Sandstone – ideal for flooring and cladding
Most Sandstone is composed of quartz and/or feldspar because these are the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust. Like sand, Sandstone may be any color, but the most common colors are tan, brown, yellow, red, gray, pink, and white. Since Sandstone beds often form highly visible cliffs and other topographic features, certain colors of Sandstone have been strongly identified with certain regions.
Some Sandstones are resistant to weathering, yet are easy to work, this makes Sandstone a common building and paving material.
The stone generally has a uniform texture and it is somewhat soft, making it user-friendly for a variety of applications. It is favored for wall claddings and flooring because of its low absorption rate, high compression strength, and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Sandstone is a common paving material because it can be highly weather resistant, and for its ability to maintain age and appearance over time, as well as for the different dimensions available. Sandstone pavers can be used for patios, pool surrounds, pool coping, balconies, cladding and veneer.
All in all sandstone is one of the few historic natural minerals still in use today. It provides excellent durability and is virtually maintenance free. It is aesthetically appealing to the eye whilst giving great value for money.
Most sandstones have good load bearing and weathering properties. Correct detailling with regard to weathering is of prime importance, especially on buildings designed with sloping surfaces and without overhangs. Great care is required in the design of non-ferrous clamps and corbels for fixing to structures.
Take a look through some of the colour variations available.