Basic Information About Granite Pavers & Copings
Granite pavers and copings are very durable and can be used for driveways, walkways and patios. Granite is one of the hardest natural stones in existence because its body structure is composed of a consistent granular formation. Granite is naturally found all over the world and manufactured in all household items such as benches and fountains, as well as slabs for counter tops, tiles, moldings, mosaics, and inserts.
Granite pavers and copings are also used for outdoor projects. Granite stones come in a large selection and variety of colors including gray and reds, browns, reds, blues, pinks, and many more. The color patterns vary from consistent dotted patterns, to variations of swirly vein designs. They are also manufactured and installed in a multi-size pattern or random free-formed flagging and random length pavers. Granite, being a very hard stone, can be manufactured in all kinds of finished textures including sandblasted, shot blasted and bush hammered, matte-honed, brushed, and flamed & tumbled. The most common finish for granite is polished when mostly used for counter top slabs and tiles. Polished finish works best on hard stone that has a very hard body structure. A polished finish will last on granite and stay shiny due to how dense the material is.
Granite pavers and copings for outdoor use are mostly finished in flamed and tumbled textures. During this process, the granite pavers are exposed to a hot flame and the surface of the stones becomes flaky due to the high temperature. This process makes the stone rustic, giving it more traction and making it slip-resistant. After the flaming process, the granite pavers and copings get tumbled to smooth out the roughness to make them comfortable to walk on barefoot, especially when used for pool patios and pool copings. If high traction is needed, such as steep, sloped driveways, or veneers, then flamed or split-face finish alone is applied.
The best installation practice for granite pavers and copings material is generally to be installed on a clean, washed sand, over compacted aggregate base, or a poured concrete base. They can also be installed on a mud base for outdoor and indoor use. Tiles and veneers are installed with thin-set or mortar applied on walls or on a mud base for floors. Polymeric sand is mostly used for outdoor installation to fill the spaces between the paver joints, and grout for tiles installed indoors.
If you are looking for this material on Long Island NY, Gappsi provides installation, supply, and design services for granite pavers and copings in both Nassau and Suffolk County. Our showroom is located at 1015 West Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown where you can view our granite selection in our natural stone display. Whether you are looking to replace an old paver walkway or patio, or start a new installation, you will find granite paver material to fit your style. You can also visit our website at gappsi.com to learn more about all other Gappsi natural stone products.