FAQs

- + What patterns does walling stone come in?

A range of patterns, depending on the stone:
Traditional Random Ashlar - even numbers of twelve different sized stones (three heights and four lengths) arranged randomly on the wall.
Random Coursed Ashlar - stones above arranged in courses of the same height (four different lengths) with three heights varying up the wall.
Coursed Ashlar - courses are the same height (four different lengths).
Coursed Ashlar with Banding - as above with one or more bands in a different height.
Stretcher or Brick Bond - same size stones offset from each other (brick look).
Stack Bond - same size stones directly on top of each other.

- + What are the different types of pointing?

Pointing - Filling stonework joints with mortar.
Flush/Slightly Recessed Pointing - Bricks style pointing.
Scribed Line Pointing - Mortar smeared over stone edges (blur edges) a line is scribed in mortar.
Fine Line Pointing - As above with the scribed line painted in.
Raked joints - 1-2cm of joint mortar removed. Used on solid blocks (Bluestone)

Colour and texture of pointing sand is critical to the finish. Allstone sources interstate pointing sand for superior results for veneer and block work  

Important - Use clean water to sponge clean mortar stains as you go.

- + Who can install my stone?

We are unable to quote for the installation of our products.
If required we can supply contact details of tradesmen who have previously installed our products.

Note: Tradesmen are not affiliated with Allstone and Allstone will not be held liable for the actions of any tradesmen. Contact details are given in good faith. We recommend that you complete your own checks to acertain the credentials of all trades that you engage.

- + Do pavers need to be sealed?

Granite, Basalt or Quartzite - Sealing is not essential if not subject to stains (wine /BBQ)
Stone exposed to water, especially salt water pools, food, grease or leaf stains - Sealing is essential

Allstone use,recommend and sell ''DryTreat' penetrating sealers which chemically bond into stone without forming a film.
Gloss surface sealers generally  wear off requiring maintenance.

- + Do walls need to be sealed?

Generally walls do not require sealing. Stone eventually forms a protective hard surface against the elements.
Exceptions:

  • coastal areas exposed to salt spray
  • wet areas in the hills
  • where graffiti may be a problem.

Please contact us for advice.

- + Where does your stone come from?

In our competitive industry we have an ongoing committment to source and expand our exclusive stone range.  Commercial confidentiality exists as to the exact source of our stone, however we presently accquire stone from over 60 quarries world wide. Allstone monitors to ensure ethical standards and to maintain consistancy and quality.

- + Can stone be used around swimming pools?

Technical reports suggest stone is suitable around swimming pools. Experience indicates all stones can be susceptible to salt degradation( especially sandstone - a more porous stone).

We recommend all stone be sealed appropriately by a licensed applicator. A salt free filtration system such as ozone is a prefered option.