Dimension Stone Use in Building Construction by Ed. by Kurt R. Hoigard and Michael J. Scheffler.

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Many different stone varieties are used for paving and considerable testing is done by most authorities/end users to establish the suitability of the stone in relation to its intended application. 34 DIMENSION STONE In Europe, and to a lesser extent North America, there are arbitrary codes/categories for the use of stone paving and methods of laying. These categories recognize the engineering factors likely to have an effect on the durability of the stone paving. For example, bus stations are bracketed with airport landing zones in terms of the high dynamic loading of the pavement and, to ensure stability, small rectangular paving units with thicknesses up to 225 mm are used.

A high porosity will enhance this process and is one reason why beige granites appear to oxidize/discolor more than dark-colored granites. It has been suggested that the absorption capacity of certain granites can have a bearing on the setting/curing characteristics of mortar or adhesive, or both. This is highly unlikely because most granitic stones would not be saturated at the time of laying nor would they have the capacity to draw large amounts of moisture out of grout before it has time to cure.

Adhesive The effective bonding of stone paving to its base is essential in a rigid-fix system. There are many ways of achieving this and the preferred method is by using an adhesive system. The traditional way of fixing stone to a cement screed in a wet slurry mix has generally been superseded for several reasons, one of which has been long-term integrity. Adhesives tend to be preferred because of the time constraints placed on projects, the likelihood of concrete base shrinkage, thermal expansion of pavers, and possibly, prolonged saturation of the cementitious screed.

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