PUBLICATIONS

Conservation Stones of London

CONSERVATION STONES OF LONDON

Request our latest brochure which showcases the stones best suited to residential and commercial conservation and restoration projects. This publication is a useful guide whether you are seeking to identify the most suitable stone for your interior or exterior project, in either traditional or contemporary styling.


Project Book

PROJECT BOOK

Featuring a wide selection of our stones and projects, this 250 page book captures the versatility and beauty of British stone. From cottage to castle and courtyard to cityscape, this book showcases stone from all over Great Britain, installed in a wide range of different project types.

The Project Book has been designed to complement your design expertise, you will find it is a vital tool for understanding Great British stone and how best to incorporate it into any space. The inspirational pictures of actual projects, hardback cover and superb print quality, makes choosing the right stone a pleasure. Request yours today and when it arrives; find a comfy chair and immerse yourself in the Great British Stone Story.




CPD

If you and your team would like to know more about British stone, please register with us for a CPD session.  Bookings are now being taken.
 
Expect to be enlightened about the benefits of using British stone versus imported stones; what to look out for when specifying stone; finishing techniques that make all the difference and see and feel examples of what can be achieved from our home grown stone.

CPD Attendee Feedback: "I have a greater understanding of British stone, including the benefits / value in comparison to foreign stones. I also now better understand the range of British stones available and the different finishing techniques. It was particularly useful to have such a good selection of physical samples - it was much easier to appreciate the different properties by looking at and touching actual examples."  

If you have a specific interest area, please discuss it with us and we will tailor the session accordingly for you. 

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SAMPLES

With over 25 years’ experience of working with stone it isn’t surprising that no one knows British stone better. Working with designers and architects we’ve amassed a wide range of experience from high end residential through to conservation projects. We are happy to provide you with advice and as many samples as you require to complete your projects. 

The best results come from our personal service and attention to detail. We prefer to meet on site to discuss the project and follow up on site with sample panels.

As our products are made to order we recommend providing you with a selection of project specific samples from which to make a final selection. To request individual samples please browse and add samples from our Products or alternatively, should you already know the stone sample you require, please contact us

Created with designers in mind, our complimentary sample case is available for on-going reference and is a useful design tool when making an initial tone/shade selection click here to request your case.

 


PATTERNS

Pentagonal

PENTAGONAL

Octagonal

OCTAGONAL

Hexagonal

HEXAGONAL

Hexagons

HEXAGONS

Herringbone

HERRINGBONE

600mm x Random

600MM X RANDOM

400mm x 500mm x 600mm x Random

400MM X 500MM X 600MM X RANDOM

Brick Bond

BRICK BOND

500mm x 500mm

500MM X 500MM

500mm x 500mm Diagonal

500MM X 500MM DIAGONAL

400mm x Random

400MM X RANDOM

300mm x 400mm x 500mm x Random

300MM X 400MM X 500MM X RANDOM


FORMATS

Paviors

PAVIORS

Pavers

PAVERS

Cabochon

CABOCHON

Setts

SETTS


AFTERCARE & MAINTENANCE

MAINTENANCE OF NATURAL STONE FLOORS

 

Caring for a natural stone floor is not as difficult as you may think.  Following this simple guidance will help you to keep your floor looking its best for years to come.

 

Regular Cleaning

 

Vacuum or sweep the floor regularly to remove any dust and grit.  For best practice this should be followed by washing the floor to remove any residual dirt and grease.

We recommend using a specialist natural stone cleaning product which is PH neutral.  Proprietary household cleaners should be avoided as they will erode the protective sealant and increase the porosity of the flooring, thereby reducing its ability to repel spillages and stains.

 

 

Intensive Cleaning

 

Even with regular cleaning it is natural that dust and grime will build up over the years.  We recommend an intensive clean to remove ingrained dirt and grease is carried out every 3-4 years depending on the amount of foot traffic and where the floor is located.

 

Re-sealing

 

Once installed your floor will be coated with a protective sealant.  Depending on the type of stone, some floors will benefit from re-sealing every 2-3 years.  You will be able to tell if the floor needs re-sealing after washing it.  If the water leaves marks or darkens the stone for a period of time afterwards, this indicates that the stone is absorbing moisture and would therefore benefit from re-sealing.

 

Please contact us for further advice on maintenance and recommended cleaning products.

 


FAQ

Are all stones available in the same finishes?

No, there are some variations depending on the specific stone, application and desired look.  We can also create bespoke finishes to suit an individual project.

Click here for details of core finishes available.

Please see individual product pages for the list of recommended finishes for each particular stone.  These finishes are recommended to enhance the natural characteristics of each stone.

Will the sample be exactly the same as the finished product?

The samples we provide give a general indication of the stone colour and patterning.  As with any natural product, the precise patterning and colour tone of some stones may vary and no two pieces are exactly the same.  To help our clients decide, we can provide large sample panels of grouted tiles which give an overall indication of how the finished product will look.

What are the standard sizes available?

Please refer to the standard formats section for the most popular layouts.  Typically internal flooring is 20mm thick and external from 30mm for solid substrate installation.  Each product page has details of the maximum sizes available for that particular stone.  Bespoke sizes can be created to suit individual project requirements - please call or email us to discuss your requirements: ask@artoriusfaber.com +44 (0) 1935 847333

Do your products need sealing after installation?

Yes all natural stone floors should be sealed after installation to protect the stone and make maintenance easier.  A natural stone floor will also benefit from re-sealing every 3-5 years as part of a routine maintenance programme.  We recommend engaging a professional stone specialist to do this.

Is a natural stone floor difficult to maintain?

A regular cleaning and maintenance programme will help keep a natural stone floor looking its best.  The amount of cleaning required will depend upon the amount of use the floor receives and the area it is in.  As a general guide a regular dry brush up as part of your normal cleaning regime followed by wet cleaning will suffice.  However, proprietary household cleaners including washing up liquid, must not be used as they can weaken the surface structure and break down the sealant, leaving the stone susceptible to discolouration, staining and damage.  We recommend using a special PH neutral stone floor cleaner. 

Any spillages on a natural stone floor should be mopped up immediately.

Can natural stone flooring be used with underfloor heating?

Yes.  For best results we recommend using a movement decoupling membrane with underfloor heating.

Do you offer an installation service?

Yes we can offer installation if required.  Please contact us to discuss via email ask@artoriusfaber.com or call us on +44 (0) 1935 847333.

What is the lead time from placing an order?

Our standard leadtime for delivery is 6 weeks from placing an order.  However, we will wherever possible, aim to accommodate a shorter delivery timescale. 

Where can I see your products?

By pre-arranged appointment at our base in Yeovil, Somerset.  Alternatively we can arrange for large project specific sample panels to be brought to site.  Please contact us by email or phone to arrange: ask@artoriusfaber.com +44 (0) 1935 847333.


GLOSSARY

Aged – lightly fettered edges with a smooth surface

Ancient – lightly fettered edges and smooth grain

Antiqued – fettered edges with a smooth, undulating surface

Bed – a natural layer of sedimentary rock defined by a change in geological structure

Blooming – often a result of either poor sealant trapping moisture beneath or minerals from the substrate leaking through the stone

Bookmatched – two adjoining pieces of stone which mirror each other giving the impression of an open book, most impressive with heavily veined marbles

Bullnose – semi-circle rounded edge step profile

Bush Hammered – Texture is consistent and uniformly distributed across the surface.  This finish is well suited to low slip areas.  Available with either square or chipped edges 

Calcite Vein – natural veining in the stone created by recrystallized calcium carbonate.  They are an inherent part of a stone’s natural beauty and do not represent any structural weakness

Calibrated – tiles produced to a uniform thickness

Cappings – weather protective stone wall capping which can either be overhanging or flush to the wall 

Cavetto – concave quarter round moulding

Chamfer – 45° bevel applied to an edge, size of bevel can vary

Cobble – a small unit with cropped/cleft faces at uniform thickness, 50+mm thick

Copings – weather protective overhanging stone wall covering with drip grooves

Corten – flamed and brushed to highlight natural markings

Country Cobble – a small unit with cropped/cleft faces at variable thickness, cropped 40 - 75+mm thick

Cross Overs – large cobble-like slabs used in entrances likely to receive heavier traffic

Decoupling membrane – matting which absorbs tension between substrate and floor tiles preventing cracking.  Also helps to evenly spread heat from underfloor heating systems

Distressed – rounded and fettered edges with a smooth, flat surface finish which is hand-applied to recreate the appearance of old flagstones

Downstand – deeper section at the front of a worktop

Dot and Dab – where adhesive/mortar is only applied to sections of the tile surface area instead of completely covering the tile with an even layer which is the traditional method.  Results in poor adhesion and areas without adhesive will be weaker and more likely to crack under pressure and can result in blooming on the surface of the stone

Drip Groove – a groove on the underside of a coping or sill to prevent water running along the underside of the stone

Fine Grosgrain - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details

Flamed – stone is subjected to high temperature flame and then quickly cooled producing a rough but consistent texture

Flamed Plus - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details

Flat Matt - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details

Flush Flamed - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details

Flexible Bedded – tiles and slabs laid onto loose grit or sand without any adhesive/mortar

Free Stone – stone which can be cut in any direction as it has no natural bed

Gauged – grinding/cutting process to make all pieces of stone the same width or thickness

Haunched – bedding material is raised up the sides of the tile or slab

Honed – square, clean edges with a very smooth, flat surface

Jamb – side post of a fireplace, door or window frame

Leather – square edges with a smooth pitted surface

Matt Honed – square, clean edges with a very smooth, flat surface

Mellowed – rounded edges with a flat and smooth surface aging

Ogee – concave step edge profile

Patera – square edges with a coarse honed surface finish, sometimes referred to as fine rubbed.  This finish is well suited to low slip areas

Patinated – a unique blend of processes creating edges that are lightly fettered and a surface that is smooth and predominantly flat with slight undulations to create an aged appearance

Pavers – sawn either 5 or 6 sides up to 50mm thick

Paviors – honed generally 2cm, smaller units for a brick effect format internally

Pedestals – used for dry installation of paving where flexibility or open space for pipes and drainage is required underneath

Pencil Round – a small even round applied to an edge

Pitchers – random size narrow strips 5cm thick

Picture framing - occurs when the tile surface hasn’t been sealed correctly prior to grouting or fully wash grouted.  Grout seeps into the tile creating a dark border around the edges

Pre-grout sealer – applied to flooring before grouting to avoid staining or marking of tiles

Random length – courses of even widths and random lengths

Riven – a rough, natural and uneven finish created when stones are skilfully cleft by hand along the natural bed layer

Rustic – chipped edges with a combination of smooth and textured surfaces

Satino - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details

Sawn – sharp clean cut edge

Setts – sawn 6 sides 60+mm thick

Silk Honed - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details

Solid Bedded – tiles and slabs fixed directly to a concrete or screeded substrate

Stooled – raised flat sections at either end of a cill or step to support fenestration

Substrate – underlying surface which another material is bonded to

Threshold – strip of floor between door jambs

Throated – see Drip Groove

Travertine – hardwearing, sedimentary limestone with natural pits and voids

Tumbled – stone is tumbled in a drum with small particles which wear the stone to create a naturally aged look and soft edges

Upstand – placed at the back of a worktop where it meets the wall to cover the gap and create a seamless look 

Verona – small bullnose with concave ogee shaping beneath

Vintage – chipped edges with a heavily textured, yet smooth, surface.  The overall look is worn and soft with an open grain

Wash Grouting – the correct grouting process of covering the entire tile with grout as opposed to the incorrect practice of just filling the joints

Weathering – process which replicates natural wear or exposure to the elements

Worn – hand-finished fettered edges with an uneven, smooth surface finish