Glebe showroom in Sydney. Our range includes: crazy paving bluestone, crazy paving sandstone and crazy paving porphyry. If your project requires smaller stones or a specific shape or size to complete your design, you can shape the stone to your liking by chipping it down. This flexibility is the true beauty of choosing crazy pavers.
Another variety of crazy paving stones available at Armstone are shaped pieces already glued to a mesh backing. They are designed in such a way that each tile interlocks with the other to create a seamless finish. Since you don’t need to cut the pieces and jigsaw puzzle them individually, this solution of crazy paving saves on installation costs and speeds up the process.
When selecting stone pavers that will bring you and your family hours of joy and fulfilment, we will also ask you to consider their texture, colour, variations of styles and sizes of the paving units. It is also important to examine the location you want to install your chosen paver and if it is a sensible choice for longevity purposes. As you can see, “how will it look” is only one aspect of the selection process.
Next, when considering your pool area, safety is just as important as beauty. To ensure lasting quality and high slip resistance, a range of our pavers are specifically pool tested. If you need help selecting the best paver for your poolside area, browse our online collection and reach us here with your questions. One of our experts can help you.
While Armstone is known throughout NSW for providing some of Australia’s finest natural stone pavers, porcelain pavers, cobblestones, pool tiles, stone capping, garden pebbles and other outdoor products, we also offer high-quality indoor flooring products including indoor porcelain tiles and timber tiles.
We absolutely love helping our customer’s create a beautiful and safe home built with quality pavers.
Contact us today for any advice or with any questions.
What are stone pavers?
Natural stone pavers are flat stones, usually of different colour and size, used to pave walkways, backyards, driveways, pool areas or wherever you desire! Armstone has a wide range of stone pavers to suit any project, so get in touch today to discuss your unique needs!
What are the different types of stone pavers?
Stone pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours depending on the stone itself. Stone pavers can be made from travertine, limestone, marble, granite, bluestone, porphyry and sandstone. At Armstone, we specialise in stone pavers and can answer any of your questions!!
How do I clean stone pavers?
To clean stone pavers, first, you need to remove any weeds growing through the stone. Then you simply brush the stone with soap and warm water or use “Aqua Mix – Stone Clean”. To finish, make sure you seal the surface with a good quality sealer. This will ensure the best long term results.
How many stone pavers do I need?
It is difficult to know how many pavers you need for a specific job. Stone pavers come in different shapes and sizes and often require expert mapping to understand the best format for installation. We can simplify this process, so if you need some help, get in touch today!
Where can I buy stone pavers?
You can buy stone pavers at a trusted retailer. Customers have trusted Armstone for the past 10 years. Contact us today to discuss your project and if we have the products that suit your unique needs.