Genesis Volcanic Tuff
Tuff is an extraordinary type of volcanic rock consisting of volcanic ash, which has been consolidated and compressed into a lightweight, yet immensely strong stone. With an appealing range of warm colour tones the rock texture displays the story of explosive volcanic eruptions, which has mixed the ancient volcanic ash with larger fragments to create a distinctive ‘porphyritic’ lava rock that is suitable for a wide range of external and internal applications; including paving, cladding, wall and floor tiling in both dry and wetroom situations.
Apart from the desirable aesthetic qualities of the stone, Tuff demonstrates some unusual technical characteristics, not least Tuff’s high resistant to heat even direct flame – making it suitable for use in areas where other stone would not be suitable. With a density of only 1500kg kg/m3 Tuff typically weighs 20-30% less than other comparable products. This lighter weight helps to accelerate work and installation processes, reduces transportation costs, among many other advantages.
The extraction of Volcanic Tuff stone has a relatively low impact on the environment. Neither the extraction process nor the fabrication process uses harmful chemicals. Water is used to cool the saws used to quarry and cut the stone blocks, which is then recycled in a closed loop system at the Tuff quarry. Volcanic Tuff stone products surpass environmental standards designated as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) compliant by the U.S. Green Building Council.