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Natural Stone Fireplaces
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Ideas That Beautify Your Cozy Fireplace

We all love a comforting, warm and homely atmosphere to any space. The flickering flames at our fireplaces create a pleasant and inviting vibe to our interiors. A fireplace is more than a grate and hearth. It is a synonym to home and therefore designing and decorating the fireplace is fundamental. Here are three things that you can choose to give that cherished vibe to your humble abode.

Natural Stone Fireplace is the Norm

Gone is the dinosaur age, where you just pulled the biggest and heaviest rock and slapped it for your kitchen use. Now no one uses stones to strike fire and cook but there sure is a fireplace to give that comforting warmth while spending time with friends and family. The best way to decorate it is by using natural stones. Natural textures coupled with different tones, stones provide a simple yet splendid look to your fireplace. So while designing a fireplace, it’s best to go for natural stones because there is absolutely no match for natural beauty.

Play with Stone Colours

Stone fireplaces are already a unique feature but only when the right colour is chosen. You can either go for a trendy and style setter or maybe just the classic rusty look but make sure to always note the actual colour of your stone. Some of the best stone shade combinations include pale green, light yellow, rusty red, soft browns and the superior light or dark greys. Pro Tip: You can always take a sample of your carpet or paint choice to line up with the stones while choosing the colour.

The Right Cut

If you want to leave your unique fingerprint with your fireplace design, you need to get the right cut of your stones. When you step into the market there would be ample of fancy words like Castle-rock, Ledge Cut, Random Height, Field-Stone, Dimensional or just a blend of multiple cuts. Remember each cut is extremely different. Right from the giant bed face stones of castle-rock to those thin stacked modern look of a Ledge cut, you have a wide range to choose from.

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How to Maintain Natural Stone Pavers and Keep Them New?

Being a homeowner, you have added charm and elegance to your property by laying paving stones on the patio, driveway and pool deck. Natural stone pavers are attractive and durable, thus offering an excellent option to beautify your property.

Once the pavers have been laid, it’s essential to keep them in good condition. When you take proper care of pavers, they tend to last for decades. The following simple steps will help you keep your paving stones look new for years:

  1. Regular Cleaning
  2. Keeping the paving stones clean of debris, dry leaves and dirt is one of the most effective ways to maintain its appearance. It is recommended to give your paved area a good sweep once a week. Besides, make sure you clean the dry leaves during the rainy days to avoid stains on your expensive natural stone pavers.

  3. Wash it with a Pressure Cleaner
  4. Using a pressure cleaner, wash your pavers once a week or a fortnight. This removes the majority of dirt and grime which is difficult to remove using a broom. Pressure wash helps in getting rid of the built up grime and dust. Moreover, it even pulls out the tough dirt out of the pores while cleaning the grout. Besides, it can help to remove mould or moss growth.

  5. Apply a Sealant regularly
  6. Do you know that you can keep the pavers appear new and shine by applying a sealant? Make sure you use the sealant, once the stones are cleaned and dried thoroughly. The sealant helps in prevention of dirt and stains from seeping through the surface, making it easier to clean the area.

  7. Getting Rid of Moss & Mould
  8. If your paved area has water clogging problem, you may notice thick moss and mould growth. Although a pressure washer removes these growths, it doesn’t kill them off completely. Luckily, various products can be applied to kill off mould and moss.

  9. Replacement
  10. On some odd occasions, one of the pavers might get severely damaged or stained beyond repair. In such situations, it becomes essential to replace only the damaged stone without touching the other stones. One of the most effective ways to avoid such damage is to use a wet mortar bed for installation. This will provide the necessary resistance to corrosion from above and prevent the crack from spreading to other stones.

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Fully Utilise Granite Pool Coping To Enhance Your Pool Area
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Fully Utilise Granite Pool Coping To Enhance Your Pool Area

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Trend Alert: Think Natural, Think Timeless Natural Stones

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