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“PGI Burgundy Limestone”

Burgundy Limestone – Pierre de Bourgogne was officially granted a Geographical Indication on 29 June 2018!

The NIIP (National Institute of Intellectual Property), in charge of Geographical Indications has published the homologation in the Official Bulletin of Industrial Property. Thus, it is the first Geographical Indication for limestone in France. Discover in more detail on the site of IG and that of NIIP

As an active member of the Association Pierre de Bourgogne we defended the creation and the implementation of a geographical indication to protect industrial and artisanal products in order to prevent buyers from counterfeits and the usurpation of the name Burgundy Limestone – Pierre de Bourgogne.

This Geographical Indication will in the coming months ensure the traceability of products in Burgundy Stones and protect the know-how of all the actors in the sector whose production is carried out in the area defined as Burgundy (4 departments: 21, 71 , 58 and 89).

These companies will be certified and checked annually by a controlling body and will carry an approval number.

The entire Pierre de Bourgogne raw material will be tracked, a customer can in case of doubt launch an investigation to check the traceability of the finished product starting with the extraction of the stone block in the quarry. In the case of a fraud, it will be the DGCCRF (fraud repression authority in France) which will handle the affair because this will be the equivalent of a counterfeit.

Tomorrow, the IG logo will be affixed on ALL the products manufactured by 100% Burgundian companies, certified and controlled, and will be the only guarantee that the product which you buy respects the precise specifications of the Geographical Indication Pierre de Bourgogne.

To be sure to buy real Burgundy GI stone you will need to demand its presence!

And to be sure of what you buy and the companies you want to work with, contact the Association Pierre de Bourgogne.

 

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The fittings, including the finishes are guaranteed for 6 years (excluding ceramic heads, connections, seals and wearing parts).

To maintain the durability and sealing of ceramic heads, it is imperative to properly purge the water inlet hoses (hot and cold) before installing your taps so that no dirt or residue scratch the head when opening or closing water.

If a scratch is made on the head the seal would no longer be guaranteed and you will have to change the damaged head.
A quality ceramic product is almost indestructible.

Because our fittings are not varnished, a patina is created over time and gives them a clean appearance.

A perfect compatibility!

Yes, the tiles in Burgundy limestones are compatible with under-floor heating.

Indeed, inertia is almost the same as the heating slab.
There will be no heat loss in both heating and cooling.

In the case of a laying on anhydrite support a specific glue should be used.

 

1.5 cm or 2 cm thick?

Often the question of thickness arises.
Wishing a minimum thickness we think of a better inertia.
It should be known that the loss, if any, in heating is compensated proportionally in cooling.

Let’s take an example to illustrate (whose values are false):

A slab of 1.5 cm thick takes 10 minutes to heat up to the floor temperature (28 ° celsius degree).
It takes 7 minutes to cool down and return to a 19 ° temperature before triggering the heater.

A 2 cm slab will take 12 minutes to heat up to 28 ° and 9 minutes to cool down and return to a temperature of 19 ° before the heater is triggered.

Loss or gain offset each other. Moreover the slabs in thickness 1.5 cm will be limited in dimensions. (less thick it is, less the format will be large – see DTU 51.1 or 52.2).

 

The coefficient of thermal resistance for a paving of thickness of 2 cm

Most of our Burgundy limestones are between 1.65 and 1.7.

The coefficient of thermal resistance for paving in our natural stones from Burgundy in thickness of 2 cm is an average of 0.012 m2. K/W. (source CTMNC)

 

 

Comblanchien Burgundy limestone

The stone and the name Comblanchien come from the village of Comblanchien in Côte d’Or (21), 12 kilometers north of Beaune. It is one of the most iconic Burgundy limestones with Corton or Massangis. It is known for its particularly fine grain and its hardness which make it ideal for many uses (paving, stairs, engravings, kitchen tops…).

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Comblanchien has similar aspects to marble with variations ranging from pink veins to a light beige colour. 3 varieties of Comblanchien stone are extracted in the quarry: Comblanchien light, the most homogeneous; Comblanchien Légèrement Moucheté (LM) and the Comblanchien Moucheté. These 3 varieties can be assembled together to create a pleasing mix called Comblanchien DCN (Divers Choix Nuancés), a blend of the three verieties.

This stone is suitable for interiors with a honed finish and exteriors with a flamed finish. The latter is obtained by a flame Jet, whose high temperature creates a rough appearance to the stone. Any risk of slipping outdoors is avoided especially in humid weather.

The most common layout in Comblanchien is a square format of 30 x 30 cm, 40 x 40 cm or 50 x 50 cm. Opus in bands (tiles in fixed widthsof 40 cm and random length) is also a popular pattern.

After laying your paving, we recommend protecting your stone with a water/oil protection repellent

The company Le comptoir des Pierres manufactures all your stone projects in Comblanchien in its workshop located in Savigny Les Beaune (21), whether in standard sizes or made to measure

Our industrial equipment allows us to inscribe your finest engravings. Comblanchien is the ideal stone for this.

Do not hesitate to contact us.

Comblanchien Clear - Engraving

To finish on a historical and cultural note, many public spaces have been renovated or built in Comblanchien stone : the Liberation Square in Dijon, the tram platforms in Bordeaux, part of the floors of the Taipei Tower in Taiwan…

You can discover this stone when visiting Burgundy or anywhere else in the world.

We can manufacture your pool coping
to your measurements.

 

Straight pool coping stones :

> Length up to 120 cm
> Width up to 60 cm (or more)
> Thickness: from 3 to 20 cm

 

Curved pool coping :

> Any radius for curved shapes
> Width up to 60 cm (or more)
> Thickness: from 3 to 20 cm

 

Options :

> Straight or 1/2 round edges
> Recess under pool curbstones,
> Curved or with Saddleback top
> Intermediate thickness

 

We can work the pool coping in Classic, aged or rustic finish, or even a very aged procedure way called “Antiquaire”

Manufacture of Burgundy limestone sinks to your detailed measurements

 

Do you dream of a specific Burgundy stone sink or have specific dimensions to respect?

We can produce your sink entirely to your measurements.

 

Nous réalisons tout évier en pierre de Bourgogne sur-mesure.
LARGEUR
(jusqu'à 210 cm)
PROFONDEUR
(jusqu'à 100 cm)
HAUTEUR
(10, 15, 18 ou 20 cm)
Profondeur plage robinetterie
Profondeur cuve
Largeur cuve
Largeur égouttoir
Options :
- Pente
- Décaissé + pente
- Avec ou sans cannelures
Largeur cuve
Percement robinetterie :
- 1, 2 ou 3
- Avec ou sans encoche en sous-face
Percement robinetterie
- Ø 60/85 mm (pour bondes standard)
- Ø 90/115 mm (pour bondes panier)

 

How do I obtain a quote?

Send us a small sketch with the desired indications (choice of fittings, bung,…) and as many precise dimensions as possible.
After studying we will send you a quotation.

 

What happens after I confirm the quotation for my order?

Once the quotation has been confirmed we will send you a precise plan to check.
Once you have checked the plan we will start production.

Your order delivered safely

Our products (sinks, washbasins, paving, pool coping…) are delivered everywhere (or almost) by 19-ton truck with tailgate, 40-ton semi-trailer or 30-ton truck with crane depending on the location in France.

Our years of experience allow us to make secure packaging in order to be sure you receive your order without damage.

We deliver throughout France, Europe and elsewhere.

 

Delivery deadlines :

Our carriers undertake to deliver anywhere in France under 48 to 96 hours depending on accessibility and region.
For delivery deadlines in Europe, please consult us.
After dispatch of your order fro the workshop, the carrier contacts you directly by phone to fix with you the day and the time slot of the delivery.
You can also collect your order directly or with your own carrier from our workshop (21420 Savigny-Les-Beaune).
Please be aware : orders cannot be picked up in our showrooms at Carrières-sur-Seine and Orange, they are exclusively available at our workshop in Savigny Les Beaune (Burgundy)

 

Delivery costs:

For sinks, washbasins, shower trays, table tops, pool coping, and so on…, you can easily calculate your own shipping costs on our online store.
To do that, we invite you to register and simulate an order by adding your products in the basket.
For paving, we suggest that you contact us.

 

How does the delivery take place?

The orders are packed on one or more secure pallets, the size of each of them is adapted according to each product.
The pallet weight can vary from 40 kg (washbasin) to 1.1 tons (22 sqm of paving).
The delivery truck (19 tons) must be able to easily maneuver and access the unloading area.
The pallets are lowered from the truck thanks to tailgate and can be transported with a manual pallet truck to the first obstacle (sidewalk, stair walk,…).
The unloading area behind the truck must bear the weight of your order. It must be in hard and firm materials such as asphalt (tar) or concrete (no gravel or grass) and should not include steps.
Be advised that a loaded pallet (up to 1.2 tons) will not be unloaded on sloping ground.

 

Because ecology applies to fittings as well as stone

The taps we have selected to complement our Burgundy natural stone products are environmentally friendly (recycling and reprocessing of waste during manufacture) and especially environmentally friendly during use.

Indeed, a treatment during the production process eliminates the diffusion in drinking water of heavy metals usually present in the materials constituting the fittings (lead and nickel in particular).

After this treatment, these fittings obtain a lower residual lead of 11 μg / l and 20 μg / l for nickel (the limits of the most stringent global standards currently are respectively 11 μg / l and 20 μg / l for the lead and nickel).

 

This process gives you the guarantee of a truly ecological and high quality tap.

 

A different pool coping stone finish for each pool style

 

Our Burgundy limestones used for our pool coping offer the particularity of being non-freezing stones, and thus can be used outdoors, but above all have technical particularities allowing special and very beautiful finishes to be made.

 

Burgundy stone pool curbstones with classic finish

CLASSIC finish

The surface is smooth with anti-slip finish. The visible edges are straight and lightly bevelled on the exposed edges (1 or 2 sides depending on the thickness chosen). This finish is generally adapted to classic and contemporary pools.


 

AGED finish

The surface is manually worked to bring an aged look to your curbstone. The edges are slightly rounded and aged (1 or 2 depending on the thickness chosen).

 

Burgundy stone pool curbstones with aged finish

 

Burgundy stone pool curbstones with rustic finish

RUSTIC finish

The whole coping stone is worked to a highly aged finish.
The edges are split, the surface is irregularly hammered and aged. Each coping stone is different. This finish will give your pool an aged aspect like an antique basin.

 


 

 

We can manufacture any type of coping stone (right, angled, curved,…) in dimensions and thickness according to the characteristics of your pool.

 

Which thickness for my project of paving or cladding in Burgundy limestone ?

Several criteria must be taken into account to select the thickness of the paving corresponding to your projects

-Support / type of laying (adhesive, on screed, on sand or on pedestals)

-Usage (pedestrian, light vehicle or heavy vehicle)

-Dimensions of tiles or cobble stones

Adhesive fixing indoors or on the terrace / pedestrian walkway – Thickness of 1.5 or 2 cm

Burgundy limestone is made at least 1.5 cm thick; depending on the type of stone, the size of the tiles and your technical constraints, a thickness of 2 cm can be proposed. Do not worry about the choice, if you do not specify, we will propose the most suitable thickness.

Adhesive laying for a driveway – A minimum of 3 cm in fixed size format

In fixed size format (up to 20 x 20 cm), 3 cm will be necessary when laid according to local building regulations. In fixed size (up to 60 x 40 cm), 4 cm will be necessary this time.

Be careful however these recommendations are valid for light vehicles and maximum up to 10 tons. Consult us for heavy vehicles.

We have selected for you a range of products (adhesive, grout and protection) that we recommend for Burgundy limestone >> see the page

Cement / lime mortar on screed  – From 4 to 8 cm depending on the size of the slabs

In fixed size (up to 20 x 20 cm) : 4 cm; in fixed size (up to 60 x 40 cm): 6 cm; other larger formats : from 8 to 10 cm

Laying on sand – A minimum of 3 cm for a pedestrian walkway

Used outdoors for your driveways or house entrance, this support avoids the use of a cement base. For pedestrian use 3 cm will be enough. For a driveway with only light vehicles, 6 cm are recommended. For roads, 8 cm is a minimum.

In the same way as for adhesive laying, the maximum format of the tiles is 60 x 40 cm

Laying on pedestals for your terrace

A minimum thickness of 4 cm should be used for a laying on pads ; the tiles are not glued in the traditional way but rest only on 4 pads at the corners.

The wall covering

We systematically offer our wall tiles in 1.5 cm thickness; even if fixing in 2 cm thickness is possible.

Discover our wall coverings  >> here

In any case, there can be numerous particularities and we suggest that you consult us to discuss the finer points of your project.

This information is also complementary to the article on the techniques of laying our paving  >> see the article

Calculate the number of pool coping stones in Burgundy limestone for your pool ?

 

Let’s take for example a rectangular pool of 5 x 10 m

Pool curbstones dimensions

To these internal dimensions it is necessary to add the width of the stone which surrounds the pool
(35 cm for our standard width).

Marg-tech-FAQ-01

Calculation of the total footage of Burgundy limestone pool coping stones:

> Pool lengths: 10 m + 10 m + 5 m + 5 m = 30 linear metres

+

> Lengths of coping stones exceeding the pool dimensions (angles or straight coping stones):
0,35 m + 0,35 m + 0,35 m + 0,35 m = 1,4 linear metre

=

In total you will need 31.4 linear metres of pool coping stone in random lengths
or 53 fixed length pool coping stones
(without 4 mm joints)

 


To these dimensions, you can deduct the overlap of the pool coping stones around the pool which is usually between 1.5 and 2.5 cm

Pool curbstones - Sides on the pool

> overlap : 0.025 m + 0.025 m + 0.025 m + 0.025 m = 0.1 m (i.e. 10 cm).

 


And to be complete and precise you could also deduct the width of the joints between
each coping stone, but this calculation only give an approximate result depending on the type of laying : fixed or random length coping stones, presence of corner coping stones,…

So, following our example of a 10 m x 5 m pool we calculate
based on an average length of 60 cm in length for each coping stone

> 31.3 m ÷ 0.6 m = 52 pool coping stone approximately
> 52 copings stones with a joint between each of them ± 5 mm = ± 26 cm

We recommend that you always add 1 or 2 more
coping stones just in the case of a measurement error or damage during fixing

Find here >> our Burgundy pool coping stones.

Laying of tiles in Burgundy limestone

 

The tiles in Burgundy limestone that we make are generally laid by a qualified person (tiler, mason). The glued laying is also totally possible for any good handyman. It may seem complex, in fact laying stone paving is no more complicated than laying a classic tile, as soon as you respect some advices …

Our stones could be laid indifferently on traditional mortar screed (cement or ideally lime) or glued on a concrete slab or any compatible support.

 

The laying on mortar

To lay tiles in Burgundy limestone, you will prepare a mortar of cement or lime dosed according to the recommendations of DTU 52.1 et 52.2

Be careful : never wet the tiles before laying, regardless of the type of fixing chosen.

The glued laying

A white or beige glue compatible with natural Burgundy stone must be used. After several years of experience, we have selected and marketed for you the most adapted products to enhance your Burgundy stone creations. According to an indoor or outdoor laying, the glue won’t be the same : Parexlanko Prolipro 522 for indoors and Parexlanko Proliterrasse 5021 for outdoors. The Parexlanko brand is indeed a reference in the world of building materials.

Be careful, in the case of a laying on a heating floor, you must use a compatible glue, we advise the reference Parexlanko Prolicrème 5074 with variable consistency.

Provided as a powder, the glue requires a supply of water until the desired consistency.

You will use a notched spatula of 8 or 10 mm depending on the support.

We recommend double-face gluing for large format slabs in order to facilitate and maintain the installation.

We always invite you to check the indications on the packaging and manufacturer’s specifications before use.

A bond caoting may also be necessary depending on the support (old tile for example), we recommand Proliprim, a ready-to-use product to apply with paint roller

Traditionnal joints

The joints will preferably be made with hydraulic + sand lime. Natural pigments can be added to tint the joint.

Be careful : make the joints one by one and do not spread widely on the slabs. You will take care not to dirty the pavement.

Joints from DIY stores

The simplest is to use ready-to-use products like the joint Parexlanko Prolijoint 542 compatible with natural stone, which is suitable for indoors and outdoors and also for heating floors.

For any reference, always perform a test on a small surface in a place that will be hidden to check the compatibility of the product with the natural stone.

 

Technical sheets and support are provided for the success of your project

Upon confirmation of the paving order, you receive a technical sheet of laying and a video to help you in the realization of your work.

In any case, we remain present to answer any questions, before, during and after the installation of our products in natural stone from Burgundy.

 

Please have a look at our pavings here >>

Maintenance of Burgundy limestone in your bathroom

Maintenance :

Natural Burgundy limestone in your bathroom is simple to maintain with clear water and a detergent product with neutral pH (deterquot).
You can occasionally alternate with savon noir (black soap) diluted in warm water.

Precautions to be taken:

All our products : washbasins, vanity tops, shower trays are protected (water and oil repellent) in our workshop. here>> our range of water/oil repellent products).

This does not mean that all stains are entirely prevented. Water/oil repelling product is a strong absorption shield.
It lets the stone breathe which allows it to create with time its own layer of protection called carbonation: the surface is hardened with time by the simple fact of cleaning your stone regularly with a sponge and water.

Always remember that Burgundy stone is a limestone!
It is therefore necessary to avoid any anti-limescale product or product for “treating” lime (Vikal, Antikal, CilitBang, Cif,…). They’re all acid-based. They prevent and degrade the natural carbonation of Burgundy limestone.

You should therefore use products that respect the nature of the stone and thereby your living environment by eliminating any detergent derived from the petro-chemical industry.

On the other hand, you can use well diluted bleach to disinfect.

Stone is easy to maintain and will bring you great satisfaction provided you respect its nature!

 

A well-adapted protection and maintenance kit for the kitchen and bathroom

To make sure you don’t go wrong, we recommend that you use our Kitchen and bathroom maintenance KIT for sinks, washbasins, shower trays… in natural stone.

Protect and clean Burgundy limestone in your kitchen

Maintenance :

Burgundy natural limestone in your kitchen (sinks, kitchen worktops) is easily maintained using clear water and a detergent product with neutral PH (Deterquot)
You can occasionally alternate with savon noir (black soap) diluted in warm water.

Precautions to be taken:

All our products (sinks, kitchen worktops…) are protected with water/oil repellent (see here>> our range of protection products)..

This does not mean that all stains are entirely prevented. Water/oil repellent product is only an absorption shield.
It lets the stone breathe which allows it to create with time its own protective layer, which is called carbonation: the surface is hardened with time by the simple fact of cleaning your stone regularly with a sponge and water.
Do not forget that there is no product that blocks 100% of the porosity of natural stone.

 

Beware of anti-limescale products

Remember that stone from Burgundy is a limestone!
It is therefore necessary to avoid any anti-limescale product (Vikal, Antikal, CilitBang, Cif,…).

 

Use neutral detergents for natural stone

You should therefore use products that respect the nature of the stone and thereby your living environment by eliminating any detergent derived from the petro-chemical industry.

You can use well diluted bleach to disinfect.

Stone is easy to maintain and will bring you great satisfaction provided you respect its nature!

 

A protective and maintenance kit suitable for the kitchen and bathroom

To make sure you don’t go wrong, we recommend that you use our kitchen and bathroom maintenance kit for sinks, washbasins, shower trays,… in natural stone.

How to maintain and enhance our natural stone paving ?

Well-maintained paving improves over time. Indeed, a paving in Burgundy limestone has the particularity of developing a patina over time with simple and non-aggressive maintenance by creating a natural protection layer called carbonation.

For your interior, maintenance of your paving is simple: you should vacuum and then wash the floor with water, supplemented with a neutral washing agent like Deterquot. You can use Detercal for a thorough clean once a month.
You can also alternate with well-diluted savon noir (black soap) in a bucket of warm water once in a while. Be careful not to do it too often because some black soaps are quite greasy and can clog up the paving.

Outside, we recommend Determousse which you should apply once or twice in the spring to remove any moss and slow down its emergence.

 

A treated floor

An interior or exterior Burgundy limestone floor that has been treated is easier to maintain resists stains from forming. To find out if your floor has been treated or if you would like to apply a water/oil repellent product see the maintenance and protection section in our website

 

Manufacture of Burgundy limestone kitchen worktops to your measurements

Dreaming of a stone kitchen worktop in the same finish as your sink?
We produce in the same Burgundy limestone : sinks, kitchen worktops, plinths, splashbacks,…

Send us your sketches and precise dimensions, we will quickly communicate a quote for your kitchen worktops in Burgundy limestone.

Découpe pour plaque de cuisson
Plan de cuisine
Crédence
Egouttoir en pente
avec ou sans cannelures
Plan de cuisine
Plinthes ou "coup d'éponge"
Chant 1/4 de rond
Chant droit chanfreiné
Chant bec de corbin

 

 

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Pierre de France - Product of France

All our production is guaranteed made in France, made in Burgundy !

We are a manufacturer

Sinks, washbasins, shower trays, kitchen worktops, table tops, paving , cobble stones, pool coping, fountains, pillars, … are manufactured in France-Burgundy by French employees with Burgundian know-how.

Our Burgundy limestone production of quality products is presented on our website or on our online shop on which you will find the majority of our standard products.

If you have any questions, our team is here to answer you.
We are at your service by phone or e-mail, do not hesitate.

 

“GPI Pierre de Bourgogne”

As an active member of the Association Pierre de Bourgogne, we are defending the creation and implementation of a geographical indication protecting industrial and artisanal products (The GPI) in order to secure buyers of counterfeits and the usurpation of the Burgundy stone name.

This geographical indication will in the coming months ensure the traceability of products in Burgundy Limestone protect the know-how of all the actors in the sector whose production is carried out on the area defined as Burgundy (4 departments: 21, 71, 58 and 89).

These companies will be certified and checked annually by a controlling body and will carry an approval number.

The entire Pierre de Bourgogne raw material will be tracked, a customer can in case of doubt initiate an investigation in order to check the traceability of the finished product starting with the extraction of the stone block in the quarry.
In the case of a fraud, it will be the DGCCRF (fraud repression authority in France) who will handle the affair because this will the equivalent of a counterfeit.

Today you find dishonest sellers who present Turkish travertine for Burgundy stone.
It is enough to see on search engines companies such as LaPierreNaturelle.fr which is only an Office in a pre-fab in Isère acting as an intermediary between a production unit of travertine in Turkey and which advertises without shame that it is presenting Burgundy Limestone or the company Francepierre Sud which sells among other products grey Morocco stone whilst telling customers that it is Burgundy limestone.

Tomorrow, this GI logo will be affixed to all products manufactured by 100% Burgundian companies, certified and controlled, and will be the only guarantee that the product you purchase complies with the precise specifications of the geographical indication Pierre de Bourgogne.

To be sure to buy real Pierre de Bourgogne GI you will have to demand its presence.

And to be sure today of what you buy and the companies you want to work with, ask the Association Pierre de Bourgogne.

 

L’Association Pierres de Bourgogne

Active member of the Association Pierres de Bourgogne, we have been committed to promoting and respecting stone and know-how in Burgundy stones for many years.

“IGPIA Pierre de Bourgogne”

We defend the creation of a geographical indication protecting industrial and handicraft products (IGPIA) in order to secure the purchasers of the counterfeits and the usurpation of the Burgundy stone name.

This geographical indication will ensure the traceability of Pierres de Bourgogne products and the know-how of all the actors in the sector whose production will be carried out in the area defined in Burgundy (4 departments: 21, 71, 58 and 89).

Logo de l'indication géographique Pierre de Bourgogne [fond noir 150x150]

The IG logo will be affixed to all products manufactured by companies at 100% from Burgundy, certified and controlled, and will be the only guarantee that the product you buy complies with the precise specifications of the Geographical Indication Pierre de Bourgogne.

The Burgundy Stone is a movie actor !

Discover the institutional film made by l’Association Pierre de Bourgogne.

This film unfortunately had to be blocked on Youtube because it was used by companies in the south of France not being part of the Association but leaving it thinking about the customers.

Natural finishes

All the fittings that we propose are 100% natural and solid brass products unlike the alloys found in products distributed most of the time in the DIY sector, often imported from Asia and most often only available in chromed finish.

Our finishes are entirely natural to respect the ecology (no paint or varnish as is usually the case) ; this also allows our fittings to acquire their natural patina over time.

To regain their original brightness after a few years of use, just use an appropriate product that you will find easily in drugstores. Be careful, however, some maintenance products may be aggressive for natural stone. Remember to protect the stone while cleaning.

 

Chrome finish for our fittingsSatin Nickel finish for our fittingsPolished nickel finish for our fittingsAntique brass finish for our fittingsPolished brass finish for our fittings

 

 

 

The reconstituted stone… you said “stone”?

 

Many of you are asking us about the definition of this term, here is some information that may be useful to you in your choice:

 

Firstly, a statement:

“Reconstituted natural stone” and even worse “reconstituted Burgundy stone”… do not exist !

 

“Reconstituted stone” is an abusive and misleading description used by almost every manufacturer to make the consumer believe that he is buying a natural stone, this is simply not true.

 

Finally what is so-called “reconstituted stone”?

These “reconstituted” products (which would be preferable to name “imitation stone”) are a mixture of:
granulates of stones (gravel, crushed stone, pebbles)
+ sand
+ binders (cement generally)
+ additives (resins, adhesives from the petro-chemical industry)
+ dyes
+ water

= So it’s concrete> very far from the natural stone so much touted…

 

These products are mixed in concrete mixers and cast in moulds.
The moulds are then vibrated to remove the air bubbles from the concrete mixture and then are dried.
This process allows the mass reproduction of identical element using an original moulding (usually the original is cast from a piece of natural stone).

 

Its resistance to outdoor weather is difficult to predict and varies according to the manufacturing processes of each brand and the type of additives used from the petro-chemical industry (resins).
Unlike natural stone, imitation stone products do not crystallize and do not produce their natural patina (calcium carbonate) which is the natural process that protects natural limestone.

 

The very low cost of production (and therefore margins) make it a product acclaimed by distributors from DIY sector or modern trade (Carrefour, Wal Mart, Castorama…)

 

And don’t forget that the manufacture of cement (main constituent of mortars and concretes) by its particularly energy-consuming mode of production, in particular heating to very high temperatures, is one of the major contributors to the greenhouse effect and to air pollution. Cement is therefore an important source of pollution which is due on the one hand to its manufacture (chemical reaction, heating…) and on the other hand to its exploitation (transport,…). This production has grown considerably in the last half of the twentieth century.

 

 

On the other hand, choosing Burgundy natural limestone is to :

– Choose a material that is 100% natural,
– Choose environmentally friendly materials,
– Choose a recyclable material,
– Choose a material which by its extraction method is ecological,
– Choose a traceable material (from the stone block to the finished product),
– Choose local manufacture in Burgundy in the heart of the quarries,

Choosing Burgundy limestone is to invest in the future.

 

Formats and layouts of our Burgundy limestone paving

Please find below a presentation of Burgundy limestone paving formats we manufacture.
All of our finishes (or almost) can be made in all these formats.

 

Formats : Squares

Regular paving format - Layout

Regular paving format - Layout

Our Burgundy limestone paving in regular square sizes are manufactured in dimensions from 30×30 cm up to 60×60 cm.
As well as other regular sizes: 60 x 30 cm, 60 x 40 cm, 70 x 50 cm, 90 x 60 cm,…

 


 

Format : Paving

Pavement Layout

Paving formats : 10×10 cm, 15×15 cm and 20×20 cm.

Pavement Layout

Laying of regular stone floors at 90 ° or 45 ° in diagonal laying

 


 

Format : Hexagonal Tomettes/Tiles

Layout - Hexagonal Tomettes

These hexagonal tomettes/tiles, typical of old interiors, are becoming trendy again. Usually made in terracotta, we manufacture these tomettes 100% in stone. A timeless originality.

Layout - Hexagonal tomettes

Our standard size is 15 x 19 cm but we can make them in any format.

 


 

Format : Opus in fixed width and random lengths

Layout - Free lengths or Roman strips

The name “Opus in bands” is a layout principle with tiles of identical width and random lengths (in contrast to tiles of regular lengths such as format 30 x 50 cm or 50 x 60 cm for example).

The principle is aesthetic in order to avoid joints aligning in the form of a cross on a regular basis. This layout is typical of natural stone floors of Burgundy limestone and this choice is recommended for our floors in aged finishes.

Today, even in contemporary interiors, this layout is increasingly popular.

The layout pattern : this is possible in bands of the same width (fig 2) or a mix of different widths (fig 1).

Layout pattern - Free lengths or Roman strips

Fig. 1 Fig. 2

 


 

Formats: Roman Opus

The Opus are assemblies of different slab sizes that are laid out at a precise location and are studied to promote visual irregularity. The more modules there are, the less the repetition of the module is visible.

Layout pattern - Roman Opus

The Roman Opus is a precise layout pattern of 4 or 8 different formats, all the tiles compose a module (12 or 16 pieces in total according to this module).

 

Layout pattern - Roman Opus

We can offer you different modules of Opus: small, medium or very large format (tiles up to 60 x 116 cm).

 


 

Format : Cabochons

Layout pattern - Cabochons paving

Cabochon paving is a layout particularly prized in 17th century mansions.
It consists of slabs whose angles, called “pans” are cut to allow the insertion of a tile of a different colour (usually black or golden/yellow).

Layout pattern - Cabochons paving

Cabochon paving with 1, 2 or 4 angles cut

 

 

You are very numerous to question us on these 2 terms, here is some information that may be useful to you in your choice:

 

The reconstituted stone… you said “stone”?

 

The “reconstituted natural stone” and even more the “reconstituted Burgundy limestone”… do not exist !

“Reconstituted stone” is an abusive and misleading denomination used by almost every manufacturer to make the consumer believe that he buys natural stone, that is not true.

 

Finally what is the so-called “reconstituted stone”?

These “reconstituted” products (which would be preferable to name “false stone”) are a mixture of:
granulates of stones (gravel, crushed, pebbles)
+ sands
+ binders (cement generally)
+ adjuvants (resins, adhesives from the petro-chemical industry)
+ dyes
+ water

= So it’s concrete>, so far from the natural stone so touted…

 

These products are mixed in concrete mixers and cast in moulds.
The moulds are then vibrated to remove the air bubbles from the concrete mixture and then are dried.
This process allows to reproduce in series and identical an element derived from an original moulding (usually the original is made of natural stone).

Its resistance to outdoor weather is hardly appreciable and varies according to the manufacturing process of each brand.
Unlike natural stone, false stone products do not crystallization and do not produce their natural cullet (calcium carbonate) which is the natural process of protecting limestone natural stone.

The very low production costs make it a product favoured by the distributors (DIY sector or modern trade – Carrefour, Wal-Mart, Tesco…)

And don’t forget that the manufacture of cement (main constituent of mortars and concretes) by its particularly energy-consuming mode of production, in particular cooking at very high temperatures, is one of the major contributors to the greenhouse effect and to the air pollution.

 


 

 

The Travertine

 

What is it?

It is a limestone of freshwater sedimentation.
It is recognizable thanks to its numerous holes.

 

Where did it come from?

Turkey is the main producer-exporting country in the world.
It has for 15 years supplanted Italy, of which many famous buildings are erected in travertine.

 

Why is it so cheap?

Extraction and production techniques in Turkey are roughly the same as in Burgundy.

The first difference is: the Turkish State, by heavily subsidizing the travertine stone production sector to settle for export (as the Chinese State for solar sector in China which everyone has heard about) has allowed to endorse the principles of standardization and “globalization of consumption”. Direct consequence: the low prices and the uniformity of the finishes and the formats proposed in travertine.

The other notable differences between the methods of extraction/production of travertine compared to the stone of Burgundy are:
– the costs of opening and operating quarries and the lack of obligation to refurbishing quarries after extraction,…
– lack of environmental standards (waste reprocessing, water reprocessing,…)
– the low cost of salaries and social taxations,
– safety at work,…
All these elements involve costs of at least 3 to 5 times lower than in Burgundy.

 

And the quality in all this?

The Turkish travertine has the particularity to offer several qualitative options:
-the 1stchoice (difficult to find because very few holes: the most expensive)
-the 2nd choice (most common choice in France with serious dealers)
-the 3rd choice “when it’s cheap, it’s the third choice“. On can recognize it through the presence of faults and holes in very large quantities (which must be clogged with mortar when laying).

Turkish import travertine Travertine 2nd choice-Turkish import travertine Travertine 3rd choice-Turkish import travertine Travertine 3rd choice-Turkish import travertine

In any case, always check the quality of all the slabs in the pallets of your order.

 

What about honesty?

One last thing: some unscrupulous dealers of travertines, even some very well know with shops and websites, sell travertine as if it was a stone of Burgundy.
It is enough to see on the search engines companies that advertise like LaPierreNaturelle.fr which is only an Office in a pavilion in Isère making the intermediary between a production unit of travertine in Turkey displaying shamelessly that it is the stone of Burgundy or the company Francepierre Sud which sells travertine and also a stone of Morocco grey by telling customers that it is of the stone of Burgundy.

In case of doubt, contact the Association Pierre de BourgogneAssociation Pierre de Bourgogne who can inform you.

 

The Comptoir des Pierres participates in the creation of the geographical indication for the stone of Burgundy.
This will allow you, in a few months, to be sure of the provenance (traceability) and the quality “Pierres de Bourgogne” by bringing you the guarantee of products exclusively made in Burgundy by controlled and certified manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

 

We can manufacture your project in Burgundy limestone to your measurements:

 

For your project in the kitchen, bathroom, swimming pool,… We offer you on our website a wide choice of products in standard sizes and all our models can be made to measure.

Even though your project is unique, we now answer positively to more than 90% to the specific requests from our customers.

 

Custom-made sink in Burgundy limestone

-Width up to 210 cm
-Depth up to 110 cm
-1, 2 or 3 bowls…
-Right or left drainer
-On demand holes for the bungs and fittings,
-Cutting-out for the cooking plate, power outlets,…
-Back-splash : custom-made height, unlimited number of openings (single, double or triple taps, etc.)

 

Burgundy limestone washbasins

-Width up to 200 cm
-Depth up to 80 cm
-1, 2 or 3 bowls…
-On demand holes for the bungs and fittings,
-Back-splash : custom-made height, unlimited number of openings (single, double or triple taps, etc.)

 

 

Custom-made jambs in Burgundy limestone

-Height, width and depth

 

Burgundy limestone kitchen worktops

-Cutting and design of kitchen worktops and vanity tops according to your needs
-Thickness of the tops from 3 to 5 cm and more if you wish
And so on…
>> See here for kitchen worktop options in detail

 

Burgundy limestone vanity tops

-Cutting and design of kitchen worktops and vanity tops according to your needs
-Thickness of the tops from 3 to 5 cm and more if you wish
And so on…
>> See here for the options of the vanity top in detail

 

Shower trays in Burgundy limestone

-Length up to 190 cm
-Width: up to 120 cm
-Custom-made positioning of the bung

 

 

For your staircases in Burgundy limestone

We cut cut treads and risers or solid steps made to measure.

 

For your interior and exterior decoration items in Burgundy limestone

We can engrave and personalize your decorating items: sink, fountain, table, street nameplate,…

 

How do I get a quote?

We invite you to visit us in one of our show-rooms in the Paris region (Carrières/Seine 78420), in the South-East of France (Toulon -La Crau 83260) or directly in our workshop in Burgundy (Beaune 21420).

You can also send us by e-mail or postal mail your request accompanied by sketches, listed plans, pictures of your interior or selected in magazines,…

We build the project adapted to your wishes and your environment and we bring you the appropriate advice, if you wish, both aesthetically and practically.

For all built-to-size items we produce drawings and these need to be confirmed by you before we launch the production of your order.

 

The areas of frost in France: the questions that arise…

 

> Can I lay stone outdoors?

Yes of course, depending on the area you are in (for France see the map below) you can lay our Burgundy limestones outside.

 

> What are the conditions for laying Burgundy limestone outdoors?

1. The essential element for the installation of a paving or cobble stones to take into account is the slope necessary for the water drainage from your terrace. This slope shoud be at least 1% in the case of a free flow to a garden for example, and 1.5% for a flow to a closed yard with floor siphon allowing the evacuation of water.
For the durability of the work, there should be no water stagnation zone.
2. The second element to be taken into account: the support must be completely compliant with building regulations. No guarantee will be granted by insurance if the construction standards are not complied with.
3. Then the type of laying, the thickness and the size of the stones, the width of the joints, and possibly the frequency of expansion joints should be respected.
We advise you to refer to the Unified Technical Documents (UTC or DTU in french) articles 52.1 and 52.2 relative to the realisation of indoor and outdoor floors and especially the laying of natural stone paving. The UTC can be consulted in the town hall or with any architect or adviser.
In order to avoid any disappointment, we advise you to request the technical data sheet of the natural stone that you buy, it contains the information that will indicate if it is compatible with outdoor applications.

 

> How do you define if a stone is subject to freezing damage ?

Representative samples of natural stones are provided to a private laboratory which conducts tests of successive freeze and thaw cycles according to a precise specification.
The laboratory then establishes records which indicate the number of freeze/thaw cycles applied to the stone and its alteration where appropriate.
A stone subjected to 244 cycles of frost/thaw without alteration can be laid in severe frost zone.
A stone subjected to 170 cycles of frost/thaw without alteration can be laid in a moderate frost zone.
A stone subjected to 144 cycles of frost/thaw without alteration can be laid in low to moderate frost zone.

 

> Is a porous stone necessarily one that freezes ?

There is no obligatory relationship between the porosity and the frost resistance oft the stone. It may seem paradoxical, but a stone can be very porous and non freezing… and vice versa.
Corton Burgundy limestone is a representative illustration : its porosity is 1% and yet it is subject to freeze damage.
Another special case: Comblanchien Burgundy stone, porosity 1%, can be laid in a zone of severe frost with adhesive fixing or laying on slab of mortar, but when laid on pedestals under certain conditions the frost could damage it.

 

> Map of France Frost zones

Map of frost zone in France for the stone of Burgundy

Very low Frost zone : no more than two days reaching a temperature below-3 ° C
Low Frost zone : no more than four days reaching a temperature below-6 ° C
Moderate Frost zone : no more than ten days reaching a temperature below-10 ° C
Severe frost zone: more than ten days reaching a temperature below-10 ° C

You already possess or have just acquired a sink, a kitchen worktop, a washbasin, a shower tray, a staircase, a paving,… in natural stone ?

The first question that comes to mind is : to treat or not to treat?

It is important to know that all water/oil repellent products are not treatments that will definitely block the porosity of natural stone. These are absorption postponers.
They are imperatively breathable and permeable so that the stone naturally creates its carbonation (surface hardening) over time.
The carbonation of our Burgundy limestones can take from one to several years depending on the stone and the maintenance.
It is this natural carbonation that you observe for example on old paving stones that look shiny, like “waxed”.

Before any application, it will be useful to check whether your natural stone is already treated.

Unless additional indications, we apply a water/oil repellent treatment on our sinks, washbasins, shower trays, kitchen work tops, vanity tops, table tops,… during the manufacturing process before shipping.

Pavings, pool copings and stairs have not been treated at the workshop and will be treated by your care after laying, joints made and tiles well dry.
Our Old slabs of Burgundy with patina already have a pre-treatment of protection made in workshop during the manufacturing process.

 

The porosity test

To find out if your natural stone element is treated : just drop a few drops of water on the stone.
-If the drops are not absorbed within 1 to 2 minutes and the colour of the stone does not go dark, your stone is certainly already treated or is not very porous.
-If the drops are absorbed immediately or within 1-2 minutes and the colour of the stone goes darker, your stone is certainly not treated and requires the application of a water/oil repellent product.

 

Choosing the right protection product

Indoors :

1. Do you want to treat kitchen stone elements or natural stone baths?
Use Hydropierre. It is the ideal product in aqueous phase (solvent water) and compatible “food quality”.
Very few VOC (volatile organic compounds) emanations indoors.

2. Do you want to treat paving, cobble stones or staircase,… in stone ?
Use Hydropierre

You can add Hydrosatine (finishing wax) to reinforce the protection and give a satin finish to your natural stone elements.

 

Outdoors :

You want to treat paving, pool copings, staircase, fountain, pillar,… in stone?
Use Imperpierre. It is the ideal product in the solvent phase (solvent “gasoline”)
Imperpierre can be used indoors but it will be necessary to aerate for several days until complete evaporation of the solvents.

 

On each of our products are attached the following instructions.

Manufacture of vanity top in natural stone to your measurements

We carry out in the same stone : washbasins, vanity tops, splashbacks,…
Send us your plans, sketches, precise dimensions and we will quickly communicate you a quote.

Percement pour passage bonde
Percement pour passage robinetterie
Crédence
Plan de vasque
Chant 1/4 de rond
Chant droit chanfreiné
Chant bec de corbin

You want to order a sink, a washbasin, a shower tray, copings, paving,….

We manufacture on demand and do not have stock of finished products, which allows us to offer you all possible options for your project.

 

What are the production deadlines for our standard products?

Sinks : about 4 weeks
Washbasins : about 4 weeks
Shower trays : about 4 weeks
Table tops : about 3-4 weeks
Pool coping stones : about 5 weeks
Paving, cobble stones : about 3 to 6 weeks
Old Burgundy slabs : about 7 to 8 weeks

For custom-made products : add 1 to 2 weeks to these average delivery times.

Deadlines are indicative and are usually effective from October to February.

In any case, the production time will be announced at the time of the offer and confirmed upon confirmation of your order. The delivery takes place the following week within a period of 48 to 96 hours depending on the destination.

We are doing everything possible to meet our commitments.

In case of urgent requirements do not hesitate to ask us for our exhibition products

 

Good to know :

In the spring and early summer, our production deadlines increase due to the high demand to meet our customers’ work forecasts.

 

Closure for holidays:

The workshop is closed for 3 weeks in August and 1 week at the end of the year.

We manufacture skirting in all types of Burgundy limestone in order to have a perfect finish for your interior.

For Saint Genay paving, cobble stones and for tomettes that are made up of stone of different shades of colours, we will preferably choose Lanvignes, a golden-yellow stone that we generally find in these paving and cobble stones.

Regarding the finishes, we adapt it to that of your paving in honed or brushed finishes. We will offer you the best solution in our quotation. A chamfer along the top edge length will provide an elegant finish to your skirting.

Two sizes are available: a height of 7 cm with a thickness of 1.5 cm for a more contemporary look or a height of 9.5 cm with a thickness of 2 cm for a more classical look.

Our skirting are in random lengths but we can manufacture in our workshop any precise dimensions (height, thickness and length).

Price from 16.90 Euros VAT excluded per linear metre. Contact us.

Burgundy limestone, naturally universal

Resulting from the richness of the soil and worked in Burgundy according to ancestral know-how, Burgundy limestone is an integral part of the Burgundy and French historical and cultural heritage.

Chateaux, abbeys, churches, ramparts, mansions, manor houses, farms, … the original constructions are numerous in the towns and villages and testify to our cultural identity.

Timeless material that is constantly renewing itself, Burgundy limestone also participates in the evolution of urban landscapes.

New technologies and our creativity allow today a great choice of finishes, an optimized financial approach and great ease of maintenance.

 

What is Burgundy limestone ?

If we go back to the primary era, we must imagine a surface essentially made of granite (cooled magma). But under the tropical climate that prevailed, the region saw the arrival from the east a hot and agitated sea. The area was submerged for much of the secondary era before the sea gradually retreated, leaving behind sedimentary rocks that will determine soil composition.

The stone extracted from our Burgundian quarries comes from the different strata created by these sediment deposits. Eight levels locally make up the floors.

It is mainly in the Bajocian and Bathonian levels that we find, among other things, the oolitic limestones exploited in the quarries of Burgundy. From poor to rich in fossils they gradually compacted during the following eras in the Jurassic period.

 

Burgundy limestone and sustainable development

Noble and natural material, Burgundy limestone fits perfectly into a logic of sustainable development.

The commitment to rehabilitate quarries at the end of their operations is not the only parameter that goes into the logic of sustainable development and the environmental protection of Burgundy natural limestone.

The valorization of by-products of stone, the recycling of machining sludge, that of the water used in the workshops and the durability of the natural stone from Burgundy are also part of it. In addition, the stone generates very little waste or pollution during its shaping.

It does not require the addition of cement or other binder. This natural material, on the other hand, does not need any treatment or chemical input to ensure its viability.

The stone breathes, produces no toxic emissions. It offers a healthy environment inside the house. It absorbs moisture and promotes energy saving.

Its insulating qualities make it a temperature regulator, thus avoiding overconsumption of heating in winter and air conditioning in summer.

Finally, it does not require any finishing product, producing a patina naturally over time, and water is its best ally to preserve its natural beauty.

 

Burgundy limestone,
naturally beautiful,
naturally timeless,
naturally natural.

Burgundy Stone and Geographical Indication

As an active member of the Association Stones of Burgundy we defend the creation and the establishment of a geographical indication protecting industrial and craft products (IGPIA) in order to secure the purchasers of the counterfeits and the usurpation which is the object of the natural stone from Burgundy.

This Geographical Indication will allow in future to guarantee the traceability of the products in Burgundy limestones and the know-how of all the actors of the sector whose production will be carried out on the defined area in Burgundy (4 departments: 21, 71 , 58 and 89).

These companies will be certified and checked annually by a control body and will carry an approval number.

The entire Burgundy limestone material will be tracked, a customer will be able to launch an investigation in case of doubt to check the traceability of the finished product to the block extracted from the quarry.
In the event of proven fraud by a reseller, it will be the DGCCRF (French fraud repression) that will be seized of the file because this will be like counterfeiting.

Today you find rogue traders who show Turkish Travertine for Burgundy limestone
Just look at the search engines of companies that advertise like LaPierreNaturelle.fr which is only an office in a pavilion in Isère doing the intermediary between a production unit of Travertine in Turkey and which displays without shame that it is Burgundy limestone or Francepierre Sud company that sells among other gray stone of Morocco by telling customers that it is Burgundy limestone – Pierre de Bourgogne.

 

Logo de l'indication géographique Pierre de Bourgogne [fond noir 260x260]

 

Tomorrow, this IG logo will be affixed on all the products manufactured by 100% Burgundian companies, certified and controlled, and will be the only guarantee that the product which you buy respects the precise specifications of the Geographical Indication Pierre de Bourgogne.

To be sure to buy real Burgundy Stone GI you will need to demand its presence.

And to be sure today what you are buying and the companies you want to work with, check with Association Pierre de Bourgogne.

 

Burgundy stone, naturally !