What is Sandstone?

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock made up of tiny grains of sand that made their way into the seabed, rivers, or deserts and were later cemented together by rain or groundwater. The majority of sandstone suitable for paving and flooring are made up of quartz grains which are an extremely durable and chemically-resistant mineral.

Because of the impurities in these minerals, sandstone can be any colour, which makes it very versatile for use around the home. You’ll most likely come across varieties that are beige, grey, red, brown, white or black, so it’s simply a matter of deciding on a colour theme and then finding the right stone to complement your design perfectly.

Sandstone has been a prominent feature in construction and building for centuries and it’s a brilliant option for stone roofing slates or flagstones and interior tiles, because it can be split and cut relatively easily.

Sandstone Characteristics

The stone itself is very tough and durable, as well as being highly weather resistant, so it’s perfect for use outside as a building material - and it’s incredibly popular for patios and garden paving as it doesn’t require sealing and with minimum maintenance will look after itself for years.

Where is Sandstone sourced? 

There are sandstone deposits all over the world, but the most abundant areas are India, the USA and Germany.  

Sandstone has been used as a building material in the UK for hundreds of years, with quarries found in Shropshire, Yorkshire, Devon and Herefordshire amongst others.

Until the last century, Sandstone production in Britain was something of a localised affair, with the various counties meeting their own individual needs.  Production gradually began to centre around the Pennines as a result of booming industrial development in the north of the country, where the heartland of the UK sandstone industry is still to this day, with active quarries in Derbyshire, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

What ranges can I expect to find?

The beauty of sandstone is that as it is formed from nature itself so the colours, patterns, and hues found in each individual piece are completely unique which creates an exciting and very natural appearance full of character.

Paving and Flooring stock a full range of contemporary and traditional finishes including tumbled, honed, sawn and antiqued in a myriad of colours and textures to suit any style of home or garden.  Whether you have a stunning new build or a fabulous country home we have you covered.

Where should I use Sandstone?

Sandstone is a great choice for the following: 

  • Garden Paving 
  • Interior Flooring 
  • Driveways
  • Garden Features and Accessories 
  • Swimming Pool Edgings 

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