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What is Sandstone?


Beautiful sandstone has been admired over centuries for its splendid building qualities. Naturally formed from sand-sized minerals or rock grains, sandstone draws its composition directly from the earth’s crust. Common quartz and feldspar are sandstone’s primary minerals. Yet this sedimentary rock is nonetheless extraordinary for its vibrant tones, easy maintenance and remarkable durability.

Sandstone varies greatly in texture and colour, depending on its composition or geographic location. This makes it a versatile building material capable of harmonising with almost any environment. You will find sandstone beds in many striking topographic features like highly visible cliffs. In fact variance in sandstone colours and tones has been strongly identified with certain regions. Like the sand grains that form it, sandstone can be found in a kaleidoscope of colours. Yet its most common shades are, brown & tan, yellow, white & gray, red & pink.

An extra high iron content will lend sandstone impressive strength plus breathtaking reddish/orange hues. Yet whatever its colour, few natural stones have the enduring weather resistance of sandstone. 

Sandstone is a favoured building resource because of its historic beauty and rich cultural heritage. You will find sandstone everywhere from ancient Egyptian stone craft to historic buildings in Varanasi, India. Sandstone’s beauty, resilience and low maintenance make it one of the world’s finest building materials. Today sandstone is highly sought after by, architects, landscapers, stonemasons, commercial & residential builders.

Sandstone: a natural wonder in the building and landscaping world.

What's Sandstone