Installation Guide

Firstly, it is important to note that this information is to be used as a guide only.  Installation may vary from site to site dependent on soil type, slope, wet areas etc.

 

Your contractor will be able to suggest adjustments that need to be made to suit your site. The following information is not intended to replace the advice of professional contractors.


Your stone should first be cleaned with a low pressure water blaster to remove any dirt and dust as a result of production before sealer is applied and stone installed.


Pool Coping

Pre-sealing
As most pools nowadays are salt water chlorinated, we recommend pre-sealing the underside of the pool coping to avoid salt particles etching into the natural stone.  Please see our Salt Water Pools section for more info.

Laying Pool Coping
Ensure the bond beam or concrete surrounds are the correct width to match your coping. The standard overhang for copers is 30mm depending on which style of coping is used.

Coping can be glued down using a good quality, flexible waterproof tile adhesive. There is also the option of laying using mortar.

Grout joins between coping are typically 5mm with construction joints every 4m.

Please note: This is a rough guide only. We recommend you talk to your contractor and use the option that’s best suited to your pool.

Sealing
Once the grout has had time to dry & cure, Pool Coping should be sealed – please see our Sealing section for more info.  Key benefits of sealing the stone with a penetrating sealer:

  • Stain Protection
  • Protects against efflorescence, freeze-thaw and salt damage
  • Breathable: water vapor permeates freely, avoiding moisture build-up inside the material
  • Treated surfaces are easier to clean and dry quickly even after heavy rain
  • Retains wet slip resistance, existing colour and finish
  • Suitable for indoor, outdoor, residential and commercial use
  • Retards mould and mildew

Paving

Foundation
The base layer is very important and greatly affects the end result of the paving. A solid foundation ensures level paving that will stay that way for many years. We always recommend laying on either concrete or crushed rock/cement mix (compacted down) base. For pedestrian only areas this should be at least 80mm. Driveways and weight baring areas should be discussed with your contractor.

Your contractor can advise you on drainage and waterproofing to minimise the risk of moisture affecting the stone.

Laying Paving
We recommend you lay your paving on a mortar base (4 sand/1 cement mix) or a tile adhesive. Your contractor will advise you of the suitable product for your situation.

Slope
Special attention must be paid to levels to ensure adequate rainwater run-off. Ensure all paving has the correct slope with at least 1% fall.

Sealing
Once the grout has had time to dry & cure, the paving can be sealed – please see our Sealing section for more info.  Key benefits of sealing the stone with a penetrating sealer:

  • Stain Protection
  • Protects against efflorescence, freeze-thaw and salt damage
  • Breathable: water vapor permeates freely, avoiding moisture build-up inside the material
  • Treated surfaces are easier to clean and dry quickly even after heavy rain
  • Retains wet slip resistance, existing colour and finish
  • Suitable for indoor, outdoor, residential and commercial use
  • Retards mould and mildew
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