Sandstone Natural Stone Pavers Introduction



What Are Sandstone Pavers?

Origin

Sandstone is the ocean, the beach, the rivers and the sand rolled into one. What this means is that sandstone is made up of the sediments gathered from the sea and the land.

Sandstone Pavers

Sandstone is formed through the erosion of quartzite stones. Erosion occurs as a result of the harsh effects of wind and water over extensive periods of time. The eroded sediment builds up continuously until a solid mass is formed. Then you have a rock formation. This process has a geological term, known as ‘lithification’. Sandstone is mostly made up of feldspar and quartz particles. Thus sandstone is a sedimentary rock.

History

Sandstone has been used in the building industry for over 100 years. The reason for this is sandstone has a uniform texture, which makes it very easy to use. Sandstone being soft, makes it an easy material to work with. This has made it a popular product in the building and landscaping fields.

TYPES OF SANDSTONE

Sandstone is formed through the sedimentation of grains, which are derived from rivers, lakes or the ocean. The characteristics of Sandstone, such as its grain size, sorting, composition and its rock geometry,are highly determined by the environmental deposits it was subjected to.

Natural Sandstone Formation

There are two main groups of environmental deposits. Firstly, there are Terrestrial deposits, which are from rivers, channel sands, point bars and lakes. Secondly, there are Marine deposits, which come from shore face sands, deltas and submarine channels.

There are three main types of Sandstone:

Arkosic

Arkosic Sandstones are consists more than 25% of feldspar content.

Quartzose

Quartzose Sandstone, otherwise known as quartzite, has extremely high quartz content, approximately 90% consistency.

Natural Quartose Sandstone

Argillaceous

Argillaceous Sandstones, or otherwise known as greywacke, have a very finely grained type of consistency.

Colors

Sandstone pavers come in a variety of colors. They range from the traditional sandy yellows to tans, to pale pinks, pastel blues and even light greens. In fact when we talk about brownstone, it is simply brown sandstone. The same as when we talk about bluestone, they are just blue sandstone! Therefore, sandstone is so versatile that is the base for many other ranges of pavers that are available!