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!
What are porphyry pavers?
Porphyry pavers are natural stone pavers whose structure is made of large-grained crystals from volcanic minerals such as quartz and feldspar. Porphyry is formed from magma and as such, it comes in a variety of colours. As a paver, it has a regal beauty but also other excellent qualities such as durability, slip-resistance, requires minimum on-going maintenance and will stand the test of time.
Why porphyry pavers?
Porphyry pavers are a strong and durable natural paver, often used to add a European touch to driveways and other outdoor areas. Available as a paver or a high-quality cobblestone, either option acts as both a highly functional and aesthetically pleasing driveway paver. If you’re after a non-slip, weather-resistant option for high traffic areas, porphyry is worth your consideration.
How to grout porphyry pavers?
Grouting porphyry pavers is a fairly simple process that you can do yourself. However, as with most natural stone pavers, we do recommend seeking professional help to ease the process. If you are to do this yourself, first, dampen the grout joints and stones with a sponge. Then pour a high-grade grouting compound into the joints, ensuring no voids. Finally, remove any excess from the grout joints, sponge clean the joints and stone with water to remove excess grout and clean the pavers one last time. And voila! The grouting is complete.
How to clean porphyry pavers?
Once again, we recommend seeking professional cleaning services, however if you want to clean your porphyry pavers yourself, this can be easily achieved with the right tools and process. First, sweep excess dirt from the stone’s surface and then apply a pH neutral cleaner (don’t use acidic products) onto manageable sections. Next, use a stiff broom to bring up the grime and then remove it with any wet-vac product. And voila! Your Porphyry Pavers will look as good as new!
How much are porphyry pavers?
Every house and every driveway is different. As such, it’s challenging to give a quote off the bat without considering your project’s unique requirements. If you would like a quote on using porphyry pavers for your particular project simply contact us online for a quick chat or visit our Sydney showroom in Glebe for an obligation free, complimentary quote.
Where to buy porphyry pavers?
Porphyry Pavers are available at most trusted natural stone suppliers. At Armstone, we scout the world to bring you only the best products available on the market. This is why customers have trusted us for the past decade to supply them with natural stone products that will bring their dream home to life. If you have any questions or would like some help with a free quote, contact us today to discuss your project and discover whether we have the products to suit your unique needs.