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Most important aspects to consider, when purchasing SmartStone

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 1. All paving materials have strengths and weaknesses.

Please refer to our comparison of paving materials for an objective overview of the most commonly used  paving options in South Africa as well as an objective SmartStone critique.

2. The correct installation of SmartStone cobbles or flagstones is absolutely essential for their longevity.

Please refer to essential pointers when installing SmartStone Cobbles and Flagstones. Please make sure that your installer complies with the pointers mentioned in these documents. If they do not comply we strongly recommend that you find an installer that does, or alternatively contact SmartStone for details of an approved installer in your area.

3. It is probable that a whitish film or powder will appear sporadically on SmartStone products, after installation. (Your SmartStone might even be delivered with it.)

The whitish film is a natural phenomenon called efflorescence. Please see natural phenomena that might affect the appearance of your SmartStone or “Google” the word for a more comprehensive take on it.

4. SmartStone is manufactured using concrete simulating the look of natural stone.

A concrete product is “alive” and evolves throughout its lifetime. Something like a ceramic tile will not. SmartStone pieces are meant to differ in colour and might change slightly in appearance over the passage of time.

Concrete naturally reacts in certain ways and could in some instances be susceptible to certain inherent conditions. Amongst them are:

An obvious variation in the colour of individual pavers, with a distinct light or dark hued “frame” or conversely a lighter or darker “core” on the paver’s surface.

Any concrete product may develop permanent dark spots called “Black efflorescence”, due to specific soil or water retention conditions.

These are natural phenomena in concrete products. More information is available in:  “Natural phenomena that might affect the appearance of your SmartStone.”

5. Do not drive on a new SmartStone driveway for seven days or walk on any SmartStone paving for five days after installation.

Therefore please make prior alternative arrangements with regard to car parking etc. When trafficked prematurely, grouting can be seriously affected which in turn will remove the structural integrity of the paved area.

6. We do not recommend washing SmartStone with acid, or chemicals which contain acid.

7. Under no circumstances should SmartStone be sealed within 6 months of installation.

SmartStone products must settle before any application of sealants. Some recommend the sealing of SmartStone and others not. This will depend on your personal preference.

Head Office

Cnr Cresset and Musket Roads
Midrand Industrial Park
Phone: 011 310 1161
Email: info@smartstone.co.za