Victoria Stone Gallery is closed today, as we stay indoors and prepare ourselves for three months’ worth of rain to fall over Melbourne and the State over the next three days. This has been predicted to be the worst downfall since 1993!
But this has got us wondering about outdoor stone…
Which of our stones can be used outside? What will withstand weather such as this, the best and the worst? How do we care for our natural stone applications in such cold, wet and on other days – warmer – climates?
- Rain and wind will wear away the thin polished layer on the surface of marble, it’ll take away its shine and expose the rough interior/natural state of the stone.
- Keeping a marble table outdoors but under cover will reduce the chances of the seal wearing away faster.
- In some colder places, others will have to consider the freeze and thaw cycles, but fortunately, this isn’t a major risk for marble tables and benchtops as moisture inside the stone will evaporate from all sides.
- In hot climates, the porous nature will leave it susceptible to heat retention.
- Certain types of marble also have a potential for damage if they contain a large number of veins.
Tip: Applying a sealer to the top surface of a table will allow for the surface underneath to keep rainwater on the top surface from absorbing. This goes on to prevent any major cause of cracking.
- Naturally occurring air pockets within a Travertine slab may create structural issues if water were to collect in these recesses.
- Travertine really works and looks well outdoors, bringing a further sense of nature to the setting.
Tip: Consider a honed or leathered finish on Travertine to complement its texture and reduce the need to polish.
- This is your toughest stone to take on to the conditions, the most non-porous of all the stones!
- Popular for outdoor applications not only for being the least absorbent to liquids and staining but also resistant to fading
- Requires little maintenance.
Tip: Darker stones will absorb the heat, so be careful with your hands on it in the summertime!
- One of the densest natural stones with high density, low porosity, and very low water absorption rates
- Resilient to challenges from the elements such as staining from leaves and other foliage
- Its textured surface contributes to its high resistance to slipping when wet, a good option for tiles around the pool!
What we can suggest for all outdoor stones…
Prioritise durability over looks, reseal regularly after cleaning the stone thoroughly from dirt and debris, and consider finishes other than polished, like leathered or honed.
Try to steer away from polished for outdoor use, it is a lot more susceptible to outdoor conditions and will quite easily lose its shine. Whereas you will find that a textured finish works and holds up really well!