Paving your balcony

Balconies, whether they are large or small, are ideal for a moment of fresh air, and for long, lazy weekend afternoons…

The first thing to consider in your design is how much weight your balcony can hold. Often, engineers recommend 10mm pavers for balconies. Check with your engineer first to ensure that you don’t fall in love with a particular paver only to discover it is too heavy for your balcony!

Next, consider the colours of your walls and home. Decide if you would like to blend in with those colours, or create a contrasting feature with your balcony. When deciding on the colour palette of your balcony, start with the flooring and build your design from there.

We recommend natural stone pavers for balconies. Choose from Bluestone, Granite, Sandstone or Travertine.

Bluestone is strong and durable, and creates a smooth look highlighted by the occasional ‘cat paw’ mark inherent in this natural stone. Bluestone has a grey-blue colour perfect for cool palettes.

Granite, with its flamed finish, provides an extra anti-slip surface. With its speckled appearance and quartzitic sparkle, it is a wonderful choice! Granite is available in greys and blacks, as well as whites and reds.

In your design, remember that Bluestone and Granite are volcanic in origin, and with all the minerals and metals in their composition, they will heat up in the sun.

If you adore colour and want to create a patchwork effect, consider Sandstone. With its rainbow palette, it brings a sunshine and beach look to your balcony!

For a stone that stays cooler underfoot, consider Travertine. Travertine, a sedimentary rock, has much fewer metals and minerals than volcanic stone, and consequently stays cooler than Bluestone and Granite on hot days. We love the meandering tone-on-tone shades that wander through Travertine. Silver is perfect for cool palette colours, and Classic Light blends better with warm tones…

No matter which stone you choose, your balcony will soon be your new favourite place at home!

Polished Silver Travertine

A close up of a Polished Silver Travertine paver, available from Premier Pavers and Stone

 

 

 

 

 

Should you seal bluestone with water-based or solvent-based sealer?

It is so important to seal natural stone pavers. Natural stone is porous, so if you don’t seal it, anything that is spilled on it will soak down in to the deepest layers of the stone and will be very difficult to remove.

Sealer is generally available in two forms – water based and solvent based.
Which is best for your pavers?

If you have bluestone pavers, we recommend using solvent based sealer. This is because bluestone is a very dense stone, and due to its density it is difficult for water based sealer to penetrate the stone.

But, what if for some reason you prefer to use water based sealer? Our advice is for you to apply it with a very light touch, because if you apply too much you will end up with a white, hazy, streaky, finish – which is a residue from the sealer. If you do end up with this residue, clean it off with  a light detergent.

Would you like more information? You are welcome to contact us with all your sealer questions – we would love to help you!

Bluestone pavers from Premier Pavers.

Bluestone pavers from Premier Pavers.