The Australian climate is temperate one. Unlike countries in the northern hemisphere, we do not experience snow and ice, harsh winds and biting frosts. Rather, Australians are lucky enough to experience wonderfully warm weather almost all year round. It also means that when it comes to home decoration we can choose from a variety of floor coverings like sandstone pavers, granite tiles and slate.
Hard floor coverings are almost impossible to consider in countries that experience ice and snow. The colder climates make hard flooring a nightmare of dangerous proportions. Ice and snow will rot and affect the composition of the natural materials, it will make them extremely slippery in certain weather conditions and finally it proves to be a cold and uncomfortable choice when you are battling the chill for much of the year.
Australia on the other hand possesses a positively tropical climate in many parts of the north and a mild and comfortable temperature in the southern states. Being close to the equator means we can enjoy sunny days and warm breezes for a lot of the year and even our winters seem to pass us by without seeing much below 10C.
Trying to stay cool and comfortable is an ongoing struggle for Aussies a lot of the time. However it is a battle that you can win when step inside our own home. When you walk through the door, you might be lucky enough to enter a room with the cool crispness of air conditioning. Perhaps you might have the cooled, swirling air created by ceiling fans. But if you are looking for more ways to cool your home, don’t look past your choice of flooring.
So much of the heat can be either absorbed or transmitted through the floor. Choosing natural materials is the best way to ensure the coolest feeling for your feet. Like wearing wool, natural floor coverings will keep you cool in summer and retain heat in winter.
Not only will stone and slate keep you cool, these substances will also last. The durability of stone and slate is its finest asset. Unlike most man-made materials, it will not fade in the sun; it is resistant to chemicals and alkalis and won’t be destroyed by water. These materials are difficult to chip and crack and look clean and tidy even when they’re not!
If you’re looking for a durable and well-wearing floor covering for your outdoor or poolside areas, then natural materials will once again be your first choice. Choosing high quality sandstone to line your pool area or complement your landscaping will end up saving you expensive repairs and maintenance costs. Good quality sandstone is tested for superior density, water absorption, slip resistance and resilience to salt attack which means it will look better for longer.