Being a resin bound Stone product, StoneSet is as versatile in its application as it’s range of colours. Rooftops are often specified with StoneSet and popular architecturally, most often to protect waterproofing from the rays of the sun.
StoneSet has hundreds of immaculately paved stone driveways, pathways and courtyards. As such, the StoneSet portfolio gives the impression of a residential only product.
Versatile stone paving
In September 2018 StoneSet was appointed installer of roof top stone for a CBD development in Melbourne. The existing surface of the roof was waterproofed, however the drainage mean extended periods of pooling, therefore attracting birdlife and algal growth in some areas.
Why black for this Rooftop?
For this example in Melbourne, the owners wanted to increase the temperature of rooftop of the building adding to the heat island/mass effect by absorbing as much as possible.
Rather than the usual ballast stone rooftop that people are not able to walk on, using a decorative stone paving created a premium space which encouraged the occupants to frequent the rooftop in winter more often on lunch breaks.
By creating a warm surface of air contained by the rooftops concrete balustrades, the effect is to utilise this space and potentially run a lunch area and function space – with tables and benches and potential to hire in a ‘mobile’ drinks bar for party occasions.
Architecturally StoneSet has been used on dozens of applications. Interestingly, city rooftops are very popular for application of loose stone. Whilst StoneSet has been installed on pool rooftops for decorative and practical purposes in the past, here were looking at why stone is specified for rooftops rather than tile or pavers?
- Stone is relatively cheap – especially larger stone
- Stone absorbs UV and does not wear (unlike petroleum or water-based coatings)
- From above stone is much more aesthetically pleasing
Light colours of natural stone reflect the suns energy, and reduce outdoor temperatures around the home and other buildings while conserving water on the property.
Dark colours on the other hand absorb the heat, and are often used on CBD rooftops to increase the warmth of the surface, say during winter. For this example in Melbourne, the owners wanted to increase the temperature of rooftop of the building adding to the heat island/mass effect by absorbing as much as possible. .
A natural, atheistically pleasing protection layer for waterproofing on roof tops is often loose pebbles, the nuggets of stone are easy to install and can provide a much better perspective for neighbouring buildings that have your roof as part of their panorama.
However these pebbles are also a perfect target for the curious and intelligent local bird wildlife. Their curiosity, playful nature and misconception that some of these pebbles are eggs ends up with some very costly and dangerous results.
Stoneset and Pouron – Perfect solution
Pour On Gravel Binder is another cost effective method of glueing pebbles together for roof, rather than looking at bird netting. Top areas to help prevent the dangerous migration of particles in high winds and though bird interference. This is an easy to maintain, attractive and long lasting solution to an ever increasing problem for building and maintenance managers.
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