EPave is an engineered stone paver with a finish and quality unsurpassed by any manufactured or reconstituted concrete paver currently on the Australian market.
This type of product in the past was only available to the most prestigious of landscape projects due to its high price tag, however E Pave, through years of development, can now deliver this technology to all at an economical price.
The E Pave range combines a truly unique look with a hard wearing, non-slip surface that is soft and pleasant underfoot. Being a precision engineered product, E Pave has a dimensional accuracy second to none, and comes in a contemporary range of colours to suit today’s modern landscape palette. The tiles are complemented with a variety of pool copers & step treads in a stylish square edge finish. Unlike most concrete pavers, it is colour fast and UV stable, ensuring your investment looks brand new even after many years of service. With all of this it’s no wonder that E Pave is the preferred choice amongst leading designers and award winning landscapers. Originally designed and developed to be used outdoors for the landscape industry, E Pave is also the perfect choice for internal applications as well, lending itself to a seamless transition from the house to the garden and bringing both inside and outside together. Furthermore E Pave can be used for wall tiling as well as cladding.
After manufacture, E Pave is left to naturally cure at ambient temperatures, ensuring an overall lower embodied energy. Natural inorganic oxides colour the stone, ensuring the tiles remain colourfast.
E Pave operates a closed-loop manufacturing system. In addition, as an agglomerate of natural materials, E Pave itself is recyclable.
The following is an outline of E Pave installation, finishing and care procedures for a typical installation.
Various installation conditions, types of sub-floors and end uses require different approaches or
additional steps in the installation preparation, method and materials. For typical installations or for
further advice, please contact PPM Stone or Australasian Tiling Adhesives ‘ATA’
(www.ata.com.au) or Mapei (www.mapei.com.au) adhesive specialist.
Handle consignment with care and inspect carefully. Store crates indoors, away from direct sunlight, and on a level surface. No more than two crates stacked high. Where extreme climate differences are apparent between stored and installed environments, allow tiles to season in final installation environment in open crates for a period of four days.
Prepare Substrate Ensure substrate is level and free from grease, wax, dirt, sealers, acids, curing compounds, and old adhesives. Slab and/or screed must be cured to a minimum 5.5% moisture content. Where water can penetrate tile from below, ensure water-proofing membranes are used in slab. To obtain a high bonding strength mortar bed or screed, use 4 Parts Sand: 1 Part Cement mixed with a latex-additive. For unusual installations, e.g. timber floor substrates, contact your ATA representative or Mapei representative for a short-form specification.
Install over clean, level, cured substrate. Ensure the back and front of the tile is free from dust and any impurities that may compromise adhesion. Apply a rapid setting adhesive, such as ATA Premium Industrial Rapid or Mapei Granirapid or equivalent. Use a notch trowel (10mm or larger is recommended). Always blend tiles to enhance natural tonal variations. Tiles should be cut using a wet saw. Always backbutter 100% of the back of all tiles using the side of the trowel. Handset tiles into position. Do not mallet as excessive force can cause fractures. Ensure paver is fully bedded. Use a quality proprietary cement grout such as ATA Aus-Grout or Mapei Ultracolour Plus Grout joints should be 3-5mm. Remove spills, adhesive and grout immediately. Do not allow to set or dry on surface. Cover installed tiles with hardboard or carpet underlay. Do not use duct or gaffer tape, bleached acids or polysolvents on tiles.
Sweep excess dirt from surface. Apply a neutral detergent to surface in liberal quantities and in manageable sections. Using a nylon bristle brush, scrub in all directions ensuring surface does not dry. Mop with clean mop to ensure all dirt is collected. For harder to remove residues, use a more aggressive wash utilizing a mixture of 20% phosphoric acid and water. Repeat mopping process until floor is clean.
Ensure tiles are clean, completely dry, and free of residue. Utilise a good quality penetrative sealer according to manufacturer’s recommendations, such as Dry Treat Stain Proof (www.drytreat.com.au). When utilised around salt chlorinated swimming pools, it is recommended that copers are dip sealed prior to installation with a consolidating sealer such as Dry Treat 40SK or equivalent.