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NST News & Blog

In this Section we aim to cover the most important topics currently affecting our customers from the landscaping, tiling and general building trades. Along with promoting some new exciting products ranges that hopefully will be of interest to our customers. If there is every anything you would like us to cover in this section please just contact us on the below link, and use the heading MORE NEWS PLEASE.

Difference between setts and cobbles ?

In this very brief article I would like to clarify the difference between setts and cobbles, these terms are often confused and a little more clarification might just help ensure the correct products are ordered, and any possible disappointme...

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Plastics in the Environment

Introduction In days gone by, the materials used in the landscaping industry were completely degradable or recyclable, but for some unknown reason the landscaping industry seems to be heading towards a much less sustainable future. The introductio...

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Limestone Paving vs Sandstone paving

Introduction In this section, we are going to look at the different characteristics of both sandstone and limestone paving and their suitability as a paving material in the UK climate. It will hopefully allow our customer to make an informed choic...

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What is the best pointing product ?

Introduction Over recent years there has been the development of different products that offer an alternative to the traditional mortar pointing. These products promise to offer the same long lasting results but without the back breaking labo...

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Reflective Staining

a guide for professionals

Introduction Reflective staining is a phenomenon most commonly seen on Natural Stone Paving materials, but can also be seen occasionally with man made concrete paving slabs. When these slabs are incorrectly laid on spots, dabs (5 spot me...

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Removing mortar stains from natural stone paving

Introduction The problem with contractors leaving mortar stains to dry on natural stone paving slabs, is one that for some reason continues to happen. This is basically down to poor installation, any mortar residue left on the slabs should be clea...

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Rust stains on natural stone

a guide for professionals

Introduction There are many reasons rust stains can appear on paving materials, some are easily fixed and some can prove very difficult to resolve, below we are going to try to tackle the most common problems we have encountered over the years. If...

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Archiproducts Design Awards winner - Gleeze Porcelain Tiles

November ends with some great news for architecture and design enthusiasts. An international jury of key figures on the architecture, interior design and contemporary design scene has drawn up the list of winners of the exclusive Archiproducts Des...

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Pros and Cons of Porcelain Paving

PROS OF PORCELAIN PAVING Hard-wearing The most important feature of porcelain is its durability, all our Porcelain paving products are made with specially selected high quality clays and additives – kiln fired to temperatures of up...

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Canadian Oak Sleepers - buyers guide

Introduction It is very important to understand a few things about Oak Sleepers before making a purchase. There are a lots of inferior products available on the market that will not result is a satisfactory end product. In this article I want...

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New Porcelain tile ranges now available

Here at Natural Stone and Timber we always try to offer our trade customer and their clients the best possible range of internal and external products, so if your doing a small extension, garden patio or a large scale development, we want our cust...

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Lime Leaching a Guide For Professionals

Introduction The phenomena of lime leaching is a process where excess water is allowed to flow though cementitious materials, usually mortar, this water dissolves the calcium hydroxide (free lime) present in the mortar and deposits this material&n...

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