Natural Stone Selection – Sandstone.
Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be back-splash, counter-tops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working. So, let consider the natural stone called Sandstone.
Sandstone is an igneous rock. It is a classic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized minerals or rock grains. Most sandstone is composed of quartz and/or feldspar. The stone is compact, hard and fine grained with a homogenous mixture.
It can come in flagstone format for patios and outdoor settings or shaved down into tile formats for walls and floors where you want the rustic appeal of stone.
Like sand, sandstone may be any color, but the most common colors are tan, brown, yellow, red, gray, pink, white and black. It is alkali feldspar that gives sandstone a distinctive pink color. Although a siliceous stone, it is not as easy to clean as others siliceous stones like granite and slate. Nor is it as durable.
That said, sandstone is a material that has been continually gaining popularity as a counter-top because of its texture, appearance and its many other uses.
As striking as it can be, sandstone is not for everybody.
As beautiful as these sandstone furnishings are, they need special care to maintain their condition. It is a softer stone than granite is and it scratches and stains.
From the viewpoint that function trumps form, the decision to use sandstone in a kitchen environment seem questionable. In the kitchen, the use of sandstone as a natural stone counter-top is particular problematic, as cleanup and maintenance is not easy. Fears about accidentally ruining it are not unwarranted.
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