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.
It’s not difficult to see why porphyry stones were, and still are, so valued! Available in a variety of styles and colours, you are sure to find a porphyry stone that will match your home’s design and decor.
At Armstone, we stock a selection of porphyry pavers and cobblestones. We have regular pavers, crazy porphyry pavers and cobblestones that give that beautiful European touch to any driveway.
If you would like any help choosing the best style of paver for your project, contact us today to speak to one of our stone experts for advice.
We absolutely love helping our customer’s create a beautiful and safe home built with quality pavers.
If you are still browsing and researching pavers, do check out our other products! 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.
If you want some inspiration and ideas, feel free to visit our real-to-life showroom in Glebe, Sydney.
We look forward to helping you bring your dream to life!