Porphyry stone is a type of volcanic, igneous rock which, along with granite and other rock formations, make up approximately 95% of the world’s “crust.” It is comprised of over 70% silica, about 14% alumna, 8% alkali and small percentages of iron, calcium and magnesium. Porphyry pavers have an even, yet rough surface, which maintains a non slippery property its whole life. These attributes make them ADA compliant – an ideal choice for commercial and residential use alike. Porphyry is unaffected by freezing and thawing, and because of its high resistance to chemicals, it is particularly recommended for public areas, including plazas, sidewalks, pool decks, fountains and parks.
Shown in the image here is beautiful porphyry from Mexico, a memorable driveway for this residence in Northern California.
Finished porphyry is available in a complete range of stone products: tiles, cobblestones, cubes, pavers, irregular flagging steps, curbstones, borders and wall coverings, in various colors and finishes. Sawn or snap cut edges, surfaces are natural, or finished with flaming, honing, polishing, sandblasting or bush-hammering. Porphyry is quarried primarily in Italy, Mexico, and Argentina and the colors will vary accordingly, in mixed reds, mixed grays and red-brown variations. Visit our web page photo gallery for all the color options:
There are 4 main shades available in porphyry:
A: mixed grey color – light grey, violet grey and light brown
B: mixed red color – red, pink, reddish, ochre
C: red-brown color – intense red tones, dark brown, intense violet, rust
D: selected red color – purple and ruby red
Monarch Stone International can assist you in selecting the perfect color and size for your project!