The natural beauty of sandstone paving is hard to beat. This is probably why it has enjoyed enduring popularity over the centuries.
Nowadays, there are so many other natural and man-made paving options available to choose from. However, sandstone paving is still widely used across the world in private gardens and public spaces alike. In this blog, we discover the key reasons why today’s spoilt-for-choice consumers continue to opt for sandstone to create beautiful outdoor spaces.
How is sandstone formed, and where does it come from?
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock. As the name suggests, it is made up of sand-sized grains of rocks and minerals which combined with mud at the bottom of seas, lakes and rivers millions of years ago.
As such, natural sandstone is one of the most common types of rock. Substantial deposits can be found in locations right across the world – from North and South America to Australia; from Western and Central Europe to Africa and India.
Apart from the obvious natural beauty of sandstone, here are some other key reasons why sandstone paving is so popular for paths, patios and terraces the world over:
Sandstone paving is durable, but workable
Sandstone is much harder and more long-lasting than most man-made alternatives. Although it isn’t as hard as some other natural stone options like granite or marble, it is still robust enough to last for many decades, if properly cared for. The fact that it isn’t as hard as other natural options actually work in sandstone’s favour; this is because it is easier to cut and carve to create interesting shapes.
Individual sandstone slabs are replaceable if damaged
As a natural stone, sandstone comes in all sorts of tones and textures, and every paving slab is unique. This makes it much easier to remove and replace individual stones over time if they become damaged, without worrying about matching issues.
Sandstone paving is environmentally-friendly
The intensive production process used to manufacture man-made paving materials is much more damaging to the environment than quarrying for natural stone flooring like sandstone. Also, being so durable, sandstone slabs can easily be ‘recycled’ and reused elsewhere, if you decide to change your garden layout in years to come. Sandstone never needs to go to landfill.
Sandstone paving is naturally non-slip
The inherent grainy texture of finished sandstone slabs makes them naturally slip-resistant. This means they are ideal in rainy areas, and also in parts of the garden which are designed to get wet when in use – like outdoor pool surrounds.
Natural sandstone comes in lots of shades and colours
Sandstone paving varies just as much as the shades of sand found in different geological areas, meaning you can choose from bright golds to rich reds, from dark browns to subtle beiges – and everything in between!
Sandstone paving is low maintenance
Once your slabs are installed, they are very easy to maintain. They will gently weather over time – another part of the attraction of natural stone paving. In areas of high traffic or exposure to the elements, it may be advisable to seal the stone periodically. We can advise you on this. As sandstone is a hard, natural stone, it isn’t afraid of a good jet-washing now and then if needed!
Sandstone paving is an affordable alternative
Compared to the cost of some other natural stones, especially granite and marble, sandstone represents surprisingly good value for money. This means you can enjoy the beauty of a natural stone path or patio without blowing the budget.
For the full range of natural stone paving options, including sandstone paving and locally sourced limestone paving, contact the experts at Stamford Stone for free advice and a no-obligation quotation today!