Cotswold self-binding limestone is a natural material quarried from selected limestone and graded to approximately 6mm to fines.The fines content is the naturally occurring marl which acts as the self-setting agent when the material is watered and rolled/ compacted.
The material should be typically laid to 40mm at the final compacted depth, and will cover 10m2 per tonne [ 8.5m2 per 850kg bag ]
Self-binding limestones are natural limestones which are processed and graded for use typically in pathways, cycle tracks, seating areas, and bridleways.Cotswold self-binding limestone should not be laid flat, as it is not a free-draining material and requires a fall or a camber.
Cotswold self-binding limestone should be laid onto a compacted quarried MOT Type 1 sub-base. The depth of MOT subbase should be of sufficient strength and stability to carry the proposed traffic but normally to a minimum 150mm. This must also be fully compacted and laid with the fall/ cross necessary for effective drainage. It is normal practise to spread the self-binding limestone onto the prepared foundation using a flat board or the back of a rake. The material should be spread out to a depth of approximately 60mm in order to achieve a finished compacted thickness of 40mm.
The surface must then be rolled using a roller of similar type to that used for compacting the foundation with the vibratory action of the roller switched on and the area should be continually rolled until fullest compaction is achieved, ensure that cambers and falls are maintained to enable water to be shed. An adequate fall would be 1 in 55 for a pathway and a minimum of 1 in 40 for much wider walkways and courtyards. The same gradient should apply when installing the Type 1 sub-base.
Once a uniform appearance has been achieved the second stage of installation can be undertaken using a water roller, where water is automatically sprayed onto the drum of the roller to ensure a film of water covers the roller. DO NOT direct a hose directly onto the self binding limestone as this will wash out the necessary fines which are required for the material to bind. The object of water rolling this material is to float sufficient fines to the top surface of the gravel to obtain a well-bonded finish.
Based in Caernarfon, North Wales. CCSQ extract and process plum coloured welsh slate for use in landscaping.
Alexandra and Moel Tryfan Quarries
Roofing was produced in 3 steam-powered mills and was connected to the port of Caernarfon by the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway, which opened in 1877, where slate could be exported by boat or transferred onto the London and North Western Railway for transport to other UK destinations. Roofing slate production ceased into the 1960s. The slate is of the Cambrian geological era – dated at between 480 and 550 million years old. It is fine-grained in texture and is mainly plum coloured with occasional green inclusions. Today’s workings are on a much-reduced scale from the peak of activity in the 1880s but a range of aggregates, rockery stone, walling and features such as monoliths are produced from the slate tips remaining as the relics of the original roofing slate workings. These products find many uses in home and garden projects from paths and driveways to retaining walls, raised beds and individual standing stones; an enhancement to any garden or landscaped area.
Located in Gwynedd, North West Wales the quarries are located some 5 miles to the south-east of Caernarfon and a similar distance to the west of the tourist destinations of Llanberis and Snowdonia National Park. These 2 quarries that became conjoined during the latter part of the 19th Century were established in the era of peak roofing slate production circa 1860 and at their peak in the 1880’s employed some 200 people.
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For most products, you have the right to cancel your order at any time from the moment you place your online order, and up to 14 days from the day you receive your goods. You should notify us if you want to cancel your order within this time period, either by email, phone or through the contact form on the website.
A further 14 days is allowed from the date you notify us of your cancellation to return the goods if already received. You must cover the cost of returning unwanted goods. We will issue a refund within 14 days upon receipt of the returned goods. A deduction will be made if the value of the goods has been reduced as a result of you handling the goods in a way which would not be permitted in a shop. After this period, due to the tonal and texture variation which occurs with natural stone and slate, we are unable to accept any returns and offer any refunds, except in the case of damaged or faulty goods.
For bespoke orders, we operate a non-return policy and we are not able to accept cancellation to the order.
We recommend that any surplus material should be kept.
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If the original packaging of the product has been damaged or destroyed you should ensure that the returned product is on a pallet and is adequately packed for shipment back to us. It should be placed in the original delivery point for the third party haulier to collect.
A refund will be made within 14 days upon receipt of the returned goods. A deduction can be made if the value of the goods has been reduced as a result of you handling the goods in a way which would not be permitted in a shop.
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