Riverstone Phyllite Architectural Stone

Spanish Slate Quarries UK Ltd

Riverstone Architectural is the diamond of the architectural stone world.

SSQ’s signature stone is not actually slate, it is phyllite. Harder, denser and stronger than slate, phyllite is the perfect stone for flooring, cladding, stairs, skirtings, worktops, copings, swimming pools, sills and patios.

With only a handful of sources known worldwide, commercially accessible phyllite stone is rare. Riverstone is one of very few top quality phyllite stones available.

Riverstone Phyllite has a natural medium grey finish that is free from any pigmentation, making it impervious to the effects of bright sunlight. It is a particularly high-density rock, meaning its hardwearing surface will not take on general atmospheric dirt or scar and pit as a result of acid rain in more polluted environments.

Its low porosity also ensures exceptional resistance to the damaging effects of the freeze-thaw cycles on the rock.

It is often used internally where its rich colours create a striking effect and where its riven texture provides a floor with a natural non-slip finish. It can be used effectively for many other internal functions, including wall and swimming pool cladding, window sills and work tops, thanks to its excellent tensile strength.

Externally, Riverstone can be laid to a dramatic effect: while drawing on the traditional use of paddle stones, larger flooring tiles or irregular patterns, it offers a choice of shading and texture to benefit any project.


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