Stone and slate products now very much 'in'

Steve Blair, director of Cape Town Mazista operations, pictured at the recently established Mazista exhibit in the Building Centre.

One of the major advantages of visiting Cape Town’s Building Centre, says their Public Relations Manager, Cheryl Neave, is that it gives the homeowner/architect/specifier the chance to compare rival products. This is a true of a whole range of items but none more so than tiles, countertops and roofing. For this reason the centre is particularly pleased to have signed up Mazista Tiles. Established in 1927, the company is today one of South Africa’s largest and best known suppliers and installers of natural stone products, in marble, granite, basalt, limestone, quartzite, sandstone, slate and terracotta.

“The Building Centre represents no less than 13 stone or stone type suppliers as well as three slate companies. This means that the visitor can see and, importantly, touch many products of this type to ensure that he finds the one which is ideal for his taste, his budget and his home,” said Neave.

Right now, although the recession has hit homeowners and homebuilders hard, the use of stone and stone type products is on the upswing, said Neave.

“As I see it, this is all part of the current trend to earthy components which has added much to the appeal and look of houses today.”

Mazista’s comprehensive ranges include stone or slate products for internal and external use. Internally their products are commonly found not only on floors but also around fireplaces and wall claddings, while externally Mazista components are popular for walkways, swimming pool verges, patio and braai areas and roofing and wall claddings.

Mazista has eight branches locally and exports stone to numerous countries, including countries, in Africa, such as Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Angola, Zambia and Egypt.

“While most people understand that manmade tiles can be given almost any colour or tone,” says Neave, “they do not appreciate that a similar variety and versatility can be found in Mazista’s natural stones and slates: these can come with ochre, silver-blue, honey, red, orange and other colours from black to almost white.”

A particularly strong trend at the moment, adds Neave, is towards the use of rough-hewn or machine-cut ntural stone for wall claddings. The machined components are installed neatly and mortared like conventional tiles but the dry stone claddings are packed in a natural ‘homely’ way and chocked firmly into position with smaller pieces.

The Mazista range also includes decorative listellos and tosettos, cobblestones and various rock face cladding tile finishes.

“No one contemplating the renovation or upgrading of a home should do so without checking out the many new products on view at the Building Centre,” said Neave.

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