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In 1975 our director Don Jenkins got his first inspiration that has led to what is now Granicrete Australia. It was a handmade copper waterfall hanging on his uncle’s wall. Water would fill one copper leaf just enough to make it tilt and then water would flow down a trail of drift wood that had been carved out to take the water from one leaf to another till it reached the bottom. The water was pumped back up to start its journey back down again. It was a beautiful sight for a 5-year-old and it stuck with Don until he was 27 years old. It was time to build a waterfall of his own.
The backyard of his new home was empty and provided the perfect space for a new pond and waterfall that he had been dreaming about for 22 years. When a friend introduced him to Tim Phelps, he had no idea that his life was about to change. Tim had products that allowed him to literally sculpt waterfalls out of light-weight concrete.
To Don’s surprise it was the flooring that Tim did that really sparked his interest. After working with Tim for about 5 years and becoming a certified trainer for Tim’s company, Don was able to get the unique opportunity to train floor installers around the United States for several years before moving to Melbourne Australia.
When he moved, he decided to bring what he was doing in the US all the way to Australia. He imported container loads of material and set up Granicrete Australia Pty Ltd in 2007. Well over two thousand floors have been created over the last 14 years for clients from all walks of life and commercial businesses including some of the biggest names.
Over the years, things have changed and techniques have been developed to create new looks and feels in Australian homes. During this time we have created what we call “CoverStone”. When talking about “Coverstone”, Don says that one of the coolest things of his career is that after listening to his clients over the years our team has been able to create our own type of flooring based on all the feedback we have received. “Literally no one in the world makes a floor like we do. We don’t play by the rules, we create our floors based on our clients deepest desires, using our own time tested material in a very unconventional way to create flooring that our clients just can’t live without.”
When it comes to commercial flooring there are no limits to what we can do. Our team started out doing small epoxy floors for warehouses and have since not only done hundreds of warehouses but now have completed work for some of the top names like Crown Casino, Foot Locker, Asics, Bertochi Small Goods and Fenner-Dunlop and even Industrial projects of several thousand square meters at a time with FDC Construction and Fit Out and others.
We have grown as a team and as a company over time and are at the forefront of the commercial and industrial flooring industry. With the help of our new clients we are always innovating new ideas for our Coverstone floors.
We can’t wait to see what the future brings……. So we’re inventing it!